Best sales of the week: January 10, 2022


Sales overview

The brightest night, the graphic novel adaptation of the fifth entry in Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series, is the nation’s # 1 book. The cozy kitchen by Alex Snodgrass, No. 2 in the country and a “versatile collection of nourishing dishes that never lack in flavor,” according to our review, saw particularly strong sales in the South. Other regional picks include the hit TikTok It ends with us by Colleen Hoover— # 1 in the Mid Atlantic and # 3 in the country — and Nikole Hannah-Jones The 1619 project, a release in November and the favorite of the week in New England.

Souvenir of Joan Didion

Famous journalist and novelist Joan Didion passed away on December 23, sparking renewed interest in her most beloved books.

A 2007 trade paperback edition of his National Book Award-winning The year of magical thinking, which our star-studded reviewer described as a “memory of tense and lucid grief,” sold 13,000 copies the week following his death, nearly five times as many copies as the week before.

When Didion’s first collection of essays, in the years 1968 Collapse towards Bethlehem, received its paperback reissue the following year, TP considered “the essays of a cool and trendy young writer … very good indeed and expressing many new trends in American life”. A 2008 edition sold around 6,500 copies printed that week, more than three times more than the week before.

NEW & OUTSTANDING

OURS
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
# 6 Children’s fiction
This is the sequel to 2018 What if it was us?, which our star-studded reviewer called a “charming and sweet love story between two very different boys,” and which sold 142,000 printed copies. The authors are both bestsellers in their own right; Albertalli is the author of 2015 The Simon agenda against Homo Sapiens, and Silvera’s previous books include the favorite TikTok They both die in the end, a 2017 title that sold 18,000 copies printed this week alone.

STACEY’S EXTRAORDINARY WORDS
Stacey Abrams, ill. by Kitt Thomas
# 5 Picture books
“With warmth and frankness,” said our reviewer, “Politician and voting rights activist Abrams tells a fictional story of her first spelling contest, emphasizing the value of education, focusing on effort rather than result and resist bullying.


A version of this article appeared in the 10/01/2022 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: Derrière les bestsellers DEC. 26, 2021 – JAN. 1, 2022

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