1 The Obsession Nora Roberts Berkley 43,396
2 Hamilton Miranda/McCarter Grand Central 38,654
3 One with You Sylvia Day St. Martin’s Grif;n 25,382
4 The Rainbow Comes and Goes Cooper/Vanderbilt Harper 23,806
5 Make Me Lee Child Dell 23,577
6 Me Before You Jojo Moyes Penguin 19,003
7 The Murder House Patterson/Ellis Grand Central 17,123
8 Gathering Prey John Sandford Putnam 16,678
9 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss Random House 16,545
10 As Time Goes By Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster 16,340
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BESTSELLERS APRIL 11–17, 2016
It’s All Easy
#3 Hardcover Nonfiction
Paltrow’s newest book of
health-conscious recipes is the
first Goop-branded title from
Grand Central Life & Style, with a beauty book
expected to follow.
#4 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
Our starred review of this middle-
grade novel by the two-time
Newbery Medal–winner praises
the author’s “extraordinary skill” in rendering an
unlikely summer friendship.
The #2 book in the country is Hamilton by Lin-Manuel
Miranda, creator and star of the blockbuster Broadway
musical of the same name, and Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater professional who was involved
in the show from its earliest stages. Subtitled The Revolution, the book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the
Pulitzer Prize–winning musical about the first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, including the full libretto, photos, interviews, and
essays. In a single week, the book has sold more print copies than any other
title in the performing arts category has sold all year.
Miranda began exploring the notion of a musical based on
Alexander Hamilton’s life after reading Ron Chernow’s 2004’s
biography, and that book has reaped the benefits of the musical’s success: the 2005 trade paperback has sold 73K print
units this year already. In 2015, it sold 84K print units, for
its best year since its publication year, when it sold almost
62K print units in nine months.
Revenge of the Nerds
It’s a good week for gamers and comic book readers,
with three titles aimed squarely at that market debuting on our lists. Dark Souls III: Collector’s Edition, at #6
in Hardcover Nonfiction, is a limited edition guide to
the latest entry in the Souls action role-playing game.
World of Warcraft: Illidan, at #9 in Hardcover Fiction, is the new-
New & Notable
est novel set in the universe of the hugely popular MMORPG (for
the uninitiated, that’s massively multiplayer online role-playing
game). And at #15, Wonder Woman: Earth
One, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison, illustrated
by Yanick Paquette, retells the origin
story of DC Comics’ Amazon warrior
princess. For more on Morrison, see our
author profile, p. 60.
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Spreading the Word
Faith writer Priscilla Shirer was tapped by filmmakers the
Kendrick brothers not only to star in War Room (2015) but
also to write a companion book, Fervent. It’s become a
staple of our Trade Paperback list, and this week it’s at #14.
Also this week, Shirer makes her debut in
Children’s Frontlist Fiction at #12, with
The Prince Warriors. Based on Ephesians
6: 10–18, the book launches a middle grade
trilogy and is part of a new series of the
same name, which will also include an
associated devotional and app.
Wild author Cheryl Strayed’s fourth title, Brave Enough, debuts on our Hardcover Nonfiction list at #15. The book,
a collection of inspirational quotes
drawn from her earlier writing, pubbed
in October 2015 and enjoyed healthy
sales through the holiday season, selling
about 50K print units in 2015. But weekly sales weren’t
strong enough to crack our top 25. Beginning in the first
week of 2016, sales began tapering off; last week it sold
757 print units. This week, print unit sales are up 555%
over last, with 4,956 sold. What gives? As it turns out,
Oprah’s still got it: Strayed made an April 10 appearance
on the literary queen-maker’s Super Soul Sunday, which
airs on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.