This Week’s Book Bestsellers: August 9, 2021

This Week’s Book Bestsellers: August 9, 2021

Calamity Begins at Home

Shari Lapena’s latest domestic thriller, Not a Happy Family, debuts at #5 on our hardcover fiction list. She made her debut in 2016 with The Couple Next Door, which has sold over one million copies in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market. While that is still her most successful book, each new title has had a better first week than the last.

Yes, Please

Nadiya Hussain’s latest offering, Nadiya Bakes, is “stunning and scrumptious,” according to our starred review, with recipes that “balance rich flavors with her trademark precision.” It secures a debut-week spot on our hardcover nonfiction list at #5 and, in addition to sweet treats, offers “savory bakes, perfect for lunches or dinners.”

TikTok Boom

Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us, a 2016 publication and certified #BookTok hit, is the country’s fourth best-seller: videos hashtagged with the author’s name have received 89.6 million views. User @barrett emily emotes to Rex Orange County’s “Pluto Projector” in one of the most popular, with one million views since June 20. A text overlay reads: “I read this book in 1 sitting over a month ago and still think about it every day… Genius writing.”

NEW & NOTABLE

THE AUTHORITARIAN MOMENT
Ben Shapiro
2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
Shapiro’s follow-up to 2020’s How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps sounds the alarm against what he calls a “threat to our most basic liberties”: “the monolithic lefties who dominate the top echelons of nearly every powerful institution of American society, and who frequently use their power to silence their opponents.”

RAINBOW IN THE DARK
Ronnie James Dio
12 Hardcover Nonfiction
Around the time of his death in 2010, the heavy metal powerhouse whose frontman stints included Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and the eponymous Dio was working on this memoir. Wendy Dio, his widow, and music journalist Mick Wall saw it through.

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