This Week’s Bestsellers: January 23, 20172 min read


Split Decision

In the second week of 2017, the book-buying public’s attention was divided among a variety of titles: a 2013 Swedish feel-good novel about a lovable neighborhood curmudgeon, a collection of verse by a popular Instagram poet, a faith-based exploration of overcoming rejection, and two books by TV personalities aimed at the health and weight conscious.

Movers & Shakers

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The Hidden Life of Trees returns to our hardcover nonfiction list at #12, after a nine-week hiatus. Positive holiday media coverage had prompted Greystone Books to print an additional 20K copies for the U.S. market in January.

Other titles got that big boosts last week include Postcards from the Edge and Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher; Simon & Schuster went back to print on several of Fisher’s titles to meet the demand after her death on December 27. The 1998 trade paper edition of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s novel of a near-future theocratic U.S. that subjugates women, is seeing strong sales in advance of the TV series debuting on Hulu in April. And Claudia Rankine’s much-lauded 2014 collection of prose and verse, Citizen, is seeing renewed interest; our starred prepub review called it a “trenchant new work about racism in the 21st century.”

Movie Watch

The tie-in to the Martin Scorsese–directed Silence, based on the 1969 book by Shusaku Endo, debuts at #19 on our trade paperback list; Scorsese, who had been developing the film project for more than 25 years, contributes the foreword. The movie, which follows Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan, opened in limited release December 23 and expanded to additional theaters January 13. When Endo died in 1996, the New York Times quoted John Updike calling the novel “somber, delicate and startlingly empathetic.”

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New & Notable

Three Days in January

Bret Baier

#3 Hardcover Nonfiction, #7 overall

The Fox News chief political anchor examines the final days of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency, leading up to John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.

Windwitch (Witchlands #2)

Susan Dennard

#14 Children’s Frontlist Fiction

Our starred review praised the first book in this series, 2016’s Truthwitch, for its “rich descriptions, insightful characterizations, and breathtaking action sequences.”

Top 10 Overall

1The Lose Your Belly DietTravis StorkGhost Mountain23,763
2Hidden Figures (movie tie-in)Margot Lee ShetterlyMorrow23,384
3A Dog’s Purpose (movie tie-in)W. Bruce CameronForge21,554
4A Man Called OveFredrik BackmanWashington Square21,360
5Food, Health, and HappinessOprah WinfreyFlatiron21,136
6Milk and HoneyRupi KaurAndrews McMeel20,114
7Three Days in JanuaryBret BaierMorrow18,937
8Hillbilly ElegyJ.D. VanceHarper18,500
9Double Down (Wimpy Kid #11)Jeff KinneyAmulet18,222
10The MistressDanielle SteelDelacorte17,640

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.

A version of this article appeared in the 01/23/2017 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: PW Bestsellers

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