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Best sellers of the week: January 17, 2022


Remembering Betty White

Entertainment legend Betty White, who died on December 31, was also an animal welfare advocate and memoirist; 2011 If you ask me sold 158,000 printed copies. In October, a few months before what would have been his 100th birthday, My little Betty White guestbook by Deborah Hopkinson, ill. by Margeaux Lucas, debuted, moving 15,000 copies in print in its first week. Sales fell and then started to rise again during the holidays. In the first full week after his death, the title sold more than double what it did in its launch week; it’s the #3 book in the country.

The rhythm continues

Volume Four of Alice Oseman’s YA Graphic Novel Series Heart stroke, the latest adaptation of the author-illustrator’s popular webcomic of the same name, debuts at No. 6 on our children’s fiction list. Our reviewer said of the first graphic novelization, which pairs “lanky, openly gay Charlie Spring” with “hefty rugby boy Nick Nelson”: “While the familiar school romance doesn’t break new ground, it offers a warm and cozy budding love story featuring two deliverable leads.In January 2021, Osman signed a deal with Netflix to write a half-hour live-action series based on the comic, a development that could bolster her profile again.

In the Land of Clubs

The hardcover fiction debut includes a pair of January book club picks written by budding novelists.

Maid by Nita Prose, which lands at #12, got the nod from the hello america Reading Club. “Prose delivers a rewarding, benevolent thriller with a well-drawn protagonist that readers can’t help but root for,” our reviewer said. “Fans of new takes on traditional mysteries will be delighted.”

Two points down, The school of good mothers, by the former TP editor Jessamine Chan, is the Read with Jenna selection. “Chan’s thrilling speculative debut opens with a woman having ‘a really bad day,'” our star reviewer explained. As a result, she is sentenced to a grim rehab center to learn how to be a better parent. “It’s a powerful story,” the review continued, “enhanced by its empathetic and complicated heroine.”


Jamie Raskin
#3 hardcover nonfiction, #8 overall
In his memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland writes about his son’s suicide and the violent Capitol uprising – events that happened a week apart – and how his family and the nation weathered the aftermath. .

Hans Rosenfeldt, trans. from Swedish by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
#13 Trade Paperback
Paging Nordic noir fans: “Rosenfeldt, creator of TV series The Bridge, debuts a fast-paced procedural set in remote northern Sweden,” our reviewer said. “This standalone is ready for TV.”

A version of this article originally appeared in the 01/17/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Behind the bestsellers from January 2 to 8, 2022