This Week’s Bestsellers: March 25, 2019

Resurrected, Again

Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary spawned a 1989 movie and accompanying theme song by the Ramones, plus a 1992 sequel. Now, a second big-screen adaptation of the novel is on the horizon: it premiered at SXSW March 16 and opens April 5. The tie-in, which pubbed February 26, cracks our trade paperback list for the first time, at #12.

(See all of this week’s bestselling books.)

Primate Numbers

Emory University ethologist and primatologist Frans de Waal debuts at #11 in hardcover nonfiction with Mama’s Last Hug, which our starred review called an “illuminating and remarkably moving treatise on animal empathy.” With 600K Facebook followers and a TEDMed talk that’s been viewed more than two million times, de Waal is increasingly popular with the general public.

4Chan Clan

The roots of QAnon by WWG1WGA (Where We Go One We Go All), #14 in trade paperback, date to 2017 posts on the message board 4Chan claiming evidence of a worldwide criminal conspiracy implicating Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, and others. The following year, outlets including Fox News reported seeing supporters holding signs reading “We Are Q” at President Trump’s rallies. NBC News recently described the book’s “outlandish claims, including that prominent Democrats murder and eat children and that the U.S. government created both AIDS and the movie Monsters Inc.”

New & Notable

Wolf Pack

C.J. Box

#2 Hardcover Fiction, #4 overall

“Box is the king of contemporary crime fiction set in the West,” our starred review said, deeming this 19th book starring Wyoming game warden Joe Picket “excellent.”

Don’t Stop Believin’

Olivia Newton-John

#7 Hardcover Nonfiction

The Aussie songbird comes by her memoir’s title honestly: In 1976, well before The Sopranos and Glee made use of the 1981 Journey song, Newton-John released an album of that name.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Girl, Stop Apologizing Rachel Hollis HarperCollins Leadership 72,930
2 Becoming Michelle Obama Crown 31,571
3 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens Putnam 30,315
4 Wolf Pack C.J. Box Putnam 25,283
5 Girl, Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis Nelson 23,820
6 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Random House 23,661
7 The Woman in the Window A.J. Finn Morrow 22,724
8 Brawl of the Wild (Dog Man #6) Dav Pilkey Graphix 22,330
9 The First Lady Patterson/DuBois Grand Central 21,009
10 Educated Tara Westover Random House 19,927

All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.

A version of this article appeared in the 03/25/2019 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Behind the Bestsellers