BESTSELLERS FEBRUARY 9–15, 2015
Holy Cow, the first novel by David Duchovny, is at #22 on
PW’s Hardcover Fiction list with 2,656 units sold this week
according to BookScan. He’s hardly the only celebrity to try
his hand at fiction recently—other debutantes of late include Gillian Anderson, Duchovny’s X-Files costar.
On Feb. 10, Ruby, by Cynthia Bond, was named the newest pick for Oprah Book Club 2.0. It lands on PW’s Trade Paperback list
at #16 and in one week has outsold total hardcover sales to date. Here’s a look at how all four Oprah Book Club 2.0 picks have
fared, according to BookScan.
Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens offers a look at how
humans came to dominate the planet, and where
we may be heading as a spe-
cies. With it, Harari, a histo-
ry lecturer at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem,
lands on PW’s Hardcover
Nonfiction list this week.
Here’s a by-the-numbers look
at the author and his book.
1 American Sniper (trade paper movie tie-in) Chris Kyle Morrow 75,275
2 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead 56,491
3 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Random 41,026
4 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Dr. Seuss Random 36,023
5 Obsession in Death J.D. Robb Putnam 31,698
6 Fifty Shades of Grey (movie tie-in) E.L. James Vintage 29,272
7 The Food Babe Way Vani Hari Little, Brown 27,025
8 The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Random 26,970
9 Fifty Shades of Grey E.L. James Vintage 26,931
10 American Sniper (mass market movie tie-in) Chris Kyle Harper 25,403
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A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson (Oct. 2014) 805
One More Thing by B.J. Novak (Feb. 2014) 5,806
When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald (Aug. 2012) 703
Palo Alto by James Franco (Oct. 2010) 1,633
debut position on PW’s Hardcover Nonfiction list
number of territories that the book has been sold in
worldwide hardcover and e-book
sales to date, per Harper
first-week U.S. print sales per BookScan
number of students who have
taken Harari’s massive open
online course, A Brief History of
Humankind, according to Coursera
PUB. DATE: March 2012
PICKED: June 2012
OPRAH 2.0 EFFECT: Unit sales
jumped 220% the week after the
announcement, from 3,541 to
11,319, which at the time was
the best week to date for Cheryl
PUB. DATE: Feb. 2015
PICKED: Feb. 2014
OPRAH 2.0 EFFECT: Originally released
in April 2014, Cynthia Bond’s debut saw
modest hardcover sales, totalling 3,424
to date. The paperback, released the
same day as the Oprah endorsement,
sold 5,750 units in its first week on sale.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
PUB. DATE: Oct. 2013
PICKED: Dec. 2012
OPRAH 2.0 EFFECT: Ayana Mathis’s debut novel was originally scheduled to pub in January 2013 but Knopf rushed
a December release after the book club announcement.
It sold 4,702 books that first week, 18,180 the second.
The Invention of Wings
PUB. DATE: Jan. 2014
PICKED: Dec. 2013
OPRAH 2.0 EFFECT: Sue Monk
Kidd was already well-known for
The Secret Life of Bees, and
Viking stuck to the January 2014
pub date. Wings sold 33,067
units in its first week.
SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOKSCAN