November 27, 2022

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The best-selling books of the week, by all lists

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Tracking down the bestselling books of the moment isn’t as easy as you might think. There is no central administrator of this data; Instead, each bestseller list uses its own criteria—some disclosed, some kept secret—and its own sources. Amazon is known to guard its numbers, and given how much of the book buying landscape they dominate, that leaves everyone else in an disadvantaged position. So what’s the best way to determine which books are trending right now?

That’s where this combined bestseller list comes in. Each week I compile the bestsellers on four of the most popular lists: the New York Times, both combined print and e-book fiction and combined print and e-book nonfiction lists; Amazon charts, fiction and non-fiction; US Today; and publishers weekly. I jot down titles on several lists in the hope that they will give us a broad overview of the bestselling books of the moment.

There’s an unusual match between all four lists this week, thanks in large part to Colleen Hoover’s long-awaited companion novel to It Ends With Us, out this month. I’ve bolded the few new additions to this list, but they’re all either well-established authors, celebrities, or presidential biographies. Unfortunately, this continues to be an extremely (completely?) white list, which is frustrating, especially given the amount of incredible books by authors of color published each week. May I recommend Strike the Zither by Joan He? If you want to keep up to date with all new releases – not just the bestsellers – read our New Books newsletter.

Books on all four bestseller lists:

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #1, USA Today #1, Publishers Weekly #1, Amazon #1)

The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham (NYT #2, USA Today #2, Publishers Weekly #2, Amazon #2)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #3, USA Today #3, Publishers Weekly #3, Amazon #3)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (NYT #4, USA Today #4, Publishers Weekly #4, Amazon #4)

Fairy Tales by Stephen King (NYT #8, USA Today #9, Publishers Weekly #8, Amazon #5)

Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton (NYT #1, USA Today #6, Publishers Weekly #5, Amazon #4)

And There Was Light by Jon Meacham (NYT #2, USA Today #10, Publishers Weekly #10, Amazon #3)

Books on three bestseller lists:

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Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (NYT #5, USA Today #5, Amazon #8)

Long Shadows by David Baldacci (NYT #6, USA Today #5, Amazon #9)

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (NYT #7, USA Today #8, Publishers Weekly #7)

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (NYT #3, Publishers Weekly #9, Amazon #1)

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