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10th of December 2018

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This Week's Bestsellers: December 3, 2018

Hunter Gathers Sales

Outdoorsman Steven Rinella has hosted the Netflix series MeatEater since 2012 and the MeatEater podcast since 2015, and he’s also the author of several books on wildlife, hunting, fishing, and wild-game cooking. We starred his latest, The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook, which debuts at #11 in hardcover nonfiction. Sales were strongest in the north and west of the country.

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

Game Face

Among the Black Friday winners: a trio of hardcover nonfiction titles associated with popular gaming worlds. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Creating a Champion is a companion to the newest iteration of the longrunning Legend of Zelda series, the bestselling game in the series to date. Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage are both supplemental guides to Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition, the roleplaying game’s latest.

Home Cooking for the Holidays

Several new and backlist cookbooks got a significant Black Friday boost, including a trio of multicooker titles: Laurel Randolph’s 2016 blockbuster, The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook (616K print copies sold since its 2016 release); 2017’s Instant Pot Miracle by the editors at HMH (415K sold since release); and a sequel, October’s Instant Pot Miracle 6 Ingredients or Less by Ivy Manning (up seven spots to #8 in trade paper). Also of note: Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat, which pubbed in 2017, had its best week of sales since shortly after her Netflix miniseries began airing, more than a month ago.

New & NotableFire & BloodGeorge R.R. Martin#1 Hardcover Fiction, #5 overallFans awaiting the next Song of Ice and Fire installment are not likely to be satisfied by this prequel, our review said: “Martin’s evocative storytelling style and gift for gripping narrative are mostly absent from this dry history of the blood-drenched Targaryens, one of the central dynasties of the land of Westeros.”

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units 1 Becoming Michelle Obama Crown 424,794 2 The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13) Jeff Kinney Amulet 148,317 3 Paw Patrol 5 Minute Stories (premium) Random House Random House 124,047 4 Trolls 5 Minute Stories (premium) Random House Random House 93,717 5 Fire & Blood George R.R. Martin Bantam 70,878 6 Homebody Joanna Gaines Harper Design 54,461 7 The Wonky Donkey Smith/Cowley Scholastic 49,465 8 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald J.K. Rowling Scholastic/Levine 45,585 9 Target: Alex Cross James Patterson Little, Brown 45,480 10 Girl, Wash Your Face Rachel Hollis Nelson 42,063

All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.

A version of this article appeared in the 12/03/2018 issue of Publishers Weekly under the headline: Behind the Bestsellers

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