Bill O'Reilly's Killing Patton (Henry Holt) maintains its position at the top of the US Top 100 for a second week, with 113,891 copies sold in the seven days ending 5th October.
This was a 30% drop in volume week on week for the fourth in the political commentator’s series of books examining the deaths of prominent historical figures, but still comfortably ahead of the standard paperback edition of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (Broadway) in second place.
Three editions of Flynn’s bestseller appear in the US Top 10. Alongside the standard paperback, the film tie-in edition climbs one place to number three this week and the mass-market edition occupies seventh place. The film adaptation of Flynn's suspense thriller opened in cinemas last Friday to critical acclaim and sales of all three editions rose substantially. The $15 paperback editions sold 123,705 copies combined (a 98% rise) and the mass market sold a further 41,617-a 40% rise.
A flurry of new titles boosted the book market in the US last week. Week on week, sales overall were up 3% with nearly 11m books registering through Nielsen BookScan. Frontlist was up by 6% but backlist, which accounted for 55% of sales was also up, by 1%.
In the overall top 10, there were four new entries. Burn (Little, Brown) the seventh instalment of James Patterson's police series featuring Detective Michael Bennett and co-written with Michael Ledwidge, was the week's highest new entry. Debuting at five and entering at three on the Fiction list (behind multiple editions of Gone Girl), the mystery thriller sold 42,839 copies. This is down nearly 9% on first week sales for the series' previous entry Gone, which debuted at number three in the same week last year (week ending October 6th) selling 46,889 copies and went on to sell 175,236 in hardcover.
Gina Homolka, blogger, writer and creator of Skinnytaste.com, scores a hit with her first cookbook - The Skinnytaste Cookbook (Clarkson Potter) - entering at six and selling 42,350 copies. Lena Dunham, actress, writer and creator of the hit HBO series "Girls", claims eighth spot with her autobiographical collection of frank essays and observations on modern life. Not That kind of Girl (Random House) sold 37,432.
Rachel Renee Russell's eighth Dork Diary adventure rounds off the new entries inside the Top 10 (at number nine) and tops the Juvenile Fiction list. Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After (Aladdin) sold 34,099 copies.
Adult Fiction sales were up 10% last week on the previous week. The mass market paperback of Cross My Heart (Vision) gave James Patterson a second new entry on the Fiction Top 10. The Alex Cross thriller sold 19,069 copies but this was down 18.5% on the former FBI Agent and psychologist's previous outing in mass market. Alex Cross Run (Vision) debuted at six on the fiction list back in March selling 23,389 (week ending March 2nd). The mass-market paperback of Danielle's Steel's Winners (Dell) was the Fiction list's other new entrant at seven selling 21,968. Last week's number one Edge of Eternity (Dutton) slipped to five and declined 32% but still sold over 25,000 copies last week. The movie tie-in of Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me (Grand Central) also dropped one place to six and John Grisham's Sycamore Row (Dell) also fell, by four places to ten selling 17,815 copies, down 17% on the previous week's volume.
Despite declines, sales were buoyed by new titles with six additional new entries in the top 20. Patterson and Steel were joined by mass-market paperbacks from John Sandford at 11 with Storm Front (Berkley, 17,393 copies), Heather Graham's The Betrayed (Mira, 13,567 copies) at 14 and Catherine Coulter's The Lost Key (Putnam) at 13 in hardcover selling 13,734 among others.
Non-fiction sales were flat on the previous week. New entries from Homolka and Dunham were joined in the top five by Joel Osteen's inspirational self-help guide You Can You Will (Faithwords) at number four selling 18,974 copies. The preacher and televangelist's previous book Break Out! has sold 236,339 in hardcover since publication last October. The Wizards RPG Team's Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast) rounded off the new entries in the Top five. The $49.95 rulebook to the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons sold 16,956 copies in its first week on the chart.