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This is the weekly feature where we look at four of the biggest bestseller lists and combine them to get a better sense of the books selling the most overall, since each list has its own data points and logic.

As we close out February, there are a few additions to the list, but they’re all only on two of the four bestseller lists: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, a 2020 release about America’s caste system; Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, a 2020 release with a mini-series coming out March 3rd; and The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg, a new release from the climate activist with steps to fight climate change. Other than that, the rest of these bestsellers are carry overs from previous weeks.

To get these numbers, we look at the New York Times, both Combined Print & E-Book Fiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction lists; Amazon Charts, both Fiction and Nonfiction; Publishers Weekly; and Indie Bestsellers, Fiction and Nonfiction, both Paperback and Hardcover. New additions to the list are bolded.

Despite February being Black History Month, and despite all the work publishing has supposedly done to diversify, this list is stubbornly overwhelmingly by white authors. Some bestsellers that didn’t quite make the list but are still well worth checking out are Finding Me by Viola Davis (Amazon #3) and The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay (Indie Bestsellers #13).

Books On All Four Bestseller Lists:

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Spare by Prince Harry (NYT #1, Publishers Weekly #4, Amazon #1, Indie Bestsellers #1)

It Starts With Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #1, Publishers Weekly #1, Amazon #3, Indie Bestsellers #6)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #2, Publishers Weekly #3, Amazon #1, Indie Bestsellers #2)

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (NYT #4, Publishers Weekly #9, Amazon #2, Indie Bestsellers #1)

Books On Three Bestseller Lists:

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Atomic Habits by James Clear (Amazon #2, Publishers Weekly #5, Indie Bestsellers #4)

Heart Bones (Reissue) by Colleen Hoover (NYT #3, Publishers Weekly #2, Indie Bestsellers #7)

Verity by Colleen Hoover (NYT #5, Publishers Weekly #6, Amazon #6)

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (Amazon #9, Amazon #7, Indie Bestsellers #2)

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk (NYT #2, Amazon #6, Indie Bestsellers #4)

Books On Two Bestseller Lists:

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Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (NYT #5, Indie Bestsellers #2)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (NYT #6, Indie Bestsellers #1)

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (NYT #4, Indie Bestsellers #3)

The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin (Amazon #7, Indie Bestsellers #2)

The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama (NYT #6, Indie Bestsellers #6)

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (NYT #8, Indie Bestsellers #4)

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Amazon #9, Indie Bestsellers #3)

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle (Publishers Weekly #7, Amazon #5)

The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg (NYT #9, Indie Bestsellers #5)

Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes (NYT #10, Indie Bestsellers #8)


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