Hereâs a look at whatâs new on USA TODAYâs Best-Selling Books listâ¦
Moving memoir: It took a year âÂ and a boost from Megyn Kelly âÂ but Hillbilly Elegy has reached No. 1.
(The full list will be published on Thursday.)
J.D. Vanceâs book, subtitled A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and released on June 28, 2016, has spent 49 weeks on USA TODAYâs list and was one of the big breakout hits of the 2016 election cycle. It has continued to do well in 2017.
But until now the story of Vanceâs hardscrabble childhood in Appalachia and later success at Yale Law School and Silicon Valley had never made it to the top spot. Vance was profiled on NBC’sÂ Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly on June 25, exposure that kicked sales of the book up a notch. It’s sold more than 1 million copies, says publisher Harper. (Hillbilly Elegy was No. 7 last week. The memoir’s previous high spot was No. 5 on both Jan. 19 and Feb. 2.)
Vance was a frequent guest last year on cable news shows, called upon to help explain Donald Trumpâs appealÂ to poor and working-class whites in the Rust Belt.
During a sometimes emotional interview with Kelly, Vance spoke about his motherâs heroin addiction when he was young, being raised by his loving grandmother and his surprise at what a huge hit Hillbilly Elegy has become. He has returned to his home state of Ohio with his wife to help work on community issues such as the opiod crisis.
Ron Howard will produce and direct a movie adaptation of Vance’s memoir.
‘Dreamers’ come true: The latest Oprah Book Club pick, Behold the Dreamers (Random House), lands at No. 16.
Itâs the first appearance on the list for Imbolo Mbueâs debut novel, which was published last August.
In making the announcement…