Sales of political books up 25 percent in 2018: report
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Political book sales are up 25 percent so far in 2018, according to a new report from market research company NPD Group.

"There's a lot going on in the cultural zeitgeist, and that’s translating into increased book sales," Kristen McLean, executive director of business development at NPD Group, told Variety on Thursday. 

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Books painting both a favorable picture of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony MORE and his administration, such as Jeanine Pirro's "Liars, Leakers, and Liberals," and books depicting unrest within the White House, such as Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” and Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanJohn Kelly to leave White House at year's end Ex-Trump staffer’s book describes 'Team of Vipers’ Former White House aide planning tell-all due in January: report MORE’s “Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House,” have helped lift book sales, according to the report.

"People want to understand what’s going on right now," McLean told Variety.

Nonfiction sales jumped generally, lifted by the popularity of political and self-help books, NPD Group found. All print sales rose 2 percent year-over-year.

New York bookstore owner Lexi Beach told Variety that political books have risen in popularity since the 2016 elections.

"Particularly after Trump won, we had a lot more demand for books about activism and political engagement," she said.

Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony READ: Transcript of Comey's interview before House lawmakers Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant MORE's memoir of his time in the Trump White House, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," are among the top three best-selling books of the first half of 2018, according to NPD Group.