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 TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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 NewmanTrump renews attacks on Omarosa, slamming her as 'disgusting and foul mouthed' Ex-sycophants highlight the void of competence around Trump Scaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern 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 ComeyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe 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.