New Bestsellers Arrive, Aug. 2, 2018 | Book Pulse

Five new bestsellers land on the lists today, headed by a new Star Wars story and including the reissue of a Neal Stephenson novel. More August best book lists arrive and there is plenty of adaptation news.

New to the Bestseller Lists

[Links for the week: NYTHardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYTHardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]


Thrawn: Alliances(Star Wars) by Timothy Zahn (Del Rey: Random) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at No. 9 the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin) opens at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (Del Rey: Random). The reissue lands at No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump by Gregg Jarrett (Broadside Books: Harper) debuts at No 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President by Sean Spicer (Regnery) takes the 13 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools by Rachel Devlin (Basic Books: Hachette): "reminds us that the task of publicly and constitutionally challenging racial discrimination in education was laid on the bodies of black girls. This is a reality with which America has yet to reckon." Also Kissinger the Negotiator: Lessons from Dealmaking at the Highest Level by James K. Sebenius, et al. (Harper): "The authors ... have done a great service in elucidating the actions of a very skilled American diplomat. We have a lot to learn from his history, but it requires attention to his limitations and failings as much as to the successes." Finally, the paper considers two books about the apocalypse.

The Washington Post reviews Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown (FSG: Macmillan): "big fun, equal measures insightful and hysterical. The footnotes are ambrosial." Michael Dirda appreciatesThe Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason (Penguin).

NPR reviews The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin): "Sometimes Kwon's style can get a bit too doggedly lyrical, but she's deftat moving the plot toward its explosive climax." Also The Third Hotelby Laura van den Berg (FSG: Macmillan): "It will slide some eels under your skin."

Briefly Noted

More August best book lists arrive: Bitch Media, Bustle (fiction, nonfiction, and YA), Signature,, The Verge, and Vulture (comics).

Archie Comics and Spotify are creating "motion comics,” reports Entertainment Weekly. "These videos take the panels from actual issues of Archie, put them into motion, set them to music, and have actors read the dialogue."

The SeptemberIndie Nextlist is out. She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore (Graywolf: Macmillan) is the No. 1 pick.

Reese Witherspoon's August book pick is imminent.

The Washington Post picks three SFF books for the month.

Entertainment Weekly starts a new column on YA titles and considers five new comics.

A Frozencomic is on the way.

The Guardian lists "the 10 graphic novels everyone should read."

Vulture considers the best true crime books, as picked by crime writers.

The NYT posts discussion questions for What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead), its book club pick with PBS.

Vanity Fair gathers books (and films and podcasts) highlighting "Old Hollywood Gossip."

The Nationhas apologized for publishing a poem, calling it “disparaging and ableist.” The poet apologized too. The NYT reports on the poem and the critical backlash.

Vanity Fair considers book jackets covered in flowers.

Authors on Air

Deadline Hollywood has adaptation news: Animal Farmis headed to Netflix, with Andy Serkis (Mowgli) directing; The Sweetest Fig by Chris VanAllsburg is getting turned into a film; a live-action version ofDora the Explorer is in the works; Doctor Sleep, the Stephen King adaptation, is casting up; Shrill by Lindy West is headed to Hulu, as is Less than Zero; media rights have been sold in "a competitive situation" for The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang; and Hillary Clinton and Steven Spielberg are working on Elaine Weiss’s The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote for a TV series.

Also, after just one season, Amazon cancelsThe Dangerous Book for Boys.

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The Today Show goes to novelist Emma Straub's Books are Magic bookstore

NPR's Fresh Airinterviews Nick Pyenson, Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures (Viking; LJ starred review). Also on NRP, cartoonist Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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