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Camino Winds by John Grisham tops the bestseller lists. Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, reads Duck! Rabbit! in support of Save the Children’s coronavirus efforts. Author Emily Giffin is not pleased. Books-a-Million is opening most of its stores in the U.S. Plenty of booklists arrive and a large number of excerpts too, including Christopher Paolini reading from To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

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New Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Camino Winds by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Wedding Dress by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: Random House) opens at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf) takes No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage, and Sex by Michael Todd (WaterBrook: Random House) holds No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Don't Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin (Sentinel: Penguin) takes No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H. Murthy (Harper Wave) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 14.

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson (Basic Books: Hachette): “a spirited and skillful rhetorician, juggling a profusion of historical facts while never allowing the flame of his anger to dim.” The paper also looks at two books that examined “Pandemics of the Past” and the “Inside the List” column focuses on The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post reviews Only the River by Anne Raeff (Counterpoint): “the novel makes its own soft, steady music, and its traces will haunt a reader’s heart and mind.”

Briefly Noted

The longlist is announced for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Lee Child and Oyinkan Braithwaite are in the running. The Bookseller reports.

Tor.com has “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in May.”

The Millions selects the “Must-Read Poetry” of May.

Delia Owens, Jennifer Weiner, Kiley Reid and others suggest books for Mother’s Day, about the “mother-child relationship.”

LJ spotlights crafting.

Barbara Hoffert has more Prepub Alert features for November titles.

W magazine gathers “Great Fashion Reads Recommended by Indie Booksellers.”

The Strategist gathers “17 Surprising Indie Bookstore Best Sellers.”

Popsugar picks “15 Must-Reads For Fans of Sally Rooney's Normal People.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey (Tor Books: Macmillan).

Electric Lit excerpts A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet (W.W. Norton), which is recommended by Jenny Offill.

Grove Atlantic Tweets out an excerpt of Earthlings by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Grove Press).

Tor.com has Christopher Paolini reading an excerpt from To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (Tor Books: Macmillan). Also, an excerpt from Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert (Flatiron Books: Macmillan) and one from A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG: Macmillan).

O: The Oprah Magazine features Gabrielle Union, Welcome to the Party (HarperCollins).

Time showcases Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford (Knopf; LJ starred review) and also My Baby First Birthday by Jenny Zhang (Tin House: W.W. Norton).

Bustle interviews Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Grove Press, Black Cat).

Elle interviews Emma Straub, All Adults Here (Riverhead: Penguin).

Tor.com interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, The Ministry for the Future (Orbit: Hachette).

CrimeReads offers “My First Thriller: Michael Connelly.”

Jennifer Weiner, Big Summer (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review), answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questions.

Electric Lit writes about Elizabeth Spencer and how “The Snare Captures How Women Internalize Trauma.”

The Guardian reports on “darkness residencies” in the UK, undertaken by Bernardine Evaristo, Max Porter and Raymond Antrobus in which they “spend hours in blackout before writing something inspired by heightened senses, identity, imagination, sensory reduction and rest.”

The selections for the 2019 AU Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show are announced. LitHub reports and has some fantastic images.

The NYT has an obituary for Beat poet Michael McClure.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, reads Duck! Rabbit! in support of Save the Children’s coronavirus efforts. Author Emily Giffin took to Instagram to share her negative reaction, writing “Go away, Megan.” HuffPost reports on that part of the story.

The BBC considers “The books that might flourish in this time of crisis.”

NPR offers “Quarantine Comfort Reads.”

Michael Dirda runs through his recent reading to escape the pandemic in The Washington Post. Also in the paper, eleven authors discuss the books that help them cope.

Electric Lit has “Why You Should Read “Home” While You’re Stuck at Home.”

Salon interviews Mark O'Connell, Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times writes “On the anniversary of the birth of the Works Progress Administration, it’s worth asking what a post-COVID Federal Writers Project might look like.”

Irish bookstores are reopening in June. The Bookseller reports.

Books-a-Million is opening most of its stores in the US. Businesswire reports.

Authors on Air

The NYT reviews Becoming, writing about Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary: “It hits all the notes of a megastar choosing to share her life with the public: selective biographical moments and star-studded guest appearances, plus a healthy dose of motivational messaging about the virtues of education and the holistic ownership of personal narratives.”

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Molly Ball, Pelosi (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

NPR’s Code Switch interviews Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (Viking: Penguin).

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comic by Gilbert Shelton is headed to TV as an animated series, with Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Tiffany Haddish and Pete Davidson to lead the vocals. Deadline reports.

The Today Show features What Makes a Marriage Last: 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life by Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue (HarperOne), Officer Clemmons: A Memoir by Dr. François S. Clemmons (Catapult), and The End of October by Lawrence Wright (Knopf).

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