Remembering Clive Cussler; Edwidge Danticat Honored; International Booker Prize Longlist Announced | Book Pulse

Clive Cussler, a master of adventure thrillers, has died. Edwidge Danticat wins The Story Prize. The longlist is out for the International Booker Prize. Chasing Cassandra: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas tops the bestseller lists this week. Audible plans to release The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling. The Guardian writes about Hilary Mantel’s long novels and offer tips to tackle big books.

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Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler has died. He was 88.

A constant on the bestseller lists and a key author in the adrenaline genre, Cussler helped create the template for the contemporary adventure thriller with series characters like Dirk Pitt.

The NYT has an obituary. USA Today, The Guardian, The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and Vulture do as well.

He has a book set for this summer, The Titanic Secret (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin).

New Bestsellers

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

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Chasing Cassandra: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas (Avon: Harper) debuts at No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

One Minute Out by Mark Greaney (Berkley: Penguin) opens at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Berkley: Penguin) takes No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (Park Row: Harper) grabs No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Holdout by Graham Moore (Random House; LJ starred review) lands at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction by David Enrich (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve: Hachette) makes its case at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene (Knopf: Random House) holds No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review) lands at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

While it is not a new bestseller, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant (MCD: Macmillan) appea again on both the NYT and the USA Today lists.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough (William Morrow: Harper): “a saucy novel about insecure second wives dragged down by secrets, jealousies and their struggles to fit in.” Also, The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit, and Defrocking by Adam Sisman (Counterpoint): “a reader’s delight.”

The L.A. Times reviews Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell (Princeton): “a sweeping new study of the ultra-wealthy who’ve moved to - or at least declared residency in - Teton County, Wyo., as well as the largely Latino underclass that serves them.”

NPR reviews Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (One World: Random House): “a major reckoning, pulling no punches as the author uses her life's flashpoints to give voice to a wider Asian American experience, one with cascading consequences.”

The NYT reviews The Power Notebooks by Katie Roiphe (Free Press: S. & S.): “can be read as a power move.”

Book Marks picks “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Briefly Noted

The longlist has been revealed for the International Booker Prize. The shortlist will be announced on April 2 and the winner will be announced on May 19.

Edwidge Danticat wins The Story Prize.

Paul Theroux receives the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing. Additional book awards are also announced.

The PROSE Award winners are announced. LJ has a report.

CrimeReads surveys “The Year’s Best Action Thrillers (So Far) (It’s Not Even March).

Tor.com gathers “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in March.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews James McBride, Deacon King Kong (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Shondaland interviews Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (Viking: Penguin).

Tor.com interviews Alix Harrow, whose next book will be The Once and Future Witches, coming from Orbit in October 2020.

Electric Lit interviews Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

Louis Sachar returns to a beloved locale with Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (HarperCollins). The Washington Post has a feature.

Audible plans to release J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard next month featuring actors from the various films and stage productions, including Jude Law and Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the movies. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Elle excerpts Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today by Rachel Vorona Cote (Grand Central: Hachette).

The Washington Post features Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc (Coach House Books; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times writes about the importance of costume design in literary adaptations.

George R.R. Martin has a new genus of pterosaur named after his dragons. They are called Targaryendraco wiedenrothi. The Guardian has details.

The poet laureate of the UK, Simon Armitage, plans a national headquarters for poetry. The Guardian has details.

The Guardian writes about Hilary Mantel’s long novels, and offer tips to tackle big books.

LitHub writes “Coronavirus is affecting the Italian publishing industry in a big way.”

LitHub reports on the book robot Around B. (it is really more of a shelver robot).

Poet Lisel Mueller has died. The Chicago Tribune has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly has a few new details about HBO Max's Americanah, based on the book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ava DuVernay and Victoria Mahoney plan a TV series adapting Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Netflix’s adaptation of Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her casts up. The memoir Running A Thousand Miles For Freedom by William and Ellen Craft is headed to the movies. Clarice, a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, is in the works at CBS. Hulu’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, based on the series by Trenton Lee Stewart, casts up as well. A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities is in the works. Deadline has details on all and LitHub also writes about the Dickens adaptation.

PBS NewsHour interviews Susan Fowler, Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber (Viking: Penguin).

Elle interviews director Dee Rees, The Last Thing He Wanted.

The Letter for the King gets another trailer. It debuts on March 20 on Netflix and is based on the novel of the same name by Tonke Dragt.

The Today show features The Ultimate Retirement Guide for 50+ : Winning Strategies to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime by Suze Orman (Hay House: Penguin).

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