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Masked Prey by John Sandford leads nine new bestsellers. A new Star Wars series is in the works; it will take place in a new time line and will be “female-focused.” The NYT picks books for May. South Korean women authors are in the spotlight, as is Madeleine Albright, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir. Time reports on the pandemic, indie bookstores, Amazon, and Bookshop.org.

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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

Masked Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan (Bookouture) opens at No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Savage Son by Jack Carr (Atria/Emily Bestler: S. & S.) claims No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Last Emperox (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review) lands at No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

The House of Kennedy by James Patterson (Little, Brown: Hachette) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known: Ruminations and Revelations from a Desperate Mother to Her Dirty Son by Peggy Rowe (Forefront Books: S. & S.) holds No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Step-by-Step Instant Pot Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes for Spectacular Results -- with Photographs of Every Step by Jeffrey Eisner (Voracious: Hachette) cooks it up at No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (Harper; LJ starred review) takes No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton (Crown: Random House) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

Reviews

The NYT reviews No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain's Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I by Wendy Moore (Basic Books: Hachette): “Meticulously researched, written with élan and wit.” Also, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeleine Albright (Harper; LJ starred review): “by turns poignant and hilarious.” Bubblegum by Adam Levin (Doubleday: Random House): “admirably bonkers and fitfully phenomenal.”

Entertainment Weekly‘s reviews of The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf) and Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (Avid Reader: S. & S.) go online. The Knockout Queen gets an A-: “shrewd exploration of all the ways people find to pass on the hurt and anger they’ve been given and a tender, furious ode to the connections that somehow still endure, despite everything.” Perfect Tunes earns a B-: “thematically rich but never quite in tune.”

The L.A. Times reviews Warhol by Blake Gopnik (Ecco: Harper): “definitive … gathers up all the receipts on the blank icon who stormed the barricades of art, only to serve it up to commerce.”

The Washington Post reviews Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love by Nina Renata Aron (Crown: Random House): “stunning … reading it was like a first sip of water after a 20-mile run in the heat. Aron is not only a master of metaphor but also a brilliant researcher.” Also, Miss Aluminum: A Memoir by Susanna Moore (FSG: Macmillan): “far from your typical debauchery-filled tell-all … As readers of Moore’s fiction know, she is a brilliant storyteller and sentence-maker.”

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

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Rebecca Solnit has an essay in LitHub: “Life Inside This Strange New Fairytale Doesn’t Have to Be Lonely.”

The L.A. Times writes “Just in time for global distress, astrology hits the bookshelves.”

The NYT gathers “Books You Can Read in a Day.”          

Time reports on the pandemic, indie bookstores, Amazon, and Bookshop.org.

Briefly Noted

The NYT picks “11 Books to Watch For in May.”

CrimeReads has “Five True Crime Books You Should Read This Month.”

NPR’s Romance column considers titles that “Provide Delicious Escapes.”

The Guardian reports on a new generation of South Korean female authors.

torrin a. greathouse wins the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry.

Gizmodo excerpts Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com: Macmillan).

The Atlantic has an adapted excerpt of Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth by Benjamin Taylor (Penguin).

Elle posts a new short story by Joyce Carol Oates.

Electric Lit runs the short story “Nuclear” by Kate Pigott.

Essence spotlights The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family by Bettye Kearse (HMH; LJ starred review).

Time highlights The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac (Knopf).

People writes about Gentle on My Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell by Kim Campbell (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

io9 features Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Traveler's Guide to Batuu by Cole Horton (becker&mayer!Books: Quarto).

The NYT’s “Inside the List” column focuses on Elizabeth Wetmore, Valentine (Harper). The “By the Book” column interviews Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Bitch Media interviews Sarah Kendzior, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

The Verge features the new Folio Society edition of George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings. Tor.com has an interview with the artist of the edition.

Vulture has a close read of Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen (Arcade: Skyhorse).

The NYT Magazine features Madeleine Albright, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir (Harper; LJ starred review).

Danny DeVito read Dr. Seuss's The Lorax for Earth Day. Entertainment Weekly has the story and video.

Chelsea Handler is suggesting books via #GetLitWithChelsea. USA Today reports.

Kensington is changing its trim size, including for Zebra imprints and more. Shelf Awareness has details.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air 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 has a reading list for Mrs. America. Also in the paper, a report on the operatic adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, which is airing for free on YouTube. There is also a free reading of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Legally Blonde – The Musical, which is also based on a book.

A new Star Wars series is in the works and it will be “female-focused … written and showrun by Lesley Headland, a co-creator of Netflix’s Emmy-winning dramedy series Russian Doll ... [it will be an] action thriller with martial arts elements and set in an alternate timeline from the usual Star Wars universe.” The Burying Place by Brian Freeman is headed to AMC. The Gotham Group and a range of partners has started a YouTube reading series, Gotham Reads, which features “close to 75 top children’s authors, content creators, screenwriters and performers reading their favorite books and giving a peek into their creative process.” Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s unreleased Lioness: The Last Queen sells rights to Endemol Shine India.

PBS NewsHour features Jane Goodall in two pieces.

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