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Paul Farmer, Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History, wins the $1 million 2020 Berggruen Prize. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book, Persist, will be out April 20, 2021. More lists of the best books of the year arrive from Town & Country, CrimeReads, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Read excerpts of Godspeed by Nickolas Butler and This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron. Plus, adaptation news about His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, and more.

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Paul Farmer, Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (FSG: Macmillan), wins the $1 million 2020 Berggruen Prize. The NYT looks at the impact he's had on public health systems.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new book, Persist (Henry Holt), will be out April 20, 2021. The Associated Press has details.

Town & Country picks its best books of the year.

CrimeReads selects the year's best psychological thrillers.

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf (Harry N. Abrams; LJ starred review) earns the top spot from Publishers Weekly critics for the year's best graphic novels. It was an LJ Best Book as well.

Entertainment Weekly picks the 10 best romance novels of the year.

USA Today contributors share "The books that got us through 2020," while the NYT checks in with booksellers on the stories that brought them comfort.

Jezebel shares "The Best Books We Read All Stinkin' Year."

"Rabih Alameddine’s Year in Reading: Poetry Edition" is at the Freeman’s channel at Lit Hub.

Lit Hub pulls together all "The Award-Winning Novels of 2020."

Shelf Awareness looks at some of next week's new releases.

BuzzFeed looks at 19 upcoming historical novels.

Barbara Hoffert has new Prepub Alert columns in LJ

New Title Bestsellers

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf) appears for the first time at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White Houseby Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review) grabs No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson with Casey Sherman (Little Brown: Hachette) starts at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, illustrated by Fumi Nakamura (Milkweed Editions) wows at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Antiracist Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review): No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House): No. 6 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (One World: Random House): No. 8 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau: Random House; LJ starred review): No. 9 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon): No. 11 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): No. 15 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers (The Unnamed Press; LJ starred review): "A comic novel, a horror novel, a feminist novel and a moral novel of a kind, 'A Certain Hunger' will sate yours — at least for entertainment."

The Guardian reviews Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion, and Politics by Sylvana Tomaselli (Princeton): "Sylvana Tomaselli’s book moves dexterously between he feelings and reasonings, producing a portrait that is both fresh and compelling."

Briefly Noted

CrimeReads has an excerpt and cover reveal for Godspeed by Nickolas Butler (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin). It's due out July 2021.

Tor.com has an excerpt from This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron (Bloomsbury YA: Macmillan), which is due out July 2021.

Black Mask Studios will return to single issue comics next year with the monthly Destiny, NY by Pat Shand and Manuel Preitano. The Hollywood Reporter has details and a look at the first cover.

Lit Hub is counting down the biggest literary stories of 2020. Today, stories 30 through 11.

Lenny Kravitz talks to Amazon about some books he read this year.

Deesha Philyaw discusses The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia UP) with The Rumpus, where she previously was a columnist.

The NYT's "Inside the List" column features Frederick Joseph, The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person (Candlewick). Jess Walter, The Cold Millions (Harper), talks memoirs and more in the "By the Book" column

Shondaland has interviews with Kelly Conaboy, The Particulars of Peter: Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out with My Perfect Dog (Grand Central: Hachette), and Michelle Buteau, Survival of the Thickest: Essays (Gallery: S. & S.).

Amazon interviews Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House; LJ starred review).

A never-before-seen story by Shirley Jackson will be published in The Strand Magazine. The Guardian details its origins.

Authors on Air

SK Global and The Mazur Kapan Company have picked up the rights to His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie (Algonquin: Workman) for a movie or TV series. Also, Bad Robot will adapt The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperOne) into an animated short. One of the stories from Exhalation by Ted Chiang (Knopf; LJ starred review) is being developed into an hour-long TV drama. Florence Pugh will play the title character in the film adaptation of The Maid by Nita Prose, which is due to be published by Penguin in 2022. The CW is adapting The Disasters by M. K. England. Deadline reports.

Ijeoma Oluo discusses Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal: Hachette: LJ starred review) on WBUR's Here and Now.

NPR's All Things Considered talks with director Deepa Mehtaabout about Funny Boy, adapted from the book by Shyam Selvadurai.

Danielle Evans, The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), appears on the WMFA podcast.

Book Riot's SFF Yeah! podcast discusses the best sci-fi and fantasy books of 2020, and covers some adaptation news.

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