New Bestsellers, Sept. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

A Better Man by Louise Penny leads eight new books onto the bestseller lists. There are more reviews and some buzzy news about The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller and What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics by Rachael Denhollander garner focused attention.

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New to the Bestseller Lists

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








A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Minotaur: Macmillan; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz (Knopf) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random House) takes No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews (Avon: Harper) claims No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Hot Shot by Fern Michaels (Zebra: Random House) is No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nantucket Neighbors by Pamela M. Kelley (Independently published) makes the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 11.

Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day (Montlake Romance: Brilliance) closes the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 13.


Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street: Hachette) lands at No 3. on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


NPR reviews The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press): “extraordinary.” Also, Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas (Penguin): “a snappy, clear-minded attack on the fashion industry's rampant labor and environmental abuses.”

USA Today reviews Quichotte by Salman Rushdie (Random House; LJ starred review). It gets 2.5 stars and is called “a bit of a mess.”

The NYT reviews Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: Hachette): “This might be classic Gladwell, but it comes across as jarringly incongruous — especially now, when there seems to be a growing awareness that violence and trauma aren’t necessarily the best fodder for puzzles, and that “broader ethical questions” can’t be neatly cordoned off from the issues at hand.” Also, The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts by Gilbert M. Gaul (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan): “carefully researched and eye-opening.”

More on The Testaments

USA Today reviews The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: Random House), giving it 3.5 stars and deciding it is “well worth the wait."

The Guardian offers: “Atwood’s task in returning to the world of her best-known work was a big one, but the result is a success that more than justifies her Booker prize shortlisting.”

Slate calls it “an Unlikely Crowd-Pleaser.”

The L.A. Times writes that it puts “Atwood’s powers on full display.”

That is not all: Vox reviews as well, O: The Oprah Magazine also has thoughts, as does People.

The Bookseller notes that Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia) will narrate the audiobook along with “Atwood herself, Bryce Dallas Howard, Derek Jacboi.”

The NYT reports on how the Booker Prize panel had to protect the book from leaking. But then The Guardian notes that Amazon sent hundereds of copies out early.

The novel has already sold screen rights. Entertainment Weekly has details. So does Bustle and Time. Vulture is on the story too.

Briefly Noted

Two new books on sexual assult are leading book coverage. NPR spotlights Chanel Miller, Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin). So does the HuffPost. Miller’s book is topping the Amazon Movers & Shakers chart this morning. Time reports on Rachael Denhollander’s new book, What Is a Girl Worth?: My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics (Tyndale Momentum; LJ starred review).

Lit Hub offers their fall book listicle accounting with “The Ultimate Fall 2019 Books Preview.” The most recommended book this fall is The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: Random House; LJ starred review).

Bustle picks “36 New Books Of Fall 2019 You Need To Have On Your Autumn Reading List.”

The Millions offers its September Preview.

BBC Culture picks the “The best books of the year so far.” Also, “Ten books to read in September.”

Entertainment Weekly suggests "5 comics to read in September.”

CrimeReads picks “7 Essential Contagion Novels.”

BookMarks picks “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.” prints “Jo Walton’s Reading List: August 2019.”

Electric Lit has a guide to Japanese Literature.

USA Today lists all the "Read with Jenna" titles.

In a featured piece that mixes in-depth literary critique, history, and fashion, Hilton Als looks anew at Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin for the NYT.

Lauren Groff suggests Nancy Hale’s “The Bubble” for Electric Lit under the headline “It’s Time Nancy Hale Got Her Due.”

In forthcoming book news, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson (Crown: Random House) will publish in March. The Washington Post has details. Entertainment Weekly reports that The Black Panther’s Shuri will be the central character in a middle-grade novel written by Nic Stone, as part of “a multiyear partnership between Scholastic and Marvel to introduce new original stories featuring Marvel superheroes to young readers.” People writes that Carrie Underwood is writing a book about fitness and wellness, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Bitch Media interviews Donna Freitas, Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Time interviews Gina Rippon, Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds (Pantheon: Random House).

The Believer has a conversation between Tash Aw and Chia-Chia Lin.

Patti Smith goes "By the Book" for the NYT .

People spotlights Now Accepting Roses: Finding Myself While Searching for the One . . . and Other Lessons I Learned from "The Bachelor" by Amanda Stanton (BenBella Books).

Paste features The Nature of Life and Death: Every Body Leaves a Trace by Patricia Wiltshire (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin).

Vanity Fair showcases Linda Boström Knausgård: “the writer and ex-wife of Karl Ove Knausgaard is done being a character in someone else’s book.” Her new book is Welcome to America by Linda Boström Knausgård, translated by Martin Aitken (World Editions).

Author Sloane Crosley writes about Friends for the NYT.

The Atlantic offers a piece by Jennine Capó Crucet, My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education (Picador: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Cut writes about Thatcher Wine, For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library by Thatcher Wine, Elizabeth Lane (Gibbs Smith).

The Washington Post reports on NecronomiCon 2019.

USA Today has an obituary for Dorothea Benton Frank.

Authors on Air offers “Star Wars Timeline Explained: The Mandalorian Will Reveal How The First Order Begins.” Also, news that "Junji Ito’s Uzumaki Manga to Get Anime Adaptation for Adult Swim’s Toonami.”

Deadline reports that Tomb Raider is getting a sequel. Also, Oprah Winfrey is going on an arena tour. NBC will air Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event the day before film opens. There is casting news for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jeanine Pirro Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America (Center Street: Hachette), has been stopped by Fox news from promoting her book on “outside media” sources.

NPR interviews Ben Westhoff, Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Gretel & Hansel: A Grim Fairy Tale gets a trailer.

Politicians with books hit TV again; Stephen Colbert will host Pete Buttigieg while Seth Meyers features Bernie Sanders.

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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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