New Bestsellers, Oct. 3, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates leads 13 new titles onto the bestseller lists. The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist is announced.  Abrams is starting Surely Books, a graphic novel imprint “dedicated to expanding the presence in the medium of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories.” There are many more October booklists and plenty of adaptation news.

 

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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]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.) opens at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book Four) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) continues the series at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper) explores a family at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (S. & S.) holds No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Wednesday Books: Macmillan) holds No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore (Harper) takes No.1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.: Macmillan) lands at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness (HarperOne) tells its truth at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Know My Name: A Memoir (LJ starred review) by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin) reclaims her story at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith (Knopf; LJ starred review) considers a year at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Exonerated: The Failed Takedown of President Donald Trump by the Swamp by Dan Bongino (Post Hill Press: S. & S.) holds No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

High School by Tegan and Sara Quin (S. & S.) mixes music and stories at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

NPR reviews Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): “feels like a public service.” Also, The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.): “a wrenching, grotesque, charmingly eerie folk-horror yarn.”

Garth Risk Hallberg reviews The Topeka School by Ben Lerner (FSG: Macmillan) for the NYT, calling it “exhilarating … irreducible … a high-water mark in recent American fiction.” Also, a review of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor by Steven Greenhouse (Knopf): “engrossing, character-driven, panoramic.” The paper also runs its column on romance novels, looking to the fall.

Briefly Noted

The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist is announced.

Sheila Bravo, Historically Inaccurate, wins Wattpad’s Top Award. Publishing Perspectives has details.

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

The Guardian picks five “Landmark poems of the last century.”

The Belletrist book of October is Jacqueline Woodson’s Red at the Bone (Riverhead).

The Guardian picks “The 10 biggest books of autumn.”

Lambda Literary has new books for October.

The Millions offers its October Preview.

AV Club has “5 books to read in October.”

Stylist also gathers its choices for the best of October.

Entertainment Weekly suggests five comics to read in October.

Stylist offers a guide to the best nonfiction books of 2020. Note: it is a UK list and publishing dates are likely to vary in the US.

Book Riot picks new nonfiction. Also, a guide to the writing of Shirley Jackson.

Electric Lit has “7 Novels about Americans of Color Living Abroad.”

The NYT showcases Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic features Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin).

Gizmodo interviews N.K. Jemisin about Green Lantern.

The NYT interviews Lupita Nyong’o, Sulwe (S. & S. Books for Young Readers).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Frank Miller, Cursed (S. & S. Books for Young Readers).

The NYT offers a poem by Jericho Brown.

io9 excerpts The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey (Orbit: Hachette).

Susan Rice, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (S. & S.) writes an essay for Shondaland.

Refinery29 excerpts Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers edited by Natalie Eve Garrett (Black Balloon Publishing; LJ starred review) with a piece by Carmen Maria Machado.

In forthcoming book news, Jim Carrey is writing a novel, Memoirs and Misinformation (Knopf, May 2020). Entertainment Weekly has details. Also, Ina Garten is writing a memoir. It is set for 2023. USA Today has details. Dark Horse Comics is publishing a collection of Neil Gaiman’s short fiction, The Neil Gaiman Library: Volume 1. It comes out next summer. Tor.com has details.

Abrams is starting Surely Books, a graphic novel imprint “dedicated to expanding the presence in the medium of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual creators and stories.” The NYT reports.

The NYT writes about the Eve Babitz revival.

The judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that was used in the famous obscenity trial, and was sold to a private buyer in the US, will now stay in the U.K. The NYT has details. And on the topic of banned books, Electric Lit has a report on the sale of the sale of our first banned book.

The Washington Post celebrates four literary anniversaries.

It is Super Thursday in the UK, while this Saturday is Bookshop Day. The Bookseller explains. And, on a related note, the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards shortlist is out.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air previews their interview with Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear, Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration (S. & S.), which will air this afternoon.

Paste has news on the adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone.

KUED’s Verve features book illustrator Leo Espinosa.

PBS NewsHour features Indre Viskontas, How Music Can Make You Better: (Motivational book, Neuroscience book) (Chronicle). 

Wheel of Time posts some of its table read.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that a new Dracula movie is in the works, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, to be directed by André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark).

Deadline reports that The comic Bitter Root is headed to the movies, to be directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther). Treatment by Dave Gibbons has sold content rights. The House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast is set for TV. Snowpiercer is set for TNT. Treasure Island is getting a new adaptation, to be directed by Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon). The Dublin Murders series will air on STARZ. Peter Hernon and Terry Ganey’s Under The Influence: The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty is getting adapted. Norwegian author Maja Lunde's The Snow Sister is headed to the big screen.

Vanity Fair reports on the Joker controversy and box office predictions.

Today featured Highway 61 by Jessica Lange (powerHouse Books: Random House) and How to Cook Everything—Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman (HMH). The Bittman book is soaring in sales.

Robert Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House), will be on with Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Henry Winkler, Alien Superstar (Book #1) (Amulet Books: Abrams), will be on Watch What Happens Live. Rachel Maddow, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review), will be on The View.

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