New Bestsellers, Jul. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh leads eight new bestsellers onto the lists. More reading lists arrive. Horror and thrillers are in the spotlight.

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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]








Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review) opens at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children: Hachette) takes No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review) makes the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 12.

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) lands at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine: Random House) slides onto the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.


Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force by Dan Schilling, Lori Longfritz (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review) makes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

The July NYT Audio lists are out. Still topping fiction is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, read by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio). Becoming written and read by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio) still tops nonfiction.

Finally, Publishers Weekly breaks down the number for the bestsellers thus far this year.


NPR reviews Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay (Dey Street Books: Harper): “powerful.” Also, Wilder Girls by Rory Power (Delacorte Press: Random House): “combines grotesque physical metamorphosis with the intense bonds of love between teenage girls to create a unique variety of feelings-heightened body horror.”

The NYT reviews The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “a tense, nervy performance.” Also, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning by Elliot Ackerman (Penguin; LJ starred review): “spare, beautiful.”

The Washington Post reviews The Last Book Party by Karen Kukess (Henry Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “For a novel concerned with class politics, marital infidelity and office predations [it] is completely illiterate regarding the dynamics of power and privilege.” Also, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation by Jon Meacham and Tim McGraw (Random House): “a history primer that emphasizes music’s role as both a reflection of social change and its instrument.”

Briefly Noted

Paste picks “The Best Young Adult Books of 2019 (So Far).

Vulture gathers “7 New Books You Should Read This July.”

O, The Oprah Magazine suggests “10 July Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down” as well as “4 New Books That'll Heat Up Your Summer.”

NYPL highlights its Summer Reading Book Lists for Adults.

Book Riot picks “16 of the Best Coffee Table Books of 2019.”

Authors Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change (Merky Books), create “A black girl's reading list: 10 books to inspire and challenge.” The Guardian has the list.

LJ spotlights Horror.

CrimeReads offers “The State of the Thriller: A Roundtable Discussion.”

Jilly Cooper is awarded the inaugural Comedy Women In Print lifetime achievement award. The Guardian reports.

Constantia Soteriou wins the 2019 world Commonwealth Prize in short stories.

Book Marks has “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.” Also, a “Point/Counterpoint” about Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women (Avid Reader: S. & S.).

O, The Oprah Magazine interviews Taddeo.

Vox interviews E. Jean Carroll, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).

Laura Lippman talks about Baltimore with Vulture.

Vox digs into Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House) and calls it “the book of the summer.” They also have an interview.

Vox further interviews Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (Random House).

The NYT profiles Matt Zurbo, the Australian author who is writing a children’s story a day. (The stories are here).

Bustle talks with Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan).

NPR’s Code Switch interviews Angela Saini, Superior: The Return of Race Science (Beacon Press: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Tara June Winch, Swallow the Air (Queensland Univ).

Bustle excerpts The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

Vogue excerpts Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (HMH). excerpts The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith (Ace: Penguin).

In forthcoming book news, Brian De Palma is writing a novel with Susan Lehman. It will publish next spring via Hard Case Crime and will be called Are Snakes Necessary? Entertainment Weekly has the details. Also, a new horror novella from Stephen Graham Jones, Night of the Mannequins, is on the way. reports.

L.A. Times has “5 things to know about Laila Lalami's The Other Americans.” It is the paper’s bookclub title.

Vanity Fair features Daniel Day, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir (Random House; LJ starred review). 

Bitch Media invites readers to “Meet the Booksellers Building an Intersectional Literary Future.”

Author T.J. Martinson is disinvited from teaching at Olivet Nazarene University due to objections over his debut novel, The Reign of the Kingfisher (Flatiron: Macmillan).

The Washington Post appreciates Zorro.

The Chicago Tribune writes about the non-ownership of ebooks.

Vox has a feature story on how librarians, and others, are “liberating the world’s academic research from paywalls.”

The NYT publishes another in their series of “Overlooked No More” obituaries; this one for Else Ury, the author of the Nesthäkchen series who died at Auschwitz.

Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four, has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly has news on the developing cast of the Bridgerton adaptation.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Star Trek: Picard gets key art. The Walking Dead casts up for its spinoff. Lovecraft Country also gains a cast member. Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce Firefly Lane, Netflix’s adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s novel.

In more casting news, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Storm Reid is joining Idris Elba in The Suicide Squad and Shadow and Act has more about Halle Bailey speaking out after being cast as Ariel in the live-action re-make of The Little Mermaid. On that point, the NYT has a history lesson and opinion piece by author Tracey Baptiste entitled “Mermaids Have Always Been Black.”

The Bookseller writes that Alice Oseman's Heartstopper books have been optioned.

Michael Bennet, The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics (Atlantic Monthly Press), will be on The View today.



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