James Comey Makes Book

A Higher Loyalty is outselling Fire and Fury and Hillary Clinton's What Happened by 3:1 and 2:1 margins. The Handmaid's Tale gets focused attention and Esquire interviews Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrew Sean Greer.

A Higher Loyalty Sells Big

The NYT reports that A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey (Flatiron: Macmillan) has sold “more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first week on sale.” For comparison sake, Fire and Fury “sold around 200,000 hardcover copies in its first full week on sale” and Hillary Clinton’s What Happened “sold more than 300,000.”

The paper further writes that “Flatiron Books has ordered multiple reprints to meet demand, and now has more than a million copies in print.”

USA Today reports it will be No. 1 on their Best-Selling Books list published tomorrow. A Flatiron press release claims it is “the No. 1 bestselling English language book in the world.”

Comey has a chance to gin up even more interest with more stops on his book tour and a CNN Town Hall tonight. A Fox interview is set for tomorrow.

Reviews

NYT daily reviewer Parul Sehgal considers Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty by Jacqueline Rose (FSG), calling it “a sort of Rosetta Stone for the moment that examines the particular mix of fascination and dread that mothers engender.” Also, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy by Cris Beam (HMH): “This is a radical book because it challenges the conventional wisdom that self-defense and punitive systems are the only way to keep ourselves physically and emotionally safe.” The paper calls Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story by Cecile Richards (Touchstone: S. & S) “A Professional Troublemaker’s Guide for Young Activists.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan, giving it an A, and writing it is “a breathtakingly perfect picture of Oxford—one that will make those who have never visited fall for a city they’ve never laid eyes on and pull at the heartstrings of those plagued by the cruel nostalgia it instills in its students.”

Briefly Noted

Ibrahim Nasrallah wins the International prize for Arabic fiction for his novel The Second War of the Dog (Arab Scientific), the Guardian reports the judges call it “a masterful vision of a dystopian future in a nameless country.” He gets $50,000 in award money plus funds to have the novel translated into English. No word yet on when that will be done. The award has ushered new attention to past winners, such as Ahmed Saasawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad (Penguin).

Esquire interviews Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrew Sean Greer, Less (Lee Boudreaux Books: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Edmund White and Roxane Gay will be honored at 30th Lambda Awards.

The NYT profiles Maximilian Uriarte, creator of Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus (Little, Brown).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Turned On: A Mind-Blowing Investigation into How Sex Has Shaped Our World by Ross Benes (Sourcebooks).

Shondaland excerpts A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill: Penguin) and Sarah Wilson‘s First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety (Dey Street: Harper).

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories (Atria/37 INK: S. & S.), has an essay in LitHub.

Ronan Farrow tells Entertainment Weekly about the books that “have defined his life.

Elle features Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling by Amy Chozick (Harper).

Author Mary Morris tells The Atlantichow the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.”

Interview Magazine features Alexander Chee.

Michael Cunningham writes about “How the Early ’80s Changed Gay Writing Forever.”

Vulture hosts “Five Great Writers Discussing Five Great Books” as part of the One Book One New York process.

Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide by Jessie Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz (Rizzoli) is rising on Amazon, due to a feature in the NYT.

Just in time for the French President’s visit, the finalists for the Albertine Prize, which recognizes America’s favorite French-language work of fiction, are announced.

The NYT reports that Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Steepletop farmhouse in Austerlitz, N.Y, “now a museum and a National Historic Landmark, is in danger of being shuttered.” The Millay Society says it needs 1 million to keep it open.

Two forgotten works by Noel Streatfeild will be published. She wrote Ballet Shoes (Random House) and other children’s novels. They were made famous for some in You’ve Got Mail (starts at 2:26):

Authors on Air

Kevin Young, Brown: Poems (Knopf), features on NPR’s All Things Considered, as does Alex Wagner, Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World: Random House).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews David I. Kertzer, The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe (Random House). It has taken off on Amazon as a result.

NPR’s Morning Edition features Gilbert King’s Beneath a Ruthless Sun (Riverhead). The book is also reviewed by NPR’s Jean Zimmerman: “scorching, compelling, and — unfortunately — still entirely relevant.”

NPR reviews season two of The Handmaid’s Tale, calling it “television’s best examination of the corrosive, dehumanizing effects of chronic dread.” Vanity Fair says the “series finds a way to crawl under the audience’s skin and stay there in its sophomore season.” LitHub has a story on how Atwood came to write the novel.

PBS’s NewsHour features Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s Oceanic and Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence, illustrated by Karen Pence (Regnery Kids) (here).

Fox sends The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir by Ainsley Earhardt (Harper) and a range of books by Jocko Willink soaring. Dr. Phil sends Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight (Hachette) soaring too.

Patton Oswalt, to promote Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Harper), will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight. Ali Wentworth, Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade) (Harper) will be on Watch What Happens Live and Live with Kelly and Ryan. Marcia Gay Harden, The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers (Atria: S. & S.), will be on The Talk.

Deadline reports that Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun is heading to Amazon. The streaming service has also greenlit a second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, before season one even debuts.

Netflix is making “a 10-episode limited series revival of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.”

The Hollywood Reporter has a glowing review of Avengers: Infinity War and rounds up other takes.

Entertainment Weekly has a exclusive clip from Mary Shelley.

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