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Spymasterby Brad Thor and The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager are new to the best seller lists today. There is a bit of a buzz around several political books. PBS reports on a new study finding poetry is getting more readers. The Emmy nominations are out today, with several book adaptations in the running.

New to the Best Seller Lists

NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books (there are no new nonfiction bestsellers this week) Spymaster by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.) Debuts at No. 2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager (Random) Lands at No. 15 the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "She’s like an expert rafter, and the river she travels is full of encounters and emotions." Also Hotel Kid: A Times Square Childhood (Paul Dry Bks.), a 2002 book the reviewer finds "just too charming not to share." The Mercy Seat by Elizabeth H. Winthrop (Grove; LJ starred review): "This is a worthy novel that gathers great power as it rolls on propelled by its many voices." Finally, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics by Dan Kaufman (Norton): "You can sense Kaufman’s mounting outrage, even if he’s quiet about it. His prose is somber and subdued." NPR reviews Kaufman as well. Also The Furnace: A Graphic Novel by Prentis Rollins (Tor: Macmillian): "imagines a future where society simultaneously expunges prisoners from its landscape and makes their plight powerfully, alarmingly conspicuous." The Washington Post reviews How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson (St. Martin's; LJ starred review): "witty, current and a good reminder that age can be a trump card, even if you need reading glasses to see the deck."

Briefly Noted

There are a number of political books making news today: Pete Souza announces his new book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents (Little, Brown). H.R. McMaster is writing a book, Trump's former national security adviser plans on a 2020 publication date. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the book will cover his "34-year military career and his time in the Trump administration." Sean Spicer's book The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President (Regnery) is starting to make waves. The Guardian offers an overview. Politicians suggest the best books about politics. Margaret Atwood will teach a MasterClass, joining James Patterson, Judy Blume, and others in offering online tutorials. Entertainment Weekly has the story. The National Biography shortlist is out. The Guardian talks to all six nominees about the subjects of their work. Poetry is gathering more readers, reports PBS, citing a survey of arts participation. Lancaster University and Microsoft are teaming up to create Litcraft, a version of the game Minecraft using settings from novels. The Guardian reports the games are "peppered with educational tasks that aim to re-engage reluctant readers with the book it is based on ... Treasure Island is the first." EW also reports that G. Willow Wilson, the co-creator of Ms. Marvel, is now working on a DC character, taking on the writing duties for Wonder Woman. Paste interviews Naomi Novik. Entertainment Weekly excerpts Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (HMH), writing it "has a good chance of becoming your next YA obsession." Ottessa Moshfegh picks her "10 Favorite Books." The Guardian lists the "Top 10 books about self-reinvention." BuzzFeed has "13 Books To Read After Crazy Rich Asians." They do not relate to the movie, coming out next month, but the list does offer a range of authors to know. Rowman & Littlefield has acquired Pineapple Press, effective July 13, 2018. In an emailed press release the publisher announced that "Pineapple Press will become an imprint of Globe Pequot, the trade division of Rowman & Littlefield." The news might affect libraries: As of tomorrow, Ingram Publisher Services will no longer offer sales or distribution. Instead, National Book Network (NBN) will do so. Ingram will continue to manage Pineapple Press's ebooks.

Authors on Air

NPR's A1 interviews Alan Dershowitz, The Case Against Impeaching Trump (Hot Books) and features Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women by Kate Schatz, illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl (Ten Speed Press: Random). NPR's Fresh Air features Rob Schenck, Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love (Harper). Reese Witherspoon now has a streaming interview show, Shine On. It offers a series of conversations with "women who have weaved their way to success uniquely" reports Deadline Hollywood. Deadline Hollywood has three pieces of book adaptation news: Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her is headed to TV as is Liane Moriarty's Three Wishes, Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat (Harper Teen) is headed to the big screen. Deadline Hollywood says that the movie is described as "a neon-lit fairy tale." Related, The Hollywood Reporter writes that Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Harper: LJ starred review) is being adapted. In more adaptation news, the Emmy nominations are out today. Several book related shows are in the running. If all goes to plan, viewers will be getting a lot of the Joker. Deadline Hollywood reports that Joaquin Phoenix will fill the role in a new feature even as there is a film with Jared Leto in the role also in the works. Mary Queen of Scots, the film based on John Guy's biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart (Mariner: HMH), is positioning itself for award season, reports Vanity Fair. Town & Country fills in some details. Vogue has an interview with one of its stars, conducted by Sally Rooney. The trailer is due out shortly. Speaking of trailers, Colette and Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween each have an offering:

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