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The NYT moves its bestsellers lists to Thursdays—and adds an audiobook category. Emma Watson selects Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot as her new bookclub pick. The Tournament of Books is on; The Idiot by Elif Batuman won the play-in yesterday.

New to the Best Seller Lists

Note: The New York Times has moved their posting date of the bestsellers list to Thursday. Accordingly, we will now post our weekly bestseller update on Thursdays rather than Fridays.

NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books







Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 by Lisa Kleypas (Avon: Harper; LJ starred review)
Opens at No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington: Random)
Debuts at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Hush by John Hart (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)
Lands at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper)
Debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random House)

Opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Mark Hyman (Little, Brown: Hachette)

Lands at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

I’ve Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life (Pamela Dorman: Penguin), by Maria Shriver
Debuts at No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir by John Banville (Knopf)
Slides in at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

An Audio Accounting

As we noted on Tuesday, the NYT has added audiobooks to their monthly lists of bestsellers. The debut list lands today. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton (Random House Audio: LJ starred review) leads the fiction list while Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, read by the author and Holter Graham (Macmillan Audio) is is No. 1 in nonfiction.

While several of the other titles on the list overlap with print bestsellers, the new list has made room for new titles, including Zero Hour by Craig Alanson, read by R.C. Bray (Podium Publishing), Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, read by Todd McLaren (Tantor Audio), Theft by Finding by David Sedaris, read by the author (Hachette Audio), and The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, read by the author (Hachette Audio).


The NYT reviews Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman (Random), “It moves at a torrid pace and tells stories that would make Jason Bourne sit up and say ‘Wow!’ … It deserves all of the plaudits it has already received.” Also Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World by Joshua B. Freeman (W.W. Norton) , calling it “rich and ambitious.”

The Washington Post offers a glowing review of Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum by Kathryn Hughes (Johns Hopkins), writing it “is just amazing … so various, so imaginatively structured, so delicately salacious and so deliciously written that I sighed with pleasure as I turned the pages and even felt those tiny prickles along the neck that A.E. Housman once claimed were the sign of true poetry … simply unputdownable.” The paper calls Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life by Laura Thompson (W.W. Norton: Pegasus: LJ starred review) “splendid.”

NPR reviews The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown: Hachette), writing that “Reading Urrea feels like getting invited to a party. Come on, his prose says. You don’t want to miss this.”

Briefly Noted

Emma Watson selects Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot (Counterpoint) as her new book club pick. She was on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah yesterday. The book is soaring on Amazon.

George Saunders shares his 10 favorite books.

The Atlantic writes about “The Epistolary Heart of An American Marriage.”

Electric Lit excerpts Trick by Domenico Starnone, translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri (Europa Edition). Lahiri wrote about learning the language in In Other Words (Knopf: Random House: LJ starred review) in 2016.

The NYT profiles Nell Scovell, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Club (Dey Street: Harper).

Bustle features Shobha Rao, Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron: Macmillan: LJ starred review).

Vox interviews Mallory Ortberg, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Holt: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Brad Meltzer, The Escape Artist (Grand Central: Hachette: LJ starred review).

LitHub interviews Rachel Ingalls, Mrs. Caliban (New Directions: W.W. Norton).

The NYT is writing obituaries for “15 remarkable women” to re-balance how the paper has marked the deaths of notable figures since 1851. The list includes authors: Charlotte Brontë and Lillias Campbell Davidson.

Vox has an illustrated story on A Note of Explanation: An Undiscovered Story from Queen Mary’s Dollhouse by Vita Sackville-West (Chronicle).

In need of a display for Spring Break? Entertainment Weekly offers a book list that might make readers decide to stay home.

It is International Women’s Day. LitHub and Bustle have booklists.

Poet Lucie Brock-Broido has died.


The Tournament of Books is on. Today Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Random) faces off with Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell (Riverhead). The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Penguin) won the play-in yesterday.

The longlist for the Women’s Prize (formerly the Baileys prize) is out.

The Washington Post looks at the National Book Critics Circle’s shortlist of criticism titles. Here is the full list of finalists in all categories. The awards will be given out March 15.

The Stella prize shortlist is out. The award highlights Australian female authors.

The Barnes & Noble’s 2017 Discover Awards have been announced.

Authors on Air

The NYT reviews A Wrinkle in Time, offering a positive review, “I would describe the overall experience as satisfaction rather than awe … demonstratively generous, encouraging and large-spirited.” Entertainment Weekly was far less impressed, calling it “a disappointing mess … the spectacle feels more summarized than experienced.” The magazine rounds up further takes.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Amy Kaufman, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure (Dutton: Penguin: LJ starred review).

The forthcoming Dapper Dan memoir (not out until 2019) will be adapted for the movies.

RBG gets a trailer. It is not based on a book but there are plenty of connections, including Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik (Dey Street: Harper: LJ starred review).

A Series of Unfortunate Events gets its second season trailer.

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