Romance Publishing: Slight Uptick in Diverse Authors, But Far to Go| Book Pulse

New bestsellers arrive; it is a long list. Picks are out for the best books of the year, and the best historical fiction titles. More pandemic reading lists pop up. The March GalleyChat post is up, as are new Prepub Alert columns. The Ripped Bodice issues its annual report on “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.”

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New Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Long Range by C. J. Box (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) opens at No. 2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books: S. & S.) lands at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: Random House) holds No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) nabs No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Grove Press; LJ starred review) takes No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Dragonslayer (Wings of Fire: Legends) by Tui T. Sutherland (Scholastic Press) flys off with No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper; LJ starred review) lands at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward (Ballantine: Random House) holds No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Lethal Game by Christine Feehan ( Berkley: Penguin) is lucky No.13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review) slides in at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life by Carrie Underwood (Dey Street Books: Harper) takes No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The MAGA Doctrine: The Only Ideas That Will Win the Future by Charlie Kirk (Broadside Books: Harper) opens at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial by Dan Abrams, David Fisher (Hanover Square Press: Harper) holds No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump by David Plouffe (Viking: Penguin) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

In audio, Open Book by Jessica Simpson, narrated by Jessica Simpson (HarperAudio) tops the Nonfiction list for the NYT while Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, read by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio) tops the fiction list.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning by Alex Halberstadt (Random House; LJ starred review): “a memoir of Halberstadt’s family and the country where he was born — a loving and mournful account that’s also skeptical, surprising and often very funny.”

The Washington Post reviews Short Life in a Strange World: Birth to Death in 42 Panels by Toby Ferris (Harper): “oddly charming, deeply intelligent ... Subtlety is his game.”

NPR reviews Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir by Rebecca Solnit (Viking: Penguin): “Solnit implies that just as the illness can be both dramatic and also cumulative, gradual, and imperceptible, so might be the cure.”

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

Briefly Noted

Bustle picks “The Best Books of 2020.”

CrimeReads picks “The Best Historical Fiction of 2020 (So Far).”

BuzzFeed suggests “44 Books To Read Over Spring Break If Your Travel Plans Are Canceled.”

EarlyWord posts its March GalleyChat.

Barbara Hoffers has new Prepub Alert posts for September titles.

The NYT has more pandemic reading. So does Entertainment Weekly.

The Ripped Bodice issues its annual report on “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.”

Paste excerpts Quiet No More by Nikki Barthelmess (North Star Editions).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (Harper).

The Washington Post has an essay entitled “In a noisy world, books about silence are booming.”

Tor.com offers “Ten Years of Queering SFF: Five Series From the Last Decade That Can’t Be Missed.”

Vulture writes “Why Emma Is Still Jane Austen’s Most Pleasurable Heroine.”

The Atlantic focuses on These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (S. & S.).

Slate focuses on Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

People features Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That Go a Long Way) by Barbara Bush (Twelve: Grand Central).

Salon interviews Kate Elizabeth Russell, My Dark Vanessa (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review).

Adam Hochschild, Rebel Cinderella: Rose Pastor Stokes: Sweatshop Immigrant, Aristocrat’s Wife, Socialist Crusader (HMH; LJ starred review), features in the NYTBy the Book” column. Also in the paper, You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) is the focus of the “Inside The List” column.

Book Riot writes about new efforts in Minnesota to stop Drag Queen Story Hour.

Authors on Air

A new Dracula movie is in the works from Universal. The Hollywood Reporter has the news.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Lily King, Writers & Lovers (Grove Press; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Ben Hubbard, MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammad bin Salman (Tim Duggan: Random House; LJ starred review). NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee (Harmony: Random House).

Pete Buttigieg guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight.

The Today show features The Queen V: Everything You Need to Know About Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care by Dr. Jackie Walters (Andy Cohen Books: Macmillan).

Michael Pollan, Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World (Audible Original), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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