New Bestsellers Arrive | Book Pulse

The new bestsellers arrive, as do plenty of new summer reading picks. More appreciations for Philip Roth are out, including reading guides. Tana French announces her new book and George R.R. Martin has another film project in the works.

New to the Best Seller Lists

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



The Cast by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random)
Opens at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen)
Seizes the No. 2 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow: Harper)
RSVPs yes to the No. 4 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Princess: A Private Novel by James Patterson, Rees Jones (Grand Central: Hachette)
Debuts at No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s)
Slips in at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.


How To Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (Penguin)
Debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Bret Baier (William Morrow: Harper)
Opens at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Robin by Dave Itzkoff (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review)
Lands at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

I Love Capitalism!: An American Story by Ken Langone (Portfolio: Penguin)
Takes the No. 10 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi (Harper)
Debuts at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

I’m Keith Hernandez: A Memoir by Keith Hernandez (Little, Brown)
Bats onto the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

More Reflections on Philip Roth

Appreciations continue for Philip Roth. The NYT has a reading guide and several more pieces (here, here, and here).

USA Today counts his essential works. The Guardian surveys his import. NPR has a number of stories (here and here). The Washington Post has a new piece as well and Vanity Fair posts an In Memoriam. Vogue has two stories. All the coverage is driving sales. Check your holds, especially on the books outlets are highlighting in their reading guides.

More Summer Reading

The Washington Post has its summer reading list ready. The paper also offers audiobooks and cookbooks for the summer and suggests that kids should be able to pick what they want to read during vacation.

USA Today offers its choices. So does Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.

Vanity Fair announces their picks as well and has a feature on Lauren Groff and A.M. Homes.

LitHub has a list of “10 Small Press Books to Read This Summer” and a guide to how to accomplish summer reading.

Apartment Therapy has a list too. So does Rush Limbaugh, one of which is now a top seller on Amazon, Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other by by Conrad Black (Regnery).

And speaking of summer reading, sign up here to receive LJ’s BookExpo Gallery Guide. Even if you are not going to the conference, the list gives a great heads up for books to order now and ideas as to what might be hot.


The NYT reviews Country Dark by Chris Offutt (Grove): “an achievement of spellbinding momentum and steadfast heart.” Of Tessa Fontaine’s The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts (FSG: Macmillan): “about probing mysteries to which there is actually no mystery, but also no end.”

The Washington Post reviews John McCain and Mark Salter’s The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (S. & S.): “At times, the book reads like the travelogue of a globetrotting grandee.”

NPR reviews Chosen Country by James Pogue: “an exceptional job of explaining how one of the most bizarre and divisive events in recent U.S. history came to pass.”

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly previews Tana French’s new mystery, The Witch Elm (Viking), a standalone due out Oct. 9.

The NYT reports that presidential photographer Pete Souza is publishing a book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents (Little, Brown). The article covers Mr. Souza’s famous Instagram account. The book is currently a hot ticket on Amazon.

LitHub looks at book reviewing with a conversation with Bradley Babendir.

The Washington Post offers three new bookish stories: decorating with books, book box subscriptions, and a round up of gardening books.

NPR reports on “What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Vanity Fair reports on the PEN America Literary Gala, including Stephen King and Parkland survivors.

The NYT has a profile on David Sedaris, Calypso (Little, Brown), and an essay about presidents and their love of crime fiction — even writing it, e.g., The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown).

The Guardian interviews Sophie Mackintosh, The Water’s Cure (Doubleday, forthcoming 2019).

Téa Obreht interviews Thomas McGuane for LitHub. The site also rounds up some of the best literary pieces from Interview magazine, which just announced it is closing.

Michelle Obama shares more photos in advance of her memoir.

The NYT reports on Cryptography From the Third-Floor Secretariat, a book written by “one of the highest-profile defectors” from North Korea. It is about the family psychology of Kim Jong-un.

Authors on Air

George R.R.Martin’s 1980s children’s story The Ice Dragon (Tor Teen) is set to be adapted as an animated film. Entertainment Weekly says “Martin will serve as a producer.” No word yet on a release date.

Variety reports that The Hate U Give will get a release date primed for awards season. Expect it October 19.

Idris Elba will create a contemporary version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix.

1A’s movie club discusses Fahrenheit 451.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Ronan Farrow, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Norton), and All Things Considered interviews James R. Clapper, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence  (Viking: Penguin).

David Sedaris, Calypso (Little, Brown), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. James Comey, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership (Flatiron: Macmillan), is set for Conan.

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