New Bestsellers, Jan. 17, 2019 | Book Pulse

Plenty of new books on the bestseller lists this week, with An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen leading the way. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon accuses her husband of trying to poison her. Chris Christie's forthcoming book makes waves, and Amazon says that the Authors Guild study is "flawed."

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New to the Bestseller Lists

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Turning Point by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: Random House) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The New Iberia Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke (S. & S.; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (Del Rey: Random House) casts its spell at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Wicked King by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette.; LJ starred review) rounds out the top 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (Sourcebooks Landmark) takes No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Through Fiery Trials by David Weber (Tor Books: Macmillan) debuts at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list

The House Next Door by James Patterson (Grand Central: Hachette) collects No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Daughter of War: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Dutton: Penguin) fights onto the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 13.

Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz (Berkley: Penguin) makes No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer (Flatiron: Macmillan) takes No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris (Penguin) debuts at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Sopranos Sessions by Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall (Abrams) nabs the No. 8 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Best Self: Be You, Only Better by Mike Bayer (Dey Street Books: Harper) rounds out the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.

Reviews

The NYT reviews The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (PublicAffairs: Hachette): "extraordinarily intelligent ... [a] comprehensive work of scholarship and synthesis." Also, The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll by Ian S. Port (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "a hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history."

NPR reviews Joy Enough: A Memoir by Sarah McColl (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review) in a consideration that relies heavily on excerpts. Also, Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen (Grove Press, Black Cat): "startling and beautiful."

Briefly Noted

Author Sherrilyn Kenyon accuses her husband of trying to poison her. The Guardian has details, including that Kenyon "says that she had her blood, nails and hair tested for toxins, and found that her body had high levels of lithium, tin, barium, platinum and thorium." The story broke in the Tennessean.

Axios excerpts Chris Christie's forthcoming memoir, Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics (Hachette), in which he says that the White House is a "revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia."

Kristen Roupenian takes part in The Atlantic's "By Heart" series, writing about Joyce Carol Oates.

Belletrist picks The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (Random House) for their January book.

The New Yorker has an essay by Hilton Als on "Giving James Baldwin Back His Body."

Vulture writes that "The Villainous Bitch Has Become the Most Boring Trend in Literature."

LitHub celebrates John McPhee in an essay titled "Seven Ways of Looking at a Writer."

The Washington Post interviews Abby Ellin, Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married (PublicAffairs: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Christopher Paolini.

Leïla Slimani answers the NYT "By the Book" questions.

LitHub features the podcast Reading Women and their "Most Anticipated Books of 2019" part one.

Amazon says that it is not to blame for low author earnings and says the Authors Guild study is "flawed." The Guardian has the story.

The Washington Post features Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger, translated by Michael Hofmann (Penguin).

Authors on Air

A+E Studios joins with Swoon Reads (an imprint of Macmillan) to "develop and produce YA novels for film and TV." American Prison by Shane Bauer gets optioned for the movies. Anne Hathaway is going to star in the new film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Deadline Hollywood has the stories.

NPR interviews Marianne Power, Help Me! (Grove Press).

Disney is set to make a live action version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on its own animated movie and the Victor Hugo novel. Variety has details.

Gwyneth Paltrow, The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal (Grand Central Life & Style: Hachette) will be on the Ellen show today.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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