New to the Bestseller Lists | Book Pulse

Eight new bestsellers arrive and the 2018 World Fantasy Awards finalists are announced. Plenty of new adaptations are in the works too, including a project by Reese Witherspoon and a film version of Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery."

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


The Other Woman by Daniel Silva (Harper) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine: Random; LJ starred review) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (First Second: Macmillan) lands at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review) takes the No. 12 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy by Jeanine Pirro (Center Street: Hachette) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani (Tim Duggan: Random House) opens at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) lands at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Michael McFaul (HMH; LJ starred review) takes the No. 13 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy (Little, Brown: Hachette): "Macy has waded into a public health morass that has also become a political minefield." Also, Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday: Random; LJ starred review): "a beautifully rendered novel of an Escobar-era Colombian childhood."

The Washington Post reviews Our House by Louise Candlish (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review): a "superb thriller." Also, Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings by Tom Shippey (Reaktion Books: Univ. Chicago), calling it "magnificent."

Briefly Noted

The 2018 World Fantasy Awards finalists are out. The winners will be announced in November. has the list.

Kevin Jared Hosein wins the Commonwealth short story prize. The story, "Passage," is on the Granta site.

USA Today considers "Four terrific fiction debuts by Asian American women not to miss."

The Guardian lists "Top 10 Tales from the Frontier."

Time features Megan Abbott.

Vulture looks at the history of Stephen King's Castle Rock, Maine.

The Atlantic looks at "the Marriage Plot in Comics."

Entertainment Weekly interviews Jill Shalvis.

Veronica Roth will write a novel for adults, moving away from her YA beat. Entertainment Weekly has the story.

LEGO is creating a huge set of Hogwarts Castle, with 6,020 pieces. It will go on sale later this summer. Entertainment Weekly has a peek.

Authors on Air

Reese Witherspoon has another adaptation in the works, this time Daisy Jones & The Six, based on the forthcoming (Mar. 2019) novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Deadline Hollywood has the story and Witherspoon also posted on Instagram.

Netflix has "closed a deal for a 10-episode series" of Locke & Key, also according to Deadline Hollywood. The show, based on Joe Hill's comic of the same name, had been passed over by Hulu earlier this year. Netflix "will be redeveloping the scripts and re-casting the new series."

In further adaptation news, Deadline Hollywood reports that Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" is headed to the moviesMegan Abbott's Dare Me is headed to the USA Network and The Hot Zone, based on Richard Preston’s book, is headed to National Geographic. Sally Thorne's novel The Hating Game is set to become a feature filmGentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang has been optioned for TV. Finally, there will not be a second season for Sharp Objects.

USA Today reports on the challenges of adapting My Brilliant Friend, especially how to translate various Italian dialects, via subtitles, and still provide nuance to a worldwide audience. The first eight-episode season is set to debut later this year. The plan is to follow that with separate seasons per title.

There is still no airdate for the final season of Game of Thrones, but Deadline Hollywood quotes HBO as saying it will air “sometime in 2019…first half.” catches readers up on the spin-offs, writing HBO "has decided to move forward with a pilot from "A Song of Ice and Fire" author George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle; Stardust), while the other four pilots appear to be on hold indefinitely."

NPR interviews Parker PoseyYou're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir (Blue Rider: Penguin).

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Neal Wyatt

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

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