New to the Bestseller Lists | July 19 2018

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

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Fiction

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random)
Debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (Knopf; LJ starred review)
Opens at No. 3 on the NYT Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams (William Morrow: Harper)
Takes the No. 7 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey: Random; LJ starred review)
Lands at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin) 
Sets the alarm at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Daneille Steel - The Good FightIndianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic (S. & S.)
Debuts at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Case Against Impeaching Trump by Alan Dershowitz (Hot Books)
Argues onto the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 13.

How Not To Get Shot by D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe (William Morrow: Harper)
Opens at no. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

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The NYT has an early review of The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg (FSG: Macmillan): “Don’t take the bait when ‘The Third Hotel’ starts voguing like a thriller. Instead, read it as the inscrutable future cult classic it probably is, and let yourself be carried along by its twisting, unsettling currents.”

After the Monsoon: An Ernst Grip Novel by Robert Karjel (Harper): “All this confounding of expectations is admirable, but that doesn’t necessarily equal enjoyable; in some authors’ hands, subversion can be buffoonery, and admirable can be didactic and tedious. Karjel’s characters, however, are nuanced, their relationships complex and the background texture evocative; his subversions are of a delicious flavor.”


JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom (Little, Brown; LJ starred review): “…dark and astringent, a cutting rebuke to its delicate, candy-colored namesake.”

Chris Hayes reviews The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani (Tim Duggan Bks.: Random): “…attempts to make some sense of our present epistemic crisis.... This is a slim, quick read that at its best feels like a kind of annotated syllabus for a popular college class with a charismatic teacher.... At its worst, it feels like spending a few hours scrolling through the #Resist hashtag on Twitter.”

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox (Random; LJ starred review): “Margalit Fox, a recently retired obituaries writer for The New York Times, is adept at disinterring the bones of long-buried bodies, and in [this book] she sets out to follow him in righting wrongs.”

 

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The Shortlist considers “Four Thrillers, United by Male Trouble.” The Self-Helped column considers books by Mindy Kaling.

NPR reviews Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir by Jean Guerrero (One World: Random): “…at its heart, it is Guerrero's love letter to her dad.”

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (Del Rey: Random): “It's a sophisticated development of her short story by the same title published in the 2016 anthology The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales — itself a brilliant reclamation of ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’ digging deep into that story's anti-Semitism and pulling up something nourishing from the roots.”

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown): “The best part of this slow-burning novel is that just when you think you've seen the explosion, another one happens — and you definitely won't guess the last, no matter what foreshadowing exists.” The Washington Post reviews it as well.

The Washington Post also reviews The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir by Jonathan Santlofer (Penguin): “…an affecting read and not entirely heavy, despite the subject matter.” Salon has an interview with Santlofer.

The Dying of the Light: A Novel by Robert Goolrick (Harper): “Everyone loves a good soap opera. But watching Goolrick’s real talent and compassion peep through the floorlength drapes of overwriting feels like seeing Dr. Oz behind his curtain.”

The Secret History of Magic: The True Story of the Deceptive Art by Peter Lamont and Jim Steinmeyer (TarcherPerigee: Penguin): “If Penn and Teller are today’s most famous conjuring duo, the co-authors of this book are their scholarly equivalents.”

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The Lido by Libby Page (S. & S.): “Buried in the author’s sometimes plodding style lies an unusually poignant tale of married love.”

Old In Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter (Counterpoint): “…an inspiring, irreverent and fascinating look at her journey to become a ‘real’ artist.”

Finally, Ron Charles has another video book review: The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD: Macmillan)

USA Today reviews From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau: Random), “Dorey-Stein is a lively writer, and her tale makes for fizzy beach reading—evaporating, alas, like many a White House gig after election day.”

The Brink: President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983 by Marc Ambinder (S. & S.): “…a detailed account of a nuclear holocaust that never happened.”

Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man by Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic (S. & S.): “…an account that stands out through its crisp writing and superb research.”

The LA Times reviews The Secret Habit of Sorrow: Stories by Victoria Patterson (Counterpoint): “There’s not a story in the book that’s less than great; it’s a stunningly beautiful collection by a writer working at the top of her game.”


Briefly Noted

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The Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction goes to Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock (47North). The Guardian has the story.

The 2018 Thriller Awards are out. Here is the list of finalists.

The RITA Awards will be announced today. Here are the finalists.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is publishing a book of his Twitter pep talks. The LA Times has the story.

Nnedi Okorafor is writing a spin-off to the “Black Panther” comics, reports the NYT. It will feature the Black Panther’s sister, Shuri. Also, James Bond is starring in comics too. 

Entertainment Weekly reports on the launch of “Marvel Rising,” a new multi-platform comics series aimed at "young female fans." EW also has a story about DC comics’ Justice League.

The NYT asks what books terrify.

Entertainment Weekly features Obama: An Oral History by Brian Abrams (Little A).

EW also has images from the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco (Disney-Hyperion: Hachette) and runs an excerpt of Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull (Shadow Mountain).

The Guardian examines what happened to the Nobel Prize in literature. Related, don't forget that voting is open for the alternative Nobel.

Zadie Smith has a story in The New Yorker.


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N.K. Jemisin is writing a book of short stories, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? (Orbit: ISBN 9780316491341). LitHub has a report.

Red Sonja is going to be a book (after it has been a comic, film, and TV show). Deadline Hollywood has the story.

Senator Kamala Harris is writing a book, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Penguin). Politico suggests she is aiming to get things in place for a 2020 run. Chris Christie is writing a book too, trying to "set the record straight." It comes out in January from Hachette and is titled Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics

The Wall Street Journal reports on podcasters turned authors (subscription required).

Vogue interviews Glynnis MacNicol, No One Tells You This: A Memoir (S. & S.)

Signature interviews Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians (Anchor: Random).
LitHub has “From Outcasts To Secret Agents, 5 Sudanese Books You Should Read.”

The LA Times looks at two books set in Appalachia.

Signature has “The Korean War in Fiction: A Reading List.”

New for romance fans comes Romance Daily News, in partnership with the indie eBook distributor Smashwords.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is shutting down the imprint Eamon Dolan Books and its founder is leaving the company.

RBmedia (one of the big producers of digital audiobooks which includes Recorded Books, Tantor, and Highbridge) has been sold to the investment firm KKR. The Wall Street Journal has the story (subscription required).


Authors on Air

Author and actress Amber Tamblyn (Any Man) is joining the cast of Y: The Last Man, an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan comic.

Deadline Hollywood is full of book and comic adaptation news. To start, Dune is casting up. Harrison Ford might star in the adaptation of Call of the Wild. Also, V-Wars, based on the 2012 book, is headed to Netflix and the comic “Skin & Earth” is now in development for TV. The comic The Lost City Explorers is going to be a TV series, and, while it is early days yet, so might Batwoman.

AMC is going to re-make Creepshow, which, according to the producers is “one of the most beloved and iconic horror anthologies from two masters of the genre, George A. Romero and Stephen King.”
 

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants might be turned into a stage musical.

A first look is out for She-Ra and The Princesses of Power. Speaking of revivals, Rugrats is returning.

The NYT features Castle Rock.

I Still See You has a trailer. It is based on Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters (Hyperion).

Boy Erased has a trailer. It is based on the book of the same name by Garrard Conley (Riverhead; LJ starred review).

Hulu will stream Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.

Fancy Nancy is doing well on screen.

 

NPR interviews Sahm Venter, editor of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela (Liveright: W.W. Norton); Dan Kaufman, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics (W.W. Norton); and Sean Spicer, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President (Regnery).

PBS NewsHour has a report on the Mandela letters.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote lost yet another court battle, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The NYT reports on Far From the Tree, based on the book of the same name by Andrew Solomon (Scribner: S. & S.).
 

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