New Bestsellers Arrive, Oct. 24, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Guardians by John Grisham leads 11 new books onto the bestseller lists. Vogue offers a winter reading list, and there are new lists and round ups for horror and romance. The NYT decides we have reached peak witch.

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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

The Guardians by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout (Random House; LJ starred review) returns to the story at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #3): A Graphix Book by Tui T. Sutherland, illustrated by Mike Holmes (Graphix: Scholastic) lands at No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Stealth by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) continues the series at No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

Me by Elton John (Henry Holt: Macmillan) opens the show at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow (Little, Brown: Hachette) makes its case at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No 3. on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Way I Heard It: True Tales for the Curious Mind with a Short Attention Span by Mike Rowe (Gallery Books: S. & S.) opens at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) shares its strength at No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews (Hachette; LJ starred review) tells its tale at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson (Doubleday: Random House) gives a tour at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong (Random House) takes No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Rick Riordan Presents: Disney; SLJ starred review): “this novel reminds us why myths exist.”

The Washington Post reviews The Mirror Of My Heart: A Thousand Years of Persian Poetry by Women translated by Dick Davis (Mage Publishers): “outstanding. Reading it one discovers a whole tradition of love poetry, epigram and elegy.” Also, All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy (Hachette): “assembles Trump’s cruelties and transgressions into one neat volume. As a matter of historical bookkeeping, this is useful. But for all the effort, the citizenry is not better informed, only more deeply disgusted.” Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy M. Snodgrass (Sentinel): “The portrait of Mattis that emerges is one my colleagues and I in the press corps know well: a defense secretary zealously guarding his public image at the expense of the institution he was tasked with leading.”

NPR reviews Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “Her knack for capturing conflicted subjects is uncanny.”

Briefly Noted

Vogue picks “The 22 Best Books to Read this Winter.”

CrimeReads selects “7 International Crime Novels to Read This Month.”

The NYT decides “We Have Reached Peak Witch” and highlights some books as evidence. The paper also rounds up new horror books.

Bustle picks “The Best New Romance Novels You Can Read Right Now." Also, “11 Books About Haunted Woods To Get You In The Spooky Season Spirit.”

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

The Washington Post writes “Women, once relegated to supporting roles, are becoming the protagonists of their own stories.”

Entertainment Weekly previews You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez, illustrated by Julie Maroh (DC, June 9, 2020). Also, an excerpt of 10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse) and an interview with Meg Cabot, Black Canary: Ignite (DC Zoom).

John Lithgow goes “By the Book” for the NYT.

The Guardian features Cyntoia Brown-Long, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System (Atria: S. & S.).

Esquire digs into All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy (Hachette).

The L.A. Times features Ronan Farrow, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Little, Brown: Hachette). Also, a Q&A wtih Shea Serrano, Movies (And Other Things): (And Other Things) (Twelve: Hachette; LJ starred review) Fortune also has a story on Serrano.

The NYT features Lee Child, Blue Moon (Delacorte: Random House).

Bitch Media showcases A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette).

People spotlights Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon (FSG: Macmillan), as well as The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: A Lifetime of Quotes by Gloria Steinem, illustrated by Samantha Dion Baker (Random House). The magazine also offers gives a look inside Always Audrey: Six Iconic Photographers. One Legendary Star edited by Iconic Images (Acc Art Books). In forthcoming book news, a piece on This is Not a Fashion Story: Taking Chances, Breaking Rules, and Being a Boss in the Big City by Danielle Bernstein, Emily Siegel (Vertel Publishing). Sales soared on the announcement.

In more forthcoming book news, Vogue considers Betsey: A Memoir by Betsey Johnson, Mark Vitulano (Viking) and Publishers Weekly writes about the Atlas at War! combat comics.

The Guardian writes about changes to the Asterix comic; its first female hero.

The Guardian interviews Stuart Kells, Shakespeare's Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature (Counterpoint).

Shondaland interviews Jami Attenberg, All This Could Be Yours (HMH; LJ starred review).

The NYT has a piece about Ahmet Altan, I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer (Other Press: Random House).

The NYT has a poem by Jacqueline Saphra, Dad, Remember You Are Dead (Nine Arches). It was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

The L.A. Times provides a literary tour of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, leading with the book City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris by Carolyn Campbell, with Joe Cornish (GOFF Books).

The Chicago Tribune announces that Henry Louis Gates Jr., has won the Tribune Literary Award.

PBS NewsHour reports that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wins the $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture.

The 2019 Polari Prizes are announced.

LitHub considers the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Marguerite Duras.

The New Yorker asks “Should We Pay to Enter Bookstores?

Open Culture has the list of “22 Essential Books” as selected by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The NYT gives advice about the fear of failure and writing.

LitHub runs “Libraries Are Even More Important to Contemporary Community Than We Thought: And They Should Be Funded Accordingly.”

The NYT has an “Overlooked No More” obituary for writer Sanmao.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews George Takei, They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions: Random House). Sales jumped.

Deadline writes that a film is in the works about reporters and authors Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. The comic Grass Kings by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins has been optioned for a TV series. HBO Max is making four Adventure Time specials. Paul Sussman’s The Khalifa Mysteries series is headed to TV.

The Today show features Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S) and Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

Fox News features Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews (Hachette; LJ starred review) and Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon (FSG: Macmillan).

Publishers Weekly reports that PBS is adapting Brad Meltzer's biographies for kids.

Belgravia gets a new trailer.

Ghost in the Shell: SAC-2045 gets a teaser trailer.

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Neal Wyatt

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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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