New Bestsellers, Oct. 31, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly leads 13 new titles onto the bestseller lists. In honor of Halloween, read about the books that terrified horror authors. The NYT has “13 Books to Watch For in November." There is much adaptation news.

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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]








The Night Fire by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Deserter by Nelson DeMille, Alex DeMille (S. & S.) opens at No. 4 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré (Viking: Penguin) takes off at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks (Orbit: Hachette) continues the series at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

To the Land of Long Lost Friends by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon: Random House) holds No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery (HQN: Harper) rounds up the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 14.


Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse by John Lithgow (Chronicle) takes No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier: 120 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating by Ree Drummond (William Morrow: Harper) serves up No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Three Days at the Brink: FDR's Daring Gamble to Win World War II by Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney (William Morrow: Harper) holds No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon (FSG: Macmillan) shines at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Trump vs. China: Facing America's Greatest Threat by Newt Gingrich (Center Street: Hachette) claims No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me) by Gary Janetti ( Flatiron Books: Macmillan) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

Binging with Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows by Andrew Rea (HMH) dishes it out at No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The NYT reviews Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): “a rollickingly well-written book, filled with fascinating, exciting and alarming stories about the impact of the oil and gas industry on the world today.” There is also a dual review on the “Histories of Financiers."

NPR reviews Females: A Concern by Andrea Long Chu (Verso: Random House): “one of the sharpest new thinkers on gender and sexuality.” Also, Hex Wives by Ben Blacker, Mirka Andolfo (Vertigo: Random House): “an excellent romp.”

The Washington Post reviews Prince’s The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) with the headline “[it] isn’t the memoir Prince envisioned, but it’s a moving look at the singer’s life.”

Entertainment Weekly also reviews The Beautiful Ones, giving it a B+ and writing it is “a breathtaking, occasionally frustrating look at the icon.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT has “13 Books to Watch For in November.” gathers “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in November.”

The Guardian features “the books that scare horror authors.”

Bitch Media supplies “Spooky but Feminist: 7 Reads for Halloween and Beyond.”

BuzzFeed has “8 Memoirs That People Couldn't Stop Raving About, as recommended by BuzzFeed Book Club members.”

Paste continues its decade count with “The 30 Best Young Adult Novels of the 2010s.”

The shortlist for the Waterstones Book of the Year is out.

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

Vulture has a feature on" The Politics of Fiction," about writing outside your own identity. Big names share their stories. Alexander Chee has an essay on the topic as well. runs “In Search of Afro-Solarpunk, Part 2: Social Justice is Survival Technology.”

CrimeReads writes “The Real Dracula Is a Detective Story—and an Incredibly Complex, Fascinating Mystery.” Also, the site supplies “Every Winner of the Anthony Award for Best Novel, Assembled For Your Crime Reading Pleasure.”

USA Today excerpts Resistance Reborn (Star Wars): Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Rebecca Roanhorse (Del Rey: Random House).

LitHub interviews Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here (Ecco: Harper).

The NYT interviews Tom Brokaw, The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate (Random House).

André Aciman answers the “By the Book” questionnaire for the NYT.

Vanity Fair has a report by Nell Scovell, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club (Dey Street Books: Harper; LJ starred review) about her recent meeting with David Letterman, a decade after her article about sexual favoritism on his show.

People spotlights Blood: A Memoir by Allison Moorer (Da Capo Press: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly features the Astro PoetsAstro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov, Dorothea Lasky (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).  So does Vogue.

The Atlantic focuses on Flea, Acid for the Children: A Memoir (Grand Central: Hachette).

Ed Cray has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton) is the November book club pick from PBS NewsHour and the NYT. The NewsHour has a final interview with their October book club author, Adam Winkler, We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

Esquire tries to make sense of the GOT sequels. George R.R. Martin has something to say as well.

NPR interviews Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review). There is also a story on Rick Baker, Rick Baker: Metamorphosis: Vol 1: 1950–1989, Vol 2: 1990–2019 by J.W. Rinzler (Cameron Books: Abrams). Also, NPR interviews Natalie Eve Garrett, Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers (Black Balloon; LJ starred review).

The NYT offers a guide to Cats. The paper also has a look at the new Dickinson show from Apple.

Deadline reports that the cast is set for One Of Us Is Lying based on the book by Karen M. McManus. Pennyworth gets a second season. C J Skuse’s Sweetpea is headed for TV. Rights have sold to make a limited series based on Roger Kahn’s The Boys Of Summer. The same applies for People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parr. Part of the HBO Max deal is a new version of Gossip Girl. The Indian epic The Ramayana will be the inspiration for a new Netflix animated action drama. reports that there will be two new seasons of Doctor Who on HBO Max as well.

Town and Country interviews Edward Norton about Motherless Brooklyn.

The NYT features Greta Gerwig, writing she “didn’t so much adapt the Louisa May Alcott novel as excavate it.”

The Today show featured My Drunk Kitchen Holidays!: How to Savor and Celebrate the Year: A Cookbook by Hannah Hart (Plume: Penguin).

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, will be on The Daily Show tonight.

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