New Bestsellers, Nov. 14, 2019 | Book Pulse

Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney leads 15 new books onto the bestseller lists. Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport, wins the Goldsmiths Prize. Bryan Washington, Lot: Stories, wins the Ernest J. Gaines Award. Time's new 100 NEXT list includes authors. Spike Lee will direct Prince Of Cats, based on Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel. A name to know: Deepti Kapoor.

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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]








Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books: Abrams) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Keeper of the Lost Cities: Legacy by Shannon Messenger (Aladdin: S. & S.) lands at No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Leopard's Wrath by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin) continues the series at No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review) holds No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Final Option by Clive Cussler, Boyd Morrison (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) takes No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review) lands at No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans (Gallery Books: S. & S.) offers seasons readings at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark (S. & S.) is new this week at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us by Donald Trump Jr. (Center Street: Hachette) holds No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom (Harper) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel: Penguin) charges at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Acid for the Children: A Memoir by Flea (Grand Central: Hachette) tells it story at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (Little, Brown: Hachette), takes No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca (S. & S.). closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 13.


NPR reviews The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review): “a tense, yet ultimately reassuring read.” Also, Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (Orbit: Hachette): “the book's absorbing setting, captivating lead, and relevant themes of race and class complement each other with alternating delicacy and savagery. At turns philosophical and feral … represents the scope and spectacle of the fantasy genre with a vengeance.”

The NYT reviews Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter by Kerri K. Greenidge (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “opens up a rich seam of inquiry that persists to this day, about the tug-of-war between reformers and radicals, and whether victories that seem purely symbolic at first can ripple out into real-world effects later on.” Also, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe by Angela Kelly (Harper): “a surprisingly subversive sort of memoir, one flirting with the form of a tell-all: about clothes, sure, and little gossipy tidbits.” The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the Postcolonial Predicament by Orlando Patterson (Belknap Press: Harvard): “[a] fascinating study.” The Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant Revolution by Gregory Zuckerman (Portfolio: Penguin): “a surprisingly captivating story.”

Briefly Noted

Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (Biblioasis; LJ starred review), wins the Goldsmiths Prize.

Bryan Washington, Lot: Stories (Riverhead: Penguin), wins the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Amazon lists the best children’s books of 2019.

Time makes its first 100 NEXT list, an accounting of “rising stars who are shaping the future.” The idea is associated, in part, with The Ones We've Been Waiting For: How a New Generation of Leaders Will Transform America by Charlotte Alter (Viking: Pegnuin) who works at Time. The list includes authors Jason Reynolds, Sally Rooney, Chanel Miller, Kwame Onwuachi, Lilly Singh, Lili Reinhart, Ryan O'Connell, Aly Raisman, and Pete Buttigieg. Related, Chanel Miller reads a poem for the Glamour Women of the Year event.

The Guardian picks the “Top 10 golden age detective novels.”

Bustle gathers “11 Novels About Family To Read Over Thanksgiving 2019.”

The Atlantic suggests “Twenty-One Books to Read After Becoming.”

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

The Washington Post surveys memoirs by musicians. Also, the paper appreciates the sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After: A Sequel to The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, translated by Lawrence Ellsworth (Pegasus Books: W. W. Norton). Lastly, there is a piece about A Warning by Anonymous (Twelve Books: Hachette), titled “Profiles in Thinking About Courage.”

The NYT interviews Adam Frankel, The Survivors: A Story of War, Inheritance, and Healing (Harper), in its “5 Things About Your Books” column.

People highlights Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Light Up the World by Shaman Durek (St. Martin’s Essentials: Macmillan). Also, more on Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends by Ash Carter, Sam Kashner (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and still more on A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin).

In forthcoming book news, People writes about Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang, Gabe Ulla (Clarkson Potter: Random House). Also, Entertainment Weekly interviews Laurie Halse Anderson, who has written a new DC Comics graphic novel, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed, due out June 2, 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter writes about the anniversary The Flash comic coming in February. This is after the January anniversary issue for Wonder Woman. Also, a story about Morbius and “the future of Sony’s Marvel Universe.”

Deborah Eisenberg recommends “The White Spot” by Jonathan Blum for Electric Lit.

Bustle interviews Sandhya Menon, Karen Thompson Walker, Stephen Chbosky, Rachel Hartman, and Téa Obreht about writing their second novels.

Electric Lit features Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, translated by Frank Wynne (FSG Originals: Macmillan). Also, a piece on Space Invaders by Nona Fernández, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

The NYT writes about “rethinking Tiny Tim.”

Judi Dench asks the public to help buy a rare Charlotte Brontë manuscript that is about to be auctioned.

Trevor Noah has disdain for Trump administration figures who write books for big paydays rather than informing the American public of their concerns in real time. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

The Strategists asks Jonathan Van Ness, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love (HarperOne), what he cannot live without.

The NYT reports that the Bread Loaf writers’ conference is ending its wait scholar program.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Samuel Shem, Man's 4th Best Hospital (Berkley: Penguin).

Deadline reports that Spike Lee will direct Prince Of Cats, based on Ron Wimberly’s graphic novel, an “‘80s hip-hop retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.” Deepti Kapoor’s India mob saga The Age of Vice gets sold in what Deadline calls “the highest amount of bids I’ve ever heard of. Kapoor is positioned to become a major author as she plans two more books on this saga and will also write the series.” A documentary is in the works, from Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame) about the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney is headed to Fox, to star Sarah Michelle Gellar and produced, in part, by Ellen DeGeneres’s company. Hulu’s Books of Blood adaptation casts up. HBO Max’s Made for Love does as well. Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me by Stevie Phillips is getting adapted for TV. The Witcher is renewed for season two, before season one even airs. Amazon greenlights The Peripheral, based on the William Gibson novel. There is also an interview with director Jérémy Clapin and producer Marc Du Pontavice of I Lost My Body, based on the French novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant. Lastly, a story about how The End of The F***ing World’s has been “a catalyst for young female directors.”

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hulu is adapting Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters.

Variety has news about the cast for The Flight Attendant and The Wheel of Time.

Bustle has a story on The Good Liar, based on The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle (Harper). writes that Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empires trilogy and Nicholas Eames’s The Band series have been optioned.

Fox News features Mike Rowe's The Way I Heard It: True Tales for the Curious Mind with a Short Attention Span (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

The Today show features Citizen Outlaw: One Man's Journey from Gangleader to Peacekeeper by Charles Barber (Ecco: Harper) and Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (Knopf).

Sen. Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Penguin), will be on with James Corden tonight. Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on with Lilly Singh.

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