New Bestsellers, Nov. 7, 2019 | Book Pulse

Blue Moon by Lee Child leads nine new books onto the bestseller lists. There are reading vigils in Italy as fans await the release of Elena Ferrante’s next novel (U.S. readers will have to wait until next summer). Ahmet Altan has been released from prison. Trailers are out for Wendy, based on Peter Pan, the Color Out of Space, based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story, and the upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

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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]








Blue Moon by Lee Child (Delacorte: Random House) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Find Me by André Aciman (FSG; LJ starred review) continues the story at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal (Crown: Random House) spins its tale at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Ravenous: (Steel Brothers Saga Book 11) by Helen Hardt (Waterhouse Press LLC: S. & S.) takes its place at No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The Beautiful Ones by Prince (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) considers a life at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History by Lee Smith (Center Street: Hachette) holds No. 7 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard (Clarkson Potter: Random House) cooks up a storm at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books.

Guilty By Reason of Insanity: Why The Democrats Must Not Win by David Limbaugh (Regnery Publishing: S. & S.) takes No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Edison by Edmund Morris (Random House; LJ starred review) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

The November monthly lists are also out. In Audiobooks, The Guardians by John Grisham, read by Michael Beck (Random House Audio) is the bestselling fiction work while Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know written and read by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: Hachette) is No. 1 on the nonfiction list. On the Graphic Books and Manga list, Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) leads the way.


USA Today reviews The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review) giving it 3.5 stars and writing it is “the story of an inheritance. Not just fiscal, but psychological and emotional. And as with most inheritances, there are strings attached.”

The Washington Post reviews A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar (Random House): “a crude summary fails to convey the measured beauty of Matar’s transparent prose, which rewards repeated rereadings. The same goes for the book as a whole.” Also, What Burns by Dale Peck (Soho Press: Random House): “If he’s determined to unsettle, he’s also determined to find the most precise verbiage with which to do it.”

The NYT reviews War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill: Penguin): “bravely depicts the full spectrum of war — the boots-on-the-ground thrill and the deadening psychological toll — in a way rarely seen in literature for young adults, or much literature at all.” Also, “Picture Books for the Wild at Heart.” The Shortlist has “Fiction That Takes You Back in Time.”

NPR reviews A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee by Danny Fingeroth (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan): “if you want to understand how Lee and Marvel did it, Danny Fingeroth's new book … is the place to start.” Also, The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes (Gallery/Saga Press: S. &S.): “Immersive, gut-wrenching, and poetic.”

Briefly Noted

The Guardian reports on reading vigils awaiting the release of Elena Ferrante’s La Vita Bugiarda Degli Adulti in Italy today. Journalists there got encrypted PDF copies and reviews are starting to appear. The US edition arrives next June, titled The Lying Life of Adults. Europa Editions releases a blurb, translated from the Italian edition, The Bookseller reports.

Ahmet Altan has been released from a Turkish prison, after being incarcerated for three years. He is the author of I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer (Other Press: Random House). The Guardian reports.

The suite of Writers' Trust of Canada awards are announced.

LJ wins multiple Folio awards.

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

CrimeReads picks “5 True Crime Books to Read This November.”

The Millions picks the “Must-Read Poetry” of November.

The NYT prints the poem “Ghazal: Back Home” by Zeina Hashem Beck, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Eater offers a list of books for gift giving during the holidays.

The AV Club asks Leslie Jamison to name her 10 favorite books of the decade. She also has an essay in the NYT, “Cult of the Literary Sad Woman.”

Adriana Herrera, American Dreamer (Carina Press), writes for Bustle about immigrant stories in romance novels, and why they matter so much.

Karl Ove Knausgaard has a piece in The New Yorker, “The Slowness of Literature and the Shadow of Knowledge.”

Time has an essay by Andrea Barber, Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again (Citadel: Random House).

The L.A. Times appreciates Julie Andrews, who, among many other things, is the author of Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review).

Shondaland interviews Ronan Farrow, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Bustle interviews Heather Christle, The Crying Book (Catapult).

The NYT interviews Seth Meyers in its By the Book column.

People highlights A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin).

HuffPost has a tidbit about one of the revelations in A Warning by Anonymous (Twelve Books: Hachette).

The Washington Post appreciates Mark Valentine, A Wild Tumultory Library (The Tartarus Press) and T.E.D. Klein, Providence After Dark and Other Writings (Hippocampus Press).

io9 excerpts Relentless by R. A. Salvatore (Harper Voyager).

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour interviews Ben Crump, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People (Amistad: Harper).

Variety reports that a CGI version of James Dean will star in the adaptation of Finding Jack by Gareth Crocker.

Deadline reports that Anthony Ryan’s A Raven’s Shadow series might be headed to TV. A film by Werner Herzog about writer and explorer Bruce Chatwin, Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin, has sold U.S. rights and will air in spring 2020. Richard Curtis’s The Empty Stocking, Snow Day and the forthcoming That Christmas, are heading to the movies. Lindsey Davis’s Falco novels are set for ITV. Jørn Lier Horst’s novels about Norwegian homicide detective William Wisting are heading to Sundance.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World is getting adapted into a musical for kids.

Vulture fact checks Dickinson with scholar and author Martha Nell Smith.

The Today show featured The Knock at the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose by Ryan Manion, Heather Kelly, Amy Looney (Center Street: Hachette), I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, Jason "Rachel" Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed (Henry Holt: Macmillan), and American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta (Pasta Cookbook, Italian Cooking Books, Pasta and Noodle Cooking) by Evan Funke, Katie Parla (Chronicle Books).

Wendy gets a trailer. It is based on Peter Pan.

Color Out of Space gets a trailer. It is based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name.

The Mandalorian gets a new short trailer.

Chip and Joanna Gaines will be on with Jimmy Fallon (they each have published multiple books). Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on The Daily Show. Donald Trump Jr.,Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us (Center Street: Hachette) will be on The View.

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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

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