New Bestsellers, Dec. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts leads the count of new bestsellers. The NYT book critics pick their top books of the year. Marilyn Stasio names the best crime books. LibraryReads releases its “Voter Favorites” for 2019 and LitHub offers “Our 50 Favorite Books of the Year.” Janet Evanovich lands two new TV series and there is more adaptation news as well.

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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 Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Criss Cross by James Patterson (Little, Brown: Hachette) opens at No. 4 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (Delacorte Press: Random House) lands at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Where Winter Finds You: A Caldwell Christmas by J.R. Ward (Pocket Books: S. & S.) nabs No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Spy by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: Random House) holds No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump by Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch (Random House) debut at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Jay-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review) takes No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The December audiobook bestsellers are out in the NYT. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, read by Julia Whelan (Penguin) tops the Audio Fiction list (a new entry) while Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know written and read by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: Hachette) remains No. 1 on the Audio Nonfiction list.

New to the Graphic Books and Manga list is Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (Morrow Gift: Harper) as the No. 1 title.


Entertainment Weekly reviews Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD: Macmillan), giving it a B and deciding that the “vivid and, at times, genuinely moving Dead Astronauts ranks as a successful experiment.”

The Washington Post reviews The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday: Random House): “engrossing and beautifully written.” Also, Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD: Macmillan): “Layered and complex.” The Letters of Cole Porter by Cole Porter, edited by Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh (Yale): “an intimidating marvel of scholarship.” Model City: Pyongyang by Cristiano Bianchi, Kristina Drapic (MIT): “broadly declines to peer beneath Pyongyang’s aesthetic surfaces or interrogate how the visual culture of the “socialist fairyland” is wielded by the regime to exert social control.”

The NYT reviews The Crying Book by Heather Christle (Catapult): “peculiar and indelible.” Also, This Is Happiness by Niall Williams (Bloomsbury: Hachette): “a lush, wandering portrait.” Agathe: Or, The Forgotten Sister by Robert Musil, translated by Joel Agee (NYRB Classics: Random House): “[a] vividly contemporary and sensuous translation.”

NPR reviews H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness Volume 2 by Gou Tanabe (Dark Horse Manga: Random House): “so spot-on, it makes every other attempt to draw Lovecraft ...  seem ill-advised.”

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

Briefly Noted

The NYT book critics pick their “Top Books of 2019.” There is an interview about the process as well. Also in the paper, Marilyn Stasio picks “The Best Crime Novels of the Year.”

LibraryReads names the “Voter Favorites” for 2019.

LitHub offers “Our 50 Favorite Books of the Year.”

Vulture names its “Best Books of 2019.”

Paste picks the ”19 Best Young Adult Novels of 2019.”

Autostraddle chooses “55 of the Best Queer Books of 2019.”

BuzzFeed selects “20 Favorite Cookbooks From 2019.”

The FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2019 is announced.

The Millions runs its December “Most Anticipated” list.

Entertainment Weekly suggests “5 comics to read this December.”

Amazon suggests 19 books forthcoming in 2020.

Entertainment Weekly previews “two swoony queer romances destined to capture your heart in 2020.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Akwaeke Emezi, The Death of Vivek Oji (Riverhead: Penguin).

Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review), answers the “By the Book” questions for the NYT.

In forthcoming book news, People highlights Mia St. John’s tell-all, Fighting For My Life, also news about Open Book: A Memoir by Jessica Simpson (Det Street Books: Harper).

Bustle excerpts The Other People by C. J. Tudor (Ballantine: Random House). excerpts The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet (MIRA: Harper).

NPR has a story about the bestseller lists and The Washington Post has “Beyond the bestsellers: Lesser-known literary delights make perfect holiday gifts.”

The Guardian writes “Autofiction at war: why 'revenge novels' are taking off in Norway.”

The Guardian reports on the “outrage after BBC elides Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker win.”

The NYT prints the poem “Mother Going Gone” by Ellen Doré Watson as selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

People writes about a teenager who started a book program in her community.

NetGalley is adding audio excerpts.

Howard Cruse has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale is headed to the movies, with Dakota and Elle Fanning to star. Entertainment Weekly has details. Also, Netflix is going to air its adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Locke and Key on Feb. 7, 2020.

The L.A. Times reports that Janet Evanovich lands two TV series.

Variety has news on the forthcoming Apple adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series. Also, more on the Wheel of Time cast.

Deadline reports that David Tennant is set to star as Phileas Fogg in a new Around The World In 80 Days’ adaptation. Stephen King’s From A Buick 8 is headed to the movies. The New York Film Critics Circle names Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as its Best Film of 2019.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Adam Minter, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

John Lithgow, Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse (Chronicle), will be on The Daily Show tonight. Jimmy Kimmel, The Serious Goose (Random House Books for Young Readers), will be on The Talk.

No Time To Die gets a trailer. It debuts in April 2020.

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