American Dirt's Book Tour Is Cancelled, plus New Bestsellers

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins tops the NYT fiction bestseller list even as the publisher cancels Cummins's book tour and announces a series of town halls with groups that oppose the book. A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig debuts at No.1 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list. Lee and Low publish a diversity report on the publishing industry, finding very little improvement.

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New Bestsellers

[Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (Ballantine: Random House) opens at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Agency by William Gibson (Berkley: Penguin) claims No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America by Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig (Penguin) debuts at No.1 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America's Progressive Elite by Peter Schweizer (Harper) opens at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties by Christopher Caldwell (S. & S.) takes No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady (Scribner: S. & S.) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No.15.

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Harper): “an excellent addition to this small but necessary body of work … amplifies the struggles and dilemmas that countless others have endured and will continue to endure, particularly during today’s political climate of animosity against migrants.”

The Washington Post reviews Will: A Memoir by Will Self (Grove Press): “this is a memoir of substance abuse and self-harm that fails to generate the sympathy, empathy or interest that one customarily associates with the genre.”

NPR reviews A Castle in the Clouds by Kerstin Gier, translated by Romy Fursland (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “Between the incredible cast and the convoluted plot lines, this book may seem like a lot to juggle — and it is! — but everything happens exactly when it needs to. Gier makes it look easy.”

Book Marks picks five reviews to read this week.

Briefly Noted

LitHub reprints a letter from 121 authors calling on Oprah to reconsider her book club choice of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Entertainment Weekly has a report too. Also, USA Today reports that the remainder of Cummins’s book tour has been canceled over security concerns. The NYT also has coverage, as does Vox. The plan now is to hold town hall events with some of the groups opposing the book. The L.A. Times reports that Sandra Cisneros doubles downs on her support. BuzzFeed has a piece about the novel too.

Lee and Low publish a diversity report on the publishing industry, finding very little improvementSLJ has coverage as does Publishers Weekly.

Tor.com gathers “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in February.”

Book Riot suggests 20 debut novels of 2020.

Barbara Hoffert updates Prepub Alert with more August titles.

LitHub suggests “15 Essential Colombian Novels You Should Read.”

CrimeReads has a guide to Carl Hiaasen.

The L.A. Times has a Q&A with Reagan Arthur.

The Guardian interviews Jack Fairweather, The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz (Custom House: Harper). Also, The Guardian interviews Nora Roberts.

Laurie Anderson answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questions. The “Inside the List” column focuses on Isabel Allende.

People interviews Diane Keaton, Brother & Sister: A Memoir (Knopf). People also has more on Open Book: A Memoir by Jessica Simpson (Dey Street Books: Harper) and a story on Living in Color: What's Funny About Me by Tommy Davidson, Tom Teicholz (Kensington: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Dave Matthews is working with children's author Clete Barrett Smith on a middle-grade fantasy novel titled If We Were Giants (Disney-Hyperion: Hachette). Also, a report on the forthcoming  Dot Con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer by James Veitch (Hachette) and an excerpt of Shine by Jessica Jung (Simon Pulse: S. & S.).

In more forthcoming book news, Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris: S. & S.) will publish June 9. The Bookseller has some details, as does Tor.com.

Polygon has news of Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Free Fall, a YA novel by Alex Segura about the backstory of Poe Dameron.

Slate considers Followers by Megan Angelo (Graydon House: Harper).

Bitch Media writes “Snow Thank You “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” Can’t Redeem a Villain.”

Slate is super excited over Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book (Victoria University Press), writing it “reminded me of how I felt reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell or The Left Hand of Darkness or His Dark Materials or, to move out of genre, Life After Life or The Underground Railroad. I felt that my position in relation to the book’s capacious intell.” It does not have a U.S. publisher.

The Washington Post writes about the importance of rereading.

The Guardian has a piece on why fonts matter to authors.

The NYT reports that the Mellon Foundation is giving $4.5 million to the Academy of American Poets to fund the poet laurate program for three years. The report also includes details of what some of the poets are doing and that in April up to twenty new fellows will be named.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Richard L. Hasen, Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy (Yale). NPR’s Code Switch interviews Kristen Meinzer, How to Be Fine: What We Learned from Living by the Rules of 50 Self-Help Books (William Morrow). NPR’s Morning Edition has an interview with Yuval Levin, A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream (Basic Books: Hachette).

Terese Marie Mailhot answers readers' questions about Heart Berries: A Memoir (Counterpoint) for PBS NewsHour

Deadline reports HBO Max will adapt Lyla Lee’s forthcoming YA novel I’ll Be The One for the movies. The Green Hornet sells films rights.

Tor.com has news that Amanda Bridgeman’s The Subjugate has been optioned for TV and that a sequel book is forthcoming as well – The Sensation, due Oct. 13, 2020.

The Today show featured Open Book: A Memoir by Jessica Simpson (Dey Street Books: Harper), Living in Color: What's Funny About Me by Tommy Davidson, Tom Teicholz (Kensington: Random House), and Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Amy Chaplin (Artisan: Workman).

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run gets a Super Bowl ad.

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