New Bestsellers, Jan. 9, 2020 | Book Pulse

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid leads five new books onto the bestseller lists. Trouble continues to mount for RWA now that Harlequin, Avon, and more publishers have pulled out of its annual conference this year. The GLAAD Media Awards nominations are out. Locke and Key gets a trailer.

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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]








Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Cut and Run by Fern Michaels (Zebra: Random House) lands at No.13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (Graydon House: Harper) holds No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes by Alex Snodgrass (HMH) opens at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (Melville House) makes No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick (Park Row: Harper): “Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family — and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.” Also, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “a smart and capacious history.”

NPR reviews Jean Stafford: Complete Novels (LOA #324): Boston Adventure / The Mountain Lion / The Catherine Wheel by Jean Stafford, edited by Kathryn Davis (Library of America: Penguin): “Stafford's most striking gift as a writer was her ability to create characters — unlovely outcasts — who simultaneously repel and call forth sympathy from her readers.” Also, The Gimmicks by Chris McCormick (Harper): “more about wrestling than guerrilla warfare; more about scripted brutality than the real thing.”

The Washington Post reviews Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America by Debbie Cenziper (Hachette): “She shows us the human faces of the real men and women of her narrative — the victims, the survivors, the perpetrators and those who sought to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

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

Briefly Noted

Town & Country names “The 17 Must-Read Books of Winter 2020.”

The NYT looks at new books coming in 2020 from around the world.

CrimeReads selects “January's Best Debut Crime Fiction” as well as offering part one of their list of “The Most Anticipated Crime Books" of the year.

The CBC showcases the Canada Reads 2020 longlist for its battle of the books – to pick the one book the whole country might read. The final five books will be named on Jan. 22 and the debates will take place March 16-19.

Entertainment Weekly suggests “5 comics to read this January.” In more comics news, The Hollywood Reporter writes that a Slaughterhouse-Five comic adaptation is on the way from Ryan North, Albert Monteys, and Richard Zaplana. Boom! will publish it in September. Also, a report on the new Batman comic arc too.

Both The Atlantic and Vox focus on Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review). Reid is also the focus of the NYT “Inside The List” column.

The NYT showcases Garth Greenwell, Cleanness (FSG: Macmillan). celebrates the work of Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic (Del Rey: Random House).

The L.A. Times features Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post considers Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor by Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Brian Boyd and Anastasia Tolstoy (Knopf).

William Gibson, Agency (Berkley: Penguin), goes “By the Book” for the NYT.

Eater interviews Jasmine Guillory, who “finally injects food and eating into the bodice-ripping genre.”

Liz Moore, Long Bright River (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), answers Entertainment Weekly‘s “What’s in a Page” questionnaire.

Vulture has “Lupita Nyong’o’s 10 Favorite Books.”

People reports further on the fan-created Nipsey Hussle book club.

Trouble continues to mount for RWA. The NYT reports that Harlequin, Avon, and more publishers are pulling out of its annual conference this year.

The Smithsonian is partnering with IDW to publish graphic novels and more. The NYT reports.

LJ starts a horror focused review column, with reviews by Becky Spratford of RA for All Horror and RA for All.

Vanity Fair has more on Elizabeth Wurtzel. So does the NYT.

Charles Sprawson has died. The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The GLAAD Media Awards nominations are out. Book related nominees include BatwomanKilling Eve, Tales of the City, Downton AbbeyShadowhunters, Star Trek: Discovery, Supergirl, Dickinson, and Mrs. Fletcher. There is also an entire category for comics and a range of Spanish language nominees. Deadline has the full list.

NPR’s Fresh Air features American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power by Andrea Bernstein (W.W. Norton).

Book Riot offers “5 Comics and Graphic Novels to Read if You Enjoyed The Witcher.”

Vogue suggests reading the Gossip Girl books, deciding they were “better than the show,” which is getting a reboot.

Deadline reports that Jonathan Lethem’s Gun, With Occasional Music is headed to TV. HBO Max is adapting The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. Cary Joji Fukunaga and Nicole Kassell are both on board. The Brides, "a sexy contemporary reimagining of Dracula,” is set for ABC. On ABC as well comes Young Frankenstein Live!, the next up in the network’s live musical events. War of the Worlds gets a season two order, before season one airs on Feb. 16. Deadline has news that “The BBC, Warner Bros, and the UK’s Natural History Museum are partnering on an hour-long documentary that will explore the connections between JK Rowling’s mythical Fantastic Beasts creatures and real animals that have roamed Earth.”

Variety features Patrick Stewart as Star Trek: Picard heads to the screen. On that note, has a guide to get ready for the new show.

The NYT writes about works by Elena Ferrante, Anton Chekhov and Neil Gaiman on stage – and the complications of adaptation.

The Today show features You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success by Al Roker (Hachette Go).

Locke and Key gets a trailer. It debuts on Feb. 7, 2020.

Patti Smith, Year of the Monkey (Knopf; LJ starred review), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance (A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan), will be on with Stephen Colbert.

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