New Bestsellers, Feb. 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney leads eight new books onto the bestseller lists. The Nebula Award nominees are out. President Obama's presidential library plan is worrying some archivists.

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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]








Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) makes book and lyric at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (Viking: Penguin) investigates at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo (Flatiron: Macmillan) lands at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list.

Luck of the Devil by Meghan March (Meghan March LLC) extends the series at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Grateful American by Gary Sinise (Thomas Nelson: Harper) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future by Pete Buttigieg (Liveright: W.W. Norton) makes the case at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations by Toni Morrison (Knopf) debuts on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list at No. 12.

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen (Harper) marks history at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.


The Nebula Award nominees are announced. This year marks the debut of an award category for Game Writing.

The Aspen Words Literary Prize names its finalists. NPR reports.

L.A. Times Book Prize finalists are out.



The NYT reviews Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): "resolutely humane ... sensitive and judicious." Also, On Drinking by Charles Bukowski (Ecco: Harper): "we get a parade of small evasions and tall tales." Leading Men by Christopher Castellani (Viking: Penguin): "At its best, his novel not only exults in the historical synchronicities and proximities he has discovered but catches the reader up in its rapture." American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House): "Its trigger sends us straight into plot ... remarkably assured, earning its genre stripes with panache, and addressing thought-provoking issues along the way." The Cassandra by Sharma Shields (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "biting." The paper also writes about a Marvel comics hero who has bipolar disorder.

The Washington Post reviews The Vanishing Man: A Prequel to the Charles Lenox Series by Charles Finch (Minotaur: Macmillan): "jump into the carriage with Lenox and hold on tight." Also, The Huntress by Kate Quinn (William Morrow: Harper): "compulsively readable." Finally, the paper appreciates The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Penguin). The Border by Don Winslow (William Morrow: Harper): "a powerful — and painful — journey through a contemporary version of hell . Rarely has hell been so compelling."

NPR reviews Saturn's Return to New York by Sara Gran (Soho) writing that the reissue of the 2001 novel is "perfectly suited to the present. It's eminently relatable, but without the glaring contemporariness that marks so many efforts to relate."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly interviews Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy  (Random House).

Pictorial excerpts Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman (W.W. Norton).

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly focuses on Mark Manson's next book, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope (Harper). There is also more Stranger Things comic news.

The NYT asks Isaac Mizrahi to go "By the Book."

The NewStatesman interviews Édouard Louis.

The L.A. Times features Don Wilson, The Border (William Marrow: Harper).

The NYT suggests books to read before the Oscars air.

LitHub gives out "Oscars To Books."

HMH is starting an audiobook imprint, HMH Audio.

The Obama Presidential Library turns out to be more about buildings and grounds than archives. The NYT reports.

CityLab offers "a visual exploration" of public libraries.

Authors Jeffrey Hart and Dr. Theodore Rubin have died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

From Deadline Hollywood comes news that at least one of the short stories in  Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Friday Black is headed to the movies. Also, Larry Watson's Let Him Go is headed to the movies, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to star. Amy Poehler is directing the adaptation of Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie.

The second Wolverine podcast gets a trailer.

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