New Bestsellers, Mar. 21, 2019 | Book Pulse

Six new bestsellers arrive; C.J. Box leads the pack. There are more awards breaking news and more spring book picks too, including the cookbooks of the season. Jezebel goes to the Maryland town Nora Roberts has all but remade.

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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]


Wolf Pack by C. J. Box (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) debuts at No 2. on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The First Lady by James Patterson, with Brendan DuBois (Grand Central: Hachette) opens at No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Toxic Game by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin) Lands at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Heart of the Devil by Meghan March (Meghan March LLC) is no. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions by Frans de Waal (W.W. Norton) opens at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Don't Stop Believin' by Olivia Newton-John (Gallery Books: S. & S.) hits a high note at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché (Penguin): "the shape of her memoir hews closely to what she herself saw and heard — and how, out of the horror, she began to discern what she needed to do." Also, Invasive Species by Marwa Helal (Nightboat): "often stellar." Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table (a Memoir with Recipes) by Boris Fishman (Harper): "[a] memoir of food, family and identity ... The meals are fantastic."

NPR reviews The Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey by Margaret Leslie Davis (TarcherPerigee: Penguin): "The writing in this book is straightforward and, at times, even heartbreaking, but outstanding reporting lies at its core." Also, Horizon by Barry Lopez (Knopf; LJ starred review): "a biography and a portrait of some of the world's most delicate places, but at heart it's a contemplation of Lopez's belief that the only way forward is compassionately, and together." Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (Swoon Reads: Macmillan): "A charming and satisfying read."

The Washington Post reviews The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler (Scribner: S. & S.): "Her thoughtful book belongs on the same shelf as Atul Gawande’s best-selling Being Mortal and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Natural Causes.”

Briefly Noted

The 2019 Whiting Award winners have been announced. NPR has coverage.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist is out.

Esquire selects "The Best Books to Read This Spring." gathers "Spring 2019 Books We Cannot Wait to Read!"

Eater has the "Best Cookbooks of Spring."

Bustle picks "13 New Romantic Comedies To Read If You Love Jane Austen."

Jezebel visits the town Nora Roberts remade.

The Atlantic writes "How The Very Hungry Caterpillar Became a Classic."

Vulture reports that André Aciman is writing a sequel to Call Me by Your Name.

The NYT profiles a new comics publisher, Artists, Writers & Artisans.

The New Yorker considers YA cancel culture.

The Washington Post features Olivia Newton-John, Don't Stop Believin' (Gallery: S. & S.) and also has a feature on Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker, Manuela Pertega (Quirk: Random House).

The NYT has Laila Lalami go "By the Book."

USA Today suggests "8 great" diverse children's books.

Eater features Ruth Reichl, Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir (Random House).

Entertainment Weekly showcases Talia Hibbert, Get a Life, Chloe Brown (Avon: Harper).

The Guardian interviews Tim Flannery, Europe: A Natural History (Atlantic Monthly). The paper also interviews Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

BitchMedia keeps the buzz going about Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin), calling it "a delightful feast."

io9 excerpts The Big Book of Classic Fantasy edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron: Macmillan). Also, an excerpt of A Woman First: First Woman: The Deeply Personal Memoir by the Former President by David Mandel, Billy Kimball, Selina Meyer (Abrams).

Time excerpts The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood (William Morrow: Harper).

Vulture excerpts Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View" by Ramin Setoodeh (Thomas Dunne: Macmillan).

The NewStatesman looks at "The return of dystopian ficiton."

Entertainment Weekly explores how the 21st Century Fox sale can impact the Marvel cinematic universe.

HMH launches the Versify imprint, founded by author Kwame Alexander, with a special bus tour.

Authors on Air

Justin A. Reynolds's Opposite Of Always is headed to the movies. Mary Kubica’s forthcoming The Other Mrs. just sold to Netflix. The Danger Girl comics will be adapted to film. Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley is headed back to the screen. Todd Mitchell's The Naming Girl has sold TV and film rights. Deadline Hollywood has details on all.

Variety reports that Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black is headed to TV as a limited series.

Andrew Rannells, Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood (Crown Archetype: Random House), will be on Late Night tonight.

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