New Bestsellers, Apr. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Sixteen new bestsellers arrive. The Mueller Report will be released today, and will be rushed to the shelves. The Time 100 List features a number of authors.

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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]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiction

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: Abrams) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (G.P. Putnam's Songs: Penguin) nabs No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (Random House) claims No 3. on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books: S. & S.) lands at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel by Anne Hillerman (Harper; LJ starred review) makes the case at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Metropolis by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) takes No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson with Peter de Jonge (Little, Brown: Hachette) makes par at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger (Knopf) skates onto the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 14.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu (Margaret K. McElderry: S. & S.) slides onto the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.

Nonfiction

Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! by Chelsea Handler (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) takes the No. 1 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro (Knopf; LJ starred review) opens at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon (Random House) makes the case at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (Random House; LJ starred review) shares delights at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Clean & Lean: 30 Days, 30 Foods, a New You! by Ian K. Smith, M.D. (St. Martin's: Macmillan) offers advice at No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin) traces history at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America by Jared Cohen (S. & S.) makes an accounting at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House): "He is not only one of the most elegant writers alive, he is one of the most astute at crafting moral dilemmas within the drama of everyday life." The New Yorker and the New Statesman America have more to say. Also, The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age by Leo Damrosch (Yale): "an exceptionally lively introduction to late 18th-century English thought and literature."

The NYT reviews The Body Papers by Grace Talusan (Restless: S. & S.): "[a] precise, delicately constructed memoir-in-essays." Also, The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape by Suzannah Lessard (Counterpoint): "Half memoir, half cri de coeur, Lessard’s lambent, thoughtful, exquisitely written collection of interconnected essays dissects ... a diverse swath of America." The Spectators by Jennifer duBois (Random House): "a novel about a TV star that feels just right."

NPR reviews Pickle's Progress by Marcia Butler (Central Avenue): "[a] surprising and audacious debut." Also, The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality by Nancy Isenberg, Andrew Burstein (Viking: Penguin): "The book functions more as an intellectual biography than a standard history."

Briefly Noted

The Mueller Report will be released today, starting the clock on the many publishers who plan editions. B&N is joining in, announcing a free download of the report.

The Time 100 list is revealed. Several of the choices are authors, including Lynn Nottage, Tara Westover, Marlon James, Samin Nosrat, and Michelle Obama.

The shortlist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2019 is out.

The shortlist for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction is also announced.

Pulitzer Prize winner Forrest Gander suggests poetry books for Vulture.

Entertainment Weekly gathers spring reading picks as selected by authors.

The NYT suggests books to read to understand the measles epidemic.

Paste picks "10 of the Best Young Adult Novels of April."

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf) is the newest Books-A-Million President's Pick.

The Guardian writes "why are authors still sniffy about sci-fi?"

The NYT has an essay by Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed (HMH).

Slate interviews Chelsea Handler, Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! (Spiegel & Grau: Random House).

The NYT By the Book features Abby Wambach, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (Celadon: Macmillan).

The Washington Post wants to talk about the ending of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Putnam: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly features High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin (S. & S.).

USA Today spotlights Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore (Harper).

PBS NewsHour reports that a "long-hidden trove of unpublished works by Franz Kafka could soon be revealed following a decade-long battle."

Vulture writes about the National Student Poets Program.

George R.R. Martin wins the 2019 Carl Sandburg Literary Award, given by the Chicago Public Library. Eve L. Ewing is granted the library’s 21st Century Award. The Chicago Tribune has the story.

Authors on Air

Game of Thrones issues photos ahead of episode 2. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Conan O’Brien has finally gotten to interview Robert A. Caro. The NYT has the story.

The Man Booker International shortlist is the topic of The Guardian's Books podcast.

The Hollywood Reporter writes about the Cats film adaptation.

NPR features A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin).

Barkskins by Annie Proulx is headed to National Geographic. The adaptation of Mouse Guard has been halted. Deadline Hollywood has details.

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