New Bestsellers, Apr. 25, 2019 | Book Pulse

Redemption by David Baldacci leads 12 new books onto the bestseller lists. Paperbacks get some buzz. Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for plagiarism. There are two stories today about lost books and a watching guide to get ready for Avengers: Endgame.

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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

Redemption by David Baldacci (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Mister by E L James (Vintage: Random House) takes the No. 2 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Master & Apprentice (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray (Del Rey: Random House) channels the force at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson with Shan Serafin (Grand Central: Hachette) lands at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon: Random House) slides onto the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 14.

Nonfiction

The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (Random House) opens its quest at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook by Stassi Schroeder (Gallery: S. & S.) claims the No. 5 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry (S. & S.) shares wisdom at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin) tells spy stories at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power by T. D. Jakes (FaithWorks: Hachette) spreads the word at No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben (Henry Holt: Macmillan) questions our survival at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

USA Today reviews Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein (Crown: Random House), giving it 3 stars out of four and calling it "devastating."

The LA Times reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House): "a densely allusive, mind-bending novel of ideas that plays to our acute sense of foreboding about where technology is leading us." Also, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (Flatiron: Macmillan): "She’s a keenly appealing narrator and in many ways the book is a graceful account of her own personal consciousness-raising as a woman."

Entertainment Weekly also reviews Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House), giving it a B and writing that it is "uneven but intriguing."

The Washington Post reviews Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster (Penguin): "many parents will likely find reading it a huge relief." Also, The Better Sister by Alafair Burke (Harper): "wonderfully twisty."

The NYT reviews Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness by Anne Harrington (W.W. Norton): "It turns out that psychiatry’s understanding of mental illness is full of hairpin turns and unintended consequences."

NPR reviews The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott (Riverhead: Penguin): "a wise and poignant memoir about all the things money can buy — and all the things it can't."

Briefly Noted

O Magazine picks "10 April Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down" and "4 of the Buzziest New Reads You Should Have on Your Radar This Month."

Entertainment Weekly suggests "The 25 best new paperbacks to check out this spring."

Vulture also has a guide to paperbacks.

Part two of CrimeReads's "The State of the Mystery" is posted.

Nora Roberts is suing Brazilian writer Cristiane Serruya for plagiarism. The NYT has the story.

Dzanc Books drops The Siege of Tel Aviv by Hesh Kestin after backlash about its "Islamophobic themes and content." Publishers Weekly has details.

A "lost sequel" to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange has been discovered. The Guardian reports.

The NYT features Carol Spencer, Dressing Barbie: A Celebration of the Clothes That Made America’s Favorite Doll and the Incredible Woman Behind Them (Harper Design).

O Magazine spotlights Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review).

The New Yorker showcases American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation by Adam Morris (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

Time excerpts The Heartland: An American History by Kristin L. Hoganson (Penguin).

BuzzFeed excerpts Nice Try: Stories of Best Intentions and Mixed Results by Josh Gondelman (Harper Perennial).

The NYT profiles Jan Morris.

Time interviews Melinda Gates, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

Gary Snyder goes "By the Book" for the NYT.

Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, is the subject of the paper's occasional feature that asks how its staff uses technology. She says she has spent the last two years downgrading her tech use.

The Academy of American Poets announces its inaugural group of Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships.

Merriam-Webster has added 640 words to its dictionary, including "bottle episode."

Authors on Air

One of the books Hernando Colón (the son of Christopher Columbus) used to catalog his fabled (and largely lost) library has turned up in Denmark. NPR interviews Edward Wilson-Lee, The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books (Scribner: S. & S.), about the find.

Vulture offers a watching guide to get ready for Avengers: Endgame.

The Hollywood Reporter interviews one of the key writers of the HBO Game of Thrones adaptation. There are also new photos of episode 3.

Vox has a list of summer movies, with trailers. Several are based on books.

Catch-22 gets a trailer.

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