New Bestsellers, May 2, 2019 | Book Pulse

Eleven new bestsellers appear this week. There are more May book lists and several new awards. George R.R. Martin says that there will be unicorns in his still-in-progress GOT books. Nicole Kidman will star in, and produce, Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers for Hulu.

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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

Neon Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

War of the Spark: Ravnica (Magic: The Gathering): War of the Spark by Greg Weisman (Del Rey: Random House) casts its spell at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine (Thomas & Mercer: Amazon) opens at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Nan A. Talese: Random House) hits the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 10.

The Trouble With Vampires: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands (Avon: Harper) takes the No. 10 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan (Dream Press) delivers at No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates (Flatiron Books: Macmillan) lands at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock (St. Martin's: Macmillan) starts at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen (Random House) shares advice at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches by Tyler Kepner (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review) throws the ball at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Mueller Report: The Final Report of the Special Counsel into Donald Trump, Russia, and Collusion by Robert S. Mueller, Special Counsel's Office U.S. Department of Justice, Alan Dershowitz (Skyhorse) holds the No. 15 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The May NYT Audio lists are out. Still topping fiction is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, read by Cassandra Campbell (Penguin Audio). Becoming written and read by Michelle Obama (Random House Audio) still tops nonfiction.

Monthly Best Reading Lists

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bustle | CrimeReads | The Millions | io9 (SFF) | NYT | Oprah | Tor.com (YA SFF) | The Verge

The June 2019 Indie Next List is published. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin; LJ starred review) tops the picks.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "[a] thought-provoking journey of ideas disguised as a courtroom page-turner." Also, The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "does have a tight, extremely clever bit of exposition, in which all its diverse pieces suddenly fall into place and its many red herrings are exposed as empty trickery. But it comes much too late to compensate for the fact that Pavone has given readers an elaborate house of cards, not a scheme built on anything substantial." Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nan (Viking: Penguin): "This is a novel that charms not through the complexities of its plot but through its subtle revelations of character and the human condition." The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (Random House): "reads, unfortunately, like one long commencement address." The newspaper also writes about fiction that explores #MeToo and how Indigo books is offering a "new model for how a big bookstore chain can thrive in the era of online retail."

NPR reviews Lie With Me by Philippe Besson, translated by Molly Ringwald (Scribner: S. & S.): "succeeds as a novel because of Besson's graceful writing, beautifully translated by Ringwald. Besson is a gifted stylist, and he infuses Philippe's story with the right notes of sadness and longing." (Vulture has a take as well).

The Washington Post reviews The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz (Random House): "a meditative novel about regret, trauma and the unenviable fate of history’s castoffs." Also, The Unpassing by Chia-Chia Lin (FSG: Macmillan): "a remarkable, unflinching debut."

USA Today reviews The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal (William Morrow: Harper), giving it 3 stars out of four and writing it is "a playful yet profound novel that is as much earnest as escapist."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Helen Hoang's The Bride Test (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review), giving it a B+ and writing "There are so many good things about this book. The plotting is tight. The romance unfolds to irresistible, if familiar, beats."

Awards

The Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners are announced. Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown: Hachette) wins Adult Fiction Book of the Year and Audiobook of the Year. Educated by Tara Westover (Random House) wins for Nonfiction. The full list of winners and honor books is here.

Murmur by Will Eaves (Bellevue Literary Press) wins the Wellcome Book Prize.

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers issues its Scribe Award nominees. Locus has the list.

Briefly Noted

George R.R. Martin says that there will be unicorns in his still-in-progress GOT books. The Guardian has the story.

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke (S. & S.) is the Reese Witherspoon selection for May.

LJ runs its Mystery Genre Spotlight.

Entertainment Weekly features YA "swoony summertime romances."

Entertainment Weekly suggests "5 comics to read this May."

The NYT has "New & Noteworthy Audio."

Bustle gathers the reflections of "13 Asian American & Pacific Islander Authors On The First Time They Saw Themselves In A Book."

Book Riot picks "21 Must-Read Books For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month."

The Washington Post has some SFF picks: old, new, novels, and criticism.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Richard Chizmar is venturing back to Castle Rock solo, with Gwendy's Magic Feather (Cemetery Dance), a sequel to the novel he co-wrote with Stephen King. The novel will publish in November. EW has an interview with Chizmar. Also in new books, EW excerpts The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin, Link Neal (Crown: Random House) and has a report on Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle (Morrow: Harper).

Shondaland spotlights Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (S. & S. Books for Young Readers; LJ starred review).

Paste features William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher, illustrated by Kent Barton (Quirk Books: Random House).

The Chicago Tribune showcases A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us by Todd May (University of Chicago Press).

Thrity Umrigar writes an essay for The Washington Post.

Bustle has Jasmine Guillory answer their April's "Ask An Author" question.

The Guardian interviews Anabel Hernández.

The Washington Post interviews Craig Ferguson, Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations (Blue Rider Press: Penguin).

The Guardian talks with authors about shocking books.

LJ showcases the best in government documents.

McGraw-Hill and Cengage are merging. CNBC has the story.

Quentin Fiore has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Nicole Kidman will star in, and produce, Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers for Hulu. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Hulu is also getting more Marvel shows, Ghost Rider and Helstrom. Also, Netflix options The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak.

The Handmaid's Tale, season 3 gets a trailer.

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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