New Bestsellers, May 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

James Patterson leads six new bestsellers this week. More adaptations are in the work for R.L. Stine. Watchmen gets a teaser. There is vague news about Barack Obama's new memoir.

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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]








The 18th Abduction by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: Hachette) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (Harper; LJ starred review) tells the tale at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Slow Burn (Moonlight and Motor Oil Series) by Kristen Ashley (Independently published) opens at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff (Harper) counts our losses at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke (S. & S.) gets all the buzz at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches by Gerry Brooks (Da Capo Lifelong: Hachette) lands at No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


The NYT reviews With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen): "literary soul food.... Acevedo has pulled off a kind of alchemy of emotions and magic." Also, War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945 by Nigel Hamilton (HMH): "gripping and powerfully argued." Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History by Sarah Knott (Sarah Crichton: Macmillan): "engaging and pleasingly radical." Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer (Knopf; LJ starred review): "I doubt that any novel, not even one co-written by Graham Greene and F. Scott Fitzgerald, could have captured Holbrooke fully, and I certainly thought that no biography ever would. But now one has."

The Washington Post reviews Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf; LJ starred review): "a valuable addition to the literature of grief and an answer to the question: How does one survive such a devastating tragedy?" Also, Gatsby's Oxford: Scott, Zelda, and the Jazz Age Invasion of Britain: 1904-1929 by Christopher A. Snyder (Pegasus: W.W. Norton): "entertaining and informative, albeit somewhat meandering, work of popular scholarship." The Way We Eat Now: How the Food Revolution Has Transformed Our Lives, Our Bodies, and Our World by Bee Wilson (Basic: Hachette): "brings bountiful sources to her economic, sociological and medical brain food. And she makes it surprisingly palatable through her self-deprecating humor, relatable recollections of her own binge-eating and colorful globe-trotting examples."

NPR reviews Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf): "delivers a gripping, incredibly well-written portrait of not only Harper Lee, but also of mid-20th century Alabama — and a still-unanswered set of crimes to rival the serial killers made infamous in the same time period." Also, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer (Knopf; LJ starred review): "impeccably sourced." Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond (Little, Brown: Hachette): "[a] fascinating look at how countries have dealt with nationwide crises, and what we might be able to learn from them."

USA Today gives All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters by Joe Namath, with Sean Mortimer and Don Yaeger (Little, Brown: Hachette) 3 stars and writes "Joe has stories to tell, and with the aid of Sean Mortimer and Don Yaeger, he does better than a passable job."

The L.A. Times reviews The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "Diversion is Pavone’s specialty, which he employs here with panache, clockwork precision and a great command of Paris locales."

Briefly Noted

Lambda Literary announces that poet Hannah Ensor and journalist Robert Fieseler are the winners of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

Paste picks the 10 best YA novels of May.

BookMarks has "5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week."

It is just a nugget of vague information, but Barack Obama's new memoir might publish in 2020, in the midst of the presidential election. USA Today reports that PRH is "alerting foreign partners and others about the status of the book."

The Atlantic reports on how a J.R.R. Tolkien story "Makes the Case for Fantasy Fiction." Also, the magazine features Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories (Knopf).

The NYT writes about the Met's Costume Institute’s exhibit, which features a theme connected to a Susan Sontag essay, on Camp. Vanity Fair has a look at the outfits worn to the gala party ( here too). PBS NewsHour has the story as well.

Shondaland spotlights The Farm by Joanne Ramos (Random House).

The NYT looks at "How Winesburg, Ohio changed American literature."

JSTOR considers Gatsby and the Jazz Age.

Bitch Media interviews Kenji C. Liu Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books).

Lambda Literary interviews Kristen Lepionka, Michael Nava, Renee James, and Catherine Maiorisi in a conversation about LGBTQ Crime fiction.

The NYT asks Adm. William H. McRaven to go "By the Book."

Bustle features Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum (Delacorte Press: Random House).

The NYT features Photographs (2nd Edition) by Eudora Welty, with forwards by Reynolds Price and Natasha Trethewey (Univ. Mississippi).

The Hollywood Reporter interviews Howard Stern, Howard Stern Comes Again (S. & S.).

John Lukacs has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Daniel Okrent, The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America (Scribner: S. & S.).

Hulu's adaptation of John Green's Looking for Alaska casts up. Stumptown by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth is headed to ABC. Deadline Hollywood has details.

The L.A. Times reports that more R.L. Stine books are getting adapted.

Variety writes that CNN Films is making a documentary on John Lewis.

Watchmen gets a teaser.

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