New Bestsellers, Aug. 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey leads 14 books onto the bestseller lists this week. Nicholas Sparks wins his defamation case. The Ripped Bodice bookstore launches its next Great Big Romance Read. Early sketches from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery have been found.

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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

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (Graphix: Scholastic) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Bitterroots by C.J. Box (Minotaur: Macmillan) is on the case at No.3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Contraband by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) continues the series at No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Blood Truth by J.R. Ward (Gallery Books: S. & S.) lands at No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan (Bookouture) takes no. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House; LJ starred review) heads West at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (Avon: Harper; LJ starred review) holds No. 11 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) closes out the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.

Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan (Dream Press) rounds out the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.

Nonfiction

How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: Random House; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by Andrew C. McCarthy (Encounter Books) a Fox News host makes his case at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America by Christopher Leonard (S. & S.; LJ starred review) delves into company history at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press) tells its truth at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan by Alan Paul and Andy Aledort (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review) rounds out the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 12.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Middle England by Jonathan Coe (Knopf): “contains great charms, but its very construction and tradition can also make it feel discordant for the moment it hopes to capture; at times it seems like a wrought-iron street lamp trying to represent a bonfire.”

NPR reviews Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait by Bathsheba Demuth (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): “a deeply studied, deeply felt book that lays out a devastating but complex history of change, notes what faces us now, and dares us to imagine better.” Also, Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver by Jill Heinerth (Ecco: Harper): “a superb, honest, incredibly engaging book.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books: S. & S.; LJ starred review), giving it a C+ and writing it “lacks the immediacy and vibrancy of so much of her work, often feeling just as mired in the fog and muck as her heroine.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland offers “Fall Book Preview: 9 Reads You Won't Be Able to Put Down.”

CrimeReads selects “August's Best International Crime Fiction.”

Autostraddle gathers “30 New Books of Queer and Feminist Interest to Get Excited About This Fall.”

Tor.com picks “10 Expansive SFF Worlds We Want to Get Lost In.”

Book Marks highlights “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.” Also, a “Point/Counterpoint” for The New Girl by Daniel Silva (Harper).

Book Riot offers “15 Fantasy Books Like Throne of Glass.”

Nicholas Sparks wins his defamation case. The Charlotte Observer has details.

Early sketches from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery have been found in Switzerland, reports France 24.

The Ripped Bodice bookstore launches its next Great Big Romance Read. This year it is The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics: Feminine Pursuits by Olivia Waite (Avon Impulse: Harper).

The NYT has artist Firelei Báez interpret “what happens inside two novels and one collection of poetry” of “the season’s most anticipated new books.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era by Saul Austerlitz (Dutton: Penguin).

The Guardian features Lara Maiklem, Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

The Guardian interviews Selina Tusitala Marsh, Fast Talking PI (Auckland Univ.).

Tor.com interviews Lauren Shippen, The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

Bustle interviews Alisha Rai, The Right Swipe (Avon: Harper).

The NYT interviews Cathleen Schine, The Grammarians (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan) for its “By the Book” column.

Entertainment Weekly interviews writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, creators of the Jimmy Olsen comic.

Book Riot interviews Kennedy Ryan, Long Shot (Kennedy Ryan).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Taron Egerton, star of Rocketman, will voice the audiobook of Me: Elton John Official Autobiography (Macmillan). Elton John will also be on the audio.

Alice Walker weighs in on the George Washington mural in San Francisco. The NYT has the news.

Author Daniel Hahn writes about sharing prize money in the Guardian, and in that piece, also writes about the value of a shortlist of books over one winner in literary prizes.

Authors on Air

The Washington Post writes about sleeping, or not, and books. Also in the paper, an appreciation of Marie Belloc-Lowndes’s The Lodger. Lastly, a piece on Arundhati Roy and My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction (Haymarket Books).

Deadline Hollywood reports on LEGO Jurassic World.: Legend of Isla Nublar.

The Hollywood Reporter talks with Jon Favreau about Star Wars and more.

Antlers, an adaptation of Nick Antosca’s “The Quiet Boy,” gets a teaser 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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