New Bestsellers, Aug. 29, 2019 | Book Pulse

Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child leads eight new books onto the bestseller lists. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis gets focused attention. New fall book lists arrive, plus back to school booklists, and starred reviews. The PBS NewsHour-NYT book club pick for September is Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney.

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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]








Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow; LJ starred review) continues the series run at No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Whisper Man by Alex North (Celadon Books: Macmillan) takes the No. 10 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Securing Piper (SEAL of Protection: Legacy Book 3) by Susan Stoker (Susan Stoker) lands at No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books: S. & S.; LJ starred review) closes out the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 13 and the USA Today Best-Selling Book list at No. 14.


Thank You for My Service by Mat Best, Ross Patterson, Nils Parker (Bantam: Random House) takes the No. 5 spot on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Outlaw Ocean Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina (Knopf) sets sail at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles King (Doubleday: Random House) closes out the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 14.


NPR reviews Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, Bing West (Random House): “Mattis' maddening refusal to offer direct thoughts about Trump does not apply to past commanders in chief. His war stories … are also a refighting of old battles with officers and others whose wartime guidance he portrays as deferring more to presidential.” Also, Ophiuchus by Alexis Leriger De La Plante, Natasha Tara Petrovic (Image Comics): “There's so much going on visually in Ophiuchus, it almost doesn't matter that the narrative is so flat. But while this story may have held readers' interest in online installments, it falters outside the glow of a computer screen.” Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country by B.J. Hollars (Univ. Nebraska): “when Hollars retrains his eye on his small-town Midwestern milieu that Midwestern Strange shoots fire from its nostrils and truly comes alive.” Overthrow by Caleb Crain (Viking: Penguin): “perceptive (if overlong).”

The NYT reviews Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg (Grand Central: Hachette): “You come away from her book with a stronger sense of the sheer largeness of the human enterprise — the number of us now consuming, and the overwhelming effect of all that volume.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Knopf; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing “something like a protofeminist Mad Men transposed to the world of international espionage.”

USA Today reviews What Red Was by Rosie Price (Hogarth: Random House), giving it a perfect four stars and writing “masterful, incisive.”

The Wall Street Journal reviews Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors by Edward Niedermeyer (BenBella Books): “will have tremendous appeal to car buffs but requires the reader’s faith that its assertions are reliable.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT picks “17 New Books to Watch For in September.”

The Chicago Tribune offers a “Fall literary preview: 28 books you need to read now.”

Vogue selects “The 17 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Fall.” highlights “All The New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in September.”

LJ showcases 49 starred reviews for September.

Book Marks selects “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Shondaland offers “A Back to School Reading List, Even if You're Not Going Back to School.” Electric Lit is on the subject too, with “9 Novels Set in Boarding Schools.” Continuing the theme, CrimeReads has “A Brief History of Academic Mysteries, Campus Thrillers, and Research Noir.”

Bustle has bookslists: “7 Best LGBTQ Books Out In Autumn 2019.” “Women Writers Who Published Their First Book After They Turned 70.” “6 YA Graphic Novels You Should Read, According To 'Pumpkinheads' Creators Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks.” Lastly, the 5 books that made Elizabeth Gilbert “Think Differently.”

The PBS NewsHour-NYT book club pick for September is Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly has an early look at Book 5 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

The Chicago Tribune features White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson (Beacon Press: Random House).

Bustle considers the poet Morgan Parker’s debut YA novel, Who Put This Song On? (Delacorte: Random House).

The Wall Street Journal excerpts Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, Bing West (Random House). The Atlantic has an interview with Mattis. SFGate also has coverage.

Vogue excerpts Inside Tangier: Houses & Gardens by Nicoló Castellini Baldissera (Vendome: Abrams). excerpts Red Skies Falling by Alex London (FSG: Macmillan). Also, a preview of The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht ( Macmillan).

The NYT features Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books: Hachette), in its “By the Book” column.

Shondaland interviews by Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House (Grove Press).

Electric Lit interviews Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be an Antiracist (One World: Random House; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Shelby Lorman, Awards for Good Boys: Tales of Dating, Double Standards, and Doom (Penguin), for a second time.

The Guardian interviews Ben Folds, A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons (Ballantine: Random House).

CrimeReads interviews Lisa Lutz “on Creating Iconic Female Protagonists.”

Shawn Wong recommends "Bottles of Beaujolais" by David Wong Louie for Electric Lit.

The Guardian writes about how “the graphic novel became an outlet for female shame … [allowing] many female illustrators to confront how they see their bodies and how their bodies are seen by the man around them.”

Bustle has an essay by Robin Benway, Far from the Tree (HarperTeen) about how a DIY project saved her career.

The Washington Post writes about The Harper Perennial Resistance Library series, which the paper says “should be read as humanist manifestos.”

The NYT reports on the news the Marvel cut the essay critical of the US from its No. 1000 special issue.

The L.A. Times reports on a new effort to offer travel books about American cities. Also, a new Dr. Seuss exhibition opening in October in Toronto. BuzzFeed has more on the show.

In buzzy books today, Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen (WaterBrook: Random House) is soaring thanks to a publication announcement on Instagram. Vice gave a boost to The Game Console: A Photographic History from Atari to Xbox by Evan Amos (No Starch Press: Penguin). The Today show pushes The 8Greens Cookbook: The Simple Way to Get Your Greens by Dawn Russell (Random House UK).

Authors on Air

Bustle has a list of “10 Movies & TV Shows Coming To Netflix In September 2019 That Are Based On Books.”

The Hollywood Reporter pulls a list of the Emmy nominations based on books.

C-Span 2 will cover the National Book Festival. Here is the schedule.

The L.A. Times reports on Downton Abbey.

The NYT writes about the time “When John Grisham Movies Were King.”

Deadline Hollywood reports that It: Chapter Two will be promoted by a wide range of partners, including a gas company, an ice cream company, and a fast food chain. Amy Butcher’s forthcoming memoir, Mothertrucker, is set for the movies. Directed by Jill Soloway and starring Julianne Moore. Bruce Holsinger’s The Gifted School sells TV rights. Netflix has plans for a series inspired by a chapter out of Amy Chozick’s Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling. Emily St John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel is headed to NBC as a TV series. Rotten Tomatoes announces it has “added 600 independently verified critics over the past year … Of the new critics, 55% are women, 60% are freelancers and 10% publish reviews via YouTube, podcasts and other emerging avenues.”

The Atlantic writes about movie chains, Netflix, and the book-based The Irishman.

The Hollywood Reporter asks, “Who Is Marvel's Moon Knight?

PBS NewsHour interviews Celeste Ng and Maxine Hong Kingston.

NPR interviews Laura Cumming, Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child (Scribner: S. & S.). It got a sales boost from the coverage.

Eater interviews Alton Brown, of Good Eats.

The Joker gets a trailer.

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