New Bestsellers, Sept. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

Guts by Raina Telgemeier leads five new books onto the bestseller lists. Alison Bechdel and six more authors/artists will be inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame. NYPL’s Insta Novels experiment and Reese Witherspoon’s book club are both in the news.

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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]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson (Viking) debuts at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead) opens at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin) takes No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie (Orbit) lands at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden (Metropolitan Books) claims No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein (S. & S.; LJ starred reviewed) holds No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Books Reviews

NPR reviews The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “a revolutionary novel in that it is about revolutions. Big ones and little ones, violent ones and psychological ones. It is, on the one hand, a starkly feminist piece of contemporary science fiction … On the other, it is a small, personal story about that urge to go back to your hometown …To burn down the past and start over again new.” Also, The Last Kids on Earth series by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin): “These books are amazing.” The newst is The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade. September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem by Ian Sansom (Harper): “a deeply informed and unapologetically digressive dive into Auden's life, as well as into the life of this singular poem.” 

The Washington Post reviews 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “a deeply humane story about the cruel effects of Turkey’s intolerant sexual attitudes.”

The NYT reviews The Cockroach by Ian McEwan (Anchor: Random House): “so toothless and wan that it may drive his readers away in long apocalyptic caravans.” Also, A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman (FSG: Macmillan): “deeply researched, engrossing and, in some respects, controversial.”

Briefly Noted

Alison Bechdel and six more authors/artists will be inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame, on Oct. 4. The NYT has details. The Harvey Awards will also be announced on that day. Here is the list of nominees.

Tor.com names “All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in October.”

Bustle lists “25 New LGBTQ+ Books Coming Out In Fall 2019.”

BuzzFeed gathers “11 Great Books About Rock And Roll.”

Electric Lit picks “Lesser-Known Cyberpunk Novels to Help You Prepare for Our Horrible Future.”

William Kent Krueger selects his “10 Favorite Coming-of-Age Tales” for Off the Shelf.

CrimeReads considers “September’s Best International Crime Fiction.”

USA Today highlights ALA’s list of the 11 most-challenged books.

Book Marks picks the "5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”

Jeanette Winterson, Frankissstein (Grove Press; LJ starred review), does the “By the Book” questionnaire for the NYT.

O: The Oprah Magazine excerpts High School by Tegan and Sara Quin (S. & S.). Vanity Fair also has coverage.

Tor.com excerpts Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland (Imprint: Macmillan).

People focuses on Know My Name: A Memoir (LJ starred review) by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin). As does Vanity Fair.

Vogue showcases Demi Moore’s Inside Out: A Memoir (Harper).

BuzzFeed considers Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser (Ecco).

The Atlantic showcases The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press).

Paste dives into The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

USA Today features The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends' Guide to Life by Bert and Ernie (Imprint: Macmillan).

People spotlights Melissa Hartwig Urban, The Whole30 Friends & Family: 150 Recipes for Every Social Occasion (HMH).

Michael Dirda  appreciates The Clockwork Man by E.V. Odle (HiLobrow).

Time excerpts The Power of Nonviolent Resistance: Selected Writings by Mohandas Gandhi, edited by Tridip Suhrud (Penguin Classics).

William Morrow has an audio excerpt of Full Throttle CD: Stories by Joe Hill, read by a cast that includes Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Zachary Quinto, Wil Wheaton, and more. It is up on Twitter.

Fast Company writes about the NYPL’s Insta Novels experiment – which was a smashing success they hope to continue.

Fortune writes about Reese Witherspoon’s book club.

Books getting buzz include: Cleo Wade posts about her new book, Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World (Atria Books: S. & S.). On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin: LJ starred review) gets a boost from the announcement that Vuong is now a MacArthur genius. Good Morning America features Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You by Clive D.L. Wynne (HMH). Dave Asprey, Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever (Harper Wave), posts on YouTube. Sales soar for all.

Janet Evanovich changes agents, going to The Story Factory. Deadline reports.

Author Kelly Link is buying a bookstore. ABA has news.

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, Sisters First (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette), are going on a book tour. People reports.

Sol Stein has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Hollywood Reporter has news that the head of Marvel Studios is going to make a Star Wars film. The Guardian has more.

Deadline reports that Hulu has dropped its plans for Marvel’s Ghost Rider. Apparently Hulu is still planning for another Marvel show, Helstrom. The News of the World adaptation, starring Tom Hanks, will open Dec. 25, 2020. Sony Pictures is shopping a limited series based on Conchita Sarnoff’s TrafficKing. Ray Romano is set to star in HBO Max’s Made for Love series, based on the book by Alissa Nutting. Screen rights have been sold for Shaun Assael’s The Murder Of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, And Heavyweights.

NPR showcases The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger (Random House).

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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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