New Bestsellers, Sept. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb leads 13 new books onto the bestseller lists. Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. Sally Rooney gives writing advice.

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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

Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s) debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Atria) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 15 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled by Jonathan Cahn (Frontline) lands at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan (Berkley) reigns at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Knopf; LJ starred review) takes No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Boy-Crazy Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #7): A Graphix Book by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Gale Galligan (Graphix) continues the series at No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nothing Ventured by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s; LJ starred review) is on the case at No. 13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Nonfiction

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis (Random House) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe (Riverhead: Penguin) explains all at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Hurricanes: A Memoir by Rick Ross, Neil Martinez-Belkin (Hanover Square) takes No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Is Threatening American Democracy by Seth Abramson (St. Martin’s Press) lands at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac (W.W. Norton) drives up at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography by New York Times (Clarkson Potter) takes the photos at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Coventry: Essays by Rachel Cusk (FSG), with the headline, her “Essays [are], as Sharp and Glittering as Her Fiction.” Also, Tara Westover reviews The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough (HMH): “If we want others to believe in public education, we first have to believe in it ourselves.”

NPR reviews The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir by Samantha Power (Dey Street): “At times, this memoir feels a mile wide and inch deep. But when she does really dig down, you get a better sense of who Power is.” Also, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by James Poniewozik (Liveright; LJ starred review): “Trump isn't just on TV, according to Poniewozik. He is TV.” The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (Avid Reader Press): “a visceral oral history.”

The Washington Post reviews Three Flames by Alan Lightman (Counterpoint): “The family members are illustrations of Cambodian heartbreak rather than full-fledged characters.” Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (Biblioasis; LJ starred review): “I must frankly admit that I did not always live up to its expectations. And, perhaps, “Ducks” didn’t always live up to mine, either.”

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly picks “The 12 biggest music memoirs being published this fall.”

Paste gathers “The Best Audiobooks of September 2019.”

Bustle suggests “11 New Books Of Fall 2019 With All The Autumn Vibes And None Of The Horror.”

Tor.com offers “Five Collections of Classic SF Ready for Rediscovery.”

Bitch Media collects “13 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read this September.”

The Millions picks “Three Must-Read Novels About Artists.”

Crime Reads selects “10 novels that explore the world of women spies in the World Wars.” Also, “Graphic Novels and Social Justice: A Primer.”

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Berkley).

People features You Are a F*cking Awesome Mom: So Embrace the Chaos, Get Over the Guilt, and Be True to You by Leslie Anne Bruce (Seal Press).

People interviews Margaret Atwood.

Imani Perry, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press; LJ starred review) goes “By the Book” for the NYT.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Laura van den Berg, I Hold the Wolf by the Ears (FSG).

The Guardian interviews Casey Legler, Godspeed: A Memoir (Atria).

Bustle features an essay by Megan Cooley Peterson, The Liar's Daughter (Holiday House).

People highlights Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life (True Crime Memoir, Cult Books) by Sarah Edmondson, with Kristine Gasbarre (Chronicle Prism).

The Guardian reports that Ahmet Altan’s I Will Never See the World Again is up for Baillie Gifford prize. He is jailed for life in Turkey. The longlist of nominees is out.

Holding the Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis by Guy M. Snodgrass (Sentinel) gets approved by the Pentagon for publication. Mother Jones has details.

Mental Floss writes “How Beatrix Potter Pioneered the Art of Merchandising.”

The NYT reports “A new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris looks at how literary figures like Eliot, Conrad and Aeschylus shaped the painter’s work.”

The Cut has an essay by Natalie Beach about Caroline Calloway. The NYT has an explainer about the piece and Calloway.

Publishers Weekly reports that Audible is trimming back its captions plans.

Kiran Nagarkar has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

USA Today features “8 major books being made into movies soon.”

Vanity Fair offers a “six-season refresher” to Downton Abbey.

People interviews Jon Favreau about The Mandalorian.

Deadline reports that Whoopi Goldberg will star in Stephen King’s The Stand with CBS. Also, “the Valiant Entertainment comic book project Harbinger is headed from Sony to Paramount.”

The Wrap reports that Game of Thrones star Richard Dormer will also star in Terry Pratchett’s The Watch.

Tor.com reports that “A Jurassic World Short-Film Is Coming to FX This Weekend.”

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Tan France, Naturally Tan: A Memoir (St. Martin’s Press).

PBS NewsHour has writing advice from Sally Rooney.

Final Fantasy VII Remake gets a trailer.

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