New Bestsellers and the Nobel Prizes in Literature, Oct. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Nobel Prizes in Literature go to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, who wins the postponed 2018 award and Austrian playwright and author Peter Handke, who wins the 2019 award. Bloody Genius by John Sandford leads ten new books onto the bestseller lists. The new graphic novel and mass market lists appear and there are new No. 1s in fiction and nonfiction audiobooks.

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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

Bloody Genius by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) holds No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill (William Morrow: Harper) shares stories at No. 9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (Grand Central: Hachette) takes no. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books: Random House) lands at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Nonfiction

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review) debuts at No.1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton (S. & S.) blazes its trail at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry (Dey Street Books: HarperCollins) shares its story at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Where Do I Begin?: Stories from a Life Lived Out Loud by Elvis Duran (Atria: S. & S.) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 13.

Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio: Penguin) closes the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.

More Bestsellers

There is a new No. 1 on the NYT Audio Fiction Best Sellers list, The Institute by Stephen King, read by Santino Fontana (S. & S. Audio). Also new in Audio Nonfiction, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know written and read by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown: Hachette) is now No. 1.

The return of the Graphic Books and Manga list leads off with Guts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix), while the new Mass Market list leads with Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin).

The Nobel Prize in Literature

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk wins the postponed 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the author, among other work, of Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead (Penguin; LJ starred review) and Flights (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Austrian playwright and author Peter Handke wins the 2019 award. His is the author of work such as The Great Fall, translated by Krishna Winston (Seagull Books) and the forthcoming Crossing the Sierra de Gredos: A Novel, translated by Krishna Winston (Picador: Macmillan).

NPR, the NYT, The Washington Post, and The Guardian all have reports.

Time has a summary of the events leading up the cancellation of the 2018 award and the changes made for this year’s prizes.

Reviews

NPR reviews How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “Jones' voice and sensibility are so distinct that he turns one of the oldest of literary genres inside out and upside down.” Also, Horror Stories: A Memoir by Liz Phair (Random House): “the real star of Horror Stories is Phair's elegant but unpretentious writing, which proves she's as adept at writing prose as she is at writing songs. And anyone familiar with her music knows how great a thing that is. It's a truly wonderful memoir.” Megan Phelps-Roper's Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church (FSG: Macmillan): “her story of growing up in Westboro a beloved and valued granddaughter of the church's founder, and the torturous choice she made in her late 20s to leave it behind.”

The NYT reviews The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “loves to yank at our wiring, our orienting premises and prejudices ... her prose is light-handed and leaves a pleasant sting.” Also, The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books: Penguin): “suspenseful, romantic and timely.”

The Washington Post reviews Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir by Andrew Ridgeley (Dutton: Penguin): “a tender, admiring tribute.”

Briefly Noted

O, The Oprah Magazine picks “33 Must-Read Books of Fall 2019.”

The Millions has “Ten Haunting Ghost Stories.”

CrimeReads has “5 Classics of Cyberpunk Noir.”

The Washington Post considers “Fiction that feels eerily possible.”

Shondaland suggests five books by black British authors.

The Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction is announced.

The Dayton Literary Peace Prizes are announced.

EarlyWord posts its October GalleyChat.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin Books: Workman).

O, The Oprah Magazine features Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey's She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin) and Chanel Miller's Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin) in a piece about speaking truth to power. Also, a piece on Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (HMH; LJ starred review) and one on Grand Union: Stories by Zadie Smith (Penguin). There is a story about the editor of The Beautiful Ones by Prince (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) and an essay by Oprah on her partnership with Apple and her book club.

The NYT writes about Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice (S. & S.).

Bitch Media has a piece on Jeannie Vanasco's Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir (Tin House: W.W. Norton) and one on Chanel Miller's Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin).

Time interviews Jessica Lange, Highway 61 (powerHouse Books: Random House).

The NYT interviews John Green for its “By the Book” column.

People talks with Andrew Ridgeley, Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir (Dutton: Penguin) and features Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday by Jenna Dewan (Gallery Books: S. & S.) ( more here). Also, a story about Joy Bauer, Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats (Abrams Books for Young Readers). Lastly, a story on Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie by Carly Simon (FSG: Macmillan).

Deadline has more coverage of Ronan Farrow’s new bookCatch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Little, Brown: Hachette). Also, here and here as well. The Hollywood Reporter has coverage too. The book is soaring in sales.

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

Apartment Therapy has a feature on Sarah M. Broom and her house style.

ALA has announced, via email, that the Reading with Sarah Jessica Parker program has ended.

The poet Ciaran Carson has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

A trailer for The Turning is out. It is based on The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

Vulture focuses on the Nancy Drew reboot at the CW.

Fox News has stories on the new Elton John book, Me (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and also on the new memoir by Carly Simon, Touched by the Sun: My Friendship with Jackie (FSG: Macmillan).

Cookbook author and chef David Chang has a new show with Netflix, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Grub Street has details. Here is the trailer.

Paul McCartney, Hey Grandude! (Random House Books for Young Readers), will be on with Stephen Colbert. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Letters from an Astrophysicist (W.W. Norton),  will be on with James Corden.

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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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