Decision on Fate of BookExpo Expected Today, PRH Pulls Out | Book Pulse

Penguin Random House pulls out of BookExpo. A decision if it will even go on is expected today. The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel and Untamed by Glennon Doyle usher in 10 new bestsellers. Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and others tell the NYT about books that bring them comfort. Also in the paper, a feature on the African American Art Shaping the 21st Century.

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New Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books]








The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review) debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler, Graham Brown (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) holds No. 3 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review) takes No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review) holds the moment at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (Atria: S. & S.) closes the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 11 and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.


Untamed by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press: Random House) debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable by Katherine Schwarzenegger (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin) opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment by Dave Hollis (Harper) offers help at No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty (Belknap: Harvard) surveys the state of play at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Why Did I Come into This Room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging by Joan Lunden (Forefron Books: S. & S.) closes the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.


NPR reviews Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism by Anne Case, Angus Deaton (Princeton): “Case and Deaton do a great job making the case that something has gone grievously wrong. The solutions they propose, such as repairing the U.S. safety net and overhauling the broken U.S. health-care system, are worthy ones, but somehow don't feel up to addressing the gargantuan social problems they spell out so well.”

The Washington Post reviews These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson by Martha Ackmann (W.W. Norton): “Ackmann’s list aims for the sweet spot in terms of length and depth, and generally hits its target. In fact, Dickinson — a poet of those small, insignificant moments that suddenly blossom into wide, disturbing vistas of significance — fits Ackmann’s model neatly.”

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

Coronavirus Reading And News

The NYT has “Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort.

Elle suggests “13 Books That Will Put You in a Good Mood, Guaranteed.”

LitHub has books suggestions when you need a laugh.

The Guardian has a list of 12 backlist titles to dig into.

Entertainment Weekly offers “5 comics to read while social distancing to fight coronavirus.”

The Washington Post celebrates “Escapist reading in the fantasy novels and weird tales from another time.”

The NYT interviews debut novelists Hilary Leichter, Gabriel Bump, Celia Laskey, and Emily Nemens about their books and plans for promotion.

Physical book sales have fallen 10% from the previous week due to the virus. USA Today reports. BuzzFeed has ways to help your favorite bookstore.

Penguin Random House will not take part in BookExpo and BookCon. Entertainment Weekly reports. USA Today adds that a decision about continuing with BookExpo will be announced today.

Margaret Atwood recommends books on Twitter for those self-isolating. Entertainment Weekly has her picks.

Don Winslow cancels his book tour. Deadline reports.

Image Comics will allow retailers to return orders and calls on other publishers to do the same. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Playboy is stopping its print issues for 2020, and perhaps forever. The Hollywood Reporter has details. reports on the Decameron Project, running on Patreon “which aims to provide readers with a new donation-supported short story or novel excerpt every day as long as the world is under threat by the coronavirus.” The stories are free to read.

Vulture features Severance by Ling Ma (FSG: Macmillan), writing it “Predicted the Slow-Burn Performance of Our Pandemic.”

Vox features Becky Chambers, writing “Her novels and novella dare to imagine a hopeful future for humanity. They’re exhilarating.”

Take your book club online. Bustle has ten tips for hosting in the age of social distancing.

Library Journal has a booklist for those “New to Working from Home.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT showcases “The African-American Art Shaping the 21st Century.”

Lizabeth Cohen and Joseph P. Reidy both win the Bancroft Prize. Cohen wrote Saving America's Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review) and Reidy wrote Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery (Univ. of North Carolina). The NYT has details.

Shondaland writes “How YA Literature is Rewriting the Muslim-American Experience.”

USA Today posts its “Spring reading guide.”

Vogue picks “8 New Books to Read While You’re Stuck Inside This March.”

CrimeReads picks “5 International Crime Novels To Read This March.”

Barbara Hoffert looks at the last of September titles in Prepub Alert.

People features The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life by Jen Gotch (Gallery: S. & S.).

Archie and Flash Gordon will feature in a new comic. The Hollywood Reporter had the story.

BuzzFeed features Celeste Ng, who says Little Fires Everywhere “Is A Challenge To ‘Well-Intentioned’ White Ladies.”

Electric Lit posts the short story "Just Like Us" by Vanessa Hua, as recommended by Bridget Quinn.

The NYT asks Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), the “By the Book” questions. The “Inside the List” column considers Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene (Knopf: Random House).

Salon interviews Dan Abrams, John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

Paste showcases American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson (Putnam: Penguin).

Datebook highlights Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier by Victoria James (Ecco: Harper).

Popsugar has multiple lists celebrating women, including “8 Books About Remarkable Women in History” and “87 Books Written by Women That Are So Good, You Won't Be Able to Put Them Down.”

Libraries begin to end their boycotts of Macmillan. The Seattle Times reports on King County.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Jesse Wegman, Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

Bloodshot will be available for retail sale on March 24 due to the coronavirus. It just came out in theaters. Deadline reports.

The Hollywood Reporter has a list of all the films delayed due to the coronavirus. Among them are The Personal History of David Copperfield and Woman in the Window. Also, Birds of Prey and Just Mercy will be offered for retail sale early.

BuzzFeed posts “Here's Everything We Know About The Shadow & Bone TV Series So Far.”

She-Ra and the Princess of Power will end after its fifth season. Entertainment Weekly reports.

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