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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]






Deep Freeze by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)
The next Virgil Flowers novel debuts at #2 on both the New York Times Hardcover Fiction list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks (Knopf: Random House)
As expected, Hanks got a great deal of early attention for his debut collection and it pays off with the #3 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list. It is also both a LibraryReads and an Indie Next pick.

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins)
The newest from the podcast sensation debuts at #10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list. It is an Indie Next pick for November.

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
Debuts at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list and #3 on the USA Today list.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines with Mark Dagostino (Thomas Nelson: HarperCollins)
Opens at #4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (Knopf: Random House)
Opens at #5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron Books: Macmillan)
Debuts at #6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union (Dey Street Books: HarperCollins)
Debuts at #7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list. It is both a LibraryReads and an Indie Next pick.

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)
Debuts at #7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith (Penguin)
Opens at #10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson (Center Street: Hachette)
Debuts at #13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon (Ten Speed: Random House)
Debuts at #15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

While Book Pulse does not cover children’s and YA books, because it is a crossover title, note that The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers: Random House) debuts at #2 on the NYT Young Adult Hardcover list and #9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Briefly Noted

A final round of Halloween reading just in time for displays in need of refreshing. The Seattle Times leads the way featuring picks from librarian David Wright of Seattle Public Library. The New York Times has a short nonfiction list. The Washington Post reviews a book about terrifying paperback horror novels from decades ago as well as Joe Hill’s Strange Weather: Four Short Novels (William Morrow: HarperCollins)—the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also has a feature on Hill. Literary Hub offers an excerpt of It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins).

Dean Koontz releases a book trailer for his second Jane Hawk novel, The Whispering Room
(Bantam: Random House). Entertainment Weekly has the video and an excerpt from the novel, which hits shelves Nov. 21. LJ reviewer Nancy McNicol (Hamden P.L., CT) says “its another winner.”

Showtime nabs Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series. LJ gave the first book in the series, The Name of the Wind, a starred review, writing “Elegantly told and layered with images of tales to come, this richly detailed ‘autobiography’ of a hero is highly recommended for libraries of any size.”

Thank You For Your Service gets strong reviews from Variety and the LA Times while Entertainment Weekly gives it a B+. It opens Oct. 27 and is based on the book of the same name by David Finkel. There is a tie-in edition (Picador: Macmillan).

Harry Potter fans will have some fun reading the pitch letter so many publishers turned down, which is now on display at the British Library. Huff Post Books also has a piece on how Rowling’s agent knew the story would be a hit.

Got an extra $200? Entertainment Weekly reports ARCs of Elena Ferrante’s 2019 novel are up for sale by Bookselling Without Borders, a publisher-backed Kickstarter campaign promoting international literature.

Mark Halperin, co-author of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins), has been accused of sexual harassment. His publisher has canceled his planned book, to be co-written with John Heilemann, on the 2016 election. HBO also announced its own intent to cancel an adaptation of that book.

Authors on Air: Scheduled this evening are Scott Kelly, author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf: Random House), on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; Denis Leary, author of Why We Don’t Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches (Crown Archetype: Random House) on The Tonight Show; and in a repeat airing, Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner: Simon & Schuster), on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, authors of Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life (Grand Central: Hachette), will be on The View today.

Caitlin Doughty, author of From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, is scheduled for Science Friday today and CBS Sunday Morning this weekend.

The Netflix documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold debuts today. NPR has a review.


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  1. Congrats, LJ and Neal Wyatt for a stellar first week of “Book Pulse.” You are the “Buzz Whisperer,” helping librarians keep up with the media coverage that is influencing their readers. From Monday’s “Run Your Week” column, noting big books LibraryReads and Indie Next titles about to hit shelves and weekend’s media coverage, to the daily updates, “Book Pulse” is sure to become every librarian’s first read.

    Thanks for acknowledging Since we discontinued our news coverage in July, I’ve felt out of touch. No longer, thanks to you. (Note: continues, as the home for GalleyChat and various other resources, including library marketing contacts ).

    Librarians, help support “Book Pulse” by letting LJ know what you think of this new resource in the comments section.

    • Neal Wyatt says:

      Hi Nora,

      Thanks for writing. It is great to know Book Pulse is helping you keep up to date – high praise indeed!


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