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Big Books for the Week

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House) tops the holds count this week, clearly outpacing any other title. The Washington Post calls it “smartly told” and “gratifying.”

Other titles that will be in demand:

Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

Mind Game by Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (Grand Central: Hachette)

Unqualified by Anna Faris (Dutton: Penguin)

Tell Tale: Stories by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill (William Morrow: HarperCollins) makes both the October LibraryReads list and the Indie Next November list.

“Hill’s four short novels expose the individual and societal pressures that motivate our sometimes fateful decisions. The first story is a coming-of-age tale with an added bit of horror. The second story is an unflinching look at what has become a common tragedy: mass shooting. The third story is an unrequited-love-meets-the-Twilight-Zone story that touches on loneliness. The final story is poignant and introspective. All four tales often gave me pause and made me think. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of character-driven works of horror and/or drama.” —Jennifer Wilson, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

“Joe Hill delivers with Strange Weather, a collection of four novellas. Hill has developed a writing style akin to an oil slick — eerie sentences that leave behind something that shines unclean. There’s nothing clean about Strange Weather; each tale is a horrific glimpse just beyond normalcy. Horror can often be best delivered as an understatement, luring the reader into a world that seems just reasonable enough. When Hill reveals his tricks (whether a magical camera or a cloud that is not what it appears to be), they loom uncomfortably dark on the horizon. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft won’t be disappointed with this collection.” —Atticus Solomon, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers with a forward by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime: Random House) is also on the Indie Next November list and pubs this week:

“Soho Crime publishes a wide variety of consistently high-quality crime fiction, so I expected this collection to be a great read, and it didn’t disappoint. Not only does it feature holiday capers from a number of my favorite crime authors (Peter Lovesey, Stuart Neville, Helene Tursten, Mick Herron), it was also a great way to sample other Soho authors I haven’t read yet. Even if you’re not a fan of Christmas, you’ll love The Usual Santas!” —Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books, Okemos, MI

The titles listed above and other titles publishing this week are available in an Excel file.

New to the Bestseller Lists

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






Fairytale by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random House): Debuts at #3 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction and the USA Today Best-Selling Books lists.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster): Debuts at #5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list. It is #18 on the USA Today list.

Grant by Ron Chernow (Penguin): New this week at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list. It debuts at #7 on the broader USA Today list. It is one of two books highlighted in the NYT‘s “Inside the List” feature (don’t miss the Grant rap).

Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham (All Points/St. Martin’s: Macmillan): It debuts at #8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity by Esther Perel (Harper: HarperCollins): New this week at #10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together by Van Jones (Ballantine: Random House): New at #13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list; it is highlighted in the paper’s “Inside the List” feature.

Rhett and Link’s Book of Mythicality by Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal (Crown Archetype: Random House): It debuts at #13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

In The Media






Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan (Ecco: HarperCollins) is People‘s Book of the Week. Two LibraryReads picks for October also make their list: The #1 LibraryReads pick, Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (Berkley: Penguin), and The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Harper: HarperCollins). People also highlights Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast by Marc Maron (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (Scribner: Simon & Schuster), and The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: Macmillan).

Two titles make Entertainment Weekly‘s “Must List”: Another LibraryReads pick, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True by Gabrielle Union (Dey Street Books: HarperCollins) and American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee (Crown: RandomHouse).

Briefly Noted

60 Minutes offers a lift to American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer (Dutton: Penguin) and its own anniversary book, Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The Inside Story of Television’s Most Influential News Broadcast by Jeff Fager (Simon & Schuster) while Face the Nation and NPR’s Morning Edition give a push to An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice by Khizr Khan (Random House).

Authors on air today: Anna Faris is scheduled to be on Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Gabrielle Union is set to appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden while Khizr Khan is scheduled as a guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Vox offers a fan letter to Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle, highlighting its details (green clothes and cherry brandy), its tone (“immensely charming and slightly melancholy”), and its central character (“thoughtful, funny, and eminently lovable Cassandra”).

Want a rundown on key titles focused on the Catalan bid for independence? The New York Times offers some.

Reading for Halloween: The Washington Post has a set of articles on spooky reading. Entertainment Weekly focuses the week on Horror films, spotlighting a few books along the way, including The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin and The Sandman #6, “24 Hours” by Neil Gaiman, collected in The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (Vertigo: DC Comics).

True Crime also gets its seasonal due. Mindhunter debuted last week on Netflix. Entertainment Weekly reports on the show with a sidebar of titles from its inspiration, former FBI agent and author John Douglas. A tie-in edition of his book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit (Gallery Books: Simon & Schuster), publishes this week. People features Member of the Family: My Story of Charles Manson, Life Inside His Cult, and the Darkness That Ended the Sixties by Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman (William Morrow: HarperCollins). Finally, the tie-in edition of Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World by Molly Bloom (Dey Street Books: HarperCollins) comes out this week. It connects to the Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, and Kevin Costner film of the same name, premiering early 2018.

Looking ahead: Senator John McCain will publish a memoir in April: The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (Simon & Schuster). People features Tyler Perry prepub: Higher Is Waiting: Passages of Inspiration (Spiegel & Grau: Random House) comes out Nov. 14.

Book Pulse does not cover children’s and YA titles but as both crossover, note that Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin) is new this week at #1 on the NYT Young Adult Hardcover list and debuts at #2 on the USA Today list. Green is featured in this week’s Entertainment Weekly. The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers: Random House) is getting strong coverage.


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