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






The Rooster Bar by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House)
Debuts at #1 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Leopard’s Blood by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin)
Debuts at #5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Quick & Dirty by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)
Debuts at #6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and at #7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list.

Strange Weather: Four Short Novels by Joe Hill (William Morrow: HarperCollins)
Debuts at #9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list.


Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (Grand Central: Hachette)
Debuts at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list and #4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives (William Morrow Cookbooks: HarperCollins)
Debuts at #2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel: Penguin)
Debuts at #3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list and #9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan (PublicAffairs: Hachette)
Debuts at #8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent by Tamer Elnoury with Kevin Maurer (Dutton: Penguin)
Debuts at #10 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Prince: A Private View by Afshin Shahidi (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)
Debuts at #14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction list.

Briefly Noted

As part of his “American Beauties” column, NYT reviewer Dwight Garner shines a light on “undersung American books of the past 75 years.” He features Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets by Lars Eighner (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan) a now out-of-print book about the homeless experience. Garner calls it “a literate and exceedingly humane document…[which] can also be read as a first-rate book about the human-dog relationship” and says years later it has “lost none of its wit or urgency. Even better, it appeals less to our sympathy than to our comprehension.”

Hugo Award-winning author N.K. Jemisin issues her newest “Otherworldly” column for the NYT, poetry is the topic of “The Shortlist,” and poet Kevin Young reviews Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (One World: Random House).

The Wall Street Journal has a short list of books for travelers.

The Washington Post reviews two books about musicians, Gordon Lightfoot and Fred Hersch, and posts an interview with Craig Grossi, author of Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other (William Morrow: HarperCollins).

The LA Times runs features on Matthew Weiner, author of Heather, the Totality (Little, Brown: Hachette) and debut novelist Liska Jacobs, author of Catalina (FSG Originals: Macmillan).

NPR’s 13.7 cosmos & culture has a feature on Kim Stanley Robinson, in which Adam Frank writes, “In Robinson’s work, you find someone who’s fundamentally an optimist about our species, even if the futures we create have a lot to fear. Much more than science fiction, he is a poet laureate of people and planets and their possibilities.”

The King Is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón gets a glowing review on NPR’s website by bookseller Lily Meyer. She says Alarcón is “a brilliant stylist…. He’s writing to show us other people’s lives, and in every case, it’s a pleasure to be shown.” At the end of reading one story Meyer writes, “I put the book down with my mouth open and my eyes stinging.”

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron Books: Macmillan) will be the title of former FBI Director James Comey’s forthcoming book. It publishes May 1, 2018.The publisher says Comey will write about leadership and “share yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career.” The announcement made both Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.

Authors on Air: Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

Alias Grace gets a strong review in the NYT. James Poniewozik calls it “transfixing” and writes, “It’s an exquisitely woven fabric with blood staining the corners.”

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