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Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s)
Debuts at #3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency by Corey R. Lewandowski and David N. Bossie (Center Street: Hachette)
Debuts at #5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (Gallery: S. & S.)
Debuts at #15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Briefly Noted

The NYT offers a list of Danish advice books with new terms for Americans to learn. There is lykke, the “Danish word for happiness.” Also lagom, which means “not too much, not too little.” Then there is the concept of “death cleaning.”

After running cover stories on comics, the NYT Book Review reaches into its archives for a defense and explanation of the format—and a great definition: “Language and pictures, pictures in sequence, with time indicated and manipulated spatially.”

Also on comics, Entertainment Weekly is out with their list of the Best Comics of the Year.

The Washington Post reviews War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by David Patrikarakos (Basic Bks: Hachette), writing “Patrikarakos has performed a service by giving readers a relatable, even enjoyable, introduction to the way the battlefield has moved onto our phones and laptops, and from there directly into our brains. War in 140 Characters is a necessary read for everyone affected by this baffling state of affairs — that is, everyone.”

NPR’s poetry reviewer offers two books on the form. The NYT talks about the work of Rupi Kaur (and John Ashbery).

Tiffany Haddish, The Last Black Unicorn (Gallery: S. & S.), features in the Inside the List column for the NYT. The paper reviews The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager), writing “the novel feels like a friendly hand held out across the world.” Also reviewed is Bloodlines: The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty by Melissa del Bosque (Ecco:HarperCollins). There is a Short List feature on South American Literature.

Authors on Air:

All Things Considered talks with Vanda Krefft, The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox (Harper).

Fresh Air features Esther Perel, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (Harper).

Morning Edition interviews Tiffany Haddish, The Last Black Unicorn (Gallery: S. & S.).

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