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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s)
Debuts at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Putnam; LJ stars)
Debuts at #7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #19 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward (Ballantine)
Debuts at #9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Operator Down: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Dutton)
Debuts at #13 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink (Riverhead)
Debuts at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan (Random)
Debuts at #11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot ( Liveright: Norton; LJ stars)
Debuts at #14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Briefly Noted

Elena Ferrante has accepted a job as a columnist for The Guardian. The author of the “Neapolitan” series will write about “childhood, ageing, gender and, in her debut article, first love,” according to a press release. Ann Goldstein, who translates her novels, will translate the column each week.

Author Peter Mayle, who helped create the expat fixer upper genre with his hilarious and charming A Year in Provence (Vintage), has died. Mayle wrote fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novel The Diamond Caper (Knopf). The NYT, The Guardian, and USA Today offer obituaries.

The L.A. Times offers a feature on Annie Ernaux, author of The Years, translated by Alison L. Strayer (Seven Stories), writing “Perhaps no other memoirist — if, in fact, memoir-writing is what Ernaux is up to, which both is and isn’t the case — is so willing to interrogate not only the details of her life but also the slippery question of identity.” The NYT reviews as well, opening with “This is an autobiography unlike any you have ever read.”

Author Meg Wolitzer reviews Winter by Ali Smith (Pantheon: Random), for the NYT, writing “the light inside this great novelist’s gorgeous snow globe is utterly original, and it definitely illuminates.” Author Michael Gorra reviews A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee (Norton; LJ stars), comparing Mukherjee to V. S. Naipaul and writing of the book that it “requires those of us who live comfortably to imagine a world in which almost no one ever does, a world in which the novel’s very title seems like a bad joke.”

Marilyn Stasio is out with her NYT Crime column, deeply enjoying The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry (Mysterious), writing its “intense thrills…are almost unbearable…the tension is killing.”

The paper’s Shortlist column looks at books in translationthree books on the press and the presidency, a brief look inside a literary party for a closed-mouth Michael Wolff, and a profile of psychotherapist and author Mark Epstein.

Audible is launching a true-crime podcast, West Cork. It debuts on Feb. 8 and will run for 13 episodes. It investigates the 20-year-old murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was killed in Ireland and her body, as Entertainment Weekly puts it, “laid out in front of her driveway in the most gruesome, mysterious fashion imaginable.” The podcast will be free for members through May 9.

NPR reviews Heartland by Ana Simo (Restless: S. & S.), writing it “is at once manic, brash and unsettling. It’s also nearly impossible to categorize without running the risk of coming up short. It straddles the line between pulp noir and slapstick; it carries the can’t-look-away sensibility of a telenovela.”

Authors on Air:

James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces is heading to the big screen.

Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower is being adapted for Hulu. It has been picked for the Berlinale Series, which Hollywood Reporter describes as “the showcase of high-end TV series that runs alongside the Berlin International Film Festival.” There is a tie-in edition.

Also selected for the Berlinale Series is The Terror (we posted its trailer earlier this week).

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Richard HarrisMunich (Knopf). Fresh Air features Christian Picciolini, White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement–and How I Got Out (Hachette).

Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander, gets a second trailer. The film premieres March 16.

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