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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ stars)
Debuts at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (S. & S.)
Debuts at #6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #9 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Unbound by Stuart Woods (Putnam)
Debuts at #7 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #8 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Power by Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown)
Debuts at #15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list


Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff (Holt)
Debuts at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and at #1 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list. (Note: This means Fire and Fury outsold The Woman in the Window).

Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Liveright: W.W. Norton)
Debuts at #14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

More on The Woman in the Window

Debut novelist A.J. Finn landing at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list is pretty rare, as EarlyWord pointed out when Paula Hawkins pulled it off in 2015. Debut novels rarely make the #1 spot right out of the gate. The last time it happened prior to The Girl on the Train was in 2005 with Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.

EarlyWord interviewed Finn in September. He said “I had a specific reason for wanting to create a female protagonist: So often in suspense fiction,female characters—even those with starring roles—spend a lot of time orbiting men, or fretting about men, or relying upon men. And most women (at least most women I know) are nothing like that. This, I think, is one of the reasons why Lisbeth Salander and Amy Dunne of Gone Girl made such an impact: They’re more than a match for the men around them.”

In October, Billy Parrott, Associate Director, Mid-Manhattan Library at 42nd Street (NYPL), posted a list of films to watch before reading The Woman in the Window (the book is notably movie-rich).

For more on Finn and film, CBC Radio has a podcast.

Book Clubs

Sarah Jessica Parker picks Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf) for ALA’s Book Club Central. The publisher offers a reading guide.

The Guardian picks Gilead by Marilynne Robinson as their reading group choice.

Briefly Noted

Beloved audiobook narrator Katherine Kellgren has died. Kellgren was a master at her craft and voiced many novels for adults, children, and teens. She was honored over the course of a prolific and dedicated career with a number of awards including the Audie Award, the Earphones Award, the Listen List Award, and the Odyssey Award. Audiofile has a remembrance and a list of some of her best work. The NYT featured her in a story about audio narration.

The Washington Post reviews Epic Drives of the World by the editors of Lonely Planet (Lonely Planet), calling it an “enticingly illustrated” book that “abounds with advice.”

The paper also runs an Outlook review of How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt (Crown), calling it “a sober, dispassionate look at the current state of affairs [by] two of the most respected scholars in the field of democracy studies.”

The NYT looks at the lives of artists, considers the essays of J.M. Coetzee, and surveys new memoirs.

The LA Times considers poets as novelists while reviewing The Transition by Luke Kennard (FSG), which the paper says reinvigorates “the expectations of what a work of prose can do.” LitHub has an excerpt.

The Guardian reports on a new discovery about the reading tastes of Blackbeard and the books he had on his ship when it went down.

Entertainment Weekly offers an excerpt of Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (Ballantine Books: LJ stars). Charlize Theron is set to both produce and star in the adaptation.

The February LibraryReads list is out with The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press) topping the picks:
“Leni and her troubled family embark on a new way of life in Alaska’s wilderness in 1974—hoping this is finally the solution for her troubled, POW father. In Alaska, Leni and her family are tested and when change comes to their small community her father’s anger threatens to explode and divide the town. This is a beautifully written novel, descriptive and engaging with well-developed characters and a strong sense of place.” —Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL

Several book adaptations won Critics’ Choice Awards yesterday, including The Handmaid’s Tale (Best Drama Series), Big Little Lies (Best Limited Series), Call Me by Your Name (Best Adapted Screenplay), Blade Runner 2049 (Best Cinematography), and The Wizard of Lies (Best Movie Made for TV).

POPSUGAR lists “10 of the Most Anticipated Books Out in 2018.”

The NYT profiles the Astro Poets from Twitter. They have a book deal.

Authors on Air:

The trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of Altered Carbon (based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan) is out. The series begins Feb. 2. A tie-in edition releases on Feb. 13.

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