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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s)
Debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin; LJ starred review)
Debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
Slides in at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Steve Coll (Penguin)
Takes the No. 4 spot on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler (Random)
Debuts at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead)
Lands at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Forthcoming Works

Congressman John Lewis, creator of March, announces a new graphic novel trilogy, starting with Run, to be published August 14 by ComicArts: Abrams.

George R.R. Martin on his seventh book in the “Song of Fire and Ice” series; Time and Den of Geek report it is not looking good for The Winds of Winter. The book likely to be released in 2018 seems to be Fire and Blood. Vol. 1, a spin-off companion title to the series tracing the history of the Targaryen family. Publishing details are not yet available.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele (St. Martin’s; LJ starred review). Noting that it helps “readers understand what it means to be a black woman in the United States today.”

In True Crime, a review of Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Harper) details how the author’s death led to a book made out of the pieces of her work.

The Times also reports on the #MeToo Movement and publishing; Random House says it will not “publish any future books by James Dashner,” author of the “Maze Runner” series. Other coverage includes books about data, two that create “a suspension bridge across time,” and Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time (Viking), calling it “part love story and part thriller, though not quite enough of either.”

The Washington Post features  Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s Fired Up! Ready To Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity; An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy Cooper Cafritz (Rizzoli Electra) and reviews Nick Nolte‘s Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines (Morrow), describing that the “tone is clean, inviting and forthright; the memoir is cumulative instead of meditative.”

NPR reviews Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (S. & S.; LJ starred review), stating “its quietly subversive undercurrents grow stronger and the story resolves into an interesting meditation on creativity, empathy, and the anxiety of influence.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Amy E. Reichert’s new novel, The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go (Gallery: S. & S.).

Vogue profiles Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir (Random).

Entertainment Weekly interviews YA author Angie Thomas about her latest novel On the Come Up (Balzer + Bray: HarperCollins).

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Man Booker will select from its past 51 winners and name “the best work of fiction of the last half-century.” The short list, organized by decade, will be announced May 26. The winner, decided by a public vote, will be revealed on July 8.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, the play that opened in 2016 in London, is heading to Broadway, with previews starting March 16. The NYT offers a primer for those not in the know.

Aaron Sorkin is adapting Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway. Atticus Finch will be played by Jeff Daniels.

Vanity Fair offers a refresher on the first film to feature Black Panther.

In support of PBS’s Now Read This book club, David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (an LJ Top Ten Best Book) offers a photoessay on the history of the Osage Nation.

Authors on Air:

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Tayari Jones on her novel An American Marriage (Algonquin; LJ starred review).

White Houses by Amy Bloom (Random; LJ starred review) is set to be a TV miniseries, with “Katie Couric on board to produce…and Emmy winner Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge) attached to direct.” Bloom will write the adaptation. See the Time review here.

Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction (Houghton Harcourt) by David Sheff heads to the small screen on October 12, with Amazon Studios producing. Steve Carell is set to star in what “sounds like another Amazon title destined for awards,” says Deadline Hollywood.

The Downton Abbey castle gets featured on PBS in the new documentary You Are Cordially Invited.

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