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Fall from Grace (Delacorte: Random)
Debuts at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Judgment Road by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin)
Debuts at #3 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (Ballantine; LJ stars)
Debuts at #10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

About That Kiss: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis (Avon: HarperCollins)
Debuts at #14 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers’ Row by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey (Little, Brown)
Debuts at #2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and at #6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson (Random)
Debuts at #2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Happiness Is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old by John Leland (Sarah Crichton Bks: Macmillan)
Debuts at #11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Briefly Noted

Reviewers offer a split decision as the week closes:

NPR offers praise for Starlings by Jo Walton (Tachyon), saying “every piece is a reminder of her remarkable knack for crafting distinctive voices and tones… her imagination stretches to the stars (or the starlings), and that she’s endlessly inventive in finding new methods to express it.”

In the NYT, Author Alan Furst likes The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando by Paul Kix (Harper), calling it “first-class adventure writing, which, coupled with a true-life narrative of danger and intrigue, adds up to all-night reading.” Author Joshua Hammer also likes Munich by Robert Harris (Knopf), calling it “meticulously researched and expertly paced.”

However, much less pleased, The Washington Post says of The Winter Station by Jody Shields (Little, Brown; LJ stars), it “may be an accurate story about a plague, but it will not infect you with the desire to keep turning the pages.” Also in the paper, Alan M. Dershowitz rips into Must We Defend Nazis?: Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic (NYU).

Janet Maslin reviews The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s) for the NYT, she too is not impressed, writing “It’s a heart-tugger written in borderline young adult style, combining terrible troubles with notes of overripe romance.” Author Weike Wang reviews Little Reunions by Eileen Chang, translated by Martin Merz and Jane Weizhen Pan (NYRB Classics), finding herself “conflicted” over the work and finding that “the narrative feels too sprawling, too speedy, and major lines of tension are lost. Chang’s prose reads more like a stream-of-consciousness recounting of events than a cohesive story.”

The LA Times profiles Nick Harkaway. The NYT considers Peter Matthiessen.

Entertainment Weekly posts their list of “20 new books to read in February.” Elle offers three. Verge surveys SFF for the month and so does io9. The Loan Stars picks are out. The Millions posts its books of the month and offers a list for poetry too. Looking ahead, the March Indie Next list is out.

The NYT rounds up football books, those on French food, nonfiction works about China, and re-introduces Barbara Comyns. Also, Marilyn Stasio is back with her Crime column.

Margaret Atwood does not get paid for Hulu’s adaptation of her novel.

A finely detailed and circular look at Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Poet Haim Gouri has died.

Authors on Air:

The Hollywood Reporter reviews Altered Carbon, calling it “Sci-fi gold … Ambitous, dense and thrilling … a binge-worthy potential blockbuster.”

Dennis Lehane’s Gone Baby Gone (Harper) will be adapted again, this time for TV.

Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci (S. & S.) is heading to the big screen, to star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Disobedience gets a trailer, and it is trending on YouTube. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman; it was her debut and netted her the 2006 Orange Award for New Writers. It will premiere on April 27, 2018. A paperback edition will come out in early March.

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