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Fifty Fifty by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown)
Debuts at No. 2 on both the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Agent in Place by Mark Greaney (Berkley: Penguin)
Lands at No. 10 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random)
Debuts at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku (Doubleday: Random).
Lands at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Common Good by Robert B. Reich (Knopf; LJ starred review)
Sneaks in at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby (Catapult), writing it is a “smart, stylish debut novel,” and The Invention of Ana (Custom House: Morrow) by Mikkel Rosengaard, translated by Caroline Waight (Custom House: Harper) writing it “abounds with stories, layering one over another until we’re not sure who’s doing the telling.” Also two books that circle each other, It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook (PublicAffairs: Hachette): “Much of what he says is right, but much is not” and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (Viking): “an excellent book, lucidly written, timely, rich in data and eloquent.Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random), is called “alluring and harrowing.” Marilyn Stasio issues her newest crime column. “The Enthusiast” column appreciates Anita Brookner.

The Washington Post reviews Unmasked: A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Harper): “The book reads like dinner party tales: conquests, side stories and a few confessions. The tone? Puckish smile behind lifted wine glass.” The Guardian reviews Webber too, writing “There are some juicy anecdotes here but the pacing is all over the place…he’s yet to learn that, when telling his own story, less is definitely more.” Also in the Post, America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress by John Y. Cole, looking at LC’s “inspiring but sometimes troubled history.

The L.A. Times reviews Down the River Unto the Sea (Mulholland: Hachette), calling it “optimistic noir.”

Sherman Alexie responds to allegations of harassment.

Neil Gaiman is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Sandman comics with new sequel stories. Entertainment Weekly reports “The books will be overseen by Gaiman but written and drawn by brand new creative teams. They will pick up story threads and themes from The Sandman while also adding new characters and concepts.” EW has an interview with Gaiman about the project.

Diversity efforts in romance took a step backwards in 2017 according to a report issued by The Ripped Bodice bookstore. Entertainment Weekly interviews the authors of the study and prints their report.

Costco’s influential book buyer, Pennie Clark Ianniciello, picks The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall (Penguin), writing “I dare any reader not to be charmed by Polly. I cannot remember the last time a character so made me want to summon her into existence.” The staff book pick is Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, translated by John Brownjohn (HMH).

More monthly lists arrive, from Bustle (fiction and nonfiction), io9, Vulture, LitHub, and The Millions.

Elle interviews Cleo Wade.

Vulture lists “Phoebe Robinson’s 10 Favorite Books.”

The Bram Stoker Awards will be announced tomorrow.

Authors on Air:

The Guardian reports that the BBC might adapt Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, “featuring the characters of the Ankh Morpork City Watch, the police department of the Discworld’s fictional metropolis.”

Sebastian Maniscalco, Stay Hungry (Gallery: S. & S.), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

Sweetbitter gets a trailer; it debuts Sunday, May 6 on STARZ.

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