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The Disappeared by C.J. Box (Putnam; LJ starred review)
Debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Red Alert: An NYPD Red Mystery by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown)
Opens at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)
Lands at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No.10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Twice Bitten: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands (Avon: Harper)
Debuts at No.7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.


This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz (Dey Street: Harper).
Debuts at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri (Grand Central: Hachette)
Is voted No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (S. & S.)
Tees off at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Faith: A Journey For All by Jimmy Carter (S. & S.)
Opens at No. 7 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Pretty Mess by Erika Jayne (Gallery: S. & S.)
Lands at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means To Be American by Laura Wides-Muñoz (Harper), calling it “a sweeping chronicle of the immigrant rights movement.” Author Dani Shapiro reviews I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf: Random) and finds it “transfixing.” The paper also writes about a new photograph exhibition that is somewhat related to The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. And Robert F. Kennedy by David Margolick (RosettaBooks: S. & S.).

The Washington Post reviews Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film by Don Graham (St. Martin’s): “like breaking into a time capsule.” Michael Dirda considers the “literature of antiquity.” Author William Giraldi reviews First Person by Richard Flanagan (Knopf), writing that at its best it is “an aria on the necessity of self-invention, on the loops and lacunas of memory and the bullish inadequacy of all language.” Mary Doria Russell reviews Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), calling it “superb.”

USA Today gives 3 stars to Hunting El Chapo: The Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captured the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord by Andrew Hogan with Douglas Century (Harper), finding it “captivating … cinematic.” It was on the Today Show yesterday, sending it soaring.

In what will be the review of the week, if not the month, NPR calls Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review) “pure, un-cut brain cocaine adulterated only with a smattering of proper nouns; that is a non-stop amusement park ride made of clever things done with the English language … all big ideas written in glitter.” Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li (Viking) is deemed “a tribute to forests and the magnificence of trees.” NPR calls Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad, translated by Seán Kinsella (FSG: Macmillan) “nearly impossible to stop reading.” All Things Considered has an interview with Seierstad.

Briefly Noted

Roz Chast picks her 10 Favorite Books.

Jane Smiley picks her favorite books about horses.

Refinery29 picks the best books of April.

Vanity Fair reports on a literary party.

LitHub on literary movements – with reading suggestions.

The Dublin Literary Awards announces its shortlist of 10 titles. The winner will be announced on June 13.

The Christopher Awards are out as are The Anisfield-Wolf Awards.

Rebecca Vanuk is named LibraryRead’s Executive Director.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light (Little, Brown: Hachette), calling her book “one of early 2019’s more anticipated literary titles.”

NPR interviews Ed Piskor, X-Men: Grand Design (Marvel: Hachette).

The Guardian features the return of Fighting Fantasy novels.

Our Bodies, Our Selves will no longer be published.

Slate considers Tiger Woods.

Tickets for events promoting James Comey’s forthcoming book are hot, reports the L.A. Times, being resold online at prices hundreds and hundreds more than their original sticker.

Garrison Keillor is searching for a way to bring back “The Writer’s Almanac.”

Author William Prochnau has died, as has literary benefactor Drue Heinz and environmental historian Alfred W. Crosby.

Authors on Air

1A features Tyra Banks‘s Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss by Banks and Carolyn London (TarcherPerigee: Penguin).

Morning Edition talks with Joseph Rosenbloom, Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours (Beacon Press).

Fox News gives a huge boost to 9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat’s Guide to Life and Success by Harris Faulkner (Harper).

iHeart Radio does the same for indie History of the Black Dollar by Angel Rich (CreateSpace).

Town & Country reports on the Benedict Cumberbatch/Melrose novels adaptation.

Sarah McBride, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality (Crown Archetype: Random House: LJ starred review), will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight.

Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties gets a trailer. It will debut May 18th.

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