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The Fallen by David Baldacci (Grand Central: Hachette)
Debuts at No 1. on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Noir by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)
Opens at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr (MIRA: Harper)
Hits at No. 10 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton)
Lands at No. 12 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books: S. & S.)
Slides in at No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Last Shot (Star Wars) by Daniel José Older (Del Rey: Random)

Flies onto the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at No. 15.


A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey (Flatiron: Macmillan)
Debuts at No. 1 on both the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Lands at No. 6 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright (Knopf; LJ starred review)
Strides onto the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 8.


The NYT reviews Gilbert King’s Beneath a Ruthless Sun (Riverhead), calling it “sprawling” and writing that his argument is “timely and important, even if one sometimes wishes it were more clearly made.” Also Census by Jesse Ball (Ecco: HarperCollins): “his most emotionally affecting book to date.” Luis Alberto Urrea reviews Kevin Young’s Brown: Poems (Knopf), calling it a “necessary new book of witness.” Charles Simic reviews Tracy K. Smith’s Wade in the Water: Poems (Graywolf: Macmillan), writing “There has been quite a bit of good poetry written over the last 20 years in this country, and Smith … has produced among the most original of it.”

NPR reviews You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random; LJ starred review), writing it “gives sustained, compassionate attention to the middle-aged women of middle America.”

Briefly Noted

George R.R. Martin will publish a companion book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, to be titled Fire & Blood. It will hit shelves Nov. 20. USA Today reports it is “Set 300 years before the events in A Game of Thrones [and] is the first of two planned volumes. It’s described as ‘the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.’”

Martin made clear that Fire & Blood is “not a novel [but an] ‘imaginary history.'” No word on when the next novel in his very slowly written series will be forthcoming. Martin told readers “You’re going to have to keep waiting for The Winds of Winter.” Entertainment Weekly has the story too and surveys fan reactions.

Ransom Riggs takes his peculiar children to America in a new trilogy reports USA Today. It will start with A Map of Days (Dutton Books for Young Readers: Penguin), due out Oct. 2.

Police have arrested a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, the murder/rape cases illuminated by Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer (Harper). USA Today got a reaction from Patton Oswalt, husband of the late McNamara, as the news broke. The NYT has the story too.

Bustle offers books in which the author also helped to solve the case.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announces his memoir, Racing to the Finish: My Story (Thomas Nelson: Harper), sending it soaring on Amazon.

Entertainment Weekly counts “The three best Prince anecdotes form his first manager’s new memoir,” Famous People Who’ve Met Me by Owen Husney (Rothco).

Celeste Ng recommends 27 books to celebrate Independent Bookstore day (April 28).

The NYT profiles Luca Dal Monte, author of Enzo Ferrari: Power, Politics and the Making of an Automotive Empire (David Bull).

The Guardian interviews Lawrence Wright, God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Amy Spalding, The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) (Sky Pony: Skyhorse).

Susan Orleans talks about libraries.

The NYT reports on a James Comey book party. Entertainment Weekly reports on a Comey comic.

The Washington Post gathers some “classic or contemporary tales of horror and the supernatural.”

Kate Bush and Jeanette Winterson plus others celebrate the Brontës.

The Guardian tours book towns.

The Hollywood Reporter surveys the “Trump Book Frenzy.”

Questlove lists his 10 Favorite Books.

The shortlist for the Chautauqua Prize is out.

Authors on Air

Amy Adams will play the lead in the film adaptation of A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.

Heft by Liz Morre is going to be a movie.

Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman could be headed to Hulu. So might be Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero.

Curtis Sittenfeld talks about the adaptation of You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories.

The 2006 bio, On Her Trail, My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News’ First Woman Star by John Dickerson (S. & S.), is headed to Showtime.

The not yet published Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison (Viking) has been optioned by the team behind Planet of the Apes.

NPR’s All Things Considered featured Alisa Roth, Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness (Basic).

Eater reports on the cast training for Sweetbitter.

The Atlantic reviews The Handmaid’s Tale, season two.

Vox provides a reading, listening, and watching list to get ready for summer film season.

Signature has a list of the PBS Great American Read choices that have been made into movies.

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