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ThThe 17th Suspect by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: Hachette)
Debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury YA: Macmillan)
Takes the No. 3 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner: S. & S.)
Opens at No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Harper; LJ starred review)
Lands at No. 5 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion: Hachette)
Debuts at No. 5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans (S. & S.)
Debuts at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk (W.W. Norton)
Takes the No. 7 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Someone to Care by Mary Balogh (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review)
Lands at No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Dark Queen by Faith Hunter (Ace: Penguin)
Slides on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 14.


The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies by Michael Hayden (Penguin)
Debuts at No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna by Edith Sheffer (W.W. Norton): “what at first seems to be a book about Dr. Hans Asperger and the children he treated ends up tracing the sprawling documentary record of a monstrous machine.” Also Ronan Farrow’s War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (W.W. Norton), writing he “is telling a story with a well-known ending but a surprise beginning.” Timothy Snyder’s The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (Tim Duggan Books: Random House): “argues forcefully and eloquently [that] We are living in dangerous times.” Darwin’s Ghosts by Ariel Dorfman (Seven Stories): “the distinguished Argentine-born Chilean-American writer … seeks to gauge the moral debt Western civilization owes the third world after 500 years of brutal despoilment.”

NPR reviews Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (Razorbill: Penguin): “a fun, fast read that … will resonate with readers who dabble in any sort of arts, dark or otherwise.”

Signature reviews Spring by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Penguin), with illustrations.

The Washington Post reviews That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (Ecco): “riveting.” Last Stories by William Trevor (Viking; LJ starred review): “What stands out is the acceptance of loss, reduced circumstances, constraints and even pervasive loneliness. Not just resignation but peaceful acceptance.” With Theory of Bastards Audrey Schulman (Europa) has written “a riveting page-turner about bonobos — yes, the chimplike primates — and set the action in a very near and dire future.” Also, Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock by Steven Hyden (Dey Street: Harper), a “fleet-footed quest to understand the fascination — his and ours — with the boomer heroes who still hold an outsized place in the culture.”

Briefly Noted

The Anthony Award nominees are out. The winners will be announced on Sept. 8, 2018. The Best Novel category reads like a who’s who of key authors while the Best First Novel list confirms Jane Harper as a sure bet read.

The 2018 Indies Choice Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winners have been announced. The Adult Fiction Book of the Year is Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner). The nonfiction winner is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI  by David Grann (Random; an LJ Top Ten Best Book).

The American Association of Publishers releases their 2017 data highlights and reports that “Publishers’ revenue for trade (consumer) books increased by $96 million (+1.3%) to $7.6 billion in 2017. The growth in trade books is attributed to a +3.0% revenue uptick in the Adult Books category.” Audio downloads also marked a “fifth consecutive year of double-digit growth … with revenue nearly triple what it was in 2012.” Not faring as well, “eBook sales declined overall for the third year.”

Entertainment Weekly has a list of celebrity novelists.

The Guardian offers “five books to understand transhumanism” and the “top 10 wilderness books.”

In a bit of counter programming, Entertainment Weekly has a list of the fifteen “most evil moms in literature.” has a list of “5 Books About Learning to Communicate with Alien Species.”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Isla Fisher, Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure (Harper).

The Guardian interviews Ariel Dorfman, Darwin’s Ghosts (Seven Stories).

Vulture interviews Stephanie Danler, Sweetbitter (Knopf).

Entertainment Weekly reveals the cover of Jacqueline Woodson’s new children’s book Harbor Me (Nancy Paulsen Books: Penguin) and has an excerpt. The magazine does the same for Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s The Darkest Star (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

Jojo Moyes funds the program Quick Reads, saving it from closure. It is a UK program that fosters reading skills.

Jessie James Decker announces her new book on Instagram, sending it soaring on Amazon: Just Jessie: My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food (Dey Street: Harper).

LitHub ranks the most popular global libraries, by visitor count. NYPL wins.

The NYT has an essay on Fahrenheit 451 by the director of the HBO adaptation, Ramin Bahrani.

Children’s author Daniel Cohen has died.

Authors on Air

John Green’s Looking for Alaska will run on Hulu.

Outlander will get a fifth and sixth season. That will cover The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (both form Delacorte: Random), reports Variety. Season four will premiere this November.

Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider (Chicken House: Scholastic) is set for adaptation as an animated movie.

Charles Dickens heads back to the movies, reports Deadline Hollywood, with The Personal History Of David Copperfield.

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will be allowed to screen in Cannes.

An appearance on the Harry show sends Laila Ali’s cookbook, Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food From My Table To Yours! (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) rising on Amazon.

Gabrielle Union, We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True (Dey Street: HarperCollins), will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight. Amy Chozick, Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling (Harper), will be on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. Mayim Bialik, Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant (Philomel: Penguin), will be on The Talk and Live with Kelly and Ryan.

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