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The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)
Crests at No. 3 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz (Bantam: Random)
Takes the No. 5 spot on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and No. 4 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)
Debuts at No. 6 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Ballantine; LJ starred review)
Sweeps onto the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list at no. 14.

Rescuing Wendy by Susan Stoker (Susan Stoker)
Lands on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list at No. 15.


The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham (Random)
Debuts at No. 1 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and at No. 3 spot on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad: Harper)
Opens at No. 2 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list and at No. 8. on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli (Riverhead)
Clocks in at No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows (Pantheon: Random)
Slides in at No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


The NYT reviews John McCain and Mark Salter’s The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (S. & S.): “insists on playing it safe … [he] seems to be trying to do several things at once: reflect on the past, express gratitude, burnish a legacy.” Also, a review of The Poems of T.S. Eliot Read by Jeremy Irons by T.S. Eliot (Faber & Faber), which includes “the best “Waste Land” reading ever in terms of interpretation and play of voices.” The review itself includes sound clips.

NPR reviews Kevin Powers’s A Shout in the Ruins (Little, Brown; LJ starred review), writing it is “bleak, stunning … a searing look at the ravages of war, and how violence can shape a nation in ways that may never be fully recoverable.”

Briefly Noted

RT (formerly Romantic Times) is closing. The romance book review site is shuttering with the retirement of founder Kathryn Falk. She has posted a letter on the website. The site will remain up for a year to allow access to reviews but will then be taken down. The announcement came during the RT Booklovers convention. Twitter tracked the news and attendees learned a new, similar conference under the name Book Lovers Con will launch next year in New Orleans.

Sarah J. Maas is writing a fantasy series for adults. Entertainment Weekly reports: “Set in a universe where humans struggle with survival and hierarchies of the magical creatures they live among, Crescent City (Bloomsbury) will follow half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her best friend, who was brutally murdered.” The book debuts in late 2019.

Stephen Hawking’s final book will publish this October. USA Today reports Brief Answers to the Big Questions (John Murray) will be “will be divided into four parts: “Why Are We Here?”; “Will We Survive?”; “Will Technology Save Us or Destroy Us?” and “How Can We Thrive?”

Bustle has a list of “11 Books Like Sweetbitter To Read if You’re Obsessed With the Novel & New TV Show.”

Scholastic will publish a new run of Archie books based on the CW Riverdale TV show, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Twitter helps move Stephen McCranie’s Space Boy Volume 1 (Dark Horse).

Authors including Paul Auster and Alice Sebold are calling on the Chinese government to release a poet held under house arrest for nearly a decade, reports The Guardian.

The Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction could not find a book witty enough to win this year’s prize reports The Washington Post. It is the first time in the award’s history a suitable book could not be found. This is the award famous for giving the winner a pig. The Guardian has the story too.

The shortlist is out for the annual Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. Smith has just published an autobiography, On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures (Zaffre: S. & S.) and is interviewed in Strand Magazine.

The Bronx is getting its own book festival, thanks to Saraciea J. Fennell, a publicist for Tor Books, reports NYT. Shondaland has a profile and LitHub has a report as well.

The Guardian features fact checking (or lack there of) in publishing.

LEGO is making new Harry Potter sets, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Authors on Air

The NYT reviews Fahrenheit 451, calling it “generic, its critique muddled and its tone as subtle as a flamethrower.”

Stephen King’s “Gingerbread Girl” short story is being adapted for the movies, according to The Wrap.

Vulture reports Elizabeth Moss will play Shirley Jackson in a biopic based on the author of “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin).

CBS This Morning pushes The Stuff: Unlock Your Power to Overcome Challenges, Soar, and Succeed by Sharlee Jeter, Sampson Davis (Gallery/Jeter Publishing: S. & S.) up the Amazon charts.

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Mike Pesca, Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History (Twelve: Hachette). It is soaring on Amazon.

Signature interviews E.L. James on the Book Club movie.

Entertainment Weekly says Amazon is launching a new animated series featuring Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog (Scholastic).

Deadline Hollywood interviews Bryan Cranston on the adaption of Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys (William Morrow: Harper).

Jake Tapper, The Hellfire Club (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Bill Nye, Lost in the Jungle: Jack and the Geniuses Book #3 (Amulet Books: Abrams), will be on the Last Call with Carson Daly. Bret Baier, Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire (William Morrow: Harper), will be on The View.

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