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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 8, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Invisible. Danielle Steel. Delacorte 2. The Judge’s List. John Grisham. ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 8, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Invisible: A Novel" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) Last week: — 2. "The ...

A deeply moving cri de coeur about the power of love to fight despair. "To Paradise" by Hanya Yanagihara; Doubleday (720 pages, $32.50) ——— "To Paradise," Hanya Yanagihara's ambitious follow-up to "A Little Life," a National Book Award finalist, is an epic in size and scope. The novel is divided into three books, each featuring characters with the same names living in the same house in New ...

AUSTIN, Texas — We first ask Noah Hawley: “How are you feeling?” “It’s a hard question to answer,” says Hawley, the Austin author, filmmaker and TV showrunner whose expansive new novel, “Anthem,” came out Jan. 4. He muses. He asks if we can skip ahead to the next question. We say sure, but mention that the book lends itself to inward exploration. He muses some more. “The book is how I’m ...

Jean Chen Ho's virtuosic debut collection of short stories follows relationships over three decades. "Fiona and Jane" by Jean Chen Ho; Viking (288 pages, $26) ——— Fiona and Jane, the dual protagonists of Jean Chen Ho's virtuosic debut collection of short stories, have been best friends since second grade. In alternating perspectives, the book follows the arc of their relationship over three ...

A heartfelt tale about a mother and daughter separated in parallel universes brought about by the power of language. "Present Tense Machine" by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (176 pages, $25) ——— On May 30, 2020, German pianist Igor Levit sat down in an empty studio to play Erik Satie's "Vexations," a marathon work comprising 840 ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 1, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Judge’s List. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. The Stranger in the ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Jan. 1, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Judge’s List: A Novel" by John Grisham (Doubleday) Last week: 1 2. ...

Skyhorse Publishing has acquired a planned collection of Norman Mailer's essays after the late author's longtime publisher, Random House, didn't. As is customary in a long-standing author-publisher relationship, the Mailer estate first offered the book to Random House, which declined to move forward with the collection, according to a Tuesday report from the New York Times. The posthumous ...

Deceptively simple stories by a master of the form perfectly capture moments of reckoning and reflection, in life and in art. "Blank Pages and Other Stories" by Bernard MacLaverty; W.W. Norton (272 pages, $26.95) ——— "In dreams begin responsibilities." The line, an epigraph from W.B. Yeats' 1914 book "Responsibilities," came to mind as I read the stories in "Blank Pages." Bernard MacLaverty, ...

Set in England and China, a smart, expansive novel considers the toll of extremist beliefs. "The Sisters Mao" by Gavin McCrea; Scribe (560 pages, $28) ——— "The Sisters Mao," Gavin McCrea's second novel, is a stirring, perceptive exploration of radical politics. Two of the Irish writer's protagonists, sisters Iris and Eva Thurlow, are among a small number of disaffected Londoners who live ...

And now we get to play soothsayer and peek into the future. Here are some of the titles publishing in the first quarter of the new year that we are most looking forward to reading: 'To Paradise,' by Hanya Yanagihara. (Doubleday, Jan. 11.) Her 2015 novel, "A Little Life," won the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award and International ...

A reporter returns to India to write about a grisly crime. "Honor" by Thrity Umrigar; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (326 pages, $26.95, in stores Jan. 11) ——— Thrity Umrigar's latest novel, "Honor," begins with a vacation cut short when Smita Agarwal, a foreign correspondent from Brooklyn, is forced to abandon the sunny beaches of the Maldives for an unexpected detour to bustling Mumbai. She ...

Part memoir, part history by a lawyer who fought foreclosures on family farms in the 1980s. "The Farmer's Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm" by Sarah Vogel; Bloomsbury Publishing (432 pages, $28) ——— Farming has never been an easy profession. The work is physically demanding and at times dangerous, commodity prices are capricious, agribusiness giants control ...

“WILL” by Will Smith; Penguin Press (411 pages, $30) ——— In show business, it’s common knowledge that success rarely happens in a straight line. But for a 21-year-old Will Smith, it was impossible to know that one night in 1990, his career was about to skyrocket as he sat in Quincy Jones’ Bel Air mansion with a script in hand. The iconic music producer had an idea, this time for a TV show. The ...

A riveting novel about the complications of racism and family. "Phenotypes" by Paulo Scott, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn; And Other Stories (240 pages, $16.95) ——— "Phenotypes," Paulo Scott's second novel translated from Portuguese to English, concerns two brothers, Federico and Lourenço. Their father is Black and their mother is white. Lourenço has dark skin; Federico, who ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Dec. 25, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Judge’s List. John Grisham. Doubleday 2. The Stranger in the ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Dec. 25, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "The Judge’s List: A Novel" by John Grisham (Doubleday) Last week: 1 ...

Steve Paul's biography of Evan S. Connell parses a brilliant and hard-to-pin-down iconoclast. "Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell" by Steve Paul; University of Missouri Press (416 pages, $45) ——— Best known, to the extent that he's known at all, for his linked novels "Mrs. Bridge" (1959) and "Mr. Bridge" (1969) — a pair of pointed and pointilist portraits of the ...

"Travels With George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy" by Nathaniel Philbrick; Viking (375 pages, $30) ——— There's been an impressive flurry of recent books on George Washington, volumes about him as spymaster during the Revolution, his relations with Native Americans, even a breezy biography titled "You Never Forget Your First." This book, Philbrick's third on George, is an insightful ...

"The Flowers of Evil" by Charles Baudelaire, translated from the French by Aaron Poochigian; Liveright (400 pages, $27.95) ——— If translation sounds like a dusty occupation, you don't know the fearless work of Aaron Poochigian. This onetime Minnesotan spilled blood at the Guthrie Theater in 2020 with his visceral, contemporary version of an ancient Greek classic: Euripides' "The Bacchae." Now, ...

"The Dawn of Everything" is a vibrant if uneven survey of inequity through the ages. "The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity" by David Graeber and David Wengrow; Farrar, Straus & Giroux (704 pages, $35) ——— "To inquire after the origins of inequality necessarily means creating a myth, a fall from grace," write anthropologist David Graeber and archaeologist David Wengrow in their ...

“Best books” is always a subjective term. No one can honestly claim to know which books are best in a time when more than 1 million books are published each year in the United States alone. But, as a book reviewer, I can tell you which books I reviewed in 2021 stand out as best in their categories (or in the somewhat eccentric categories I put them in). So if that holiday bookstore gift card ...

At 16, Charles Dickens' son immigrated to Australia. What became of him there will transfix readers in this novel by the author of "Schindler's List." "The Dickens Boy" by Thomas Keneally; Atria Books (399 pages, $28) ——— The great Australian writer Thomas Keneally, now 86, has published more than 30 novels, most notably "Schindler's List" and "The Daughters of Mars." Each of his works of ...

A dark and provocative wartime novel about a guilty man and his guardian angel. "A Guardian Angel Recalls" by Willem Frederik Hermans; Archipelago Books (510 pages, $20) ——— This year marks the centenary of one of the most significant Dutch authors of the 20th century. Willem Frederik Hermans (1921-1995) wrote compellingly dark and highly suspenseful wartime fiction, the best of which centers ...

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