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Grant Snider. New York Times Book Review: Sketchbook, 11/30/18

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Best Sellers Update: Read a New Book Month Edition!

December is Read a New Book Month (unless you find a website that says it is September, but just go with us here).

The weather outside is… let’s say sub-optimal. Still, there is no better time to curl up with a new book. How can you make the most of Read a New Book Month?

Well, reading a new book would be a good place to start.

‘When you say ‘new,’ do you mean ‘new‘ as in recently published or ‘new‘ as in we’ve never read it before?’ you ask.

Yes.

Also, for those of you feeling adventurous, you can read something new AND different. Safe bet books, that you know you’ll love are, of course, a wonderful thing, but sometimes it is exciting to mix things up.

Regardless of what you choose to do, here are the current NYT Best Sellers (Fiction and Non-Fiction) to give you some inspiration.

NYT Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. FIRE AND BLOOD by George R.R. Martin (NEW)

39943621Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

  1. TARGET: ALEX CROSS by James Patterson (NEW)
  2. THE RECKONING by John Grisham
  3. DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly
  4. LOOK ALIVE TWENTY-FIVE by Janet Evanovich
  5. PAST TENSE by Lee Child
  6. EVERY BREATH by Nicholas Sparks
  7. LONG ROAD TO MERCY by David Baldacci
  8. BEAUCHAMP HALL by Danielle Steel (NEW)
  9. NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
  10. THE OTHER MISS BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn (NEW)
  11. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
  12. ELEVATION by Stephen King
  13. THE NEXT PERSON YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom
  14. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris

 

NYT Best Sellers: Combined Print & E-Book Non-Fiction

  1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama

BecomingIn a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

  1. KILLING THE SS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  2. EDUCATED by Tara Westover
  3. SHIP OF FOOLS by Tucker Carlson
  4. FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund
  5. SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
  6. FEAR by Bob Woodward
  7. CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY by Andrew Roberts (NEW)
  8. LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  9. IN PIECES by Sally Field
  10. SHADE by Pete Souza
  11. THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis
  12. THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
  13. BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking
  14. BEASTIE BOYS BOOK by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

Books to Film: Holidays 2018

Queen of Scots by John Guy

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When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: She was crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months of age, and Queen of France at sixteen years; at eighteen she ascended the throne that was her birthright and began ruling one of the most fractious courts in Europe, riven by religious conflict and personal lust for power. She rode out at the head of an army in both victory and defeat; saw her second husband assassinated, and married his murderer. At twenty-five she entered captivity at the hands of her rival queen, from which only death would release her.

All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling

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Movie: Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: The collected stories of Mowgli, the fabled wild boy who was raised by wolves, taught by a panther, befriended by a bear and had many great adventures in and around the jungles of India.

Schindler’s Ark (List) by Thomas Keneally

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When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womanizer, a heavy drinker, and a bon viveur, but to them he became a savior. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Movie: Dumplin’
When it comes out: December 7
What the book is about: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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When it comes out:
December 14
What the book is about:
“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”
Welcome to a post-apocalyptic world where communities exist only as crews of giant, predatory vehicle-cities, criss-crossing the decimated landscapes of Earth.

The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” (featured in The New York Times) by Sam Dolnick

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Movie: The Mule
When it comes out: December 14
What the book is about: A 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers

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Movie: Mary Poppins Returns
When it comes out: December 19
What the book is about: Pulled down from the clouds at the end of a kite string, Mary Poppins is back. In Mary’s care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Movie: Bird Box
When it comes out: December 21
What the book is about: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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When it comes out: December 25
What the book is about: “It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

Sherlock Holmes, scourge of criminals everywhere, whether they be lurking in London’s foggy backstreets or plotting behind the walls of an idyllic country mansion, and his faithful colleague Dr Watson solve twelve breathtaking and perplexing mysteries.

Best Sellers List Update: Election Day Edition

(We put Non-Fiction first!)

The New York Times Best Seller List: Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction

  1. KILLING THE SS by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

38714362As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among those war criminals were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel “Butcher of Lyon”; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann. Killing the SS is the epic saga of the espionage and daring waged by self-styled “Nazi hunters.”

  1. THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant (NEW)
  2. SHIP OF FOOLS by Tucker Carlson
  3. EDUCATED by Tara Westover
  4. FEAR by Bob Woodward
  5. BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking
  6. THE FIFTH RISK by Michael Lewis
  7. PRESIDENTS OF WAR by Michael Beschloss
  8. LEADERSHIP by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  9. IN PIECES by Sally Field
  10. SHADE by Pete Souza
  11. THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean
  12. SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
  13. ALMOST EVERYTHING by Anne Lamott
  14. BEAUTIFUL BOY by David Sheff (NEW)

 

The New York Times Best Seller List: Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. THE RECKONING by John Grisham (NEW)

38389488Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi’s favorite son–a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed his pastor and friend, the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder was not shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete’s only statement about it–to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family–was: “I have nothing to say.” He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

  1. EVERY BREATH by Nicholas Sparks
  2. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  3. NOT QUITE OVER YOU by Susan Mallery (NEW)
  4. THE NEXT PERSON YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom
  5. HOLY GHOST by John Sandford
  6. A SPARK OF LIGHT by Jodi Picoult
  7. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
  8. UNSHELTERED by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. AMBUSH by James Patterson and James O. Born
  10. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
  11. VENDETTA by Iris Johansen (NEW)
  12. LOOSE ENDS by Kristen Ashley (NEW)
  13. THE WITCH ELM by Tana French
  14. REVELING IN SIN by Meghan March (NEW)

Best Sellers List: October Update

Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. LETHAL WHITE by Robert Galbraith (NEW)

28170940When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

  1. TIME’S CONVERT by Deborah Harkness (NEW)
  2. ORIGIN by Dan Brown
  3. JUROR #3 by James Patterson and Nancy Allen
  4. CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
  5. WHY NOT TONIGHT by Susan Mallery (NEW)
  6. VAMPIRES LIKE IT HOT by Lynsay Sands (NEW)
  7. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens
  8. CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND by Kevin Kwan
  9. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
  10. TAILSPIN by Sandra Brown
  11. LEVERAGE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
  12. SHADOW TYRANTS by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
  13. A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell
  14. RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS by Kevin Kwan

Best Sellers List: August Edition ~or~ What Everyone Is Reading to Avoid the Heat

NYT: Best Sellers – Combined Print & E-Book Fiction

  1. ORIGIN by Dan Brown

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and the precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock the discovery’s secrets.

  1. THE OTHER WOMAN by Daniel Silva
  2. CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
  3. SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn
  4. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  5. THRAWN: ALLIANCES by Timothy Zahn (NEW)
  6. THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham
  7. THE NAKED TRUTH by Vi Keeland (NEW)
  8. THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King
  9. COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber

An Alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, Judged by You

A decoration in the room where the Nobel prizes are announced shows the medal that winners receive. The literature prize won’t be awarded in 2018, after a scandal in the body that judges it. Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The journalist Alexandra Pascalidou has spent months watching a sexual abuse and corruption scandal unfurl at the Swedish Academy, the august body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature.

At first, she was upset. Then, as a Swede, embarrassed. But when the academy took the extraordinary step of canceling this year’s prize, she became a little angry, too. “I just thought, ‘Why do the authors have to pay the price for this mess?’ ” she said in a telephone interview on Friday.

That led her to another question: “How hard can running a prize be?”

Now, Ms. Pascalidou — with the help of over 100 prominent Swedish cultural figures, including actors, novelists and a rapper — has started her own prize. The winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature will be announced on Oct. 14, and will receive one million kronor, or around $112,000. There will also be a banquet in the winner’s honor, just as there would be for a Nobel laureate.

But there is one big difference between the prizes: You can be involved in this one.

Voting opened on the prize’s website this week with a 46-strong list of nominees, selected by Swedish librarians. Rather than the highbrow and sometimes obscure names usually touted for the Nobel, this list includes J.K. Rowling, alongside the singer Patti Smith, the British fantasy writer Neil Gaiman and the Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

There are also 12 Swedes, plus Zadie Smith, Donna Tartt and the French author Édouard Louis, 25, who is acclaimed for his books showing the brutal reality of working-class life in France.

Some authors who have been tipped for the Nobel are absent, such as the South Korean poet Ko Un and Salman Rushdie.

The voting, which closes on Aug. 14, will decide three finalists. Librarians will choose a fourth. A panel made up of a literature professor, two librarians and two literary editors will then choose the winner.

Ms. Pascalidou said the prize was not trying to replace the Nobel. In fact, the organizers plan to disband after this year’s ceremony. But she wants it to draw attention to what is wrong at the Swedish Academy, she said. “What we’d like to see is something new — a Swedish Academy that is contemporary, open to the world, inclusive, transparent.”

But she added that she did not expect the Swedish Academy to start involving librarians, let alone the public, in its decisions. “I don’t think they will adopt what we’re doing as these are people who express very elitist views on librarians. That’s very sad. Why do they think people in the academy are the only ones that know about literature?”

The Swedish Academy did not respond to a request for comment.

Ann Palsson, a book editor and president of the New Academy Prize’s jury, said that she wanted the prize to inspire people about books in the same way the Nobel once had. “We just want to focus on something positive,” she said.

By Alex Marshall, July 13, 2018, first appearing on NYT > Books