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This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 6, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana.

(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.)

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1. "The Women: A ...Read more

This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

Entertainment / Books News /

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 6, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana.

(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.)

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Women. ...Read more

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Review: J. Courtney Sullivan's new novel is set in a house on 'The Cliffs,' where tales of prior residents linger

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"Most lives will be lost to time," J. Courtney Sullivan notes in her sixth novel, "The Cliffs." She sets about rectifying that, telling stories of people — mostly women — who lived in one corner of Maine over many generations.

The narrative thread of "The Cliffs" follows the rise and fall of a contemporary woman named Jane Flanagan, but ...Read more

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Review: 'Long Bright River' novelist Liz Moore returns with 'fun to read' 'God of the Woods'

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The story Liz Moore tells in her fifth novel, "The God of the Woods," is not a simple one. It has multiple timelines revealed in non-chronological order, a large cast of characters with interlocking backstories, detailed geography to imagine and keep in mind and, of course, a few subplots that turn out to be red herrings while others click ...Read more

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Column: A century-old dictionary can answer questions you didn't know you had

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Do you own a dictionary anymore?

For years, I schlepped a red hardbound Merriam-Webster's tome, along with a dogeared Roget's Thesaurus, to every newsroom cubicle I worked at across the country. In permanent marker I even scrawled the sides of the pages with my name, so paranoid was I that someone would abduct these treasured ...Read more

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How a book brought long-lost cousins together

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SEATTLE -- The book that brought a family together was titled, appropriately, “We Are Not Strangers.”

Jan Rogers, a retired marketing and product manager living in Issaquah, Washington, was intrigued when she saw a story in The Seattle Times last October about an upcoming author event. The book, a graphic novel about a local Sephardic ...Read more

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Review: 'City on Fire' author wobbles with ambitious second novel, 'The Second Coming'

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Published in 2015, Garth Risk Hallberg's buzzy debut, "City on Fire," heralded the arrival of a literary "It Boy," a magician whose sleights of hand included lyrical language, panoramic storytelling and intricate characters. A bestseller, "City on Fire" landed on many critics' best lists; Granta magazine elevated his profile, naming him a Best ...Read more

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Review: She wrote about Taylor Swift and Don Lemon. Her 'Long Island Compromise' could be the book of summer

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In her debut novel "Fleishman Is in Trouble," Taffy Brodesser-Akner brought us along for a Manhattan couple's midlife reckoning. In "Long Island Compromise," she takes us to Hollywood, World War II Poland, Greenwich Village and the wealthier confines of Long Island.

She opens with a kidnapping and a warning: "Do you want to hear a story with a ...Read more

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Where are 'The Missing Men'? Hobtown Mystery creators share a lifelong connection

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Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes drew pictures and devised stories together as kids. They’re nearly 40 now and haven’t stopped.

“We’ve been friends since we were 6 years old,” says Forbes, who along with Bertin, spoke via Zoom from their shared office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “The very first thing we ever did together was draw ...Read more

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4 must-read Indigenous books for young readers

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Small publishing houses have known for years there's an audience for young people's books by and about Indigenous people. The Minnesota Historical Society, for example, published "How the Birds Got Their Songs" recently. But, if this spring is any indication, larger publishers are reaching out to that market, too.

Here are four new books that ...Read more

This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, June 29, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana.

(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.)

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. The Women. ...Read more

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This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

Entertainment / Books News /

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, June 29, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Circana BookScan © 2024 Circana.

(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2024, PWxyz LLC.)

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "The Women: A ...Read more

Octavia's Bookshelf was in trouble. So owner Nikki High asked for help on Instagram

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Octavia's Bookshelf owner Nikki High was sobbing as she posted a message to Instagram. The bookstore, which opened to long lines of customers in February 2023, was in debt and in trouble.

"We need a lifeline," High wrote, referring potential donors to a GoFundMe campaign and a Patreon account. "The situation is dire so I am asking for your ...Read more

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Review: A bunch of London seniors learn 'How to Age Disgracefully' when they join a rambunctious club

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Clare Pooley's writing career began with her last sip of wine.

To cope with the monumental decision to quit drinking and a cancer diagnosis, the one-time advertising executive turned full-time mother of three started blogging anonymously as SoberMummy. When her blog, "Mummy was a Secret Drinker," was spun into a book in 2017 ("Sober Diaries"), ...Read more

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'Making a Murderer' inspired Megan Cooley Peterson's new novel

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Millions obsessed over the true crime explored in Netflix's 2015 "Making a Murderer" series. Mankato, Minnesota, writer Megan Cooley Peterson got a worldview shift and a book out of it.

"I remember watching and being super-invested in: Did Steven Avery kill this young woman?" recalls Peterson, whose second mystery for young adults, following "...Read more

Commentary: Dreading four more months of the presidential campaign? Our critic turned to the classics

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I started my summer reading with Emily Wilson's recent translation of "The Iliad." I enjoyed her version of "The Odyssey" a few years ago and needed the kind of escape from the news that I knew Homer could provide.

Who needs a beach read on the eve of the political apocalypse when you can enjoy an ancient epic about a brutal war leading to the ...Read more

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Review: Sally Franson competed on Swedish reality TV, cried a lot and wrote 'Big in Sweden' about it

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Paulie Johansson, the protagonist of Sally Franson's second novel, "Big in Sweden," is a tall blond Minnesotan who lands a spot on a Swedish reality TV show. The prize? No money, no lovely parting gifts, but the winner gets to meet their Swedish relatives.

If this sounds like a madcap setup, it is, but it's based on a real one — Franson, also...Read more

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Juju Bae debuts 'The Book of Juju' about Black spirituality

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BALTIMORE-- It was Juju Bae’s Catholic upbringing in Baltimore, she said, that sparked a deeper reflection on her spirituality and “who I’m praying to.”

Now, memories of St. Bernardine Roman Catholic Church in Edmondson Village set the opening scene of her debut book, “The Book of Juju: Africana Spirituality for Healing, Liberation, ...Read more

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Review: Two sisters, a 'Bear' and a sort-of love story like none you've ever read

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Julia Phillips' debut, "Disappearing Earth," had to do with sisters and with women who, because they're poor and conditioned to make themselves unnoticeable, vanished from the face of the Earth with barely anyone taking note. She's at it again with "Bear."

"Disappearing Earth" was a National Book Award finalist and "Bear," a page turner that's ...Read more

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Review: Ace Atkins revs into Memphis in 'Don't Let the Devil Ride'

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Addison McKellar is living the dream — she has a tasteful Tudor mansion in one of the toniest neighborhoods in Memphis, a couple of sometimes sweet kids and a charming, socially connected husband, Dean, whose construction company keeps the money flowing in. But now Dean has disappeared, and the harder Addy looks for him, the more it seems like...Read more

 

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