Karen Thompson Walker has had an earth-shaking year in 2012. A former book editor herself, Walker’s first novel The Age of Miracles debuted to excellent reviews (including an A– grade from EW) and will likely make it onto several year-end best lists. The novel follows an 11-year-old narrator named Julia, who comes to terms with a subtle but disastrous apocalyptic event: The world’s rotation on its axis has slowed down; days have gotten longer, which leads to all sorts of disturbing changes, both on a global scale and in deeply personal ways for Julia. The paperback edition comes out Jan. 15, and we have an exclusive look at the new cover below. Plus, Walker talks about her big year and gives an update on the possible movie adapation. READ FULL STORY
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Mark Owen’s No Easy Day has topped E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey on the USA Today bestseller list.
The former Navy SEAL’s firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will be featured atop the list starting on Thursday. This ends Fifty Shades of Grey‘s 20-week reign at No. 1, a record for the list. The record was previously held by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. READ FULL STORY
Goodreads users — like most passionate readers — are an opinionated bunch, so it’s rare for them to come to a consensus about any book. But there are some under-the-radar titles that users of the literary social network widely agree are deserving of greater attention and acclaim. The editors at Goodreads have selected seven books that, according to user ratings and comments, should be on the verge of breaking out. Click through to learn more about these dark horses in the fiction, nonfiction, and young adult categories.
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Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later — the Wakefield-twins-grow-up sequel to the massively successful ’80s teen book series — is making 30-something women across the country squeal with nostalgia and, as a result, climbing the bestseller lists. (It debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller List at No. 14.) We sat down with creator/author Francine Pascal (she came up with the idea for the series and plotted out the stories for each of the 152 books, but she didn’t actually write a full Sweet Valley book until this one!) to talk about the surprisingly long shelf life of the impossibly perfect twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield. Coming soon: a movie version, another possible sequel, and — SVH scoop alert! — lavaliers just like the Wakefield twins wear, complete with engraved Es and Js. (Available soon through the book’s site.)
What has the reaction from fans been like?
They are very excited about it. I think it’s kind-of the Facebook phenomenon in a sense: You want to find out what those people you went to high school with are up to. That’s exactly what this is, because you went to high school with these people. Though I hope it’s more interesting than most people you want to high school with, of course! READ FULL STORY
Publishers are notoriously cagey when it comes to announcing sales figures of books, but what if books got sales RIAA-style certifications (gold, platinum, diamond) the way hot albums and songs do in the music industry? It might be interesting for readers to know how the bestsellers truly stack up next to each other in sales. Having concrete benchmarks like these could add some competition and swagger to an industry that can be seen as down-market and somewhat sleepy. According to Publishing Perspectives, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, who recently posed this question, argued that “honorifics would help customers know what books had sustained long-term interest with readers and would, ultimately, aid in discovery and spur even more sales.”
For most authors who don’t regularly top the bestsellers lists, the idea of sales info going public is nerve-racking. When Amazon announced in December that they’d give authors free access to Nielsen BookScan’s weekly geographic sales figures (previously hidden behind a paywall costing thousands a year), some authors spoke out against the idea. YA author Christine Johnson tweeted, “Amazon gives authors access to Bookscan numbers. In other news, thousands of authors go on automatic suicide watch.” READ FULL STORY
I hate the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series. To many, that is the equivalent of saying “I kick puppies,” or “I choke babies,” or “American Idol is the best show in the history of television.” Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s crime trilogy about crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his hacker lover/pal Lisbeth, in my view, is poorly written, ridiculously plotted, and (yawn!) incredibly tedious. (This is coming from someone who spent seven years working at Fortune magazine and has more than a passing knowledge of the financial arcaneness that dominates the end of the first book.) Today, I realized I’m not alone. A few brave resistance fighters are speaking out, most notably Joan Acocella in this week’s New Yorker, who tries to understand “Why People Love Stieg Larsson novels.”
Her best passage is below: READ FULL STORY
It’s a Red State book bonanza! Sarah Palin’s new book, America by Heart, debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list, but failed to dislodge George Bush from the top spot. Decision Points remained No. 1 for the third week in a row, and publisher Random House reports to CNN.com that they’ve sold 1.5 million total copies of the ex-president’s memoir.
Sarah Palin’s publisher, Gawker settle leak dispute
Sarah Palin calls ‘American Idol’ contestants ‘talent deprived’
Bill Clinton gives a rave review to George W. Bush memoir
George W. Bush’s book ‘Decision Points’ gets a cover and a release date
Michael Cooper, ex-husband of best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert—of Eat Pray Love fame—will not be publishing his side of the story. At least not yet. Cooper had struck a deal with Hyperion to write Displaced, his version of the divorce, but the New York Post reported this morning the project has been scuttled.
EW confirms with Hyperion spokeswoman Marie Coolman that “Hyperion had a deal with Michael Cooper, and the book has been cancelled.” Coolman did not give a reason for the cancellation, but the Post reported Cooper saying Hyperion wanted to “push the book in a more controversial direction,” which he said he was not willing to do.
The movie version of Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts, opens Aug. 13.
Fox News acolytes came at the Beck and call of a certain teary-eyed pundit this week. Glenn Beck’s paranoid thriller The Overton Window, with 775,000 copies in print, rocketed to the top of the Publishers Weekly fiction best-seller chart, and kicked Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest out of the No. 1 spot. I’m sure that Beck is thrilled to triumph over a product of Sweden, that land of socialized everything. A little further down the list, Justin Cronin’s hot apocalypse summer novel, The Passage, continues to do well as a beach read despite the fact that it’s bigger and heavier than the cooler.
On the nonfiction side, the malcontent grumblings of a 74-year-old beat out a former First Lady, a former 90210 star, and a former disgruntled chef. Justin Halpern’s Twitter-based Sh*t My Dad Says proves that people actually do want to hear the elderly complain. And Halpern’s collection will likely get an even bigger boost once CBS starts airing $#*! My Dad Says, the grawlix-amended sitcom starring William Shatner that the network picked up for the fall. One spot down, Anthony Bourdain’s food-ography Medium Raw has quietly climbed two spaces from last week’s position, and further below that, Tori Spelling’s latest memoir, uncharted terriTORI (my autocorrect is not happy with that title), debuts at No. 9.
See below for this week’s full lists of bestsellers:
1. The Overton Window, Glenn Beck
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
3. The Lion, Nelson DeMille
4. The Passage, Justin Cronin
5. Whiplash, Catherine Coulter
6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
7. Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz
8. The Spy, Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
9. 61 Hours, Lee Child
10. Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris
11. Lowcountry Summer, Dorothea Benton Frank
12. Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst
13. Innocent, Scott Turow
14. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader
15. Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis
1. Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern
2. Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain
3. Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
4. Women Food and God, Geneen Roth
5. The Big Short, Michael Lewis
6. Spoken from the Heart, Laura Bush
7. War, Sebastian Junger
8. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Chelsea Handler
9. uncharted terriTORI, Tori Spelling
10. The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick
11. Steinbrenner, Bill Madden
12. The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose
13. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
14. Heroes for My Son, Brad Meltzer
15. Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life, Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic with Andrew Chaikivsky
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