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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Aug. 6, 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 6:20 Man. David Baldacci. Grand Central 2. Portrait of an Unknown ...

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Aug. 6, 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 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci (Grand Central) Last week: 1 2. ...

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FICTION: A teenage girl gets pregnant in 1960s Ireland and surrenders the baby against her will. Thirty years later, a letter arrives. "The Making of Her" by Bernadette Jiwa; Dutton (336 pages, $26) ——— In 1964 in Catholic, Catholic Ireland, 17-year-old Joan falls hard for a young blond man she sees each evening, toiling up the hill on his bicycle near the factory where she works. She knows ...

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NONFICTION: A novelist recounts the experience of caring for her ailing, dependent mother. "Mothercare" by Lynne Tillman; Soft Skull Press (176 pages, $23) ——— "Death was a longtime fascination," novelist Lynne Tillman writes in "Mothercare," her powerful new memoir. At age 5, decades before the contours of a heartbreaking family illness became visible, she asked her father to bury her in a ...

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"Heat 2" by Meg Gardiner and Michael Mann; HarperCollins (480 pages, $28.99) ——— In the age of reboots, limited series and sequels it makes too much sense, because it would make many cents, that one of the greatest action movies made eventually would continue. The 1995 movie, “Heat,” starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino and directed by Michael Mann, is back in the form of a novel. A hit movie ...

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NONFICTION: In "Farewell Transmission," Will McGrath offers globetrotting essays on obscure lives and furtive vocations, alerting readers to secrets without and within. "Farewell Transmission: Notes From Hidden Spaces" by Will McGrath; Dzanc Books (216 pages, $16.95) ——— Why do those of us who love to travel love to travel? DePaul University professor of environmental science Liam Heneghan ...

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FICTION: Megan Giddings turns the wilds of the Upper Peninsula into a land where magic and oppression exist side-by-side. "The Women Could Fly" by Megan Giddings; Amistad (288 pages, $26.99) ——— Jo's mother, Tiana, disappeared from their Michigan home years ago. She cannot be found, and Jo and her family agree that it is time to have her declared dead in "The Women Could Fly" by Megan Giddings ...

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Don't miss "The Wild Hunt" by Emma Seckel; Tin House (360 pages, $16.95) ——— "All those boys" have disappeared from the small Scottish island that is the setting for Emma Seckel's "The Wild Hunt." It's several years after the end of World War II, and the absence of the young men who never returned hangs over the island like a cloud. Or, more accurately, like the sluagh (pronounced "sloo-ah") — ...

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In his new book, Buck sails a flatboat down the Mississippi River and has all kinds of adventures. If you want to grow up to be an adventurer, it helps to have an adventurous childhood. Author Rinker Buck grew up in New Jersey, one of 11 children living "a normal middle-class life" — or it would have been normal, if not for their father, a one-legged barnstormer and magazine publisher. "My ...

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CHICAGO — The dead do tell tales. The trick is to listen and when you do, you will learn that the great architect Louis Sullivan’s “grave was initially unmarked (when he died in 1924, he was out of fashion and in dire financial circumstances).” You will meet Thomas Barbour Bryan, the founder of Graceland Cemetery, a man who, among many accomplishments, spoke six languages, built railroads, ...

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FICTION: An elegant, soaring debut novel about a young Chinese man who returns home to look for his missing father. "A Map for the Missing" by Belinda Huijuan Tang; Penguin Press (400 pages, $27) ——— Belinda Huijuan Tang's lovely debut novel, "A Map for the Missing," unfolds slowly and confidently, revealing the secrets in the hearts of its characters, one by one. Protagonist Yitian Tang is ...

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David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose lovingly crafted narratives on subjects ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman made him among the most popular and influential historians of his time, has died. He was 89. His fascination with architecture and construction inspired his early works on the Panama Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge, while his admiration for leaders whom he believed were good men drew him to Adams and Truman. A non-academic, McCullough was not loved by all reviewers, who accused him of avoiding the harder truths about his subjects and of placing storytelling above analysis.

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The Republican matchup in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race in Tuesday's primary elections features competing candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence. Democrats are picking a candidate to face two-term GOP Sen. Ron Johnson for control of the closely divided chamber. Meanwhile, voters in Vermont are picking a replacement for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, as the chamber’s longest-serving member retires. In Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar faces a primary challenger who helped defeat a voter referendum to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety.

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The Justice Department’s legal effort to block the merger of book publishing giants Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster is more than just a showcase for the Biden administration’s tougher approach to corporate consolidation. The trial going on in federal court in Washington is also a rare moment for the publishing industry itself to be placed in the dock. Through the trial's opening week, industry executives, along with agents and authors such as Stephen King have shared opinions, relived disappointments and revealed financial figures they would otherwise have preferred to discuss privately or confide on background with reporters.

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 30, 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 6:20 Man” by David Baldacci (Grand Central) Last week: 2 2. ...

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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, July 30, 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 6:20 Man. David Baldacci. Grand Central 2. Shattered. ...

Don't miss "A Tidy Ending" by Joanna Cannon; Scribner (352 pages, $27) ——— Is there anything more delicious than an unreliable narrator? Reading an engrossing story and slowly realizing that the eyes through which you are seeing things might be a tad — skewed? Joanna Cannon's "A Tidy Ending" is told by Linda, a woman who has built a sturdy, ordinary life in an English town far away from her ...

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