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Our Speakers on The New York Times Bestseller List for 08/02/2020

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The Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau is thrilled that each week many of our speakers are on The New York Times Bestseller List. Check back here for a current selection of who is on this week’s list:

Hardcover Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing

3: Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on…Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.”—People

The Vanishing Half

4: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal

A Walk Along the Beach

10: A Walk Along the Beach - Brit Bennett

“Highly emotional . . . a hard-to-put-down page-turner, yet, throughout all the heartache, the strength and love of family shines through.”—New York Journal of Books

Hardcover Nonfiction

How to Be an Antiracist

2: How to Be an Antiracist - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“What do you do after you have written Stamped From the Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas? . . . If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book. . . . What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”—The New York Times

Between the World and Me

8: Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of Black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.”—Toni Morrison

 

Combined Print and eBook Bestsellers Fiction

The Vanishing Half

3: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal

Where the Crawdads Sing

5: Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on…Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.”—People

A Walk Along the Beach

8: A Walk Along the Beach - Brit Bennett

“Highly emotional . . . a hard-to-put-down page-turner, yet, throughout all the heartache, the strength and love of family shines through.”—New York Journal of Books

Little Fires Everywhere

10: Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.”—Jodi Picoult

Combined Print and eBook Bestsellers Nonfiction

How to Be an Antiracist

3: How to Be an Antiracist - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“What do you do after you have written Stamped From the Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas? . . . If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book. . . . What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”—The New York Times

Alexander Hamilton

6: Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

“A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.” – Joseph Ellis

Paperback Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere

1: Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.”—Jodi Picoult

The Underground Railroad

3: The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

“Terrific.” —Barack Obama

Paperback Nonfiction

Alexander Hamilton

4: Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow

“A robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.” – Joseph Ellis

The Warmth of Other Suns

9: The Warmth of Other Suns - Isabel Wilkerson

“Scholarly but very readable, this book, for all its rigor, is so absorbing, it should come with a caveat: Pick it up only when you can lose yourself entirely.”  —O, The Oprah Magazine

Middle Grade Hardcover

Wonder Movie Tie-In Edition

3: Wonder Movie Tie-In Edition - R.J. Palacio

Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year.”—Slate

Picture Book

Antiracist Baby Picture Book

1: Antiracist Baby Picture Book - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“The book will nonetheless serve as a mindful companion for families striving together toward a more equitable future.”—Publishers’ Weekly

 

The Day You Begin

4: The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson

“What will it take for a child who feels different to share her stories? . . . Like Woodson’s memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, this story places great value on literacy, reading, and imagination. The matte-finished pages feature illustrations in vivid, brilliant colors, with repeated appearances of flying birds and lush, twining vines and flowers.”—Horn Book

Audio Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing

1: Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on…Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.”—People

The Vanishing Half

4: The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal

Little Fires Everywhere

12: Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting.”—Jodi Picoult

Audio Nonfiction

How to Be an Antiracist

2: How to Be an Antiracist - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

“What do you do after you have written Stamped From the Beginning, an award-winning history of racist ideas? . . . If you’re Ibram X. Kendi, you craft another stunner of a book. . . . What emerges from these insights is the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind, a confessional of self-examination that may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.”—The New York Times

Between the World and Me

6: Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of Black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.”—Toni Morrison

Mass Market

Blue Moon

3: Blue Moon - Lee Child

“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.”—Ken Follett

Middle Grade Paperback

Brown Girl Dreaming

4: Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

“Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review

Young Adult Paperback

“A powerful, wrenching, and compulsively readable story that lays bare the history, and the present, of racism in America.” –John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition)

4: The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition) - Markus Zusak

“One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years.” –The Wall Street Journal

We Were Liars Deluxe Edition

6: We Were Liars Deluxe Edition - E. Lockhart

“Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” —The Wall Street Journal