- What’s happening on USAT’s bestseller list this week?
- Salman Rushdie, who was attacked on August 12, has skyrocketed book sales. He now has seven USA TODAY best-selling books.
- Child actress Jennette McCurdy makes her list debut with her new memoir.
- ‘Where the Crayfish Sing’ by Delia Owens continues to dominate the summer.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” continues to dominate the USA TODAY bestseller list. Maintaining its No. 1 spot for the seventh week in a row, Delia Owens’ book has seen a total of 20 weeks at the top and 206 weeks on the list since its debut in 2018.
Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner’s “Heat 2” is the highest fiction debut on the list at No. 11. A sequel to Oscar-nominated director Mann’s 1995 film “Heat,” the novel explores the gritty world of international criminal organizations and agents. those who investigate them. A USA TODAY review gave the book ★★★ out of four stars and calls it a “must-have for fans of the film.”
Salman Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ premieres
“The Satanic Verses” (Random House, 576 pp.), the novel that led to death threats against author Salman Rushdie, debuts at No. 59 on USA TODAY’s best-seller list following the attack on the writer. The book was originally published in 1988, before the USA TODAY bestseller list began in 1993. This is Rushdie’s seventh novel to make the list.
The novel about two Indian actors who fall to the ground and become symbols of the angelic and evil is considered blasphemous by many Muslims and led to a fatwa or edict calling for Rushdie’s death by the Iranian leader at the time . Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Rushdie suffered injuries to his neck and abdomen after 24-year-old Hadi Matar attacked him as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Matar, who was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault, pleaded not guilty in a New York court on Saturday.
Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, told The Associated Press on Sunday that while Rushdie’s “condition is heading in the right direction,” his recovery will be a long process.
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Jennette McCurdy’s ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ tops memoir
“I’m Glad My Mom Died” (Simon & Schuster, 320 pp., available now), debuts at No. 3 on this week’s chart. McCurdy uses black humor to explore the traumas of early fame in an industry he never wanted to join. It was all because of her “narcissistic” mother, Debbie, who, before she died of breast cancer in 2013, allegedly led her daughter into compromising situations. Instead of providing love and support.
The title of his first book is intentionally harsh and, for some, inappropriate. After all, it is a social expectation that love for our family members be unconditional.
“I love a bold title, and I never would have titled it that if I didn’t feel like I earned it writing the book,” McCurdy tells USA TODAY. “I definitely wouldn’t have been able to confront or confront my eating disorder experience if my mom hadn’t passed away…because she supported, supported and encouraged my eating disorders.”
For McCurdy, writing these memoirs symbolized empowerment over her narrative. And understanding that it’s okay not to forgive his late mother gave him peace:
“I will say that somehow, by letting go of the goal of forgiveness, I got to a place where I was able to find some degree of compassion, some degree of sympathy for my mother.”
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Contributors: Barbara VanDenburgh, Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY