Be Here Now

Emma Straub debuts at #5 in hardcover fiction with All Adults Here, her “witty, topical fourth novel,” our starred review said, in which “members of a Hudson Valley family come to terms with adolescence, aging, sexuality, and gender.” (It’s also the May Read with Jenna pick.) For Straub, who co-owns Brooklyn’s Books Are Magic with her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, work is often a family affair. She signed books at home under the watchful eye of their younger son, Miles.

Season’s Greetings

A pair of novels that share a hopeful word in their titles debut in hardcover fiction. Mary Kay Andrews lands at #7 with her latest beach read, Hello, Summer, named for the gossip column the main character ghostwrites for the local newspaper in her hometown on the Florida Panhandle. Andrews has been logging plenty of time on her laptop lately, including a Zoom launch party hosted by E. Shaver Booksellers in Savannah, Ga.

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner, debuting at #10, “mixes a splash of romance, a dash of humor, and a pinch of mystery,” our review said, “to create a deliciously bloody poolside cocktail.” Weiner’s promotional rounds included a May 13 ScribdChat with Carrie Torrisi (@BostonBookFanatic) and, a week earlier, a Good Morning America appearance. “My makeup artist won’t get out of bed!” the author wrote on Facebook before the GMA gig. “My makeup artist is my 12-year-old.”

Better Together

The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate’s “stellar” sequel, our starred review said, to her Newbery Award–winning The One and Only Ivan, is #1 in children’s frontlist fiction. It’s a story of “loyalty, forgiveness, and trust,” our review said, among Bob, a Chihuahua mix; his friend Ivan, a gorilla; and Ruby, an elephant. In a photo the author posted to Instagram on April 17, the masked trio demonstrate an au courant way of caring for one another.


Elizabeth Acevedo
#9 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
Acevedo, who won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for 2018’s The Poet X, returns with a “raw and emotional” novel in verse, our starred review said. “Acevedo’s exploration of loss packs an effective double punch, unraveling the aftermath of losing a parent alongside the realities of familial inheritance.”

Tori Amos
#20 Hardcover Nonfiction
“In this soulful memoir,” our review said, the self-described “feminist soldier” and singer-songwriter, who began studying music at age five, “discusses creating music during turbulent times.”