The new Today Show Book Club launched last month, sending the first pick, Samantha Shannon’s debut, The Bone Season, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury), on to the NYT Hardcover list, where it stayed for three weeks. The second pick is Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (RH/Knopf; BOT; RH Audio), the third in her Bridget Jones Diary series, releasing next week.
Fielding was interviewed on the show by Jenna Bush Hager and will chat with fans on the Monday, Nov. 4 for a Today Book Club Google Hangout. The book is currently at #256 on Amazon’s sales rankings.
Meanwhile, reviewers in the U.K., where the book is coming out this Thursday, are not treating it kindly, calling it a “toe-curling, clunking disappointment,” but that hasn’t put off readers. It is currently #3 on Amazon U.K.’s best seller list.