The first major debut of the season, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, (Ballantine/RH, 8/23; Audio, Random House Audio and Books on Tape and OverDrive; Large Print, Thorndike), hit the 9/1 Indie Hardcover Fiction list at #11. It’s also on the forthcoming 9/11 (yes, that is the date) NYT Print Fiction Hardcover list, but further down, at #19.

As we wrote last week, consumer reviews, while mixed, gave hints that it will be a hit.

Library holds are growing.

Also on the Indie list is Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton; Penguin AudioThorndike Large Print; audio & eBook, OverDrive), the first in the Danish bestselling author’s Department Q crime fiction series and the first of his books to be published in the US. It arrives at #9 and at #30 on the NYT list. PW gave this this one a starred review, saying “Stieg Larsson fans will be delighted.” Library holds are light so far.

Showing an even greater discrepency, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (Viking, 7/26;  Books on TapePenguin Audio; audio on OverDrive) has been #4 on the Indie list for 4 weeks, but is at #17 on the NYT. Reviews have been strong. The San Francisco Chronicle best captures the book’s appeal, “Even the most jaded New Yorker can see the beauty in Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility, the antiqued portrait of an unlikely jet set making the most of Manhattan.”

Libraries are showing heavy holds.

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