This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly
Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, May 30, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2020 NPD Group.(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2020, PWxyz LLC.)HARDCOVER FICTION1. Hideaway. Nora Roberts. St. Martin’s2. Fair Warning. Michael Connelly. Little, Brown3. Camino Winds. John Grisham. Doubleday4. If It Bleeds. Stephen King. Scribner5. Wrath of Poseidon. Cussler/Burcell. Putnam6. The 20th Victim. Patterson/Paetro. Little, Brown7. Walk the Wire. D...
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'I felt like I'd robbed my own store': A Philly jeweler describes a race to save her shop from looting
PHILADELPHIA — Amid the damage and disillusionment left behind after Saturday night’s disturbances, Angela Monaco discovered one tiny irony in the rubble of her Philadelphia jewelry boutique:Some of the objects the looters used to smash the Ritual Shoppe’s display cases were healing crystals.“I have a picture of all those broken crystals,” Monaco said. “It’s so symbolic.”For Monaco, like many devastated retailers in the wake of the widespread looting that whirled like a tornado through downtown Philadelphia this past weekend, the hours since have been marked by sleeplessness, confusion, uncert...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Detroit bus riders choose between lives, livelihoods amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT — As the lockdown over the coronavirus softens, people have begun to gingerly leave their homes.But one group had already been going out. In fact, they never stopped.They’re not brave. They’re not crazy. They’re just regular Detroit denizens who need to go to work or the store. They don’t have the types of jobs that can be done from home, and they don’t own a car.They have to choose between their lives and livelihoods, which is no choice at all.“It’s insane,” said Lorenzo Smith, 33, who is a manager at a Lowe’s. “It makes a good man not want to go to work.”Every morning Smith is one of...
The Detroit News
Mary Schmich: In praise of patience as our locked-down world moves to reopen
CHICAGO — A big orange umbrella was fluttering outside the Peet’s coffeehouse on North Avenue on Wednesday, like a giant hand waving hello. It caught my eye as I drove past, and glancing over I spotted a familiar face.“Anthony!” I called.Anthony Redmond is a security guard at North & Sheffield Commons but he’s also the social heart of the strip mall, always quick with a greeting, a smile and a story for regular customers and strangers alike. Over many years, we’ve talked, often at length, several times a week.But the mall has been as barren as a tundra since the pandemic hit, the parking lot e...
Daniel Neman: The coronavirus is changing the way we shop for groceries
It started the first day of the lockdown. Americans raced to the stores and bought every single roll of toilet paper on the planet.But as we settled into the daily grind of the pandemic, our grocery-store shopping habits continued to evolve. A new survey published by C+R Research shows the dramatic ways we have changed.Here, sadly, is the most dramatic change of all: Of the more than 2,000 people surveyed, 19% said they had witnessed a verbal altercation at a grocery store, and 11% said they had witnessed a physical altercation. Eight percent said they had been a participant in a verbal alterc...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
YouTube star Jake Paul is seen among looters at Arizona mall
YouTube star Jake Paul was among the looters at an Arizona shopping mall, according to a report.TMZ reported that Paul was recorded on video standing outside the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall Saturday night while stores were being looted.Paul, who has 20 million subscribers on YouTube and 3.7 million followers on Twitter, denied any involvement in looting or vandalism in a statement on social media.Paul said he and his crew were on the scene to document the goings on before they were hit with tear gas by police, forcing them into the building.“We were gassed and forced to keep moving,” Paul s...
New York Daily News
Violence rocks Atlanta as peaceful protest ends in flames
ATLANTA — Atlanta woke up Saturday to shattered glass and the burned hulks of police cars following a protest that turned into violent chaos and looting overnight.Rioters burned police cars and smashed their way into stores in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead despite pleas by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and civil rights activists who urged demonstrators to stay home and seek meaningful ways to honor the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis officer pinned him down with a knee on his neck while he was handcuffed.Stunned city officials, long accustomed to peaceful protests in the cradl...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nordstrom sales plunge 40%, but retailer touts its flexibility
SEATTLE — Nordstrom insists it is well-positioned moving forward despite reporting a 40% drop in first-quarter sales and a loss of more than half a billion dollars in a coronavirus walloping far worse than analysts expected.CEO Erik Nordstrom told analysts in a conference call after results were released Thursday that the company’s inventory reductions and increased online emphasis leave it with enough liquidity and flexibility as the nation begins to reopen. The company this month reopened nearly 40% of its stores — mostly in smaller markets — and implemented curbside pickup at most full-line...
The Seattle Times
Mall of America postpones Monday reopening due to Minneapolis unrest
MINNEAPOLIS — The Mall of America is postponing its planned reopening of retail stores on Monday due to the community unrest following the death of George Floyd.The megamall in Bloomington said it will announce a new date once it is finalized. It also has suspended curbside pickup at the mall.The mall has restricted access to the building through at least Sunday to ensure the safety of employees.“Many of our tenants were planning on using this weekend to prepare their stores and train their employees for reopening,” the mall said in a statement. “With no access to the building, that will not b...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how
DETROIT — At some point, we’ve all felt like a chump in a car dealership showroom, waiting for the salesperson to emerge from a shrouded back office where they presumably spent the last 20 minutes pushing a hard-nosed manager to chip another hundred bucks off the price of that car you’re haggling over.After hours at the dealership, it feels like an endless game that you’re destined to lose.But that exhausting and enigmatic car-buying process at bricks-and-mortar stores will be a relic of the past in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts predict. Mandated stay-home orders ...
Detroit Free Press