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A Time for Mercy by John Grisham leads holds this week. People’s “Book of the Week” is The Searcher by Tana French. The L.A. Times offers a fall books special that ties authors and titles to the social and political events of 2020. The NYT features young Black poets with a message. There is much virtual book programming, including the forthcoming “The True Monsters of Lovecraft Country,” part of #LJReads. Former LJ editor John Berry has died.

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Big Books of the Week

A Time for Mercy by John Grisham (Doubleday: Random House) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr (Harper)

Jingle All the Way by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine: Random House)

Silent Bite: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur: Macmillan)

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook: Hachette; LJ starred review)

A Song for the Dark Times: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown: Hachette)

These books and others publishing the week of Oct. 12, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.  

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Five LibraryReads selections publish this week, each is also an Indie Next choice.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

“Fans of epic fantasy looking for something new will surely love the amazing world- building and strong characters in this pre-Columbian Americas story about prophecy, destiny, politics, and revenge, all with a healthy dose of magic. For fans of Gods of Jade and Shadow and the Broken Earth series.” —Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC

“As an avid fantasy reader and an Indigenous person, I cannot adequately describe how much it meant to read Black Sun and be immersed in a non-white fantasy based on cultures from the Americas. This book is so well done! I loved all of the characters (especially the swashbuckling, magic-using ship captain), the settings were beautifully written, and the magic in this world is fascinating. If you’re looking for murderous sea women, larger-than-life crows, gods returning to avenge past violence, political intrigue, and dash of romance, look no further. I also really appreciate the way that queer and nonbinary characters are portrayed. Roanhorse has written a perfect high fantasy novel and I cannot wait to see where this series takes us next!” —Hillary Smith, Copperfield’s Books, Calistoga, CA (on the October list)

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy (Harper)

“Dr. Statler, a psychologist, reformed womanizer, and new husband, is staring down his demons and trying to be a better man. Sam and Annie relocate to upstate New York to try their hand at a simpler life and to care for his dementia-ridden mother. One night Sam leaves his office and never makes it home. For fans of The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Silent Patient.” —Vanessa Phillips, Pelion Branch Library, Pelion, SC

“A good-looking couple from New York City move upstate for a slower lifestyle, but things quickly take a turn when the husband goes missing. When Sam Statler, a therapist with a range of diverse clients, doesn’t come home, his wife, Annie, is desperate to find him and begins to suspect one of his clients. As secrets unravel, Molloy keeps the reader excited and engaged in this intriguing thriller.” —Deanna Bailey, Story on the Square, McDonough, GA

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

“Lisa Jewell has become one of my absolute favorite thriller authors. She’s an automatic must-read for me and should be for everyone who loves dark, twisty thrillers. This latest is no exception. In fact, she just keeps getting better and better! If you haven’t read her yet, start with Invisible Girl I guarantee you won’t be able to put it down!” —Becky LeJeune, BookBar, Denver, CO

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook: Hachette; LJ starred review)

"In a world where women and magic have been burned and bound, three sisters set about to bring power and rights back to women and in doing so, find their way back to each other. For fans of Uprooted and Circe." —Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT

“Alix Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January was my favorite book last year, so I had incredibly high expectations when I picked up The Once and Future Witches. This book is very different, but I adore it just as much! Set in the late 1800s in a world with a slightly alternate history from ours, women are fighting for the vote and losing. Three wayward sisters decide to challenge the patriarchy by bringing back witchcraft. Told through familiar stories twisted in new ways, this book is incredible. You will not be able to put it down, from the beautifully written introduction to the pulse-pounding ending!” —Carrie Deming, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

"Set in 1920s Georgia, this fantastical horror story follows Maryse Boudreaux. a bootlegger seeking revenge for the killing of her family who joins a motley group of soldiers in a battle against the Ku Klux Klan. For fans of Friday Black." —Anna Mickelsen, Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA

“The emotionally charged, wild ride of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark was one I did not want to end. Clark pulled me into the life of Maryse and her band of monster hunters and held me hostage. With beautiful language, deep characters, and a fully immersive world, this story of vengeance and self-forgiveness unfolds. By the end, I was in tears. Ring Shout perfectly takes on a dark, violent history, but also an uncertain, terrifying future. Everyone needs to read Ring Shout.” —Sophie Giroir, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

There is one additional Indie Next selection for the week:

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk (Erewhon: Workman; LJ starred review)

“If you had to decide between your magical ability and love, which would you chose? Of course, it’s not that simple when your marriage will save your family from bankruptcy, but also take away more freedoms than you know. Sorcery, historical romance, feminism, female friendships, and reproductive rights — this enjoyable novel had everything I needed. Readers of Gail Carriger and Naomi Novik will gobble this up.” —Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

In the Media

People puts Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult by Robert Lacey (Harper) on its cover this week. The “Book of the Week” is The Searcher by Tana French (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco: Harper) and The End of the Day by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.). There is a section on audiobooks covering Is this Anything? written and read by Jerry Seinfeld (S. & S.), Keep Moving written and read by Maggie Smith (S. & S.), and The Meaning of Mariah Carey written and read by Mariah Carey (Audible). People’s “Picks” include The Haunting of Bly Manor, The War with Grandpa, The Right Stuff, and The Spanish Princess. Recipes for the week come from Chasing Flavor: Techniques and Recipes to Cook Fearlessly by Dan Kluger (Rux Martin: HMH), Cook with Me: 150 Recipes for the Home Cook: A Cookbook by Alex Guarnaschelli (Clarkson Potter: Penguin), and Evolving Vegan: Deliciously Diverse Recipes from North America's Best Plant-Based Eateries—for Anyone Who Loves Food by Mena Massoud (Tiller Press: S. & S.).


The Washington Post reviews Just Like You by Nick Hornby (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): “He writes insightfully about the daily disappointments, both professional and personal, that haunt ordinary lives.”

NPR reviews The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor (Inkyard Press: Harper): “A STEM-nerdy Emma where the heroine likes numbers more than people.”

The NYT reviews The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard by John Birdsall (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): “What Birdsall is aiming for is a holistic portrait of a time and place, of an America coaxed out of its postwar thraldom to frozen foods.” Also, the Crime column is out. The Shortlist considers “Teenagers in Turmoil” and “Are Straight People OK? And Other Questions About Love and Sexuality.” There is are dual Children’s Books reviews under the headlines “Black and White and Living Color” and “Training Tomorrow’s Newshounds.” Lastly, “5 Books to Help Your Child Understand Columbus Day.”

USA Today reviews Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review), giving it a perfect four stars and writing that “The novel ends with a surprising twist, that, depending on one's perceptions, will leave the reader either delighted or disappointed, but definitely not indifferent.” Also, The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross (HarperVia), giving it 3 stars and calling it “witty and sagacious.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

The NYPL gathers “Honoring Indigenous Peoples: 20 Recommended Reads.”

Book Riot suggests “10 Native North American Women Writers to Read This Fall.”

Popsugar picks the “Best Romance Novels of 2020.”

Lit Hub picks “Five Great Books You May Have Missed in September.”

Shondaland offers “5 Spooky Books to Read This October.”

The L.A. Times offers a fall books special which highlights authors and titles and ties them to the social and political events of 2020.

The L.A. Times has a “5 paths to continue your Octavia E. Butler discovery.”

Kim Stanley Robinson picks “the best books to help us navigate the next 50 years” for The Guardian.

Popsugar suggests “21 Lighthearted, Cozy Mystery Books to Settle Down With This Fall.”

BookPage suggests four “laugh out loud” books.

The Washington Post suggests historical novels for fans of Hilary Mantel

The NYT features “Young Black Poets: Ten Teenage writers show the future of poetry.”

RA for All posts about “The True Monsters of Lovecraft Country,” part of #LJReads. And on that note, BuzzFeed highlights the virtual book events of the week. Lit Hub also has suggestions. Also, the L.A. Times Festival of Books schedule is now online.

Entertainment Weekly has a brief report on Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (Ballantine: Random House).

In more forthcoming book news, USA Today reports on model Emily Ratajkowski and her book My Body. It will come out in 2022 from Metropolitan Books. Also, People has a report on Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life by Julianna Margulies (Ballantine: Random House).

The NYT writes about John Hersey’s Hiroshima.

The Atlantic discusses Gay Neck by Dhan Gopal Mukerji, the first novel written by a person of color to win the Newbury Medal. Also, a piece about The Jefferson Bible: A Biography by Peter Manseau (Princeton), and a consideration of Louise Glück.

Deadline has an interview with Alan Moore, comics icon and author of Watchmen.

The NYT interviews Don DeLillo, The Silence (Scribner: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly has a conversation between Christie Tate, Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life (Avid Reader: S. & S.) and Catherine Gildiner, Good Morning, Monster: A Therapist Shares Five Heroic Stories of Emotional Recovery (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

The Guardian interviews John Lanchester, Reality and Other Stories: And Other Stories (W.W. Norton). There is also a feature on Philip Pullman and the His Dark Materials series.

Parade features Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart's Cake Perfection: 100+ Recipes for the Sweet Classic, from Simple to Stunning: A Baking Book (Clarkson Potter: Penguin).

The Guardian writes about book groups and their popularity during the pandemic.  

The L.A. Times reports on the open letter in support of trans and nonbinary people that nearly 2,000 writers, publishers, and others in the literary community have signed.

The World Fantasy Convention is facing criticism of its panel descriptions and has issued an apology. File 770 reports.

Pico Iyer writes about the L.A. Times Festival of Books for the L.A. Times.

The Strategist has “What Author Rumaan Alam Can’t Live Without.”

O: The Oprah Magazine pays tribute to author Randall Kenan who died in late August.

 LJ's John Berry has died .

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews Joy Harjo, When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly has a conversation about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes adaptation.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Ngugi wa Thiong'o, The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi (The New Press). Morning Edition interviews Maggie Smith, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.). Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Phil Klay, Missionaries (Penguin). has a report on NYCC, including much adaptation news.

The Magic Order adaptation is not moving forward at Netflix. Young Blood by Andrew Barrer is set for Amazon. Netflix will create Elf on the Shelf projects. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous gets a second season. Also, there is a trailer out. Deadline reports.

The Stand gets a trailer. It is based on the Stephen King novel and will air on CBS All Access starting Dec. 17.

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James Hitt

I am looking forward to reading A Time For Mercy by John Grisham. He is one of my favorite authors along with James Lee Burke. I have read all of Grisham's books and am in the process of reading all of Burkes, at least all of his Detective Robichaux novels.

Posted : Oct 13, 2020 01:54



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