Louise Penny Leads the Week's Library Holds | Book Pulse

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny leads library holds this week and is also People’s Book of the Week. The September issue of Entertainment Weekly is out; top book picks include The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante and Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. LJ highlights 42 exceptional titles for September. Melania and Me by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff is still very buzzy. Liberal Privilege by Donald Trump Jr is now on sale and doing well. Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults, has two new interviews.

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Big Books of the Week

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (Minotaur: St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Dog Man: Grime and Punishment: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #9) by Dav Pilkey (Graphix: Scholastic).

Dark Song by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin).

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions).

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Chaos by Iris Johansen (Grand Central: Hachette).

These books and others publishing the week of Aug. 31, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet. 

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are three LibraryReads picks publishing this week, including the No.1 pick for the month,  When No One Is Watching  by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

"The gentrification of her beloved Brooklyn neighborhood has longtime resident Sydney Green mourning what's lost. Striking up an uneasy alliance with new neighbor Theo, she starts research for a walking tour to highlight the area’s rich history and diversity but quickly comes to realize that something far more sinister is going on. A sense of mounting dread and some startling twists and turns will keep readers turning the pages. Where HAVE all those old neighbors gone? For fans of An Unwanted Guest, The Woman in Cabin Ten, and Watching You." —Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Cole’s thriller exposes the underbelly of gentrification and prosperity, taking a searing look at systemic racism. When a pharmaceutical firm plans to move its headquarters to a historically Black Brooklyn neighborhood, an influx of rich white people displace Black residents from their homes and their roots. Timely, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking, When No One Is Watching is essential reading for the #BlackLivesMatter movement.” —Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA

A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore (Berkley: Penguin)

"The second book in the League of Extraordinary Women series revolves around Lady Lucie and her old nemesis Lord Ballentine. Their love/hate relationship is passionate and steamy. For fans of the Royal Wedding series and Dukes Behaving Badly series." —Natalie Peitsinovski, Roselle Public Library, Roselle, NJ

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Being excited about a follow-up to a debut novel can be fraught — will the second book live up to my expectations? A Rogue of One’s Own absolutely did! Evie Dunmore’s series (the first entry was Bringing Down the Duke) features a quartet of lively suffragettes and the men they fall in love with and bring over to The Cause. The characters are compelling and likable, the relationships solidly built. There are also some interesting tidbits for history buffs, like excerpts of actual letters written by women of the time.” —Sandy Scott, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf; LJ starred review)

"Gyasi is a force of a writer and in her new novel, Gifty is a Ph.D student of neuroscience fueled by the need to understand her brother's addiction and mother's depression. For fans of Imagine Me Gone (Haslet) and Chemistry (Wang)." —Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Gifty immigrated from Ghana, grew up in Alabama, and is working on a PhD in neuroscience at Stanford, where she experiments with mice. She has always felt she wasn’t cool enough or white enough, and tries to prove her value through her brilliance. She tells her raw and powerful story of racism, addiction, mental illness, and especially faith and prayer, all while trying hard to mend a complicated relationship with her mother. This second novel from the author of the award-winning novel Homegoing is compelling and so, so beautifully written.” —Sally Weitzen, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

There are two additional Indie Next picks for the week:

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

“This is a beautifully written story about two small towns in Maine and the paper mill that is the foundation of their economy. It tells the much bigger story of the sacrifice of the workers, and the injustices to them and the environment. Arsenault masters the nuances of family and history, which pulled me into the story in the first few pages and kept me there. A tender and honest reveal of her own family and hometown, and a truthful history of our nation. I’ll be recommending this as a must-read to our customers.” —Todd Miller, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions)

“Ferrante’s latest novel gives an insightful and intriguing look at the life of a budding Italian teenage girl, both internally and externally. I found Ferrante’s ability to delve into Giovanna’s psyche fascinating, especially since I’ve never parented a girl and don’t always feel like I understand them. Her sensitivity to the myriad of issues and the fragility of Giovanna’s relationships make for a marvelous read. Ferrante is a gifted writer, and this latest offering does not disappoint. I loved this story! Fabulous read!” —Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” includes Enola Holmes, Devil all the Time, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions), and Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Natasha Rothwell has a “Must List” and among her picks are Hamilton and Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review). In the Books section there is a feature on Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf; LJ starred review), one on Sigrid Nunez, What Are You Going Through (Random; LJ starred review), and a Q&A with Emily Gray Tedrowe, The Talented Miss Farwell (Custom House: Harper).

In reviews, there is the already online Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline (Random House), which earned an A- and the line, “this pitch-black collection of 10 stories emerges as its own kind of success.” Also, Here We Are by Graham Swift (Knopf) which gets a B: “writes in great incantatory loops, even as he keeps his story small.” The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld (Pantheon: Random House) which gets a B+: “may corner the market on literary rage with this searing tale of abuse inflicted on women.” Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin), earning a B+: “a fraught and feral thing that Johnson evokes with clammy, startling intimacy.” Monogamy by Sue Miller (Harper), earning a B+: “a portrait of a marriage suffused with earned wisdom and quiet empathy.” Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review), which gets an A-: “So maybe this is more than a novel. It’s a document—furious, unwieldy, tragic—of our time.” There is also a reminder that “Three More Twisty Tales” are forthcoming: Evening by Nessa Rapoport (Counterpoint), One by One by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout: S. & S. ; LJ starred review), and White Fox by Sara Faring (Imprint: Macmillan). In film and TV, EW also considers Lovecraft Country and interviews Jessie Buckley, I’m Thinking of Ending Things (which is based on the book of the same name by Iain Reid). Lastly, there is a feature on Black horror in films, including Candyman which is based on a Clive Barker short story.

People’s “Book of the Week” is All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (Minotaur: St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions) and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf; LJ starred review). New in nonfiction includes Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove), Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan), and Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig (HarperOne; LJ starred review). People’s "Picks" includes The Personal History of David Copperfield and All Together Now. The already online features Erin Brockovich, Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It (Pantheon: Random House) makes the print issue as does the already online feature on David Chang, Eat a Peach: A Memoir (Clarkson Potter: Random House). The recipe section features The Good Book of Southern Baking: A Revival of Biscuits, Cakes, and Cornbread by Kelly Fields, Kate Heddings (Lorena Jones Books: Penguin).


NPR reviews Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove): “cautions us to avoid hopelessness. It's a stunning book that urges us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world, and fight to preserve it.”

The NYT reviews Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf): “Hiaasen has always been a genial satirist … but [this] shows he can also be plenty tough when it counts.” Also, Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido; SLJ starred review): “a modern masterpiece — as epic as the “Iliad” and “Shahnameh,” and as heartwarming as “Charlotte’s Web.” It’s for the kids at the lunch table; the heroes of tomorrow, just looking to survive the battle of adolescence.” Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid by Mikaila Ulmer (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin): “this rarest of book breeds: the middle grade start-up memoir, by a teenager.” What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead: Penguin): “as good as “The Friend,” if not better.”

The Washington Post reviews Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco: Harper): “The betrayal of Native Americans and the issue of native identity are the backbone of this passionately told tale that hits the sweet spot between crime fiction and social novel.” Also, The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson (Dutton: Penguin): “the depth of its first-person presentation of the silicone-and-circuitry heroine is a quiet triumph.”

Briefly Noted

LJ highlights 42 exceptional titles for September. Also, the romance reviews are posted for August.

USA Today has five books for the week.

CrimeReads spotlights ten new books out this week.

The NYT offers “5 Kids’ Books Set During World War II” as well as adult books in a list entitled “Missing the Classroom? These Novels Will Take You There.”

Electric Lit suggests “10 Short Stories About Women’s Transformations.”

Datebook has “Not your average back-to-school children’s books.”

The self-published Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden And The Democrats' Defense Of The Indefensible by Donald Trump Jr is now out and selling well on Amazon.

USA Today a report on the drive for Little Free Diverse Libraries.

The NYT has take-aways from Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (Gallery: S. & S.). Also, USA Today has a report as does Vogue and Vanity Fair. People has several stories

The NYT reports on the republication of The Black Banners (Declassified): How Torture Derailed the War on Terror After 9/11 by Ali Soufan (W.W. Norton) much of which the CIA has kept suppressed for nine years.

The Guardian interviews Elena Ferrante, The Lying Life of Adults (Europa Editions). Elle also has an interview.

io9 interviews Lev Grossman, The Silver Arrow (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Emma Cline, Daddy: Stories (Random House), answers the Book Marks Questionnaire.

Electric Lit interviews Mieko Kawakami, Breasts and Eggs (Europa Editions).

The NYT has a report on Laurence Fishburne’s reading of The Autobiography of Malcolm X for the Audible edition (out on Sept. 10) which he says “doesn’t change my perspective so much as it amplifies it.”

The Guardian features Patrik Svensson, The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review) and has an interview with Denise Mina, The Less Dead (Mulholland Books: Hachette).

People spotlights Hope, Grace & Faith by Leah Messer (Post Hill Press: S. & S.).

USA Today features I Have Something to Tell You : A Memoir by Chasten Buttigieg (Atria: S. & S.).

The Washington Post writes "How to cope in an anxious age: Try Hitchcock, Munch and Poe."

The Strategist finds out what Raven Leilani, Luster (FSG: Macmillan), cannot live without.

Vox picks The Idiot by Elif Batuman (Penguin) as its next book group title.

The Talking Volumes lecture series is going online with Zoom this year. The series will feature Yaa Gyasi, Claudia Rankine, Helen Macdonald, and Sarah Broom. It is offered on a pay-what-you-can format and ticket sales begin on Sept. 1. The StarTribune has details.

BuzzFeed has virtual book events for the week.

Publishers Weekly has “A New Moment for Black Bookstores.” O: The Oprah Magazine interviews Ann Patchett about running an indie bookstore during the pandemic.

The Guardian reports that economist Thomas Piketty refuses to cut sections about China in order for his book, Capital and Ideology, to be published there.

NPR celebrates noted children’s author and illustrator Arnold Lobel.

Slate has a look at the what “Political Books Got Their New Favorite Look: Investigating the origins of the Sith Lord design palate.”

J.K. Rowling is returning another award, this time the given to her by the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights group. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Author Julia Reed has died. USA Today has an obituary.

Author Alice Koller has died. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Chris Murphy, The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy (Random House; LJ starred review). NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf; LJ starred review) and also has an interview with Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Punching the Air (SLJ starred review). Yusef Salaam also has an interview with The Guardian.

Town & Country picks the “Best Movie and TV Adaptations of Charles Dickens Novels.”

PBS NewsHour features Daniel Nieh, Beijing Payback (Ecco: Harper), answering reader questions.

Amazon is adapting Highfire by Eoin Colfer, with “Nicolas Cage voicing the lead character and executive producing.” Caitriona Balfe options Sarah Crossan’s Here Is The Beehive. Deadline reports.

CBS Sunday Morning has “The Book Report” by Ron Charles.

The Today show features Here for It: Or, How To Save Your Soul in America; Essays by R. Eric Thomas (Random House; LJ starred review) and His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (Random House; LJ starred review).

His Dark Materials, season two gets a trailer. It debuts on HBO in November and is based on the trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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

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