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The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan is the book of the day, getting full court media coverage. 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand leads library holds this week. People’s Book of the Week is Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams. The next battle in publishing might be over books by conservative authors. The social media campaign #PublishingPaidMe is remaking the industry. COVID-19 book coverage stories return.

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Big Books of the Week

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (Berkley: Penguin)

Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review)

American Demon by Kim Harrison (Ace: Penguin; LJ starred review)

Antiracist Baby Board Book by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila: Penguin; SLJ starred review)

These books and others publishing the week of June 15, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review) makes both the LibraryReads list and the Indie Next list and is the only book on either list publishing this week:

“Nobody imagines the end of the world quite like Brooks! Here he takes a group of privileged idealists, sets them in a beautiful utopia where they can escape the headaches of the city but suffer none of the inconveniences, and then brutally removes all the comforts they expect to be delivered. Throw in some hungry Sasquatch and things get really interesting. For fans of Blake Crouch and Jeff VanderMeer.” —Amy Hall, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO

“This was a blast to read. Kate and Dan Holland have an opportunity to move into an eco-friendly community called Greenloops in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. Kate’s therapist asks her to keep a journal, and this is how their story is preserved. Because after Mt. Rainier erupts, horrible things happen at Greenloops. Really horrible things…” —Ann Nye, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

In the Media

People’s Book of the Week is Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Also getting attention are The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin) and The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir by Wayétu Moore (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review). The booklist “Educate Yourself About Racism” includes How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: Random House; LJ starred review), Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler (The New Press), and Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis, Jr Gates (Penguin; LJ starred review). Chef and author Dominique Crenn, Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters (Penguin), is part of People’s Pride 2020 coverage. Books wrap up with a feature on Loni Love, I Tried to Change So You Don't Have To : True Life Lessons (Hachette Go).


The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump by Mary Jordan (S. & S.) is the book of the day, getting widely covered:

The Washington Post: “She is enigmatic, glamorous, secretive, strategic, a quiet loner and master compartmentalizer who made her deal with the devil and made it work because in many ways, deep down, she and Trump are cut from the same shiny cloth. Truth serves their own purposes, not the other way around.” The paper also has an excerpt.

NPR: “the first lady is not a pawn but a player, an accessory in the second as much as the first sense, and a woman able to get what she wants from one of the most powerful and transparently vain men in the world.”

The NYT: “The author bends so far backward to be fair to her subject that, at times, you fear she may need chiropractic help.”

CBS Sunday Morning has a feature and an excerpt. HuffPost also has a report, as does The Cut.

In other reviews, the NYT reviews Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno (Balzer + Bray: Harper): “a book so engaging and lively it might take you a moment to pinpoint the disquiet you feel upon reaching its end.” Also, Parachutes by Kelly Yang (Katherine Tegen Books: Harper; SLJ starred review): “not a book about sexual violence or broken girls or the polluting forces of shame and isolation. It is about the radical possibility of young women finding and detonating their voices.” “The Shortlist” gathers cartoons that “Tackle the Big Stuff.”

USA Today reviews Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review) , giving it 2 stars and writing “implausible from the start.”

Antiracist Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

Books in the Media: “Black Lives Matter: An Anti-racist Reading List.”

Popsugar: “5 Books About Race on College Campuses Every Student Should Read” and “Diversify Your Reading Selection With These 15 Books From #OwnVoices Authors.”

Esquire: “These Black Writers Are Telling the Essential Stories of Our Time.”

Bitch Media writes “The Literary World May Never Recover from #PublishingPaidMe.”

The New Republic reports that book publishing’s next battle will be around conservative authors: “The industry is facing demands to live up to its stated values. That might mean ditching writers like Donald Trump Jr..”

The Associated Press has deeper reporting on the National Book Critics Circle resignations, including that they include “the president and five other board members … amid allegations of racism and violations of privacy.”

US News reports that, pending a board vote, that “A library at Louisiana State University named after a former school president who advocated for segregation will be renamed.”

COVID-19 Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources 

Matt Ortile, The Groom Will Keep His Name And Other Vows I've Made about Race, Resistance, and Romance (Bold Type Books; LJ starred review), has “queer quarantine recommendations” for Entertainment Weekly.

The Guardian has a piece by Susie Steiner, Remain Silent: A Manon Bradshaw Novel (Random House), about how books have been a lifeline for her to “cope with my cancer during lockdown.”

Authors tell The Guardian, “what I have learned from lockdown.” There is also “The best food books to take you overseas - while stuck at home.”

NPR looks at “What Writers Are Reading As The Pandemic Goes On.”

Briefly Noted

Salon suggests “Brit Bennett's "The Vanishing Half" and 4 more must-read novels out in June.”

Entertainment Weekly offers five comics to read this June.

O: The Oprah Magazine names “25 Best Thriller Books That'll Keep You Turning the Page.”

Popsugar picks “The 30 Best New Books to Dive Into This Summer.” Also, “2020 Has a Diverse Lineup of LGBTQ+ YA Books — Here Are the Best Picks.”

Electric Lit gathers “12 New and Forthcoming Graphic Novels for People Who Are Too Tired for Text.”

Book Riot offers “Armchair Travel: Romance Edition” and “5 Great Books By Neurodiverse Authors For Your TBR.”

USA Today picks books for the week.

Tor.com writes “Vampires Never Left: A History of Vampires in Young Adult Fiction.”

The Guardian interviews Ondaatje prize-winner Roger Robinson, A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press).

Vulture interviews Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin).

Salon interviews Masha Gessen, Surviving Autocracy: A Status Report (Riverhead: Penguin).

Electric Lit interviews Susan Scarf Merrell, Shirley (Blue Rider: Penguin).

Book Marks interviews Emily Temple, The Lightness (William Morrow: Harper).

Bitch Media features These Women by Ivy Pochoda, (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review).

People showcases This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Ilhan Omar (Dey St: HarperCollins).

The NYT profiles Chris Wallace, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World (Avid Reader: S. & S.). The paper also features Liana Finck, Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self (Random House), it its column about how NYC residents spend their Sundays.

O: The Oprah Magazine has the short story "The Yellow Ranch" by Kali Fajardo-Anstine.

The Atlantic has the short story "Deep Cut" by Andrew Martin, also an interview with Martin.

Hank Green announces his virtual summer book tour for A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review). It will include conversations with Ashley C. Ford, Roman Mars, Cory Doctorow, and his brother John Green. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Hilary Mantel has a new collection on the way, Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books (Fourth Estate: Harper).

TorCon is underway. Tor.com has multiple reports on conversations and sessions.

Vulture reports on Harry Potter actors who have condemned J.K. Rowling. So does Vox.

The NYT reports on the controversy in Finland about Tove Jansson’s Moomins and the commercial development of a Helsinki landmark. Also, a report on how “Harry Potter Fans Reimagine Their World Without Its Creator.”

Batman editor Denny O'Neil has died. Entertainment Weekly has an obituary.

Authors on Air

CBS Sunday Morning showcases The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency by John Dickerson (Random House) and has an excerpt. Also on the show, a report that the Forrest Fenn treasure has been found.

Bernardine Evaristo features on BBC Breakfast.

60 Minutes features Joel Sartore’s work, such as National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals (National Geographic: Random House).

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Stacey Abrams, Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Lisa Napoli, Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News (Abrams). NPR also interviews Liara Tamani, All The Things We Never Knew (Greenwillow: Harper).

The Today show features The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad by Mike Birbiglia, with poems by J. Hope Stein (Grand Central) and This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin).

Ben Whishaw will star in the BBC/AMC adaptation of Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. Ayn Carrillo-Gailey’s Porn-o-logy is headed for VOD as A Nice Girl Like You. The James Bond film No Time To Die is now opening on Nov. 20th. Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla vs. Kong get moved again. Deadline has a report of those and other film delays.

Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler and Jere Longman is headed to the movies. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

John Dickerson, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency (Random House), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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