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Simon & Schuster names Dana Canedy as its new publisher. The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs leads holds this week. People’s “Book of the Week” is Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford. The Baby-Sitters Club and Hamilton are at the top of everyone’s mind. More booklists for the week and the year thus far arrive and there are 12 librarian and bookseller picks for the week.

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Big Books of the Week

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Also in demand are:

Desolation Road by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin)

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Dial Press: Random House)

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

Outsider by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books: Macmillan)

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Grand Central: Hachette)

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review)

These books and others publishing the week of July 6, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two titles appear on both the July LibraryReads list and the Indie Next list for the week:

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

“Personal tragedy turns Natalie’s life upside down and leads her back to her childhood home, including her family’s beloved homegrown bookstore. Natalie faces the decline of her grandfather’s health, a building in need of repair, and a business in the red but also finds unexpected love. Give to readers who liked How to Find Love in a Bookshop and The Readers of Broken Wheel.” —Joyce Livingston, Collinsville Community Library, Brogue, PA

 “This is an absolutely splendid novel that spoke volumes to me. You have a girl who experiences a tragedy that leads to a better life, despite issues and hardship along the way, and a guy right in front of her who is perfect for her though she assumes he is not. I highlighted so many passages in this book to savor and remember. This is a perfect story for bookstore lovers and lovers of books.” —Patty Reed, Ferguson Books & More, Grand Forks, ND

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow: Harper)

“The gripping story opens with a rampant strain of virus (in this case rabies), followed by quarantines, lockdowns, fear, and irrational behavior. It hits alarmingly close to home. For fans of Severance by Ling Ma and Contagion by Robin Cook.” —Sandra Woodbury, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, MA

“When a take-no-prisoners virus sweeps through the area, how will people react? Survivor Song is a thriller that follows a pair of friends trying to survive, but it also offers an interesting and realistic look at how society on a local scale may try to cope while also trying to maintain some semblance of order. On the other side of the coin, others don’t always have everyone’s best interests at heart. Can our characters make it? Can society withstand a disaster like this?” —Lydia Frederick, Owosso Books & Beans, Owosso, MI

In addition, there are four more LibraryReads picks this week:

Outsider by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books: Macmillan)

“Kate Burkholder comes to the aid of an old colleague who’s now on the run from her own vice unit in this slow-burn crime thriller. Many series start to lose steam when they’ve been around as long as this one, but Castillo just keeps improving with every book.” —Eve Hall, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, Hopkinsville KY

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Dial Press: Random House)

"In this hilarious and poignant rom-com debut, Bea Schumacher is a highly influential, body positive, heartbroken fashion blogger, who one day writes a blistering, viral, blog post about the lack of diversity on her favorite reality tv dating show, Main Squeeze. For readers who enjoyed Bridget Jones’s Diary and Me Before You." —Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Grand Central: Hachette)

“This sequel to The Royal We follows Nick and Bex through the first years of their marriage--a challenging time for anyone, let alone a royal couple whose wedding was disrupted by a sex scandal. As they settle into their new home, they uncover a secret that could change the future of Britain. Fans of Royal Wedding (Cabot) and Royals (Hawkins) will enjoy this funny and sensitive novel.” —Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

“Incredibly proper Oliver and drama-laden Luc are extreme opposites. Despite a case of annoyance at first sight, the two antagonists reluctantly agree that faking a relationship might help each of them out of a bind. Hall crafts a well-paced relationship that will have readers completely invested in a happy ever after. Perfect for fans of If I Never Met You and Red, White, and Royal Blue.” —Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

Six more choices from the Indie Next list hit the shelves as well:

Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin, translated by Hildegarde Serle (Europa)

“Valérie Perrin’s Fresh Water for Flowers is gorgeous. Reading it was almost like being baptized by Violette’s presence as a cemetery keeper, in its comfort, stability, and floral surroundings. Perrin takes us into the pool of Violette’s melancholic past, from first loves to devastating losses. It truly gripped each and every one of my emotions, from fear and sorrow to elation and sentimentality. Whatever I can write as a review, this book is still so much more. I’m so thankful to have read it and can’t wait to share it with readers.” —Cat Chapman, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (S. & S.)

“Florence Adler comes alive on the pages of this book, from the first page until the last. Told mainly through the perspective of her 7-year-old niece, Gussy, the characters are fully realized as sympathetic yet flawed human beings. I was drawn to all, but mostly to Florence’s mother, Esther. Esther’s fierce love for Florence and her sister, and her drive to protect them, propels her actions throughout the book, and she doesn’t allow the reader — or herself — to succumb to emotions until the end of the story. This may be the best book of the year.” —Camille Kovach, Completely Booked, Murrysville, PA

The Shadows by Alex North (Celadon Books: Macmillan)

“Paul Adams may have left behind his hometown and the tragedy that happened 25 years ago, but as we know, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ The murder that has haunted him for so long comes roaring back into his life when there’s a new killing and secrets are uncovered. Dreams really do come true, but this one may just kill Paul. Highly atmospheric and emotionally gripping, The Shadows is best read with all the lights on and well before you plan to go to sleep.” —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson (Crown: Random House)

“I loved this quietly gorgeous book. Sarah Johnson Stewart brings her characters to vivid life —philosophers and scientists from the annals of Western history, family and teachers from her own life, or the dusty dunes of the ‘red planet’ itself — with clear, almost poetic prose, detailing the history of humanity’s fascination with Mars, as well as her own. You will leave these pages with a deeper understanding of interplanetary science and the wonder of humanity’s next discovery.” —Jocelyn Shratter, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt by Anonymous (HMH)

“After the collapse of her marriage and her whole life, the anonymous author of Becoming Duchess Goldblatt started a Twitter account, speaking in the voice of an imperious, slightly dotty, always caring 81-year-old writer. The Duchess became the focus of intense adoration and eventually helped her creator to reconnect with the ‘real world’ even as she kept her identity a secret. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is a glorious memoir, a truly 21st-century tale of life both online and off.” —David Enyeart, Next Chapter Booksellers, St. Paul, MN

The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir by Michele Harper (Riverhead)

“This memoir is a fascinating examination of a life dedicated to helping others, and an illuminating, up-close view of what happens in emergency rooms. Moments of profound human connection exist alongside confrontations with dangerous and erratic patients, overzealous police demands, a lack of resources, and bureaucratic barriers. And the author’s perspective as one of few African American female ER doctors is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the profession.” —Mary Williams, Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA

In the Media

People’s “Book of the Week” is Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford (Little, Brown: Hachette). Also making the cut are Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday: Random House) and Love & Other Crimes by Sara Paretsky (William Morrow: Harper). The “Kid’s Pick” is Thank You, Helpers: Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Grocery Workers, and More Who Care for Us by Patricia Hegarty, illustrated by Michael Emmerson (Random House Books for Young Readers). “New in Paperback” highlights Wild Game: My Mother, Her Secret, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur (Mariner: HMH; LJ starred review), The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Vintage: Random House), and America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon (Dutton: Penguin). On the “Picks” list are Hamilton: An American Musical, John Lewis: Good Trouble, and The Baby-Sitters Club. Also, getting attention is the Princess Bride pandemic version on Quibi. There are watch-alikes for Perry Mason, including L. A. Confidential, The Long Goodbye, and Collateral. How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: Random House; LJ starred review) is part of a feature entitled “Voices for Change.”  The recipe this week comes from Smoothie Project: The 28-Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age by Catherine McCord (Abrams).

Reviews

USA Today reviews A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 stars, describing it as “a hopeful read that provides a "Black Mirror"-like warning of new technology without the heavy feeling of dread.” Also, The Son of Good Fortune by Lysley Tenorio (Ecco: Harper), giving it 3 stars and calling it “sharp and compassionate.”

The NYT reviews 14 Miles: Building the Border Wall by DW Gibson (S. & S.): “stands out from the pack.” Also, Let them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality by Jacob S. Hacker, Paul Pierson (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “a portrait of the Trumpian moment that, in the book’s professorial way, is as terrifying as those Page 1 accounts of presidential ravings. They meticulously show how the president isn’t a singular presence, but a thoroughly representative one.”

The L. A. Times reviews Self Care by Leigh Stein (Penguin): “a blistering fictional takedown of VC feminism.”

NPR reviews Bright Precious Thing: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell (Random House): “both timeless and timely.”

The Washington Post reviews The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova (Penguin): “In the end, Konnikova’s winning hand is dealt out not in aces and jacks, straights and flushes, but in self-knowledge, acceptance and serenity.” Also, Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City by Fang Fang, translated by Michael Berry (Harper): “She was talking about China, but it might almost seem as if she were writing about the United States.” America through Foreign Eyes by Jorge G. Castañeda (Oxford): “America is fast losing its encanto — its charm — as it increasingly looks like other trouble spots that have authoritarians at the helm, from Europe to Latin America and beyond.” Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford (Little, Brown: Hachette): “a haunting exploration of the systematic ways assault victims are ignored.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks books for the week.

CrimeReads has books for the week as well.

Book Riot picks its best books of 2020 thus far.

The NYT offers “8 Picture Books That Let Young Minds Wonder and Wander on Their Own.”

Jezebel suggest The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Vintage: Random House) as the perfect summer read this year. Vogue has some reading suggestions too.

Electric Lit gathers “8 Spine-Chilling Books About Occult Mysteries."

Refinery29 has audiobook suggestions.

BBC Culture offers “The challenging books we need right now.”

Simon & Schuster names Dana Canedy as its new publisher. The NYT reports.  

Derek Owusu wins the Desmond Elliott prize for best debut novel. The Guardian reports.

Electric Lit calls Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nation) “The Book You Need to Fully Understand How Racism Operates in America.” Also on the site, a piece about the Octavia E. Butler short story "Speech Sounds" entitled “The Words That Will Bring Us Through the Chaos.”

The Atlantic has “James Baldwin Was Right All Along.”

The NYT has an essay entitled “These Radical Black Thrillers Fantasized About Dismantling the Police.”

The NYT features Symone D. Sanders, No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America (Harper).

Julie Orringer, The Flight Portfolio (Knopf) answers Entertainment Weekly’s “What’s In a Page” questions.

The Guardian interviews Brit BennettThe Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin). Also, an interview with Maryse Condé, The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana (World Editions).

The Millions interviews Sanaë Lemoine, The Margot Affair (Hogarth: Crown: Random House; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Shannon Reed, Why Did I Get a B? (Atria: S. & S.).

Electric Lit interviews Porochista Khakpour, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage: Penguin; LJ starred review).

In forthcoming book news, Amazon has a list of “20 popular mystery series returning this fall.” The Bookseller reports that Andy Serkis is recording J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit for a new audiobook to be released on September 3 in digital and on September 17 as a CD from Recorded Books. Entertainment Weekly reports that Paul Feig is writing a cocktail book (title and pub. date are not yet available). Also the web comic One of Those Days by Yehuda and Maya Devir is getting a new book. Lastly, Norman Reedus is in the early stages of writing a novel.

There are three pieces on new Trump books. Salon writes about Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump by Jennifer Mercieca (Texas A&M). The Intelligencer writes about David Horowitz and BLITZ: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win (Humanix Books). The NYT reviews Trump and the American Future: Solving the Great Problems of Our Time by Newt Gingrich (Center Street: Hachette).

Vogue features The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris by Lindsey Tramuta, photos by Joann Pai (Abrams).

The Washington Post has an op-ed titled “Why Betty Crocker’s 1950s cookbook resonates with me now.”  

The Washington Post writes about books and cancel culture.

Slate considers Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell (Random). Also, “Frog and Toad and Me: Authors and illustrators reflect on what Arnold Lobel’s friendship-defining series means to them.”

Entertainment Weekly reports on the ways major Harry Potter fan sites, such as MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron, are treating J.K. Rowling going forward.

Electric Lit has “A Look at the Partners Behind Great Writers in Literature.”

Lit Hub writes about how to support the Liberation Library, which gets books to incarcerated children.

The NYT has obituaries for Rudolfo Anaya, for sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler, and for historian Marc Fumaroli.

 Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews D. L. Hughley, Surrender, White People!: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace (William Morrow: Harper). NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday features How to Solve a Problem: The Rise (and Falls) of a Rock-Climbing Champion by Ashima Shiraishi, illustrated by Yao Xiao (Make Me a World: Random House).

Netflix is adapting DeadEndia by Hamish Steele. Entertainment Weekly has a report on the horror-comic series of graphic novels “lauded for its art, touching tales of adolescence, and inclusion of LGBTQ storylines.”

Vulture celebrates The Baby-Sitters Club, twice. Vox also weighs in.

PBS NewsHour features the free online Covid book for kids, Why We Stay Home, written by two medical students, Samantha Harris and Devon Scott.

The New Yorker writes about “The Stunning Second Life of Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Town & Country suggests “10 Books, Movies, and Musicals to Enjoy After Hamilton.”

Wired interviews Leigh Dana Jackson, the co-executive producer of the Foundation adaptation for Apple TV+.

Deadline reports that Katy Keene has been canceled by The CW. On the otherhand, Vienna Blood, based on the Frank Tallis novels, gets a second season with PBS.

The Old Guard, based on Greg Rucka’s comic book series, gets a trailer. It debuts on Netflix on July 10th.

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