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Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips tops holds this week. Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins is People’s Book of the Week. The July Indie Next list is out; the top pick is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. More antiracist booklists and reports published over the weekend, including a new focus on policing. The longlists of the CWA Dagger awards are announced as is the shortlist for the Comedy Women in Print prize.

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Big Books of the Week

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (William Morrow: Harper) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Daddy's Girls by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press: Random House)

The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz (Random House)

Alpha Night by Nalini Singh (Berkley: Penguin)

Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins (Berkley: Penguin)

These books and others publishing the week of June 8, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are three LibraryReads selections for the week:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Forever: Hachette)

“In this contemporary romance, three women who were two-timed by the same man become friends. The unique, funny premise cleverly serves as a catalyst for why the women are trying to make changes in their lives. The romance is lovely and finds ways in which the couple struggles to be together. Give this to fans of Mia Sosa and Alisha Rai.” —Ann Carpenter, Brooks Free Library, Harwich, MA

Alpha Night by Nalini Singh (Berkley: Penguin)

"This continuation of the Psy-Changeling series features the shapeshifting wolves of Moscow and their pack alpha, Selenka, but it also brings back many characters from previous books. Another enjoyable, fast-paced paranormal romance from Singh." —Cathy Shields, East Lyme Public Library, Niantic, CT

Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (William Morrow: Harper)

"Phillips’ slow-burn romance centers around a grieving young widow who is drawn into the life of a frustrated artist. The story’s darker turns are lightened by humor drawn from the small-town Tennessee setting. Highly recommended.” —Rose Miller, Orange Public Library, Orange, CA

Four Indie Next picks arrive this week:

Broken People by Sam Lansky (Hanover Square Press: Harper)

Broken People tells one man’s deeply personal story of confronting insecurities, obsessions, and frustrations while challenging many current cultural constructs. The pain and self-doubt will be recognized by many a reader, who will in equal measure cheer and thank Lansky for sharing a hopeful journey to forgiveness.” —Linda McLoughlin Figel, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (Doubleday: Random House)

“Jean Kyoung Frazier’s Pizza Girl breathes honesty into narratives surrounding pregnancy and motherhood, and faces the desperate ambivalence that often accompanies these experiences but is left unspoken. We explore this through characters who cling to one another in an attempt to escape the disappointment and stresses of their own personal lives. Pizza Girl presents us with an important sentiment: You cannot outrun the fact that the people who created you will always be a part of you to some degree or another. But you can work to grasp the ways in which you manifest that into who you are as an individual.” —Jack Hawthorn, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, KS

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (Catapult)

“Zaina Arafat’s You Exist Too Much is one of my favorite books of the year. This debut novel blew me away. Arafat’s narrator is confident in her vulnerability; her desire to be seen and understood is visceral and uncomfortably familiar. The intoxication of unrequited love and the disconcerting feeling that can accompany settling down are recognizable, yet in Arafat’s capable hands, I was transported. This book is for anyone who has struggled to fit into society’s neat boxes, who has been frustrated when emotions don’t follow a logical path, or who has been disappointed to find that sometimes the love of others isn’t enough.” —Margaret Leonard, Dotters Books, Eau Claire, WI

The Lost Diary of Venice by Margaux DeRoux (Ballantine Books: Random House)

“This narrative contains two different love stories, centuries apart, that are connected by both art and ancestry. It’s hard to say which I preferred: the modern tale of an almost-reclusive book restorer and an artist client unhappy in his marriage, or the story from Renaissance Venice of the client’s ancestor, a respected artist and a beautiful courtesan to one of the city’s leading luminaries. Woven together, they form an intriguing tapestry of love, family, history, and art.” —Tanya Parker Mills, The Book Bungalow, St. George, UT

In the Media

People’s “Book of the Week” is Always the Last to Know by Kristan Higgins (Berkley: Penguin). Also getting attention are How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review) and The House on Fripp Island by Rebecca Kauffman (Mariner Books: HMH). “New in Paperback” highlights Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner: S. & S.), The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), and The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books: S. & S.). There is a mention of Rutger Bregman’s Humankind: A Hopeful History (Little, Brown: Hachette). Lastly, there is a recipe from Quick and Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook: 30-Minute Recipes to Get Started in the Kitchen by Eileen Kelly (Rockridge Press).

Antiracist Reading And Collection Development Resources







NPR’s Code Switch: “This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea.”

PBS NewsHour: “What to read, listen to and watch to learn about institutional racism.”

Vox: “A reading list to understand police brutality in America.”

The Strategist: “7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists.”


Parade: “20 Upcoming Books By Black Female Authors You Don't Want to Miss.”

Electric Lit: “24 New and Forthcoming Books That Celebrate Black Lives.”

Vogue: “25 New Books by Black Authors to Buy Now.”

O: The Oprah Magazine names “43 of the Best Books by Black Authors You Should Read in Your Lifetime.”

The NYT has a report about the sale of antiracist books, including a brief conversation with Jason Reynolds.

The Wall Street Journal has a story on the top selling antiracist books.

The L.A. Times interviews Ibram X. Kendi about Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky (Kokila; SLJ starred review).

Juan Vidal, Rap Dad: A Story of Family and the Subculture That Shaped a Generation (Atria:S. & S.), writes “Your Bookshelf May Be Part Of The Problem.”

The New Yorker has “Crying, Laughing, Crying at the George Floyd Protests in Minneapolis” by Danez Smith.

Roxane Gay and other authors share what they are paid via the hashtag #PublishingPaidMe in a quest for more pay equity.


Paul Tremblay reviews Ghostlove by Dennis Mahoney (Ig) for the NYT: “With its openly bleeding heart and philosopher’s spirit, the odd and undeniably affecting “Ghostlove” explores ways in which we haunt ourselves.” Also in the paper, a review of A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review): “fierce and assured.” Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Dutton: Penguin): “A reader who longs to get outdoors will appreciate Ellie’s adventures on Echo Mountain. A reader who wants to make a difference will appreciate the way she rolls up her sleeves and gets things done. And surely there has never been a better time to read about healing, of both the body and the heart.” Wink by Rob Harrell (Penguin): “Harrell’s genius is making all of it feel authentic for a seventh grader, a teenager who, like countless others, just wants to be normal.” “The Shortlist” gathers “Three New Memoirs Bring the Farm to the Page.”

Briefly Noted

The July Indie Next list is out. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House) tops the list.

The longlists of the CWA Dagger awards are announced. Abir Mukherjee, Death in the East (Pegasus: S. & S.), and Andrew Taylor, The King’s Evil (Harper), make the lists in two categories. The Bookseller reports.

The shortlist is announced for the Comedy Women in Print prize. Some of the titles making the cut include Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.) and Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe (Little, Brown: Hachette). The Guardian has a report.

USA Today picks books for the week.

Tor.com gathers “All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in June” also, “Jo Walton’s Reading List: May 2020.”

The Millions picks “Must-Read Poetry: June 2020.”

io9 selects “8 Classic Sci-Fi Books That Offer a Short but Provocative Read” and “Apropos of Nothing, Check Out These Fantasy Novels by LGBT Creators.”

The NYT selects “10 Comic Books to Celebrate Pride.”

The NYT Crime column is out.

The NYT reports “BookExpo Proves You Can Have a Trade Show in a Pandemic, Virtually.” The paper also has a report on the death of Charles Dickens, as told from their archives; suggestions for writing poems using newspapers or magazines as a source.

Bustle features Dean Koontz, Devoted (Thomas & Mercer: Amazon).

Bitch Media features A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review).

The Cut interviews Ilhan Omar, This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman (Dey Street Books: Harper).

NPR interviews Elaine Kahn, poet and teacher, and author of Romance or the End: Poems (Soft Skull Press).

Mental Floss interviews Kristen Bell, The World Needs More Purple People (Random House Books for Young Readers).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! Deep Inside Valley of the Dolls, the Most Beloved Bad Book and Movie of All Time by Stephen Rebello (Penguin).

Vogue excerpts Nothing Can Hurt You by Nicola Maye Goldberg (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

CBS Sunday Morning excerpts Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace (Avid Reader: S. & S.).

Tor.com runs “St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid” by C. L. Polk. Also, an excerpt of Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

The Atlantic has “Say This Isn’t the End: A poem for Sunday” by Richard Blanco.

The Washington Post writes about the new Library of Congress Crime Classics series, including a new edition of The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope by C.W. Grafton (He is Sue Grafton’s father). The paper also has a feature story by Lise Van Susteren and Stacey Colino, the authors of Emotional Inflammation: Discover Your Triggers and Reclaim Your Equilibrium During Anxious Times (Sounds True: Macmillan).

The Authors Guild asks congress for 2 billion dollars in COVID-19 money for libraries.

Author Teju Cole offers pandemic playlists. Brittle Paper has a story.

Author Alex Berenson’s Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates (Bowker), a 25-page book that questions the gravity of the pandemic, is the center of a new line of attack on Amazon, this time lead by Elon Musk. The Wall Street Journal has details.

USA Today reports that “GLAAD slams J.K. Rowling for 'inaccurate and cruel' transphobic comments: 'There is no excuse'.

The Washington Post has a report on John Bolton’s forthcoming book, his promotion plans, and the fact the book has yet to get sign-off from the White House which is blocking it based on “a classification review process led by the National Security Council.” The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir (S. & S.) is set for a June 23 publication date.

The National Library of Israel is putting up digitized versions of 2,500 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, some date back to the 9th century. The Guardian reports.

Mystery author Grace Edwards has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Harry Hoffman, who ran Waldenbooks, had died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Michael Signer, Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege (PublicAffairs: Perseus). NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Megha Majumdar, A Burning (Knopf; LJ starred review).

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