'Faithless in Death' by J.D. Robb Leads Holds This Week | Book Pulse

Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb tops hold lists this week. The March Indie Next list is up, and the No. 1 pick is We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker. The February Barnes and Noble book club pick is Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan. Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen, My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee, and Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad are getting a lot of buzz. Plus, Samantha Irby is one of the writers working on the upcoming Sex and the City reboot.

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Big Books of the Week

Faithless in Death by J.D. Robb (St. Martin's: Macmillan) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery (HQN: HarperCollins)

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Atria: S. & S.)

Reckless Road by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin)

These books and others publishing the week of Feb. 8, 2021 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are 3 LibraryReads selections arriving this week:

The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery (HQN: HarperCollins)

"Mackenzie is abruptly divorced, loses her job as winemaker at a prestigious family winery. She hasn't had to be on her own in years. Now she has all kinds of decisions to make. Great relationship fiction with the bonus of learning the inner workings of the wine industry. For fans of Kristin Hannah." —Gail Christensen, Kitsap Regional Library, Bremerton, WA

The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (Ace: Penguin)

"Weaves the rich story of the witch who taught the magic of prophecy to Odin and Freya, married Loki the trickster, and raised the "monsters" who would help bring down Asgard's mightiest rulers. For fans of Circe and The Mists of Avalon." —Stacy Lienemann, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System, Waseca, MN

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles (Atria: S. & S.)

"Parallel narratives, one set in WWII Paris and the other in the U.S. in the 1980s, both featuring librarians and bookstore owners. Your patrons will love it. For fans of The Lions of Fifth Avenue (Davis) and Sarah’s Key (de Rosnay)." —Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

It is also an Indie Next choice:

"I can’t think of a more perfect novel to recommend to book lovers than The Paris Library! Not only does it bring to life the true story of the heroic librarians of the American Library in Nazi-occupied Paris, its interwoven narrative of a bereft teenager in 1980s Montana who finds a kindred spirit in her mysterious, reclusive, and book-loving French neighbor is a feat of extraordinary storytelling. The Paris Library is a testament to the everlasting power of literature and literary places to bring people together and be a home for everyone, even during our darkest, most hopeless, and divided times.” —Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA

There are 2 additional titles on the Indie Next list coming out this week:

We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida (Ecco: Harper Collins)

"Wow, this book was hard to put down! The story feels so familiar, yet full of unexpected twists and turns. I was immersed in the beautiful and tumultuous world of these girls on the brink of adulthood. A fun, mysterious, compelling, and ultimately profound novel about power, truth, and growing up." —Sarah Fischer, Downbound Books, Cincinnati, OH

Zorrie by Laird Hunt (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

"Zorrie’s life was not an extraordinary one for a woman of her generation. She experienced the trials of the Depression and loss brought by war. Most of her years were spent tending a farm in rural Indiana. Her quiet life, with its disappointments and possibilities, heartbreaks and hopes, is held before the reader unadorned until, in its simplicity, one comes to see a nearly sacred beauty. This is a stunning work, and one that I believe will hold an important place in American literature." —Janis Herbert, Face in a Book, El Dorado Hills, CA

In the Media 

In this week's issue of People, the "Picks" book of the week is Mike Nichols: A Life by Mark Harris (Penguin; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead: Penguin) and Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll (S. & S.). A "Great New Memoirs" section includes Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad (Random House; LJ starred review), Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: A Memoir by Louis Chude-Sokei (HMH), and We Came, We Saw, We Left: A Family Gap Year by Charles Wheelan (W. W. Norton). Also, there is a remembrance of Cicely Tyson, Just as I Am (HarperCollins).

Reviews

The L.A. Times reviews Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen (Mariner: HMH): "...a dazzling debut." Also, The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson (William Morrow: HarperCollins): "...the novel is a triumph, a deeply affecting work of truth and reconciliation over what it means to live the American Dream — and not just for the winners."

NPR also reviews Land of Big Numbers: Stories by Te-Ping Chen (Mariner: HMH): "...as brilliant an instance of a journalist's keen eye manifesting in luminous fiction as one can find." Plus, What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo (FSG: Macmillan): "None of the characters are reduced to stereotypes of their genre, and Szabo is very adept at picking and choosing traits that telegraph understanding without anchoring the characters to everything that's come before." Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "As a romance, Winter's Orbit delivers on its promises like a well-inked marriage contract." The Removed by Brandon Hobson (Ecco: HarperCollins; LJ starred review): "...powerful storytelling."

The Washington Post reviews Blood Grove by Walter Mosley (Mulholland: Hachette): "The central mystery in 'Blood Grove' — as in all the Easy Rawlins books — is as much about the brazen contradictions of American society as it is about what happened in that orange grove one night."

The NYT reviews My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead: Penguin): "...a wild-ride picaresque, wisecracking, funny, ambitious, full of sex and danger." Also, Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad (Random House; LJ starred review): "Her writing restores the moon, lights the way as we learn to endure the unknown." Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality by Frank Wilczek (Penguin): "Whether or not you’re accustomed to reading physics for pleasure, the Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek’s 'Fundamentals' might be the perfect book for the winter of this plague year."

The Atlantic also reviews My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead: Penguin): "...an ambitious work that sows an exhilarating sense that something could go wrong at any turn." 

Briefly Noted

The National Endowment for the Arts announces its 2021 Literature Fellowships for creative writers and translators

The March Indie Next list is up. The top pick is We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

This month's Barnes and Noble book club pick is Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan (Atria: S. & S.).

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads has 10 new books for the week.

Entertainment Weekly lists "The best comics to read in February."

The AV Club highlights five books out this month.

Tor.com lists all the horror and genre-bending books out this month.

Book Riot suggests "5 Queer Graphic Novels And Memoirs You Won’t Want To Miss in 2021."

Kirkus recommends "Fiction for the Shortest Month of the Year" and "10 Teen Reads for Black History Month."

The Rumpus offers "What to Read When You Want to Celebrate Black History."

Bustle looks at "11 Nonfiction Books To Read For Black History Month — All Written By Women."

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recommends books for Black History Month at Amazon.

"This year, fans of Afrofuturism will see a bumper crop of comics and graphic novels." The NYT has a preview.

The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki's first novel since A Tale for the Time Being, will be published by Viking in Sept. 21. Lit Hub has details.

Bustle has an excerpt from Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson (Grove/Black Cat). It's due out April 13.

Lauren Oyler, Fake Accounts (Catapult: Penguin), does "The Grub Street Diet" and talks about writing a novel about the internet with The Rumpus.

Shondaland speaks with Nikesh Shukla about Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home (Bluebird).

Lit Hub interviews David Duchovny, Truly Like Lightning (FSG: Macmillan).

"I remember later asking my father what aftershocks were and he told me they were the 'Earth’s delayed reaction to stress,'" says Nadia Owusu, Aftershocks (S. & S.), in an interview with The Guardian.

Anna Malaika Tubbs discusses The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation (Flatiron: Macmillan) with People.

BOMB has a Q&A with Te-Ping Chen, Land of Big Numbers: Stories (Mariner: HMH).

Ariel Lawhon, Code Name Hélène (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review), does the "Questionnaire" for Book Marks.

Time interviews Ron Lieber, The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make (Harper).

The PBS NewsHour/NYT book club offers discussion questions for this month's pick, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon: Random House).

The Vox Book Club talks with Tamsyn Muir about the first two volumes of her Locked Tomb trilogy.

The NYT looks at how publishers are "steering away from MAGA books."

Amanda Gorman became the first poet to read at the Super Bowl. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

Cristin Milioti will star in the series adaptation of Made for Love by Alissa Nutting. Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the show.

Samantha Irby is one of the writers for the upcoming Sex and the City reboot. Deadline reports.

CBS Sunday Morning features Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures (Random House), and Eddie Jackson, Game-Day Eats: 100 Recipes for Homegating Like a Pro (Harper Design). 

The NYT Book Review podcast features Chang-rae Lee, My Year Abroad (Riverhead: Penguin) and Maurice Chammah discusses Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty (Crown: Random House).

"We need to focus instead on ending the war on drugs, eliminating mass homelessness, fixing schools," says Alex S. Vitale, The End of Policing (Verso: Random House), on the Keen On podcast.

The First Draft podcast speaks with Ben Okri about Prayer for the Living (Akashic). 

NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday speaks with Sonia Faleiro, The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing (Grove). 

The History of Literature podcast talks with Chigozie Obioma, An Orchestra of Minorities (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The CBC's Writers & Company interviews Adrian Tomine, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean (S. & S.), will be on The Kelly Clarkson Show today.

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