'Fortune and Glory' by Janet Evanovich Leads Holds; World Fantasy Award Winners Announced | Book Pulse

Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich leads holds this week. Winners of the World Fantasy Awards 2020 are announced. Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce and White Ivy by Susie Yang are getting a lot of buzz from librarians and booksellers. Lists of the best books of November are out from The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, The Millions, and more, and the November Earphone Awards are released by AudioFile.

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Big Books of the Week

Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich (Atria: S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other titles in high demand include:

Hidden in Plain Sight by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin's: Macmillan)

The Dirty South by John Connolly (Atria: S. & S.)

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce (Dial Press: Random House)

White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review)

These books and others publishing the week of Nov. 2, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest 

There are two LibraryReads selections arriving this week.

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce (Dial Press: Random House)

“Two very different women set off on a journey to New Caledonia to find a Golden Beetle, and discover so much more. A story of friendship and women breaking out of what is expected and being who they really are. By turns humorous, heartbreaking, and triumphant, you'll find yourself cheering for Miss Benson. For fans of Fredrik Backman, Elizabeth Berg, and Gail Honeyman.” —Janine Walsh, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review)

"A coming of age immigration story, Ivy, is obsessed with her privileged classmate and will do anything to win his love. For fans of You and Gone Girl." —Joann Im, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

It is also an Indie Next choice:

“Ivy Lin’s unassuming looks and demeanor hide a dark side. She is obsessed with the wealth and privilege she sees around her and will cross boundaries to get what she needs — most of all, the object of her teenage affection. Susie Yang crafts a brilliant and mesmerizing tale that gives readers an intimate look into the experience of immigrants. Well-written prose, excellent characters, and a surprising turn of events will keep readers hooked until the end — and it is a doozy.” —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

In the Media

People’s "Book of the Week" is White Ivy by Susie Yang (S. & S.; LJ starred review). Other books highlighted include Memorial by Bryan Washington (Riverhead: Penguin) and Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate (Avid Reader Press: S. & S). For "New Nonfiction," music takes center stage: How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back by Jeff Tweedy (Dutton: Penguin), She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner: S. & S), and Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing by Peter Guralnick (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review). People “Picks” include Martin Eden. Macus Samueslsson shares a recipe from The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food (Voracious: Hachette).


The NYT reviews The Best of Me by David Sedaris (Little, Brown: Hachette): "This is not some Sedarian immaculate collection; instead, as he himself writes in the introduction, the pieces 'are the sort I hoped to produce back when I first started writing, at the age of 20.' They are what he hoped he would be. They are the best of him." Also, Collected Stories by Shirley Hazzard (FSG: Macmillan): "Hazzard’s stories are shrewd, formal and epigrammatic. One feels smarter and more pulled together after reading them. You drop into one as if you were a wet cell phone and it were a jar of uncooked rice." The Beforeland by Corinna Vallianatos (Acre Books: University of Chicago Press): "Vallianatos’s haunting and precise writing captures the folly of believing in possibility in a country where capitalism is king and most are left out of its abundance." 

The Washington Post reviews Off Grid Life: Your Ideal Home in the Middle of Nowhere by Foster Huntington (Black Dog & Leventhal: Hachette): "If you really are thinking of returning to the land (or sea), this book will both feed your fantasy and give you a taste of what the experience is really like."

NPR reviews Blue In Green by Ram V and Anand RK (Image Comics): "Myths endure for a reason, and there's probably a way to write about this one that doesn't feel hackneyed. It's unfortunate that Ram V… hasn't found it." Also, brief takes on Bluebeard's First Wife by Ha Seong-nan, translated by Janet Hong (Open Letter: Consortium), Red Ants by Pergentino José, translated by Thomas Bunstead (Deep Vellum), The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die, by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, translated by Arunava Sinha (HarperVia), and Red Dust by Yoss, translated by David Frye (Restless).

CrimeReads has "The Best Reviewed Crime Fiction of the Month."

Briefly Noted

Winners of the World Fantasy Awards 2020 are announced.

USA Today picks five books for the week

Publishers Weekly recommends nine books out this week.

CrimeReads picks 10 for the week.

The November Earphone Awards are announced by AudioFile.

Lists of top books of the month from: AmazonBarnes & Noble | Entertainment Weekly | The Washington Post | Good Morning America | The Millions

Lit Hub suggests new books on climate change.

The L.A. Times lists "20 reads book people actually want this year."

Bustle has "The Best Short Story Collections Of 2020."

BuzzFeed rounds up "50 Opening Sentences From 2020 Books That Are Incredibly Intriguing."

O: The Oprah Magazine suggests 20 book podcasts.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Quill Tree Books: Harper) is the PBS NewsHour-NYT book club pick for November.

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg (Random House), and there's an interview with Flagg. The buyer's pick is Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho (Flatiron, An Oprah Book: Macmillan). There is an interview with Pamela Paul and Maria Russo on How to Raise a Reader (Workman; LJ starred review), and another with Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (Flatiron: Macmillan). The issue also spotlights Dolly Parton, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics (Chronicle).

Stephen King shares his top books of the year for Amazon, and talks about "how to properly adapt his books" with The Washington Post.

USA Today has an excerpt out of From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back by Zoraida Córdova (Del Rey: Random House). 

The AV Club excerpts Hellboy And The B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club by Mike Hughes (Dark Horse Comics).

People has the backstory of the cover portrait for A Promised Land by Barack Obama (Crown: Random House).

The NYT checks in with Cecily von Ziegesar, Cobble Hill (Atria: S. & S.).

The L.A. Times speaks with Maria Hinojosa, Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf; LJ starred review), has a conversation with artist Toyin Ojih Odutola about their work in Harper's Bazaar.

Parade interviews Shea and Syd McGee, Make Life Beautiful (Harper Horizon).

Salon has a Q&A with Scott Snyder, Undiscovered Country (Image Comics).

The Guardian interviews Jonathan Coe, Middle England (Knopf).

Dwight Garner, Garner's Quotations: A Modern Miscellany (FSG: Macmillan), writes about his quote-gathering habit for the NYT.

In Vanity Fair, Carmen Maria Machado reviews perfumes: "It smells like health, like promise, like a second chance no one deserves."

The Guardian looks at Bookshop.org, noting it "has now raised more than $7.5m for independent bookshops across the US."

Author Roxanne Longstreet Conrad, who wrote as Rachel Caine, has died. Locus has an obituary.

Authors on Air

See the first trailer for the film Funny Boy, based on the book by Shyam Selvadurai. 

In the NYT Book Review's podcast, there are interviews with Peter Guralnick, Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review), and Alex Ross, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music (FSG: Macmillan).

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter: Penguin) talks cookies and more on NPR's All Things Considered.

NPR's Fresh Air Weekend speaks with Macus Samueslsson, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food (Voracious: Hachette). The chef also appears on Salon Talks.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia discusses Mexican Gothic (Del Rey: Random House) on the CBC's The Next Chapter.

Martin Amis, Inside Story (Knopf; LJ starred review) appears on the CBC's Writers & Company

David Michaelis, Eleanor (S. & S.), is profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

White Ivy and The Rise are featured on the Today show.

Pete Buttigieg, Trust: America's Best Chance (Liveright: W.W. Norton), will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden tonight.

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