'In a Holidaze' by Christina Lauren Leads Holds | Book Pulse

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren leads holds this week. People’s “Book of the Week” is Eleanor by David Michaelis. The November issue of Entertainment Weekly has published. It has a fair amount of book coverage and a great deal of adaptation news. The L.A. Times writes about paper’s Festival of Books, the lineup and ways to watch. There are additional virtual book events for the week and two guides detail the highlights. Big Sky, based on the C. J. Box novels, gets a trailer, which is going viral.

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Big Books of the Week

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (Gallery Books: S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other titles in high demand include:

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey (Crown: Random House)

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

The Gift of the Magpie: A Meg Langslow Mystery by Donna Andrews (Minotaur: Macmillan)

Christmas at the Island Hotel by Jenny Colgan (William Morrow: Harper)

Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult by Robert Lacey (Harper)

These books and others publishing the week of Oct. 19, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.  

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two LibraryReads selections arriving this week.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (Gallery Books: S. & S.)

“Mae and Andrew's families always vacation together at Christmas. This year's no different, except Mae keeps experiencing the same days over and over, à la Groundhog Day. Can she get out of the loop long enough to tell Andrew she's in love with him? Christina Lauren doesn’t disappoint!” —Michelle Magnotta, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

"A horror-comedy centered around a New England boarding school, follows characters across four different time periods exploring themes of sexuality, female agency, authenticity, and self- worth. For readers who enjoyed Bunny." —Alicea Porterfield-Block, New York Public Library, New York, NY

It is also an Indie Next choice:

“I have never read a book that was this much fun. This was a roller coaster of a read, hitting all the notes from beginning to end. Gothic elements intermingled with the current time period will keep the reader so engrossed that they won’t realize they’ve stayed up all night reading this book, one that’s the kind of book you don’t want to read in the dark but you just can’t put down. The ride through history that meets the present will keep you entertained, on your toes, and peeking between your fingers as you cover your eyes.” —Sandra Cararo, The Book Dragon, Staunton, VA

There are two more Indie Next books arriving this week:

Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose by Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow: Harper)

“I would not call myself a poetry reader, but there is something about Nikki Giovanni’s poetry that speaks to me so deeply. Sentimental and comforting, Make Me Rain covers a wide range of topics, from quilts and rising bread to the social change we so desperately need in our world. Giovanni’s wisdom and understanding once again prove why she is such a poetic powerhouse and leave the reader wanting to explore her past work again, too.” —Beth Seufer Buss, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda, translated by Polly Barton (Soft Skull Press)

Where the Wild Ladies Are is a beautiful and haunting, modern and feminist reimagining of Japanese folklore and ghost stories. While it wears its inspirations on its sleeve, each of these enchanting and offbeat stories feels entirely original. Ethereal, quirky, and charming — I loved it!” —Lane Jacobson, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, OR

In the Media

The November issue of Entertainment Weekly arrives. Book coverage includes reviews of The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans (Riverhead: Penguin), earning a B+; The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem (Ecco: Harper), earning a B; The Silence by Don DeLillo (Scribner: S. & S.), earning a B-; and Inside Story by Martin Amis (Knopf), earning a B. The last two reviews are now online. There is an interview with Bryan Washington, Memorial (Riverhead: Penguin), one with Susie Yang, White Ivy (S. & S.; LJ starred review), and one with Scott Eyman, Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise (S. & S.), which includes a list of three of the actor's essential films. In further coverage, there is a feature on Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark (Knopf) and one on Barack Before Obama: Life Before the Presidency by David Katz (Ecco: Harper).

On the November “Must List” are To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss (Harper), The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shone (Knopf), Virgin River, based on the books by Robyn Carr, and Let Him Go, based on the book by Larry Watson. Tracee Ellis Ross also has a “Must List.” It includes Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde (Penguin). Yiyun Li, Must I Go (Random House), recommends Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

In “Awards Race” coverage, EW considers The White Tiger, based on the book by Aravind Adiga; French Exit, based on the book by Patrick deWitt; The Life Ahead, based on the book The Life Before Us by Romain Gary; Hillbilly Elegy, based on the book by J. D. Vance; Dune, based on the book by Frank Herbert; News of the World, based on the book by Paulette Jiles; Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder; The Midnight Sky, based on Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton; No Time to Die, the next James Bond film; Big Sky, based on the novels by C. J. Box; His Dark Materials, based on the series by Philip Pullman; Rebecca, based on the book by Daphne du Maurier; and The Undoing, based on You Should Have Known by Hanff Korelitz. Lastly, there is a feature on Agatha Christie and Death on the Nile, including Kenneth Branagh’s “Essential Christie” titles.

People’s “Book of the Week” is Eleanor by David Michaelis (S. & S.). Also getting attention are Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change by Maggie Smith (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.) and This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day by Hoda Kotb (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin). There is a Q&A with Chelsea Clinton, She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game (Philomel Books: Penguin). People puts Matthew McConaughey on the cover. His new book is Greenlights (Crown: Random House). There is a piece about Gloria Steinem and The Glorias, based on Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road. People’s Picks include Rebecca, based on the book by Daphne du Maurier. The recipes for the week are from Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories by Jocelyn Delk Adams (Surrey: Agate) and Super Good Baking for Kids by Duff Goldman (Harper).


NPR reviews The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook: Hachette; LJ starred review): “you'll be fascinated by this alternate America; by the vibrant characters, the twisty plot; by the atmospheric beauty of the writing, which is very much Harrow's own thing, but also echoes Naomi Novik, Alice Hoffman, Joanne Harris, Leigh Bardugo.” Also, The Voice of Sheila Chandra by Kazim Ali (Alice James Books): “Creating an ingenious form on the page, Ali uses sound to give us a sort of research project that grapples with this crisis of survival over time.”

The Washington Post reviews White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad (Catapult): “a stunning and thorough look at White womanhood that should be required reading for anyone who claims to be an intersectional feminist.”

The NYT reviews What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon by Philip Gefter (Harper): “his account is valuable for its cleareyed, if not always clearly expressed, understanding of the innovations Avedon brought to his chosen genres.” The paper also has an "Art & Design" story on the artist. Getting reviewed as well are The Willoughbys Return by Lois Lowry (HMH Books for Young Readers): “proves yet again that she has the imaginative power to transport. And if ever there were a time when young readers might wish to escape to a less constricting and more whimsical world, surely this is it.” No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt (HMH Books for Young Readers): “spicy and comforting and perfectly autumnal.” Lastly, a dual review on the topic of “The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

Crime Reads picks “10 New Books Coming Out This Week.”

The L.A. Times writes “2020 has been a great year - for crime fiction.”

BookPage suggests “Short fiction that captures big fears.”

Electric Lit gathers “12 Mystery Novels Featuring Black, Indigenous, and POC Protagonists.”

Bitch Media suggests “11 Books Feminists Should Read in October.”

Autostraddle offers “Season of the Witch: 40 Books on Witches, Witchcraft and Wonder.”

The Guardian picks “Thirty books to help us understand the world in 2020.”

Vulture’s “Read Like the Wind” column is out on “Daddy and 9 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head.”

Parade has “Shedunit! Celebrate 100 Years of Agatha Christie.” Also, “From Murders to Love Affairs, Don't Be Spooked By These New Books Coming in October.”

Popsugar asks Lupita Aquino (known on Instagram as @lupita.reads) to list “her absolute favorites, from classic authors to the books that made her cry or taught her a valuable lesson about race and identity.” The site also gathers “21 Lighthearted, Cozy Mystery Books to Settle Down With This Fall.”

Amazon features the favorite reads of 2020 from Jessica Jung and Lili Reinhart.

Tor.com reports on the inaugural Ignyte Awards which “celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.”

Peter Pomerantsev has won the Gordon Burn Prize for This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality (PublicAffairs: Hachette).

The Center for Fiction announces the recipients of its NYC Emerging Writer Fellowship.

The Bookseller has a report on the events leading up to the Booker Prize. The winner is announced on November 19.

The NYT profiles Bryan Washington, Memorial (Riverhead: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish (Random House Graphic).

The Guardian features Don DeLillo, The Silence (Scribner: S. & S.). On a related note, Vulture writes “Don DeLillo and Martin Amis’s New Books Are Lazy Versions of Their Greatest Hits.”

The Guardian features Art Spiegelman, “on Maus, politics and 'drawing badly'.” Also, an interview with Michiko Kakutani, Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread (Clarkson Potter: Random House). Lastly, Maggie O'Farrell, Hamnet (Knopf), writes the paper’s “How I wrote” feature.

People features Andrew Cuomo and American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Crown: Random House). Also, Maggie Smith and Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change by (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.).

Shondaland interviews Gabbie Hanna, Dandelion (Atria Books: S. & S.).

The NYT interviews June Williamson and Ellen Dunham-Jones, Case Studies in Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Strategies for Urgent Challenges (Wiley).

The Atlantic has a piece on The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne, Tamara Payne (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review).

NPR highlights the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis, the newest of which is I Survived The California Wildfires, 2018 (I Survived #20) (Scholastic).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod (Sourcebooks Casablanca), forthcoming in April.

USA Today offers “Celeb memoirs 2020: What we learned about Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Trebek, more.” On that note, the paper interviews Peter Frampton, Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir (Hachette).

The Washington Post has an essay about satire by Michael Bennett, Young Donald (Inkshares).

The L.A. Times writes about paper’s Festival of Books, the lineup and ways to watch.

BuzzFeed gathers some of the virtual book events of the week. Lit Hub also has a guide.

Book Riot has selected “The Best Book Covers of 2020.”

The Washington Post has a story about books with disappointing endings.

The Guardian reports on the many people who buy, sell, and read other people’s diaries.

The NYT’s “The Literati” discusses “Zora Neale Hurston made a connection with the best-selling novelist Fannie Hurst.”

Ruth Kluger has died. The NYT has an obituary.

The NYT has an “Overlooked No More” obituary for Eleanor Flexner.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Rebecca Roanhorse, Black Sun (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Patience is headed to the movies. Ashley Audrain’s debut novel The Push sells rights in a bidding war. Rights also sell for T. C. Farren’s The Book of Malachi. David Kirby’s Death At SeaWorld sells rights for a planned 10-part drama series. Deadline reports.

Hulu is adapting Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown. Also, “Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is developing a film franchise based on the works of Agatha Christie. The series will feature an entirely new pair of lead investigators.” Variety has the news.

Big Sky, based on the C. J. Box novels, gets a trailer, which is going viral. The series begins on ABC on Nov. 17.

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