James Patterson Leads Library Holds; Ocean Vuong Wins Big | Book Pulse

The 20th Victim by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro leads holds this week. The Triangle Awards are announced; Ocean Vuong wins the fiction category for On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. More May booklists arrive as do Pennie Clark Ianniciello's pick for May and the Indie Next list for June. Some indie booktores are reopening. Lovecraft Country gets a trailer.

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Big Books of the Week

The 20th Victim by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: Hachette) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin)

Close Up by Amanda Quick (Berkley: Penguin)

Someone Like You by Karen Kingsbury (Atria: S. & S.)

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews (St.Martin’s Press: Macmillan)

Shadow Flight by Christine Feehan (Berkley: Penguin)

These books and others publishing the week of May 4, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are four LibraryReads picks for the week:

All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin)

“The ripple effects of choices linger for years and ultimately shape matriarch Astrid and her children. As several generations grapple with their own truths, an opportunity to begin again ultimately draws them all closer. This book asks the question, “Who is truth ultimately for, who benefits from it, and who does it hurt?” For fans of Clock Dance (Tyler) and The Most Fun We Ever Had (Lombardo).” —Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Neill Public Library, Pullman, WA

It is also on the Indie Next May list:

“A single sudden and shocking occurrence jolts Astrid Strick — widow, mother, and small-town stalwart — into reassessing her life, especially her failings with her three grown children. Even as she tries to find a path toward redemption, it’s clear her offspring are nursing different hurts. Straub’s lovely and charming comic novel explores the messy and dissonant truths that underpin the illusions we maintain about those closest to us. No one is at fault, and everyone is to blame. Even adults have to grow up. Utterly charming and completely engrossing.” —Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books, Wayne, PA

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review)

“Daphne is a plus-size Instagram influencer who is lovable, funny, and honest. She is surprised when her former best friend--rich, beautiful, mean girl Drue-- asks her to be in her summer wedding on Cape Cod. Readers of modern romance, women's fiction, mystery, and beachy chic-lit will all find something here to ponder. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and Emily Giffin.” —Kathleen Redfearn, Attleboro Public Library, Attleboro, MA

A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (Harper)

“In Park Slope, everyone has a “good marriage.” Yet after an annual party that often involves partner swapping, one wife ends up dead. Her husband might not be the best spouse, but he claims he didn’t kill his wife. If being a bad husband doesn't make you a murderer, then who in this idyllic community is responsible? Liane Moriarty fans will love this one.” —Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS

Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel by Martha Wells (Tor.com: Macmillan)

"For the unfamiliar, The Murderbot Diaries is an action-packed, smart science fiction series about a self-hacking robot searching for the meaning of life. This is the first full-length standalone in the series. Given time to develop characters, the peril was even more suspenseful. More than any of the other titles, this one has me hoping for a sequel. For fans of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie." —April Lammers, Huntington Beach Public Library, Huntington Beach, CA

It too is on the Indie Next May list:

“Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries has become one of my favorite series of all time, and Network Effect is a perfect addition. Murderbot is still trying to figure out what it wants after hacking its governor module. In the meantime, it spends its days protecting the humans it cares about. Of course, everything goes terribly wrong when a friend shows up to kidnap Murderbot and its humans are along for the ride. Network Effect isn’t just fun and action-packed, it’s also emotional and thought-provoking. I love Murderbot!” —Sophie Giroir, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

There are three additional Indie Next picks arriving this week:

 The Hilarious World of Depression  by John Moe (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)

“This book made me laugh and cry immediately after I started reading. John Moe took a hard topic and made it so much easier — taking the world of mental health and illness and making it easy to understand and connect with. It’s a great read, and everyone should have the pleasure of reading it.” —Kaylyn Schafer, Wordsmith Bookshoppe, Galesburg, IL

The Book of V. by Anna Solomon (Holt: Macmillan)

“Astounding! In the talented hands of Anna Solomon, the lives of three women in different eras come to life with equal vibrancy. A compelling look at the roles of women through time (ancient Persia, 1970s D.C., and Brooklyn in 2016), as well as what it means to have and use power and to feel safe in a relationship. So much material here for discussion. I cannot wait to put this into the hands of our readers!” —Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore, Chatham, MA

 The Paris Hours  by Alex George (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“Alex George has woven a beautiful tapestry of a historical novel in The Paris Hours through four colorful, intertwining threads. Each of the characters will touch your heart with their stories of love, loss, the ravages of war, and their search for answers and a path to pick up the broken pieces of their lives. Lush with descriptions of 1927’s Paris and the appearance of many famous cultural figures of the era, The Paris Hours will transport readers to a time and place they will be reluctant to leave until the last unexpected moment.” —Betsy Von Kerens, The Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE

In the Media

The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe (Knopf) is People’s Book of the Week; also getting attention are little Little Family by Ishmael Beah (Riverhead: Penguin) and Liberation by Imogen Kealey (Grand Central: Hachette). Under “Great Reads for Cooped-Up Teens” are Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder (text) & illus. by Tyler Feder (Dial: Penguin; SLJ starred review), Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin: Workman; SLJ starred review), and Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Dutton: Penguin). There is a piece on Hilarie Burton, The Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm (HarperOne) and one on More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood by Natasha Gregson Wagner (Scribner: S. & S.). People “Picks” include Normal People, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Defending Jacob. Lastly, there is a recipe from Marcus Samuelsson, The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food (Voracious: Hachette).


USA Today reviews Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review) giving it 3.5 stars and calling it “sexy, satisfying .. the perfect quarantine read.”

NPR reviews Our Riches by Kaouther Adimi, translated by Chris Andrews (New Directions: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): “feels like devotion — to Algeria, and to the world of literature.”

The Washington Post reviews All Adults Here by Emma Straub (Riverhead: Penguin): “delightful … an ideal read for anyone trapped at home with their family while self-isolating. Read it while hiding in your bedroom from the people who are driving you crazy, but who you’d go crazy without.” Also, The Paladin: A Spy Novel by David Ignatius (W.W. Norton): “unsettling ... It’s a page-turner, but it’s also a chilling story of the way the Internet has been weaponized.” Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle (FSG: Macmillan): “sparkling, penetrative.” American Conservatism: Reclaiming an Intellectual Tradition edited by Andrew J. Bacevich (Library of America: Penguin): “this is neither an evangelistic credo nor a sort of “Conservatism for Dummies.” Rather, it is a collection of diverse thinkers generally inclined toward the causes of order and tradition.” In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State" by David Rohde (W.W. Norton): “fascinating.” No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier (S. & S.): “an instructive case study.” The paper also has a piece on books that “remind us what presidential leadership looks like.”

The NYT has Douglas Preston review Lawrence Wright’s The End of October (Knopf): “he applies the magisterial force of his reporting skills into spinning a novel of pestilence, war and social collapse that, given the current pandemic, cuts exceedingly close to the bone.” Also, Warhol by Blake Gopnik (Ecco: Harper): “Gopnik gives the reader all the pertinent facts of Warhol’s life, yet his ever-present lecturer’s whiteboard obscures all but the occasional fugitive glimpse of Warhol’s soul.” A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner (FSG: Macmillan): “both a cleareyed assessment of historical progress and, one hopes, an accelerant to it.”  Lastly, a group review of culinary memoirs.

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly picks 20 books for May.

Bustle has 24 picks. Also, the best books the editors read last month.

Popsugar picks 25 books for the month. Also, “17 Thrillers That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat This Summer.”

Time selects 9 books for May.

BookPage has features on Audio, Whodunits, and more for May.

USA Today picks 5 books for the week.

The June Indie Next list is out. The No. 1 pick is A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review).

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames (Ecco: Harper) as her book of the month. The buyers pick is St. Francis Society for Wayward Pets by Annie England Noblin (William Morrow: Harper).

The May book club title pick for Vox is The Secret History by Donna Tartt (Vintage: Random House).

The Triangle Awards are announced. Ocean Vuong wins the fiction category for On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin; LJ starred review).

The NYT reports on Percival Everett’s Telephone (Graywolf Press: Macmillan), which is coming out in three different versions. He says, “It’s going to piss a lot of people off, I’m afraid.”  The paper says “The differences between the editions, which begin with the colophon, include extended or altered scenes and three distinct endings” and that the covers are slightly different.

The NYT features Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land (Quill Tree Books: Harper; SLJ starred review).

The Meghan and Harry book gets a final title and publication date: Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand (Dey Street, August 11, 2020). Deadline has new details.

Bustle interviews Stephanie Danler, Stray (Knopf).

HuffPost interviews Dr. François S. Clemmons, Officer Clemmons: A Memoir (Catapult).

N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review) talks with Vox Book Club.

The Guardian interviews N.K. Jemisin, The City We Became (Orbit: Hachette; LJ starred review). The paper also interviews Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body Through Space (Harper; LJ starred review).

LitHub interviews Tori Amos, Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage (Atria: S. & S.).

Bustle has a feature about Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) (Viking: Penguin).

Slate interviews Allison Breed of the Male Scent Catalogue, which records the descriptions of how men smell in romance novels.

Vogue excerpts Pretty Things by Janelle Brown (Random).

The L.A. Times excerpts Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery by Wendy Lesser (FSG: Macmillan) and has more here.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Mike Mignola's comic Hellboy in Hell.

The NYT has an essay about Moby-Dick by Carl Safina, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace by Carl Safina (Holt: Macmillan), who writes: “Nearly two centuries ago, Melville showed us how easy it is to welcome as our own the touches of others, their equivalent colors, customs and beliefs; their journeys, their transitions. And to remember those who, unwelcomed, suffered. How much could have been avoided, and embraced.”

LitHub collects a range of illustrations of Alice in Wonderland.

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The Washington Post writes about how readers are coping by rereading.

Shelf Awareness reports on the reopening of some indies.

PBS NewsHour writes how the comic book industry is suffering, and looking forward.

Vogue has “How Authors, Booksellers, and Publicists Are Adapting to a Virtual Literary World.”

PBS NewsHour gathers “18 librarian-approved books for kids of all ages.”

The Guardian offers “Big, bold and brilliant: books to last through lockdown.”

The NYT reports on the annual rereading of Moby-Dick and how it has moved online.

J.K. Rowling has given £1m to UK charities during the pandemic. The Guardian reports.

Neil Gaiman writes a Good Omens bit about pandemic boredom.

The NYT continues its look at bookcases with the “The ‘Credibility Bookcase’ Is the Quarantine’s Hottest Accessory.”

Atlas Obscura has libraries you can tour from home. NYPL has library sounds, and more.

The NYT teaches how to play “The Paperback Game,” which could also easily be the “Hardback Game” as well and be played on Zoom.

The UK wholesaler Bertrams is in trouble. The Bookseller reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition interviews Emma Straub, All Adults Here (Riverhead: Penguin), also, there is an interview with George M. Johnson, All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto (FSG: Macmillan). Lastly, NPR interviews George Steinmetz, The Human Planet: Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene (Abrams).

CBS Sunday Morning features "The Book Report" from Ron Charles of The Washington Post.

Bustle creates a reading list from the adaptation of Normal People.

The Lincoln Lawyer series, based on the books by Michael Connelly, is not going to happen at CBS. G.I. Joe is getting another film, which will spinoff from the October film Snake Eyes. Deadline reports.

A trailer is out for Lovecraft Country. It debuts on HBO this August and is based on the book by Matt Ruff.

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