Remembering National Book Award Winner and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis | Book Pulse

National Book Award winner and civil rights icon John Lewis has died. The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel leads holds this week. People’s “Book of the Week” is What You Wish For by Katherine Center. Margot Harrison, The Glare, writes about Horror and our present times, as we live so much through screens. Curtis Sittenfeld offers writing advice: “a one-month plan for completing your first short story.” Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets delayed while Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans line up to star in Netflix’s adaptation of The Gray Man by Mark Greaney.

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Remembering Congressman and Author John Lewis

National Book Award Winner and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis has died. While the nation knows his importance in the ongoing fight for civil rights, readers will also know Congressman Lewis's work from the March trilogy (Top Shelf), Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement (S. & S.), and Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America (Hachette).

The NYT reports on his death and has reactions from Barack Obama and others and an Editorial Board statement on how he risked his life for the cause of justice.

The Washington Post has a visual story to remember his legacy and a report on how he was “a moral compass for both parties.”

The CapeUp podcast has one of his last interviews.

The most recent documentary on his life and legacy is John Lewis: Good Trouble but there is also the 2017 John Lewis: Get in the Way. LJ has a review. The newest book on Congressman Lewis comes out on August 25, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (Random House).

Here is his National Book Award acceptance speech and Gary Price posts on LJ’s infoDocket that “Hundreds of Television Appearances by Rep. John Lewis Available to View Online Available From the C-SPAN Video Library.” Vox offers “3 pieces of pop culture that explain John Lewis’s legacy.” School Library Journal has detailed coverage as well, on the impotance he placed on reading. Lastly, LJ has a 2016 report on the library card that Fairfax County PL sent to Congressman Lewis when he shared that he was denied a card because of his race in the 1950s.

Big Books of the Week

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel (Gallery: S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Half Moon Bay by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman (Ballantine: Random House)

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown: Hachette)

These books and others publishing the week of July 20, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two LibraryReads choices for the week:

Malorie: A Bird Box Novel by Josh Malerman (Del Rey: Random House)

“It’s been several years since Malorie and her two young children arrived at The Janet Tucker School For the Blind. Olympia and Tom, now teenagers, crave to see the world. But at what cost? Malerman is a master of suspenseful terror and escalating mistrust. Unlike Birdbox, this latest installment is also filled with hope.” —KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Public Library, Fairfield, CT

He Started It by Samantha Downing (Berkley: Penguin)

"A funny, twisted, scary story about Beth, Eddie, and Portia, siblings who are required to recreate a fateful road trip in order to claim their inheritance. For readers who enjoyed The Kill Club and Eight Perfect Murders." —Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH (from the April list).

There are also two Indie Next picks for the week:

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf)

“I loved Hamnet in very much the same way I loved Lincoln in the Bardo. This novel explores the way the dead haunt the living—especially how the death of a child haunts their parents—and does it in the context of a fascinating historical figure and time. But we know so much about the Lincolns, and so little about the Shakespeares. Maggie O’Farrell’s ability to construct a palpably real emotional life for all the members of the Shakespeare family—but especially for Shakespeare’s wife—is just magical. This is a powerful and haunting novel.” —Nina Barrett, Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, IL

The Vanishing Sky by L. Annette Binder (Bloomsbury: Macmillan)

“In the waning months of WWII, as allied forces are closing in from both sides, the devastation of war has reached the Huber family as it struggles to stay intact. With an older son changed forever by the Eastern Front, a younger son heading out to the Western Front, and a husband growing increasingly nationalistic and senile, a mother keeps pushing forward with the hope of having her whole family back together under one roof. In this incredibly moving and personal look at the destruction of Germany that ultimately ended the war, Binder tackles a range of issues within countries and families. In the realm of historical fiction, The Vanishing Sky is a true standout.” —Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

In the Media

Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith (Penguin) makes Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List” (along with a list of her essential titles). The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown: Hachette) also makes the cut. John Mulaney has his own “Must List,” including The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles by Gary Krist (Crown: Random). The Books section covers Must I Go by Yiyun Li (Random House) and reviews are out for The New American by Micheline Aharonian Marcom (S. & S.: LJ starred review) which gets a B+ and Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (One World: Random House), which earns an A-. There is an excerpt of Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game by Oliver Stone (HMH). Attention is also paid to Luster by Raven Leilani (FSG), which is connected to Candice Carty-Williams’s Queenie (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.), My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women (Avid Reader: S. & S), and Leila Slimani’s Adèle (Penguin). Another section covers back-to-school titles with The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller (Mariner: HMH), All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth (William Morrow: Harper), Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas (Harper), and The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead: Penguin). EW features Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz (Harper). The big focus of the issues is “Heroes.” Book coverage for this includes The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House Graphic), What Can I Do?: My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda (Penguin), and Natalie Portman's Fables by Natalie Portman, illustrated by Janna Mattia (Feiwel & Friends: Macmillan). Also as part of the feature, Charlize Theron gets attention via The Old Guard, and The Umbrella Academy, Lucifer, and Lovecraft Country get nods. In TV, there is a focus on Brave New World. The recipes are from The Sqirl Jam Book (Jelly, Fruit Butter, and Others): Modern Jamming, Preserving, and Canning by Jessica Koslow (Abrams) and Marvel Eat the Universe: The Official Cookbook by Justin Warner (Insight: S. & S.).

People’s “Book of the Week” is What You Wish For by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). Also getting attention are Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (Grove Press) and Bright Precious Thing: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell (Random House). There is coverage of Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump (S. & S.) and Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir (Crown: Random House), gets a feature. People also focuses on Mariah Carrey’s The Meaning of Mariah Carey (Andy Cohen: Macmillan), The Baby-Sitters Club, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton: The Revolution (Grand Central: Hachette). There is a recipe from Deliciously Ella Making Plant-Based Quick and Easy: 10-Minute Recipes, 20-Minute Recipes, Big Batch Cooking by Ella Mills (Quercus: Hachette).


The NYT reviews Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism by Anne Applebaum (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “concerned less with the aspiring autocrats and their compliant mobs than with the mentality of the courtiers who make a tyrant possible.” Also, Raising Lumie by Joan Bauer (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin): “a wolf in sheep’s clothing — a sad story wrapped in an uplifting one whose core you never quite forget, no matter how tickled you are by its woolly exterior.” Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game by Oliver Stone (HMH): “finally found a historical figure he can portray with all the bias he desires: himself.

The L. A. Times  reviews The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “What Tomine is exploring is the dichotomy between how we see ourselves and how we are (or are not) seen. The irony is that, as an artist, he is doing the same thing.”

NPR reviews Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “Call shotgun, buckle up, and take a dangerous ride with Cosby, but keep the radio down because he has something to tell you.” Also, Sisters in Hate : American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism by Seyward Darby (Little, Brown: Hachette): “one of Darby's points is that many white Americans, with their more politely racist views, are closer to these white nationalist women than they'd like to acknowledge.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

The Washington Post picks 14 paperbacks out in July.

LJ has a piece by the CODES Reading List Council, “Top Summer Reads: 56 New and Favorite Titles Across the Fiction Genres.”

The Davitt Awards shortlist is out.

#midlibfaves20 posts the spreadsheets of books on the top of librarians minds thus far this year.

Crime Reads has ten books for the week.

Inside Higher Ed has “a preview of fall 2020 books focused on the presidential campaign.”

Book Riot has reading lists on “8 Great Books Celebrating Black Joy” and “10 Great 2020 Adult LGBTQ+ Science Fiction Books.”

NPR’s romance column is out, featuring “3 Romance Novels Grounded In Reality.”

The BBC has “The cult books that lost their cool.”

BuzzFeed offers “17 New YA Thrillers And Mysteries You Won't Want To Put Down” and works by “11 Women Who Have Changed The Way We See The Natural World.”

The Guardian considers reading short stories, reading in general, and has a list of six great short story collections.

Electric Lit has “8 Books About Cross-Generational Friendships.”

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close (S. & S.), suggest friendship stories for Entertainment Weekly.

Electric Lit writes “Crime Fiction Is Complicit in Police Violence—But It’s Not Too Late to Change.”

Entertainment Weekly writes about Keanu Reeves's forthcoming comic book BRZRKR (Boom! Studios). It will also feature as part of Comic-Con@Home.

Curtis Sittenfeld offers writing advice in the NYT: “a one-month plan for completing your first short story.” Jon Meacham has “The Long View: Jackie Robinson’s Inner Struggle” for the paper as well.

Margot Harrison, The Glare (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette), writes about Horror and our present times, as we live so much through screens.

The Guardian interviews Natasha Trethewey and has an excerpt of Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review). Also an interview with Kit de Waal, interviewed in The Women Writers Handbook: 2020 by A.S. Byatt (Aurora Metro Books) and lastly, an interviews Mary-Kay Wilmers, Human Relations and Other Difficulties: Essays (Picador: Macmillan).

USA Today features Kristen Bell, The World Needs More Purple People (Random House Books for Young Readers) in a piece entitled “Bookworm Kristen Bell dishes on books, the magic of reading and her favorite authors.”

USA Today features Patricia Heaton, Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention (S. & S.).

Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy (HMH), shares “5 Things About Your Book” with the NYT.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Rachel Cohen, Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels (FSG: Macmillan), writes a piece for The New Yorker entitled “Living Through Turbulent Times with Jane Austen: How six unexpectedly far-ranging novels carried me through eight years, two births, one death, and a changing world.”

Daphne Merkin, 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love (FSG: Macmillan), writes about reading during the pandemic for Vogue.

Author Susan Orlean is making news for a string of drunken tweets. Entertainment Weekly has the story. The L. A. Times as an interview about it all, and a picture of her cat.

The Washington Post features a free e-book on the pandemic, “A Family Guide to Covid” written by William Haseltine.

Don Winslow is making videos calling out President Trump. Deadline has an interview.

Authors on Air

Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets delayed. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans will star in Netflix’s adaptation of The Gray Man by Mark Greaney. Variety reports.

Grantchester gets renewed for a sixth season but Briarpatch gets cancelled. Deadline has details.

Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir (Crown: Random House), will be on with Seth Meyers tonight.

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