'Ocean Prey' by John Sandford Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Ocean Prey by John Sandford tops holds this week. Four LibraryReads selections arrive along with one IndieNext pick. The Orwell Prize Longlists are revealed. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Nomadland continue to garner film awards.  John Boehner's memoir On the House: A Washington Memoir gets attention and Paula McLain's When the Stars Go Dark is People's 'Pick of the Week.' 

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Big Books of the Week

Ocean Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s; LJ Starred Review)

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Morrow)

On the House: A Washington Memoir by John Boehner (St. Martin’s Press)

These books and others publishing the week of April 12th, 2021 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Four LibraryReads selections arrive this week:

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin’s; LJ Starred Review)

“Rose and Fern have a strong sisterly bond, but their dark secrets may bind them more strongly than they think. How far would you go to project your sister? Dark and compelling, this psychological suspense story has a taut pace and plenty of twists to keep readers guessing.” —Jen Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

It is also an Indie Next pick: “Having a title like The Good Sister might lead a reader to assume there is also a bad sister. Here we meet twin sisters Rose and Fern, whose mother was a sociopath. That upbringing affected Fern the most, so Rose cared for her sister during most of their childhood. Now adult women, Fern begins to come out of her shell and experience life on her own; she likes the freedom and the adventures. But Rose does not. When Fern makes a huge sacrifice to mollify Rose, the story grows more tense as it becomes clear who the good sister is and how bad the bad sister can be. Readers might change allegiances during the book, but no one will see the end coming! Highly recommended!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

"In 1993, troubled detective Anna returns to her hometown, where a girl has gone missing. As Anna helps search for the girl, both their pasts are revealed. A beautifully written, haunting thriller offering a fascinating look at how missing cases were handled pre-Internet.” —Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL

It is also an Indie Next pick: “No matter what the genre, McLain is a masterful storyteller. Her protagonist in this latest novel is one of the most authentic and powerful characters I have ever experienced. Anna Hart, a missing persons detective, shares not only her knowledge as an expert on missing children but she lays bare her own personal demons as she struggles to find a teen who has disappeared. I was captivated from page one and couldn’t stop until I finished this intense and provocative story. Absolutely mesmerizing!”—Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Morrow)

"Ruthie Midona, twenty- something, works in a retirement community and feels like she fits in more with the residents than with her peers. Enter an attractive tattooed man assistant hired by the eccentric 90-year-old Parloni Sisters. This romance is filled with heart and laughter. For readers of Helen Hoang and Jasmine Guillory.” —Melissa Stumpe, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN

Malice by Heather Walter (Del Rey: Ballantine)

“Alyce is the sole Dark Grace in Briar, a kingdom whose people love their Graces (the magical ladies who give them special elixirs). But Briar has a problem with their princesses: they die at 21 unless they kiss their one true love. Princess Aurora doesn't seem to be interested in any of the princes. This LGBTQ re-telling of Sleeping Beauty is creative and fun, with a perfect ending. For fans of Spinning Silver and Gods of Jade and Shadow.”—Carrie Minthorne, Cedar Mill Library, Portland, OR

One additional title on the Indie Next list comes out this week: What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins (Riverhead)

“Abandoned and homeless, a pregnant 16-year-old finds shelter in the home of a man who has recently lost his son and his faith. Achingly poignant, What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins brims with raw emotions and conflicting feelings. A redemptive story of loss and love. Keep tissues nearby.” —Jane Simons, The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra, NY

In The Media

The People "Picks" book of the week is When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain (Ballantine). Also getting attention are Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Ecco) and Beautiful Things: A Memoir by Hunter Biden (Gallery: S. & S.). A "New in Nonfiction" section highlights Philip Roth: The Biography by Blake Bailey (Norton), Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps by Marina Khidekel (Hachette Go), and Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them by Kristin van Ogtrop (Little, Brown Spark).  In the “Scoop”, there is an interview with Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin of Concrete Cowboy, based on the book Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri and a profile of Brandi Carlile, Broken Horses (Crown). Also, there are pieces on Erin French, Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review) and Eartha & Kitt: A Daughter's Love Story in Black and White by Kitt Shapiro, with Patricia Levy (Pegasus: S. & S.).


Entertainment Weekly reviews Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalola (William Morrow): "pulls ancient myths and folklore from across the globe and transforms them into powerful (and current) female-led love stories." Also, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday), giving it a B+: “It's equal parts juicy society gossip (the Sackler name has been plastered across museums and foundations in New York and London, they attend society events with the likes of Michael Bloomberg) and historical record of how they built their dynasty and eventually pushed Oxy onto the market.”

USA Today reviews The Triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty (S. & S), giving it 4 our of 4 stars: “a thorough, compelling biography that underscores what was always hidden in plain sight. Her Nancy is a driven, savvy, indomitable operative, a dogged domestic diplomat on behalf of her affable yet oddly remote ideologue of a husband.”

The Washington Post reviews When Animals Rescue Amazing True Stories about Heroic and Helpful Creatures by Belinda Recio (Skyhorse): “goes even further than its predecessors in arguing that our evolutionary brethren are not just clever, they are also kind.” Also, Paradise, Nevada by Dario Diofebi (Bloomsbury): “Diofebi’s scuzzy ambiance is delicately crafted, his scenes deftly taxonomizing tiers of desperate gamblers and casino staff like species in a field guide.” And, On the House: A Washington Memoir by John Boehner (St. Martin’s Press): “Most political memoirs these days are staid, buttoned-down affairs, written with an eye on a higher office or a place in history. Leave it to former House speaker John Boehner to drop the airbrush.” The LA Times also reviews: "probably a lot like sitting down next to an old timer at the bar where he worked growing up in Ohio. There's a lot of talk about the way things used to be and, before you know it, you've had one too many and you're not sure how you’ll get home.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reviews The Souvenir Museum by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco): "McCracken's prose is wry and exquisite, a good companion to her generous, comic observations."

The SanFrancisco Chronicle reviews Mule Kick Blues: And Last Poems by Michael McClure (City Lights): "Intelligent, affable and flecked with unconventional typography — as in previous books, McClure capitalizes numerous words and arranges others to run vertically down the page — “Mule Kick Blues” is an estimable coda to a storied career."

NPR reviews “3 Tales Of Love, Luck, And Happy Ever After”, including Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Morrow), Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), and An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler by Vanessa Riley (Zebra: Kensington).

The NYT has short reviews of three thrillers.

Briefly Noted

The Orwell Prize Longlists are revealed. The shortlists will be announced later in the spring, while the winners will be unveiled around George Orwell’s birthday, 25th June 2021.

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week.

Tor has a list of “New Horror and Genre-Bending Books Arriving in April.”

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Dawnie Walton, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev (37 Ink: Atria; LJ Starred Review).

The NYT has an interview with Nick Greene, How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius: What Game Designers, Economists, Ballet Choreographers, and Theoretical Astrophysicists Reveal About the Greatest Game on Earth (Harry N. Abrams). Also, a piece on the rediscovered 1991 Soviet Era TV production of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that is “‘so bad it’s good’.”

Sally Thorne, Second First Impressions (Morrow) talks to Shondaland about her new book, “kindred spirits, and why she writes love a little bit differently.”

The Atlantic has the booklist "Miss the Movies? Read the Books."

Sonora Jha, How to Raise a Feminist Son: Motherhood, Masculinity, and the Making of My Family (Sasquatch) “recommends fiction in which men grapple with gender expectations” at ElectricLit.

The Rumpus talks with Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie (Algonquin) on “Black Motherhood as Literary Creation.”

'Megatrends' author John Naisbitt, who served in Kennedy administration, dies at 92, USA Today reports. The Washington Post has an obituary.

Marshall D. Sahlins, Groundbreaking Anthropologist, Dies at 90, The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

CBS Sunday Morning has stories on the Sackler family, subjects of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday) and John Boehner, On the House: A Washington Memoir (St. Martin’s Press). NPR's Morning Edition  also spoke with John Boehner about his memoir and the “noisemakers of the Republican Party.”  Boehner will also be on Colbert tonight.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday talks to Richard Thompson, Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967–1975 (Algonquin; LJ Starred Review).

Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder dominates BAFTA Film Awards 2021 with four wins Including Best Film, Variety reports. PBS Canvas also highlights Chloé Zhao as 1st woman of color to win top Directors Guild Association Award  for her work on the film. The Queen's Gambit, based on the book by Walter Tevis won top honors in television, Vanity Fair reports. 

Hugh Laurie will adapt Agatha Christie’s novel Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? for BritBox in North America. Deadline has the exclusive.

Deadline has the 11th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards – Winners List, including Dawn Sutter Madell for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Also, the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis both won Black Reel Awards for their work in the same film.

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