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The NYT rolls out its Summer Reading feature. Jennifer Weiner has ideas too. The Last Trial by Scott Turow heads a handful of new bestsellers this week. Much prize news arrives, including the shortlists for the two Orwell Prizes. Stephen King’s The Stand and a “mythic” director’s cut of Justice League make news. Alison Roman and Ronan Farrow are getting more coverage.

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New Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books








The Last Trial by Scott Turow (Grand Central: Hachette) debuts at No. 7 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and No. 8 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

False Assurances by Christopher Rosow (Quadrant Publishing, LLC) takes No. 12 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (Mira: Harlequin) holds No. 14 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.

Shakespeare for Squirrels by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review) grabs No. 15 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list.


Pelosi by Molly Ball (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review) opens at No. 11 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid by Willie Mays and John Shea (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) hits for No. 13 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.


NPR reviews These Women by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review): “not only has Pochoda written an immersive, intriguing murder mystery — she's also crafted a framework with which we can examine how all women are viewed in Western cultures, sometimes as madonnas, more often as whores.” Also, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity by Porochista Khakpour (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review): “Khakpour's narrative work is strongest when she turns the lens on herself to do the self-critical work of examining how she, too, is complicit; it is less convincing — verging on judgmental — when she turns her critical lens solely on others.” 

The L.A. Times reviews Mutations: The Many Strange Faces of Hardcore Punk by Sam McPheeters (Rare Bird Books): “Ultimately, what matters most to McPheeters is the artist’s prerogative to follow a creative path unburdened by nostalgia — no easy feat in a genre that teeters on the brink of obsolescence.”

The NYT reviews The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter (Random House; LJ starred review): “outstanding.”

Book Marks picks the “5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week.”


The shortlists are out for the Orwell Prizes. Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other and Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport both make the fiction list.

The shortlist for 2020 AKO Caine Prize is announced.

The U.K. Encore Award, for the best second novel, releases its shortlist.

Larissa Lai wins the 2020 Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize. Here is a list of her books.

Briefly Noted

The NYT rolls out its Summer Reading feature. There are sections on Thrillers, True Crime, Historical Fiction, Sports, Music, Cooking, Hollywood, Horror, Romance, and Travel.

Jennifer Weiner curates the “best summer reads ever” for Entertainment Weekly.

CrimeReads selects “6 International Crime Novels You Should Read This May.”

Barbara Hoffert has new "Prepub Alert" columns out in LJ, for December titles.

Lit Hub has “Rural Queer Fiction: A Reading List,” as selected by Carter Sickels, The Prettiest Star (Hub City Press).

Here are “21 YA Books To Read During Mental Health Awareness Month,” from BuzzFeed.

The L.A. Times features Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Time spotlights A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review). Also, Stray by Stephanie Danler (Knopf).

Vanity Fair features Brother Robert: Growing Up with Robert Johnson by Annye C. Anderson with Preston Lauterbach (Hachette).

Electric Lit has the short story "In Case of Emergency" by John Cotter and an interview with Genevieve Hudson, Boys of Alabama (Liveright: W.W. Norton). writes about The European Astrobiology Institute’s anthology, Strangest of All. It is free to download.

Entertainment Weekly has an audio excerpt of Stray by Stephanie Danler (Knopf/BOT).

Porochista Khakpour, Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review), has an essay in Lit Hub.

People interviews Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham (Random House).

The CBC interviews Kathy Reichs, A Conspiracy of Bones (Scribner: S. & S.).       

Emma Straub, All Adults Here (Riverhead: Penguin), answers the Lit Hub questionnaire.

The NYT’s “Inside the List” column features Kiera Cass, The Betrothed (HarperTeen).

Eater has a long piece about Alison Roman and the uses of “the global pantry.”

The L.A. Times writes “Ronan Farrow’s critics are circling. Here’s what you should know about his media war.

PEN America has created the Freedom To Write Index. It “reveals that roughly 34 nations held at least 238 writers, academics, and public intellectuals in some form of detention.”

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

The Washington Post has books that will “whisk us to Central Asia” even if we cannot leave the house.

Wired offers “Hey Kids! Read These Books on Your Very. Long. Summer.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Barton Gellman, Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State (Penguin).

Vanity Fair has an early look at Stephen King’s The Stand. Esquire has a story too.

Variety writes that the “mythical, unreleased version” of Justice League (the director's cut) will air on HBO Max in 2021.

Friends is getting a cookbook, Friends: The Official Cookbook by Amanda Yee (Insight Editions: S. & S.) comes out in September. HuffPost has some details.

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