‘The Bounty’ by Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

The Bounty by Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton leads holds this week. Three LibraryReads selections arrive this week along with four Indie Next choices. The April issue of Entertainment Weekly is out. Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, Celeste Ng and others are collaborating on a pandemic novel to be titled Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering. Variety has the full list of Writers Guild Award Winners, including Netflix’s win in Adapted Longform for The Queen’s Gambit, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.

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Big Books of the Week

The Bounty by Janet Evanovich & Steve Hamilton (Atria) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)

Dog Man: Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey (Graphix:Scholastic)

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline (Putnam; LJ Starred Review)

The Palm Beach Murders by James Patterson (Grand Central: Hachette)

Double Jeopardy by Stuart Woods (G. P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

These books and others publishing the week of March 22, 2021 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three LibraryReads selections arrive this week:

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline (Putnam; LJ Starred Review)

“Set in Italy during the Fascist regime and subsequent Nazi involvement, this historical fiction, a departure for the author, is a solid dose of history told through the lives and loves of characters, personally affected by the politics. The impact of decisions and the efforts of individuals to change the course of their country and their lives are vividly portrayed. Perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Nightingale.”—Carol Tuttle, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willoughby, OH

The Lost Village by Camilla Sten (Minotaur: Macmillan)

"Set in a rural village in Sweden, where 800 inhabitants vanished in 1959, Alice and her crew set out to make a documentary about the mysterious event. The book weaves together the story of the current day documentarians with the story of the villagers of the past. For readers who enjoyed Ghost Wall and Disappearing Earth."— Sandra Heitzman, Forest Park Public Library, Forest Park, IL

It is also an Indie Next choice:

“Hearing this book described as a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Midsommar meant I could not grab it fast enough. This chilling novel, set in a remote village in Sweden, tells the story of a scrappy documentary film crew trying to find out why the entire town disappeared many years ago. The camp they set up in the town square is immediately beset with mysterious happenings that become less and less harmless. Tension mounts as they explore the mystery of where the residents of Silvertjarn went and wonder if they will meet the same fate.” —Andrea Richardson, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson (Morrow)

“Abigail deeply regrets succumbing to an illicit night with a stranger on the eve of her wedding. When her husband takes her to a mysterious island for a lavish honeymoon, she’s shocked to see the man who seduced her. What follows is a horror story that will keep readers glued to the page.” —Paul Lane, Palm Beach County Public Library, Boca Raton, FL

It is also an Indie Next choice:

“I was hooked on Peter Swanson with Eight Perfect Murders, but he is now one of my favorite authors with Every Vow You Break. This book was brilliant! I was enthralled from the beginning and could not put this book down to save my life. The twists and turns were not expected, and I was very happy with the ending. Bravo!” —Patty Reed, Ferguson Books & More, Grand Forks, ND

Two additional titles on the Indie Next list debut this week:

Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff (Ecco; LJ starred review) “Raft of Stars is an engaging coming-of-age story that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Believing they are murderers, two young boys go on the run in northern Wisconsin. As the adults in their lives set out to find them, questions of guilt, hope, and the future rise to the surface. With characters that come alive and a setting that is real enough to feel, touch, and smell, Graff’s novel has action and emotion as well. Filled with themes of family and friendship, this warm-hearted adventure is sure to be a winner!”— Betsy Von Kerens, The Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE

Red Island House by Andrea Lee (Scribner)

“Shay, an African American professor married to a brash Italian businessman, is seduced by the beauty and exoticism of Madagascar. The lavish Red Island House her husband builds (supposedly for her but more as a testament to his success) affords Shay a dream vacation home, but as she navigates her role as its mistress, she must also come to terms with the effects of colonialism on the people of this island nation, a people with whom she shares skin color and a legacy. Across 20 years, Lee weaves stories of those who arrogantly deem a paradise for their taking with those left grasping for what is rightfully theirs. This is a provocative tale of magic, power, and identity.”— Linda Sherman-Nurick, Cellar Door Books, Riverside, CA

In the Media

The April issue of Entertainment Weekly is out. The cover story is on the new Space Jam: A New Legacy, which has associated titles. On the “The Must List” are Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse series, Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Flatiron: Macmillan), Godzilla vs. Kong, which has associated titles, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (S&S), the forthcoming PBS documentary about Ernest Hemingway, Moffie, based on the book by André Carl van der Merwe, and Made for Love, based on the book by Alissa Nutting. EW ’s “Book” section begins with pieces on You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes (Random House), Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), and Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 (Scribner: S. & S.). There are reviews of Good Company by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Ecco: Harper), which gets a B+, Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson, which also earns a B+, and Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin), getting an A-.

The People "Picks" book of the week is How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (Random House). Also getting attention are Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews (Little, Brown: Hachette) and What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster (Grand Central: Hachette). A "New in Nonfiction" section highlights The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson (S. & S.), New York, New York, New York: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation by Thomas Dyja (S. & S.) and Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions by Michael Moss (Random House). The "Picks" section also features Zack Snyder's Justice League, which has associated titles, V.C. Andrews’ Ruby, based on the author’s Landry novels, and Moxie, based on the book by Jennifer Mathieu. People profiles Don Lemon, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism (Little, Brown: Hachette) and Caleb Smith, Peacebunny Island: The Extraordinary Journey of a Boy and His Comfort Rabbits, and How They’re Teaching Us about Hope and Kindness (Tyndale Momentum). There is an interview with Terry Crews and Rebecca King-Crews, Stronger Together (Audible). Chef Lenny, Cooking for Humans, (self published) makes an appearance.


The NYT reviews Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Algonquin) “The resulting story feels both epic and intimate” drew on her own family history, and her experience of being a new mother." Also, Gentlemen’s Club by Chris Buck (Norman Stuart Publishing) who “spent six years interviewing and taking portraits of strippers and their romantic partners.” The paper reviews two books that ask “Can Humans be Replaced by Machines?” The Short List is out.

NPR reviews Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Holt:Macmillan): "A contemplative exploration of existing between two cultural identities meets fake relationship romance meets backwoods thriller in this absolute powerhouse of a debut." Also, Remnants of an Exodus by photographer Al J Thompson (Gnomic) who shows that “gentrification can be both pervasive and personal.” And, three romances for March.

USA Today reviews Red Island House by Andrea Lee (Scribner): a keen examination of power, racism.”

Slate reviews Jo Ann Beard’s Festival Days (Little, Brown: Hachette), A Book So Good You Have to Put It Down, Then Pick It Back Up.” The Bomb interviews the author.

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

LitHub has the best reviewed books of the week.

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week.

GMA releases weekly “Buzz Picks.”

Electric Lit examines books about Faith and Doubt and Long Distance Relationships.

PW has this week’s bestsellers.

Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, Celeste Ng and others are collaborating on a pandemic novel to be titled Fourteen Days: An Unauthorized Gathering, forthcoming from HMH. The Guardian reports.

Buzzfeed has lists of audiobooks, poems, and life-changing reads.

The British Book Awards shortlists are announced.

The Guardian interviews Hanif Abdurraqib, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House; LJ starred review).

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf; LJ starred review), writes in The Guardian, “White people, black authors are not your medicine.” Anne Enright, Actress (W.W. Norton), writes “We always speak of women's safety. Let's talk about male violence instead” for the paper as well.

In the L.A. Times, Tracy Quan, Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl (Crown: PRH), writes about the Georgia shootings.

People features Don Lemon, This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism by (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Rumpus talks with Melissa Febos, Girlhood (Bloomsbury:Macmillan), about “how everything must change.”

LitHub profiles NBCC Award finalist Shayla Lawson, This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review), and recommends Trilogies, Thrillers, and Sci-Fi.

Variety has the full list of Writers Guild Award Winners, including Netflix’s win in Adapted Longform for The Queen’s Gambit, based on the novel by Walter Tevis.

The Atlantic explores the techno-future in its weekly Books Briefing.

Dolly Patron will star in a Female Force comic book. Entertainment Weekly has details.

LitHub has thoughts about “Who should star in the TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred?

Variety asks if Zack Snyder will be invited to make a Justice League sequel.

Fox News examines “How Doris Duke...Got Away with Murder” with Peter Lance, "Homicide at Rough Point" (Tenacity Media Books).

The Guardian has “fictional characters with lessons for lockdown.”

NYT has an essay titled “Was 1925 Literary Modernism’s Most Important Year?” And also, profiles the work of Anne Geddes on Instagram.

NYT noted the passing of creator of Cricket Magazine, Marianne Carus.

Joan Walsh Anglund, the children’s author and illustrator, has died. The Washington Post has an obituary.

Authors on Air

CBS Sunday Morning excerpts American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by Gabrielle Glaser (Viking: Penguin).

PBS News Hour interviews author and actress Margaret Cho on “how some Asian Americans experience racism.” Also on the site, discussion questions for Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review).

Deadline reports Disney+ is adapting The Crossover, based on the book by Kwame Alexander. Also, a report on how well Yes Day is doing on Netflix. It is based on the book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Hulu’s Dopesick, based on Beth Macy’s book, has cast news so does HBO Max’s upcoming Gossip Girl reboot based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. Peter Rabbit 2, gets moved to the Fourth of July weekend. Lastly, a piece on The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone (Knopf).

The Hollywood Reporter has an account of “All the 'Game of Thrones' Spinoffs in the Works at HBO.”

Walter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race (S. & S.), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviewed Roya Hakakian, A Beginner's Guide to America (Knopf). Also, science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders, Victories Greater Than Death (Tor Teen:Macmillan) explains on TED/Radio Hour “how the genre is a portal for us to imagine different ways of being human.”

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