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The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton dominates book coverage and leads library holds for the week. A judge has said publication can go forward and it lands tomorrow. Bolton is already conducting a full court media press. Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory is buzzy as well. LJ gathers “Resources for Cultivating an Antiracist Mindset.” Entertainment Weekly has a new list as well. People’s Book of the Week is Don't Turn Around by Jessica Barry.

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Big Books for the Week

The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton (S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley: Penguin)

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda (S. & S.)

The Last Flight by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks Landmark; LJ starred review)

The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson (Minotaur: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

These books and others publishing the week of June 22, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are five LibraryReads titles publishing this week, three of which are also on the Indie Next list:

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley: Penguin)

"In the fifth book of the Wedding Date series, sparks fly between a smart, independent lawyer and a charming, impulsive senator. Guillory thoughtfully incorporates serious issues into her books while keeping the tone light and uplifting. Sweet, sexy, and a lot of fun." —Jayme Hughes-Gartin, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Cincinnati, OH

 Take a Hint, Dani Brown  by Talia Hibbert (Avon: Harper; LJ starred review)

"Dani and Zaf have been low-key flirting forever when a gallant moment is turned into a viral video and the pressure is on for these two to become a couple. This is a fabulously fun and meta take on a classic romance trope, the fake relationship. For fans of The Wedding Date and The Kiss Quotient." —Jessica Trotter, Capital Area District Libraries, Lansing, MI

Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a heartwarming romance that shines a light in dark times. Talia Hibbert normalizes quirks, coping mechanisms, and other human conditions that can get glossed over in a happily ever after. She makes it clear that verbalizing needs, sharing them with a loved one, and having them accepted is the true meaning of love. The depth of the characters and their struggles to come together are wonderfully balanced with charm, humor, and a large dollop of sarcasm. Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a delight.” —Julie Karaganis, Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA

The Last Flight by Julie Clark (Sourcebooks Landmark; LJ starred review)

“Claire and Eva both have reasons for wanting to disappear, so when they happen upon each other at the airport, they decide to take the other person's flight. However, when one of the planes crashes, the danger they thought they were leaving isn't far behind. For readers who enjoyed The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine and The Passenger by Lisa Lutz.” —Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL

“When two women from different backgrounds, each with good reason for wanting to escape her current life, meet by chance at JFK, they decide to switch plane tickets and identities. When one of the flights crashes, the action really begins. This is a unique thriller that draws you into both lives and will have you turning the pages until the unexpected but perfect ending. I loved it!” —Terry Gilman, Creating Conversations, Redondo Beach, CA

The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda (S. & S.)

“Miranda returns with another engrossing psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story is primarily told from Olivia's unreliable perspective. News reports, book excerpts, and other media are also used to fill out the story, which keeps the plot moving. For fans of Conviction (Mina) and The Other Mrs. (Kubica).” —Megan Coleman, Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, MD

“How do you cope when the whole world knows your name and acts like they own a bit of your trauma story? Maybe you change your name, like Olivia does, and try to make a break from your past. Until one night when you find yourself sleepwalking. Like you did 20 years ago. And suddenly not only has your past caught up with you, it is legit stalking you. Now your secret is out, but there are even more deadly secrets hiding in the shadows. The final twists in this story are so sharp, you’ll check yourself for stab wounds! Another fantastic, twisty, thrilling read from Megan Miranda!” —Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

There are two additional Indie Next titles for the week:

The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell  (Algonquin: Workman)

“Imagine finding out that you have terminal cancer and are faced with the decision of whether or not to seek treatment. The next thing you know, you are the only survivor of a plane crash and no one knows who you are or how you survived. Well-written and plausible, The Falling Woman is a story about a woman who decides to take control of the rest of her life in an unconventional way for the benefit of herself and her family.” —Lauren Zimmerman, The Writer’s Block Bookstore, Winter Park, FL (on the June list).

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin)

“Ottessa Moshfegh is a modern-day Camus. A woman finds a note in the woods that proclaims someone is dead. Murdered, in fact. She investigates between dog walks and early evening naps but soon facts, memories, and suppositions entwine and overlap until the simple act of asking a question can unravel the thread of an entire life. Ponderous, violent, forgetful, and deft, Death in Her Hands is a genre-bender that teases you into asking, Is this noir? Horror? A whacked-out farce? Or a sly literary trick? I’ll tell you what it is — absolutely brilliant.” —Chris Lee, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI (on the May list).

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly offers an antiracism list: “Watch. Read. Listen. Engage.” The books on the list include The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press), We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World: Random House), The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Tim Madigan (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillian), Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses by Lawrence Ross (St. Martin's: Macmillan), Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum (Basic Books: Hachette), and They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery (Little, Brown: Hachette).

New book reviews are out for The Lightness by Emily Temple (William Morrow: Harper) which gets a B+, Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin), which gets a B-, Want by Lynn Steger Strong (Henry Holt: Macmillan), which gets a B, and The Party Upstairs by Lee Conell (Penguin), which gets a B+. There are features on David Mitchell, Utopia Avenue (Random House), Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), and Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review). In adaptations, EW says to look for HBO’s Perry Mason. The “Must List” includes Memoirs and Misinformation by Jim Carrey (Knopf), I'll Be Gone in the Dark, and Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday: Random House). There is a preview of the new NBC streaming service Peacock which include the new adaptation of Brave New World. Lastly, the interview with Nic Stone and Kim Johnson, already online, makes the issue.

People’s "Book of the Week" is Don't Turn Around by Jessica Barry (Harper). Also getting attention are Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (Doubleday: Random House) and The Lightness by Emily Temple (William Morrow: Harper). New in Nonfiction include Magnetized: Conversations with a Serial Killer by Carlos Busqued (Catapult), Empty by Susan Burton (Random House), and The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What's Possible in the Age of Warming by Eric Holthaus (Harper). On the “Picks” list are Love, Victor and Artemis Fowl. A Summer Preview feature includes HBO’s Perry Mason and Brave New World. A recipe from Molly Yeh, Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm: A Cookbook (Rodale Books) closes the issue.

Antiracist Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

The Guardian interviews Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury Circus: Macmillan; LJ starred review). The paper also has an interview with Colson Whitehead.

The NYT interviews Elizabeth Alexander, the poet and author has an essay in The New Yorker entitled “The Trayvon Generation." Alexander also features on the The Quarantine Tapes.

Electric Lit has an essay by Alicia A. Wallace: “You Should Have Been Listening to Octavia Butler This Whole Time.” Also, “7 Revolutionary Anthologies by Black Women Writers.”

The NYT offers five books of historical context for today’s protests.

As part of #BlackoutBestsellerList, Salon suggests “5 graphic novels by Black authors, featuring a pioneering motorcyclist to a blues-singing monster.”

LJ gathers “Resources for Cultivating an Antiracist Mindset.”

Refinery29 says “Buy These Cookbooks By Black Authors To Support #BlackPublishingPower.”

Datebook has “6 books to help kids, young adults learn about racism.”

COVID 19 Reading Lists, News, and Collection Development/RA Resources

The Washington Post features author David Culp, A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, Bounty, and Blooms (Timber Press: Workman).

The NYT features David Sedaris, The Best of Me (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian has “Books to help you escape lockdown, chosen by Hilary Mantel, Edna O'Brien and more.”

The Millions has “Susan Choi on Her Quarantine Reading Schedule.”

The L.A. Times features its author’s “When we were quarantined” pieces with highlights of what they did and how they parented, worked, grieved, and more.


The L.A. Times reviews The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir by John Bolton (S. & S.): “As an insider catalog of White House calamity and presidential dysfunction … may have no equal.”

NPR reviews Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn't, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think by David Litt (Ecco: Harper): “a no-nonsense guide for how we, the people, can fix ourselves.”

The NYT reviews Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin): “more flatly written. Occasionally it verges on the poky.” Also, Love by Roddy Doyle (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “And hilarity and seriousness work back to back. When this novel is funny, it’s seriously funny.”

The Washington Post has reviews of "Thrillers and mysteries that also feature characters stuck in isolation."

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks books for the week.

The Guardian offers “The great escape: 50 brilliant books to transport you this summer.”

The NYT has books for kids about being outside and the natural world.

Datebook has “A parade of LGBTQ books for children.”

The Strategist collects “The Best Sports Memoirs, According to Sports Journalists” and “The Best Children’s Books for LGBTQ+ Families, According to Experts.”

A judge refuses to block John Bolton’s book. However, he said that Bolton “’likely jeopardized national security’ and exposed himself to criminal prosecution.” The Washington Post reports.

The Washington Post interviews Bakari Sellers, My Vanishing Country: A Memoir (Amistad: Harper).

The Guardian interviews Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive (Knopf).

The Atlantic features Kevin Kwan, Sex and Vanity (Doubleday: Random House).

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Maureen Johnson, will have a new book in her Truly Devious series, out on April 6.

The newest “Read Like The Wind” column is out in Vulture.

Time has a piece by A.J. Sass, Ana on the Edge (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette), about J.K. Rowling.

CrimeReads has "How Women Writers Are Transforming Hardboiled Noir." Also, "The Uneasy Noirs of Stephen King."

Publishers Weekly reports that the UK wholesaler Bertrams has gone bankrupt.

Author Michael Drosnin has died. The NYT reports.

Historian Robert D. Richardson, husband of Annie Dillard, has died. USA Today reports.

Dance critic and historian Sally Banes has died. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Jasmine Guillory, Party of Two (Berkley: Penguin). NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Roddy Doyle, Love (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy (Random House; LJ starred review), recommends Passing by Nella Larsen (Penguin) on PBS NewsHour.

Ibram X. Kendi, whose newest book is Antiracist Baby Board Book (Kokila: Penguin; SLJ starred review), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir (S. & S.), begins a full court media press this week, kicked off with an interview on ABC last night.

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