'Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder' by Joanne Fluke Tops Holds | Book Pulse

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke leads holds this week, while other titles in high demand include The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry, Love at First by Kate Clayborn, Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh, and Kingdom of Shadow and Light by Karen Marie Moning. LibraryReads selections out this week include Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers and The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan. People's "Picks" book of the week is Send for Me by Lauren Fox. Adaptations in the works include updates of The Running Man by Stephen King and The 39 Steps by John Buchan.

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Big Books of the Week

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Kaiser's Web by Steve Berry (Minotaur: Macmillan)

Love at First by Kate Clayborn (Kensington: Random House)

Quiet in Her Bones by Nalini Singh (Berkley: Penguin)

Kingdom of Shadow and Light: A Fever Novel by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte: Random House)

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

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two LibraryReads selections arriving this week:

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (Park Row: HarperCollins)

"One of the best parts of this book is the friendships. These friends listen to, support, and love each other. Grace Porter has just finished her PhD in astronomy and goes to Las Vegas to celebrate. She meets a beautiful woman, Yuki, and by the end of the night, they are drunk and married. When Grace goes to New York to visit Yuki, they fall in love allover again. For fans of Queenie and The Bride Test.” —Patti Lang, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan (Ballantine: Random House)

"WWII era, Great Britain, four women vie for the chance to copresent a BBC radio program helping housewives create tasty meals with their war rations. As these women compete against themselves and each other, the contest threatens to tear the community apart unless they can find common ground and work together for a common good. For readers who enjoyed The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion and The Ship of Brides." —Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

There is one title on the Indie Next list coming out this week:

The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin (Random House; LJ starred review)

"Ali Benjamin’s debut adult novel is an interesting portrayal of a contemporary marriage and the many pressures it faces. Through the lives of her main characters, Benjamin explores many present-day issues — the #MeToo movement, the place of social protests, the difficulties of childrearing, and the temptation of infidelity. As Zo and Ethan each face a moral dilemma, Benjamin shows us their individual struggles. While there is sadness and conflict in this book, there is also hope." —Jane Stiles, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

In the Media

The March issue of Entertainment Weekly is out. The book review section covers The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove), which earns a B; No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead: Penguin), which earns a B+; Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi (S. & S. Books for Young Readers), which earns a B+; and Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan (Little, Brown: Hachette), which earns a B+. A conversation with Imbolo Mbue, How Beautiful We Were (Random House), and Patricia Engel, Infinite Country (Avid Reader: S. & S.), on personal histories and global issues. Also, interviews with Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maud Dixon? (Little, Brown: Hachette) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Unfinished: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House). There's a look at A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke (Knopf: Random House). The "Must List" features A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) and The Arsonists' City by Hala Alyan (HMH). Plus, an excerpt from World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever (Ecco: HarperCollins).

In this week's issue of People, the "Picks" book of the week is Send for Me by Lauren Fox (Knopf: Random House). Also getting attention are All Girls by Emily Layden (St. Martin's: Macmillan) and The Smash-Up by Ali Benjamin (Random House; LJ starred review). A "New in Paperback" section features Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review), Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (The Dial Press: Random House), and My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Willia Morrow: HarperCollins). The "Picks" section also highlights Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder; Superman & Lois, which has associated titles; and Flora & Ulysses, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo.


The Washington Post reviews The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing by Sonia Faleiro (Grove): "It’s a remarkable feat of reporting: What she finds reveals as much about the failings of India’s law enforcement, media and politics as it does about the girls’ deaths." Also, A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by Ben Montgomery (Little, Brown: Hachette): "It’s a compelling story, despite the White-savior trope." The Movement: The African American Struggle for Civil Rights by Thomas C. Holt (Oxford): "...a fascinating breakdown of the movement’s phases as well as a look at the groundwork that made the successes possible." Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned From Trauma and Triumph by Chad Sanders (S. & S.): "...an expression of an exciting and much-needed philosophy, and readers may be encouraged to mine gold from their own tough experiences." Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at '60 Minutes' by Ira Rosen (St. Martin's: Macmillan): "...viewers of '60 Minutes' will learn that the polished, disciplined news program they see each Sunday night is — or was — a product of messy backroom brawls." Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System by Jed S. Rakoff (FSG: Macmillan): "Rakoff may paint a convincing picture of a broken and unfair criminal justice system, but will others sign on to his proposals?"

NPR reviews Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith (DC Comics: Random House): "Nubia, a superhero in the making, makes me look at who I am as just a regular human being, re-evaluate what real power is, and what it means to have it and use it." Plus, brief reviews of recent YA thrillers.

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads looks at "10 New Books Coming Out This Week." Also, "8 True Crime Books You Should Read This February."

AARP recommends "18 Gripping New World War II Novels."

Ilyasah Shabazz, The Awakening of Malcolm X (FSG: Macmillan), shares Black History Month book recommendations with Amazon.

Priyanka Champaneri, The City of Good Death (Restless), lists 9 books about gossip for Electric Lit.

The Guardian interviews Kazuo Ishiguro, and has an excerpt from Klara and the Sun (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), which is due out March 2. NPR has another excerpt, as well.

BuzzFeed has a conversation with Nicola Yoon about an excerpt from her next bookInstructions for Dancing (Delacorte: Penguin), which is due out June 1.

Lois Lowry is working on a new middle grade novel, The Windeby Child (HMH Books for Young Readers), which is due out fall 2022. Publishers Weekly reports.

The Gifted Gene and My Lovable Memes by game designer Hideo Kojima will be translated into English by Viz. Polygon has more.

Journalist Brian Stelter is expanding the forthcoming paperback edition of Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.), "adding some 20,000 words to the 95,000 of the hardcover edition." The Associated Press has details.

The NYT profiles Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Committed (Grove).

The Removed by Brandon Hobson (Ecco: HarperCollins; LJ starred review) is a GMA "Buzz Pick," and they have an interview with the author.

Kliph Nesteroff, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy (S. & S.), speaks with three Native comedians at Vulture.

Charles M. Blow talks with Salon about The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto (Harper).

"I'm going after my Plan A, come hell or high water," says Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maud Dixon? (Little, Brown: Hachette), in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

O: The Oprah Magazine has a Q&A with George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House). Also, the writers Mayra Santos Febres, Adriana Herrera, and Sulma Arzu-Brown discuss "Latinx Black history, representation in publishing, and more."

Karin Tidbeck discusses The Memory Theater (Pantheon: Random House) with BOMB.

"I wanted to create a fantasy world on par with the ones in my favourite books from childhood." Namina Forna explains about origins of The Gilded Ones (Delacorte: Random House) in The Guardian.

K Chess, Famous Men Who Never Lived (Tin House: W. W. Norton), does the Book Marks "Questionnaire."

The Rumpus speaks with poet Chloe Yelena Miller about Viable (Lily Poetry Review).

Lit Hub profiles Nicola Barker, who wonders: "Is fiction my life? Should it be?"

After a report on comments advocating "extremist political violence" on the discussion forum Baen’s Bar led to its temporary closure, Discon III, the 2021 World Science Fiction Convention, has removed Toni Weisskopf, publisher of Baen Books, as a guest of honor.

Authors on Air

See the trailer for The Mosquito Coast, an adventure drama series based on the book by Paul Theroux, and starring his nephew Justin Theroux. It premiers on Apple TV+ April 30.

Edgar Wright will direct a new feature adaptation of The Running Man by Stephen King. Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the series update of The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Samara Weaving will star as Holly Madison in the series adaptation of her memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny. Anthony Bourdain’s 1997 crime novel Gone Bamboo has been picked up for a scripted series. Deadline has news on all.

Sister picked up the film and television rights to The Department of Truth by James Tynion IV Martin Simmonds. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Antonio Michael Downing discusses Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming (Milkweed) on the CBC's The Next Chapter podcast.

Anna North, Outlawed (Bloomsbury: Macmillan), appears on the History of Literature podcast.

"...it meant reading a lot of dictionaries cover to cover, which I recommend if you’re ever an insomniac or have ambitions to be one," says Eley Williams, The Liar's Dictionary (Doubleday: Random House), on the First Draft podcast.

NPR's Morning Edition speaks with poet Natalie Shapero, Popular Longing (Copper Canyon).

Roy Richard Grinker discusses Nobody's Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness (W. W. Norton) on the Keen On podcast.

Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need (Knopf: Random House) is on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (Penguin), is on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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