Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, July 23, 2018 | Book Pulse

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh leads holds this week, the Eisner Awards are out, and the Man Booker longlist is on deck for tomorrow. Plus, librarians have much to say about an op-ed in Forbes about replacing libraries with Amazon.

Big Books for the Week

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay (William Morrow: Harper)

Believe Me by JP Delaney  (Ballantine: Random House)

Aunt Dimity and The King's Ransom by Nancy Atherton (Viking: Penguin)

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One LibraryReads pick comes out this week: Believe Me by JP Delaney (Ballantine: Random): “An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot.” —Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Three Indie Next selections publish as well:
JELL-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review): “An absolutely fascinating memoir that combines a personal family account with one of America’s most recognizable foods. Seamlessly exploring the foundation of her family’s wealth and the seemingly cursed lives of three generations of women, Rowbottom has written a page-turning cultural history that hits on both the nostalgia many associate with Jell-O and the societal forces that propelled the brand.” —Kelly O’Sullivan, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT

America for Beginners by Leah Franqui (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review): “A poignant story that confronts cultural, racial, and gender stereotypes through three people who end up on a trip across the U.S. The story revolves around a Bengali widow of means whose gay son was disowned; a young Bangladeshi man who has a job as a tour agent; and a young, white American woman who aspires to be an actress. These three are united in the journey initiated by the widow to tour the U.S., but really to find her son and confront his lover. Courage to face the unknown — whether it is a foreign country or questioning a previously held conviction — shapes the story and shows that we all have the potential to grow and change.” —Susan Bush, Island Bound Bookstore, Block Island, RI

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay (William Morrow: Harper): “If you’re looking for a wild ride, look no further, because you’re not going to get wilder than A Noise Downstairs. For a book that seems to have a little of everything — unresolved trauma, untrustworthy characters, a mysterious typewriter, and a hefty dose of the paranormal — Barclay tells his story with a smooth ease that will pull you through the pages at a breakneck speed. And, well, no spoilers, but the ending will blow your socks clean off.”—Marya Johnston, Out West Books, Grand Junction, CO

In the Media

People's Book of the Week is Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "the best use of ping-pong narration since Gone Girl." Also featured are From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau: Random) and Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen (Random). 

The kid's pick is My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz (Henry Holt: Macmillan; SLJ starred review). 

Paperback highlights include The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (Harper; LJ starred review), The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (S. & S.; LJ starred review), and Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf; LJ starred review).

People picks include Hulu's Castle Rock: "It's a knowing riff on that unsettling King sensibility." Also featured is actress Parker Posey, author of You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir (Blue Rider: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly ran a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as "Why you should be reading the Eisner Award–winning comic Monstress."


The Washington Post reviews Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review), "In Griswold’s deft hands, the intricacies of interlocking cases and the slow work of legal research read like a thriller.The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke by Andrew Lawler (Doubleday: Random): "the themes of mingled races, of cultures clashing to create something new, are surprisingly fresh and powerful. The issues raised by the Lost Colony are still playing out. It’s a mystery in which all Americans have a stake." A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound by Donna Hylton, with Kristine Gasbarre (Hachette): "Hylton has paid a high price for her role in a horrific crime. It is easier to wish her well than it is to admire her memoir.The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President by Sean Spicer (Regnery): "it is a bumbling effort at gaslighting Americans into doubting what they have seen with their own eyes." The paper also reviews two books on working.

USA Today gives four stars to The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan), writing "it’s hard to overstate how important" the book is.

NPR reviews Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (Delacorte: Random): "embraces teen angst in the form of bionic mech suits and the girls who meld with them to save humanity."

The NYT considers children's books about the natural world.

Briefly Noted

The Eisner Awards are out. My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review) and Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics) are the big winners. Here is the full list of nominees.

The Booker Prize longlist comes out tomorrow. The Guardian speculates on who will make the cut.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving his post at The Atlantic.

Richard Russo has an essay in the NYT.

Librarians have much to say about an op-ed in Forbes magazine about replacing libraries with Amazon.

Vulture talks with Michiko KakutaniThe Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump (Tim Duggan Books: Random House).

Vogue features A Life of My Own: A Biographer's Life by Claire Tomalin (Penguin).

The Verge has a round up of the forthcoming Star Wars books.

The NYPL sees library card sign-ups booming. The NYT reports how the card is a ticket to the city's finest attractions.

Nick Harkaway picks "Five books to help us understand AI."

Time offers read-alikes for Game of Thrones.

The NYT profiles the bookstore Kitchen Arts and Letters.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Seanan McGuire at Comic-Con. Also Leah Franqui, America for Beginners by (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review). 

Roxane Gay stars in the newest episode of PBS's Breaking Big.

Shonda Rhimes unveils her lineup on Netfilx, much of it based on books.

Aquaman gets a trailer; it is trending on YouTube. So does Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and SHAZAM. Also, an insider look at Good Omens.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Simon Sebag Montefiore’s One Night in Winter (Harper) is headed to the small screen. As is Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman (Titan Books) and the Deadly Class series by Rick Remender (Image Comics). Alita: Battle Angel is also well underway.
Parker Posey, You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir (Blue Rider: Penguin), will be on The Tonight Show this evening.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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