Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, July 30, 2018 | Book Pulse

Nicole Kidman is involved with two new adaptations, including Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming Nine Perfect Strangers. Paradox by Catherine Coulter leads holds this week but The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon is winning the buzz contest. Will Smith is writing a book with Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

Big Books for the Week 

Paradox by Catherine Coulter (Gallery: S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other books in demand include:

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman (Random)

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin)

A Double Life by Flynn Berry (Viking)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Librarians and booksellers ;both suggest Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday; LJ starred review): “Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.”—Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL

Fruit of the Drunken Tree made me cry at the airport. I was impressed by the small kingdom of women Contreras builds, with violence always threatening to creep in, all seen through the eyes of Chula, the youngest daughter. Contreras made her perspective believably cloistered while masterfully writing all the people around Chula in ways that made them feel real. Also masterful was the way Contreras used Petrona’s narrative throughout and the restraint she showed in dipping into her thoughts; she always left me wanting more. What Contreras chooses not to write has as big an effect as what she does. This novel is a dynamic exploration of what is known and, sometimes willfully, what is left unknown.”—Lillian Li, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

There is one more Indie Next selection, their #1 pick for the month, The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin): “R.O. Kwon’s debut knocked me sideways. The Incendiaries is a serious reckoning with the problem of fanaticism and the violence of blind devotion. The story of Will and Phoebe is told with an extraordinarily smart and soulful style. I was amazed at how perfectly Kwon’s spare language fit her novel’s expansive scope. A stunning portrait of what faith can do and undo, The Incendiaries will delight and disturb. But, most of all, it will impress.”—John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

These books and others publishing the week of July 31, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet

In the Media 

In books this week, EW features The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin) and Brother by David Chariandy (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) as well as How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs (Ballantine: Random). The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg (FSG: Macmillan) gets an A-. In the buzziest books chart are two authors to watch: Flynn Berry, author of A Double Life (Viking: Penguin) and Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana (Knopf). Two debuts get attention: Ghosted by Rosie Walsh (Pamela Dorman Books: Random) and The Shortest Way Home by Miriam Parker (Dutton: Penguin). For nonfiction it is The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani (Tim Duggan: Random), Now My Heart Is Full: A Memoir by Laura June (Penguin), and You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey (Blue Rider Press: Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly puts Castle Rock on its "Must List" at No. 3. Orange is the New Black (based on the book by Piper Kerman) is No. 7. My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Cultureby Guy Branum (Atria: S. & S.) is No. 8. In adaptation news, the magazine features the new Jack Ryan series as well as Sasha Lane, starring in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the book of the same nameChristopher Robin gets attention, as does The Darkest Minds, also based on the novel of the same name. Insecure gets an A. Finally, EW has more on Comic-Con, including Shazam!Spider-Man: Into The Spider-VerseFantastic BeastsVenomRiverdaleDoctor WhoAquamanThe Walking Dead, and Castle Rock.

People's Book of the Week is The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin). Also featured are Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey (Harper) and Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went from Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things by Courtenay Hameister (Little, Brown: Hachette). For Summer Thrillers, People picks A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo (Minotaur: Macmillan), Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding (Gallery/Scourt: S. & S.), and Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe (Grand Central: Hachette). People's "picks" include Orange is the New Black and Scotty and the Secret History of HollywoodTeen Titans Go! To the Movies and Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story also make the list. Olivia Hussey, The Girl on the Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life after Romeo and Juliet(Kensington: Random; LJ starred review), rounds out the book coverage.


The NYT reviews The Distance Home by Paula Saunders (Random): “[it] becomes a meditation on the violence of American ambition—and a powerful call for self-examination.” Also, Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman (Ecco: Harper): “intelligent and has its finger on the zeitgeist of the Instagram and Tumblr generation, but it also paints the worst possible picture of teenagers trying to understand themselves.” The paper gathers books “On the Front Lines of Infertility.” Finally, for readers sorry to see the Tour de France end, the paper gathers three books on the race and reviews We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed (S. & S.): “Reed is talented, and as debut novels go, this is a decent start. But my impression was that the Tour has once again shrugged off a challenge to its own storytelling prerogative.

The Washington Post reviews The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter by Daniel J. Patinkin (Arcade: Skyhorse): “a provocative, sometimes maddening, occasionally riveting examination of the lives of six ordinary Americans who share the experience of having shot someone.” Also, Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse by Andrea Di Robilant (Knopf): “captures the full panoply of quirks and conflicts that often made Papa and those closest to him miserable.” Finally, Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren't Your Best Source of Health Information (Columbia Univ.): “In breezy and deceptively conversational prose that often winks with humor [the book] breaks down complex scientific subjects that have been distorted through several cultural lenses.” Ron Charles offers his weekly report and considers Emily Brontë.

NPR reviews Garlandia by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jerry Kramsky (Fantagraphics: Norton): the “art is so virtuosic, so gorgeously replete, it almost doesn't matter what the book is about. Its inexorable entirely visual.”

Briefly Noted

Will Smith is writing a book with Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Harper). He announced it on Instagram.

USA Today picks its books of the week.

Vanity Fair selects “The Summer's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers.

The Atlantic reports on rereading childhood books.

The Brooklyn Public Library announces the longlist for its Literary Prize.

The shortlists for the CWA Dagger awards are out (click on the categories, such as Gold, to see the lists).

Lois Lowry's The Giver is being adapted as a graphic novel. It will publish from HMH Books for Young Readers in March 2019 (ISBN 9780544157880). Entertainment Weekly has the story.

After “10 years of rejections,” author Rena Barron has a book deal for her debut trilogy, “set in a West Africa-inspired fantasy kingdom.” The first book is The Last Witchdoctor and will publish Sept. 2019. The Bookseller has the details.

The Guardian writes about why "brainy" books are of such interest. The paper also interviews Porochista KhakpourJericho Brown, and Jacqueline Rose.

The LA Times writes about the strange case of Anna March.

Authors on Air

In adaptation news from Deadline Hollywood: Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers is headed to the movies. Sony Pictures is making a film of Rumpelstiltskin, to star Peter Dinklage. Janice Y.K. Lee’s The Expatriates is getting adapted by Nicole Kidman for Amazon. Kidman is also working on adapting Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming Nine Perfect Strangers. Netflix is creating a series based on Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (S. & S.; LJ starred review) to star its author, Samin Nosrat. DJ Target's Grime Kids is headed to TV. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, adapting the comics, will air on Netflix starting Oct. 26. Deadline also has a story on why books are so big with small screen producers.

Octavia Spencer is starring as Madame C.J. Walker, based on a biography written by Walker's granddaughter.

NPR interviews R.O. KwonThe Incendiaries (Riverhead: Penguin), Jean GuerreroCrux: A Cross-Border Memoir (One World: Random), and Amy BonnafonsThe Wrong Heaven (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review). Fresh Air rebroadcasts an interview with Stephen King.

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