"Choppy Water" by Stuart Woods Leads Library Holds For the Week | Book Pulse

Choppy Water by Stuart Woods leads holds this week. People’s Book of the Week is A Saint from Texas by Edmund White. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer gets focused coverage. New virtual book events make news as both DC FanDome and The L.A. Times Festival of Books announce dates to login. More political books are getting attention and Ben Affleck is directing the adaptation of Sam Wasson’s The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.

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Big Books of the Week

Choppy Water by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Also in demand are:

The Midwife Murders by James Patterson, Richard DiLallo (Grand Central: Hachette)

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie, Carolyn Durand (Dey Street: Hachette)

A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke (S. & S.)

No Offense by Meg Cabot (William Morrow: Harper)

Then She Vanished by T. Jefferson Parker (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

These books and others publishing the week of Aug. 11, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet. 

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

 There is one LibraryReads selection out this week:

No Offense by Meg Cabot (William Morrow: Harper)

"In the second book in the Little Bridge Island series, we meet Molly, a children’s librarian who is new to the island, and John, the newly installed island sheriff. Their lives become intertwined when Molly finds a newborn baby in the library bathroom and the two work to find the mother. For readers who enjoy It’s In HIs Kiss by Jill Shalvis and The Best Man by Kristan Higgins." —Laura Hanson, Waukee Public Library, Waukee, IA

In the Media

People’s Book of the Week is A Saint from Texas by Edmund White (Bloomsbury: Macmillan). Also getting attention are Rockaway: Surfing Headlong into a New Life by Diane Cardwell (HMH) and With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt (Algonquin: Workman). There are star reading picks too. Diane Lane is reading the The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives by Stanislav Grof, Hal Zina Bennett (Harper). Jerry O’Connell is reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Uzo Aduba is reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf; LJ starred review). People’s “Picks” include An American Pickle and The Secret Garden. Edward Ball, Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy (FSG: Macmillan), gets a feature, as does Catherine Cho, Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness (Henry Holt: Macmillan). People also spotlights Matthew McConaughey’s Greenlights (Crown: Random House). To close, there is a section on “Go-To” cookbook’s chosen by chefs. Making the list are The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page (Little, Brown: Hachette), Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself by Klancy Miller (HMH), and Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers by Julia Turshen (Chronicle Books; LJ starred review).


The Washington Post reviews Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review): “The book, years in the making, opens with a recently updated and urgent introduction that integrates the killing of George Floyd and the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on communities of color as proof of an entrenched American hierarchy.” Also, Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette): “layered atop that familiar tale is a new look at Edward’s internal struggle concerning Bella, along with deep glimpses into his past and his family dynamics, that make him a more complex, and better, character.” Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy by Edward Ball (FSG: Macmillan): “The book’s most compelling character is not Lecorgne but New Orleans itself, culturally and racially layered.” When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted by Jim McCloskey with Philip Lerman (Doubleday: Random House): “a riveting and infuriating examination of criminal prosecutions, revealing how easy it is to convict the wrong person and how nearly impossible it is to undo the error.” The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery by Robert Weintraub (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review): “exhaustive … transports the reader into Marble’s vibrant world: her baseball beginnings, her recovery from tuberculosis, her triumphs at Forest Hills and Wimbledon, and her San Simeon parties with the Hollywood elite.” The Hollow Ones by Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan (Grand Central: Hachette): “The central aesthetic decision — merging the classical horrors of Algernon Blackwood with a distinctly contemporary narrative — is both surprising and ultimately successful … a swift, thoroughly imagined entertainment that looks back at the genre’s past while hinting, in the final pages, of future installments to come.” Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-Up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World by Lesley M. Blume (S. & S.): “meticulously researched tale of the lengths to which a government will go to keep the truth from reaching its citizens might be exactly what everyone should be reading at this deeply worrisome juncture.” The Demagogue's Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump by Eric A. Posner (All Points: Macmillan): “takes us through the dangers of the charismatic, amoral, institution-destroying firebrands of American history to help us understand the specific threat that President Trump poses to the republic.”

NPR reviews You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (Avon: Harper): “It's a sensual choreography of romance, feminism, and identity that harmonizes the characters' relationships on and offscreen — while making all the jefa moves.” Also, The First Sister by Linden A. Lewis (Gallery: S. & S.): “a lot of fun, as stylish as it is substantial.” Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review): "To read Isabel Wilkerson is to revel in the pleasure of reading — to relax into the virtuosic performance of thought and form one is about to encounter, safe and secure that the structures will not collapse beneath you."

USA Today reviews The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Harper), giving it a perfect four stars and writing that it is “inspired … imagines a future in which the wilderness itself has become invite-only.”

The Atlantic reviews The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions): “exquisitely moody.” Also, Luster by Raven Leilani (FSG: Macmillan: “The most interesting moments in Luster ... subvert expectations of what Black women should mean to one another.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads picks ten books for the week.

Vulture picks its “Best Books of the Year (So Far).”

Susan Mallery has summer reads for Amazon.

Electric Lit gathers “7 Books That Take Women’s Bodies Seriously.”

The NYT has “Three New Books by Women in the American Political Sphere” and “3 Graphic Novel Detective Stories” for kids.

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Alice Hoffman.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes in The Washington Post about her “bad concussion and loss of memory during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Rick Gates, one of the witnesses in the Russia investigation, is writing a book, Wicked Game: An Insider's Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost (Post Hill Press: S. & S.). It arrives in October. The NYT has coverage.

Former Congresswoman Katie Hill has a book out, She Will Rise: Becoming a Warrior in the Battle for True Equality (Grand Central: Hachette). The NYT has a profile.

Town & Country has a report on the forthcoming Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (Quercus: Hachette).

O: The Oprah Magazine runs the short story "God’s Gonna Trouble the Water" by Randall Kenan, If I Had Two Wings : Stories (W.W. Norton).

O: The Oprah Magazine has an appreciation of Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Quill Tree Books: Harper; SLJ starred review).

Bitch Media features One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London (Dial Press: Random House).

The Atlantic has a piece entitled “What to Do About William Faulkner” that features The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War by Michael Gorra (Liveright: W. W. Norton).

Slate has a conversation about Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette). Elle has a story too.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Denise Mina, The Less Dead (Mulholland Books: Hachette).

Tor.com interviews Tamsyn Muir, Harrow the Ninth (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Sarah Broom, The Yellow House (Grove Press) and profiles Sarah Moss, Summerwater (FSG: Macmillan).

Amazon interviews Christopher Myers, Henri Is Full: Matisse and His World (Six Foot Press), on “Children’s publishing and re-invention.”

Electric Lit has an interview with Matthew Aucoin, who is adapting James Merrill’s “The Changing Light at Sandover” into an opera.

The NYT features the book, based on a popular Twitter thread, Men to Avoid in Art and Life by Nicole Tersigni (Chronicle Books).

Shadow and Act has a report on the upcoming DC FanDome, which will feature stars celebrating the films, shows, and comics of the DC universe. It takes place on Aug. 22. It is free but will not be archived. More here.

The L.A. Times Festival of Books will be virtual and begin on Oct. 18.

The Guardian has a piece about the letters to Simone de Beauvoir asking for “her advice on sex and sexuality.”

The NYT writes about a bookseller that “has become a symbol of Taiwan’s vibrant democracy.”

David Varno is elected president of the National Book Critics Circle. Publishers Weekly reports.

The NYT has an obituary for Shirley Ann Grau, the prize-winning author who died last week.

Historian Bernard Bailyn has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Author Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Nate Marshall, Finna: Poems (One World: Random House).

Ben Affleck will direct The Big Goodbye, an adaptation of Sam Wasson’s The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood. Love, Victor gets a second season on Hulu. Lily James and Armie Hammer’s edition of Rebecca will air on Netflix on October 21. First look images are out. Helen Cresswell’s Moondial is headed to TV. The Star Trek movie by Noah Hawley is put on hold for now. Deadline reports.

Sandra Bullock is producing an adaptation of the comic book Reborn for Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

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