'Dream Girl' by Laura Lippman Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

People's "Book of the Week, Dream Girl by Laura Lippman, leads holds this week as well. The July issue of Entertainment Weekly is out with summer book coverage. Winners of the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) 2021 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards are announced. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams wins best Adult Fiction Book of the Year. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Elif Shafak will headline English PEN's 100th celebrations. The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook is reviewed and Graham Norton talks Homestretch. Janet Malcolm, who died Wednesday at 86, is remembered. Will Smith reveals new memoir and cover art on Instagram. Plus, Katie Couric announces a fall book tour for Going There.



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Big Books of the Week

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (Morrow; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi (Mira; LJ starred review)

Hostage by Clare Mackintosh (Sourcebooks Landmark)

Sunrise by the Sea: A Little Beach Street Bakery Novel by Jenny Colgan (William Morrow)

The Witness for the Dead: The Goblin Emperor, Bk. 2 by Katherine Addison (Tor; LJ starred review)

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney (William Morrow: HarperCollins)

These books and others publishing the week of June 21st, 2021 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two LibraryReads selections and four Indie Next picks publishing this week:

Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (Morrow; LJ starred review)

“Poor Gerry Anderson: esteemed novelist, confined to his highrise after a freak accident, besieged with assistants and badgered by his ex. Gerry sees himself as a victim, but not all agree, and someone is taking murderous measures to bring him to task. Who’ll outsmart whom in this game of cat and mouse?”—Lori Hench, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD

It is also an IndieNext Pick:

Carve out a lot of time for when you start Dream Girl, because you're not going to want to stop! Haunting, atmospheric and often funny — this is one of Lippman's best, which is saying a lot!”—Jason Hafer, Reads & Company, Phoenixville, PA

The Woman They Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried To Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore (Sourcebooks; LJ starred review)

"In 1860, Packard was committed to an insane asylum by her husband with no evidence of any condition other than she disagreed with him on some issues and spoke her mind. Moore deftly presents Packard’s story of her confinement, subsequent trial, and crusade to improve women’s legal standing. Give this book to those interested in stories of trailblazing women, legal thrillers, and even true crime."—PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Library, Raleigh, NC

It is also an IndieNext pick:

“As this country waged war against slavery, a quiet heroine fought for the rights of women. A must read for all!”—Fran Ziegler, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA

Two additional IndieNext picks arrive this week:

Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie (Knopf; LJ starred review)

Songs in Ursa Major is the perfect summer book recommendation. It should be read with music right out of Laurel Canyon playing in the background.”—Linda McLoughlin Figel, pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA

Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead)

“These stories about human relationships range from those between lovers, friends, and family. How is it that Taylor can write so that we can see the interior crevices of these characters’ souls?”—Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA


In the Media

July’s issue of Entertainment Weekly is out with summer book coverage including a spotlight on Falling by T. J. Newman (Avid Reader; LJ starred review) and “Buzziest Novel of the Summer” The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam (Scribner). The “Must List” includes The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (Celadon) and Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton). The feature, “99 Ways to Spend 99 Days,” has some reading suggestions including: Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder (Doubleday), They'll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman (Razorbill), People Like Them by Samira Sedira (Penguin), This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press), Vessel by Chongda Cai (HarperVia), Give My Love to the Savages : Stories by Chris Stuck (Amistad), A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan (Little, Brown & Company), Radiant Fugitives by Nawaaz Ahmed (Counterpoint), and We Are the Brennans by Tracey Lange (Celadon: Macmillan).

“Summer Books about Summer” includes Heatwave by Victor Jestin (Scribner), Rock the Boat by Beck Dorey-Stein (Dial), Nobody, Somebody, Anybody by Kelly McClorey (Ecco), Virtue by Hermione Hoby (Riverhead), The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent (Putnam; LJ starred review), The Fiancée by Kate White (Harper), The Guncle by Steven Rowley (Putnam), and People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry (Berkley; LJ starred review). Entertainment Weekly has the full list online.

There is a feature on Blackout by YA heavyweights Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon (Quill Tree Books), an interview with Jasmine Guillory, While We Were Dating (Berkley), and a Q&A with Sinéad O’Connor, Rememberings: Scenes from My Complicated Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). EW Celebrity Memoir Picks include Yearbook by Seth Rogen (Crown), Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood by Danny Trejo & Donal Logue (Atria; LJ starred review), and Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson (HarperCollins). Plus, an oral history of The Devil Wears Prada, based on the book by Lauren Weisberger.

EW reviews Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead), which gets a B+, Objects of Desire by Clare Sestanovich (Knopf) which gets an A-, and Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze (Bloomsbury) which earns a B.

The People "Picks" book of the week is Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (Morrow; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are Blush by Jamie Brenner (Putnam; LJ starred review) and The Godmothers by Camille Aubray (Morrow). A “New in Nonfiction” section spotlights All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles (Random; LJ starred review), Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero by Amanda Kloots (HarperCollins), and Home Made: A Story of Grief, Groceries, Showing Up - and What We Made When We Make Dinner by Liz Hauck (Dial Press: Random House).

The “Picks” section highlights Netflix’s Fatherhood, based on the book Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin. Also, there are profiles of Craig Melvin, Pops: Learning to be a Son and a Father (William Morrow: HarperCollins) and his new relationship with his now-sober father. Plus, Dana Pollack, Dana’s Bakery: 100 Decadent Recipes for Unique Desserts (Page Street Publishing) shares a recipe.


The NYT reviews Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland (Little, Brown Spark; LJ starred review): “Slingerland takes up the cause with all the chivalry of a knight-errant, and his infectious passion makes this book a romp as well as a refreshingly erudite rejoinder to the prevailing wisdom.” And, The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshua Cohen (New York Review Books): “It is an infuriating, frustrating, pretentious piece of work — and also absorbing, delightful, hilarious, breathtaking and the best and most relevant novel I’ve read in what feels like forever.” Also, Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead): “intimacies, often cozy, pair splendidly with the uglier, more brutal elements to establish the book’s focus: the feral that lurks under the veneer, the unspoken impulses that can lead people to contort themselves into gruesome shapes.”

NPR reviews Widespread Panic by James Ellroy (Knopf): “Fast, snappy, and with a level of alliteration that dances between the brilliant and the ridiculous, Otash's voice is unlike anything else in contemporary fiction.” Also “3 Romances That Prove Love Is Love Is Love.”

USA Today reviews Dream Girl by Laura Lippman (Morrow; LJ starred review) giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars: "Lippman’s sharp and timely thriller is a fast read, one that will surely please her many longtime devotees as well as attract new and enthusiastic fans."

The Washington Post reviews The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook (Holt): “a detailed, heart-rending and frequently terrifying accounting of what it must have felt like to be part of the Challenger crew that day.” Also, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead): "Though the book can be difficult to read, Emezi carefully captures the struggle of what it means to be a person — or an entity — in a world that is not designed to accommodate their existence."

Briefly Noted

Winners of the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) 2021 Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards have been announced. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams (Ballantine; LJ starred review) wins best Adult Fiction Book of the Year. Books+Publishing has the full list of winners.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Elif Shafak will headline English PEN's 100th celebrations, reports The Bookseller. The event will run from September 24th-26th at the Southbank Centre.

Publishers plan reopening strategy in UK and US, reports Locus.

People features photos of celebrity airport style from Come Fly with Me: Flying in Style by Jodi Peckman (Rizzoli).

The Guardian interviews International Booker winner David Diop on the “unheard African voices of the first world war and the inspiration for his violent antihero.”

The San Francisco Chronicle speaks with Anne Lamott and Neal Allen on “writing, spirituality and their life together of shared humor and kindness.”

The LA Times has a story on Becoming Trader Joe: How I Did Business My Way and Still Beat the Big Guys by Joe Coulombe with Patty Civalleri (HarperCollins Leadership).

The NYT has a feature on Graham Norton on his latest novel Home Stretch (HarperVia) and “what it’s like for a gay man to return to his home and find both it and himself wholly transformed.”

FoxNews has a feature on The Burning Blue: The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA’s Challenger Disaster by Kevin Cook (Holt) and Ruta Lee tells all in Consider Your Ass Kissed (Briton Publishing).

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week.

Buzzfeed has “17 Historical Fiction Books You'll Want To Get Your Hands On This Summer.”

The New York Times remembers Janet Malcolm, who died Wednesday at 86. The LA Times has an appreciation. The New Republic also considers her legacy. Plus, Malcolm is remembered by writers at The New Yorker.

Authors on Air

Will Smith with reveals new memoir and cover on InstagramWill by Will Smith with Mark Manson (Penguin Press) publishes November 9th. Deadline reports. USA Today also covers.

Katie Couric announces a fall book tour for Going There (Little, Brown & Company). USA Today has more.

CBS Sunday Morning has an interview with Malcolm Gladwell on The Bomber Mafia (Little, Brown: Hachette) and rethinking the audiobook. Plus, Bobby Flay, Beat Bobby Flay: Conquer the Kitchen with 100+ Battle-Tested Recipes (Clarkson Potter) on the “next generation of cooking heroes.”

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Ibram Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation) who suggests “6 Books To Help Your Kid Take The Next Steps Towards Social Justice.”

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday talks with former senior adviser to President Biden's COVID response team Andy Slavitt about his new book Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response (St. Martin’s Press).

Old Testament historical novel Star of Persia: Esther's Story by Jill Eileen Smith (Revell) will get TV adaptation by M.E.G.A. Deadline reports.

Graham Norton, Home Stretch (HarperVia) visits Seth Meyers tomorrow night.

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