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Hideaway by Nora Roberts leads holds this week. Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett is People’s Book of the Week. More summer reading lists arrive. Day of Dialog and BookExpo are this week. Middle Earth, Harry Potter, and the Omegaverse all make news. Marilynne Robinson asks “What Kind of Country Do We Want?” At least on TV, it is Julia Child week.

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Big Books of the Week

Hideaway by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Fair Warning by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: Hachette)

Bombshell by Stuart Woods, Parnell Hall (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

Wrath of Poseidon by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine: Random House)

These books and others publishing the week of May 26, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three Library Reads choices come out this week, including the No. 1 May pick Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review):

Jo, a successful producer and screenwriter, asks her assistant Emma to attend the SAG awards with her as a buffer to field questions. But after a red carpet photograph, rumors start spreading about their romantic involvement. A sweet, slow burn romance that gets steamy at the end between two people who obviously respect and value the other, despite various communication issues that arise. Give to readers who liked Girl Gone Viral (Rai), The Hating Game (Thorne), and Red, White & Royal Blue (McQuiston).” —Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima, WA

It is also an Indie Next selection:

Something to Talk About is an incredible debut about a Hollywood showrunner, Jo, and her assistant, Emma, who realize the tabloids may be correct in thinking there is something romantic between the two of them. The slowest of slow-burn romances in the best possible way, Something to Talk About touches on the #MeToo movement, the meaning of consent, and what it means to be a powerful woman in Hollywood.” —Isabella Ogbolumani, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

"Set in the small village of Chawton where Jane Austen lived at the end of her life, just after WWII. Add in a small farmer, the local doctor, a heart- broken widow, a movie actress and other assorted characters all of who love Jane Austen. For readers who enjoyed The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler." —Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

It too is an Indie Next selection:

“Utterly and wonderfully charming! The residents of Chawton, England, who seem to have nothing in common, come together by their love for the writings of Jane Austen. They quickly come to realize that true friendship depends on nothing but a caring heart and the willingness and courage to be open to others. This is a book to read again and again whenever your faith in humanity is threatened.” —Sandi Madore, Magnolia’s Bookstore, Seattle, WA

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

"Ashna is trying to keep her father’s restaurant, Curried Dreams, from failing. An opportunity is presented to her to be a chef on a reality show, paired with a celebrity. Little does she know that the celebrity, Rico, a soccer star, maneuvered on the show to be paired with her. For fans of Jasmine Guillory." —Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Two more Indie Next picks publish this week:

Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

Hollywood Park is the kind of memoir that will turn you completely inside out before it lets you go. Within the specificity of his story, Mikel Jollett has somehow managed to make space for all of us — the intricate voice of his child and adolescent selves is one every reader will easily hear in their own head. This book is a brilliant and raw balancing of the accounts that make up a self, and I have nothing but respect for the vulnerability it took Jollett to step down from the stage he’s used to occupying as a musician and into a story that readers everywhere will hold in their hands and hearts for a very long time.” —Afton Montgomery, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO (on the May list)

Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf; LJ starred review)

“Over the latter half of the past decade, Elliot Ackerman has established himself as one of the great forces in modern literature. His novels and essays have provided uncommon depth of understanding of a world in constant violent conflict, all written with a superb command of language. His newest novel once again delves into a world of corruption and deception, but this is done at a much more personal level as the crisis of a marriage in Istanbul reflects the underlying rot of society. Set in the course of one day and developed through flashbacks, the reader learns the toll on individuals and society in a world of deceit.” —Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS (on the June list).

In the Media

People’s "Book of the Week" is Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are Fairest by Meredith Talusan (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review) and The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review). There is also a Q&A with Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham (Random House).


The Washington Post reviews All My Mother's Lovers by Ilana Masad (Dutton: Penguin): “Masad is deft and incisive about the sometimes-fraught nature of mother-daughter relationships, around which loaded subtext can seem to twist and twine like Christmas lights.” Also, Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir by Mark Lanegan (Hachette): “fearsome and brutal.” The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter (Random House; LJ starred review): “a spectacular new biography that paints a rich and textured portrait of the great economist and locates his ideas within the broad sweep of economic and intellectual history.” The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron's Race to Revive France and Save the World by William Drozdiak (PublicAffairs: Hachette): “outlines the urgency of the French president’s vision for a united and sovereign Europe and the high obstacles it faces.” Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty (Belknap: Harvard): “both a history of the world and a theory of history.” The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World’s Most Famous Museum by James Gardner (Harvard): “courageous and erudite.

USA Today reviews All My Mother's Lovers by Ilana Masad (Dutton: Penguin), giving it 3.5 stars and writing “a melancholy and memorable reminder of how little we often know about the people who raise us, not just as caretakers, but as human beings with hopes and heartaches.”

The NYT reviews Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford (Knopf; LJ starred review): “I admire this book enormously; it’s a profound and intuitive work of immersive journalism. If I didn’t turn every page with equal enthusiasm, well, it’s a long trip.” Also, Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley (Random House Graphic; SLJ starred review): “provides delight and relief, especially as rendered by Knisley, a comic artist with a creative spirit as fresh as the farm.” Fly on the Wall by Remy Lai (Henry Holt: Macmillan; SLJ starred review): “in this sharp, sweet story there is much to connect with.” The Death of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee (Viking: Penguin): “His prose has never been ornamental, but in his later years it has grown particularly spare. This is not unpleasant; rather, it’s disorienting, then hypnotic.” Fairest by Meredith Talusan (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “Although her account can grow tedious with anecdotal detail, there’s enough material in Talusan’s life story to fill several memoirs.” Red Dress in Black and White by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf; LJ starred review): “What lasts is the book’s emphasis on hidden machinations of power.” The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times by Anthony DePalma (Viking: Penguin): “an admirable feat of journalism, a remarkably revealing glimpse into the world of a muzzled yet irrepressibly ebullient neighbor.” There are also two reviews of books about “Guns, Gunfights and the Legends of the Wild West” and the “New & Noteworthy” column looks at recent audiobooks. "The Shortlist” considers coffee table art books.

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks books for the week.

Time selects “45 New Books You Need to Read This Summer.”

Literary Hub has a list as well.

Vulture names its “29 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer.” Added to that, Vulture also says “Want Is the Summer Book I Couldn’t Put Down” That is Want by Lynn Steger Strong (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

More Summer Reading lists arrive as Town & Country offers its “Must-Read” suggestions.

BookPage has the “Most anticipated YA books of the summer.”

Popsugar gathers “17 Thrillers That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat This Summer.”

The Atlantic has a largely backlist selection, grouped by “common literary cravings.”

Jo Walton has a list of “Books That Grab You” for

The Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing are announced.

Publishers Weekly has BookExpo coverage, including a look at six buzz books.

In more forthcoming book news, Sophie Kinsella will have a new book out on October 27, Love Your Life (The Dial Press: Random House). The Bookseller has some details. Also, io9 writes about the Endless Quest series, the Dungeons & dragons choose your own adventures that are getting adapted as audiobooks by Dreamscape.

People features Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett (Celadon Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Also, a story about The Good Fight: Wanting to Leave, Choosing to Stay, and the Powerful Practice for Loving Faithfully by Jana Kramer, Michael Caussin (HarperOne).

Vogue excerpts The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead: Penguin).

BuzzFeed excerpts Fairest by Meredith Talusan (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Aimee Herman has a short story in Electric Lit: “The Reveal Party.”

Electric Lit interviews Samantha Irby, Wow, No Thank You: Essays (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review) and also has an interview with Victoria Chang, Orbit (Copper Canyon).

Time interviews Rutger Bregman, Humankind: A Hopeful History (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Washington Post has a feature on Vivek H. Murthy, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World (Harper Wave).

Fox News features Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up by Martha McSally (William Morrow: Harper).

BookPage offers “Behind the Book” with Sonali Dev, Recipe for Persuasion (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review).

Adrienne Brodeur, Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me (HMH; LJ starred review), has a piece in Vogue.

J.K. Rowling writes on Twitter about the “birthplace” of Harry Potter. People reports.

Copyright, intellectual property, e-books, and fan-fiction are in the headlines as a court decides a case involving the Omegaverse. The NYT reports.

What are the places the inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth? The Guardian reports on scholar John Garth who has some ideas. His new book is The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth (Princeton).

Literary Hub writes about the rare Raymond Carver video in which he reads “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” calling it “glorious.”

COVID-19 Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Vox suggests reading Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson (Scribner: S. & S.) to gain a sense of control in an out of control world.

Autostraddle has "13 Books Packed With Queer Joy to Block Out the World."

Two major book events, forced online due to the pandemic, take place this week. LJ’s Day of Dialog will be held virtually and for free on Thursday, May 28. You can register here. All programming will be posted for on-demand viewing until August 28.

BookExpo begins on May 26th and runs through the 29th. It is also online, largely on Facebook. Here is the session schedule.

Marilynne Robinson asks “What Kind of Country Do We Want?” in a new piece in The New York Review of Books.

USA Today reports on Haruki Murakami’s radio show. It plays on Tokyofm. The station has a page for his playlists and there are playlists on YouTube as well, such as this one.

Authors on Air

Town & Country has a bit of news about the forthcoming Netflix adaptation of Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller. Also, an update about Gossip Girl.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Ilhan Omar, This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Denali: A Man A Dog, A Friendship Of A Lifetime by Ben Moon is getting adapted for the movies. Deadline reports.

WGBH Boston is running a celebration of Julia Child this week (it started yesterday). In addition to classic episodes of The French Chef, there will also be content from Alex Prud’homme, co-author of My Life in France. Apartment Therapy has some more details.

Michelle Obama, Becoming, will be on The Tonight Show tonight.

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