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Masked Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week. People’s Book of the Week is It's Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan. Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker wins the Philip K. Dick Award. The NYT writes about the dangers to the comics industry. Stephen King's Salem’s Lot is headed to the movies.

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Big Books of the Week

Masked Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Sunrise on Half Moon Bay by Robyn Carr (MIRA: Harper)

The House of Kennedy by James Patterson (Little, Brown: Hachette)

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez (Forever: Hachette)

The Last Emperox by John Scalzi (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.)

These books and others publishing the week of April 13, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There is one LibraryReads title publishing this week:

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez (Forever: Hachette)

"Sloan, still recovering from the sudden death of her fiance, finds a stray dog and brings him home. She calls the number on the tag but there is no response. Once she has fallen for the dog, the owner shows up and Sloan gets a second chance at love. For lovers of romantic comedies like Less by Sean Andrew Greer and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld." —Theresa Bond, Middlesex Public Library, Middlesex, NJ

Three Indie Next books arrive:

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“An intriguing, in-depth look at a phenomenon that seldom penetrates the human mind or the political discourse. Filled with historical insights and rich examples, this book transports the reader into real places and events, and identifies their import for current affairs.” —Lloyd Richardson, ShenValley Books ’n Things, Harrisonburg, VA (on the April list).

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (William Morrow: Harper)

“Simon Boudlin’s passion is to be the best fiddle player there is, beholden to no one and following his muse wherever it takes him. But when he meets the beautiful Doris Aherne, his plans change. Paulette Jiles once again captures the great promise and sweeping beauty of the Texas frontier in cinematic prose as poetic and lyrical as the tunes that pour forth from the fiddler himself. Simon joins that great pantheon of strivers for a better life, and readers will root for him every step of the way. Fans of News of the World can rejoice — with Simon the Fiddler, Jiles has done it again!” —Peter Sherman, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA (on the May list).

Braised Pork by An Yu (Grove Press)

“An astonishing look at a new widow’s attempt to make sense of her husband’s death and her newfound independence, through which she rediscovers her love of painting, forms new and profound bonds, rekindles previously dormant familial relationships, and ultimately finds peace in uncertainty. Set in Beijing and Tibet, Braised Pork is a poetic reflection on life and all of its meandering, unpredictable messiness.” —Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, Solid State Books, Washington, DC (on the May list).

In the Media

People’s Book of the Week is It's Not All Downhill From Here by Terry McMillan (Ballantine: Random House). Also getting attention are Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review) and Camp Girls: Fireside Lessons on Friendship, Courage, and Loyalty by Iris Krasnow (Grand Central: Hachette). There is also a list of “Distracting New Thrillers” which includes The Herd by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine: Random House), Hid from Our Eyes: A Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur: Macmillan), and No Going Back by Sheena Kamal (William Morrow: Harper). On TV, People picks Mrs. America and Belgravia. There is a feature on Maurice Benard, Nothing General About It: How Love (and Lithium) Saved Me On and Off General Hospital (William Morrow: Harper), one on Marie Kondo, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (Little, Brown: Hachette), and on Christina Anstead, The Wellness Remodel: A Guide to Rebooting How You Eat, Move, and Feed Your Soul (Harper Wave). Recipes comes from The Fit Foodie Meal Prep Plan: Easy Steps to Fill Your Fridge for the Week by Sally O'Neil (Tiller Press: S. & S.) and Everyone Can Bake: Simple Recipes to Master and Mix by Dominique Ansel (S. & S.; LJ starred review).


The NYT reviews Three Poems by Hannah Sullivan (Farrar): “She is a poet of steel shavings, of semidetached feeling, of unexpected links and impieties and unpropitious implications.” Also, The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus, illustrated by Cheryl Pilgrim (Margaret Ferguson Books: Holiday House): “charming.” Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar (HarperCollins): “Longtime fans, of which there are many … should not fear ... that the surreal exploits of Mrs. Jewls’s class have strayed too far from their wacky roots.” The paper also has “Picture Books The Bring Poetry to Kids” and a three-book review on titles that “Offer Some Ambitious Proposals” to climate change.

USA Today reviews The Coyotes of Carthage by Steven Wright (Ecco: HarperCollins; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it a “crackerjack debut.”

The Washington Post reviews Perfect Tunes by Emily Gould (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.): “a poignant story about motherhood.”

NPR reviews Artforum by César Aira, translated by Katherine Silver (New Directions: W. W. Norton): “Is there any other writer who can get away with such overshot, brazen hyperbole? Aira is unencumbered. He does what he does, and what we receive is giddy, unquestionably self-indulgent, and yet absolutely perfect.” Also, Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington (Tor Teen: Macmillan): “wonderful.” Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed (Soho Teen: Random House): “examines issues of cultural identity and racism both as they existed in the past and still manifest today, and asks the reader to think about legacy and which stories are passed down through time — all while indulging in a romantic amateur sleuthing adventure.”

Briefly Noted

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories by Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer Press) wins the Philip K. Dick Award.

USA Today picks books for the week.

Elle gathers “The 30 Most Anticipated New Books of Summer 2020.”

Electric Lit has “A Drag Queen Recommends 7 Books About Rejecting Normality.” has horror novel suggestions for every tolerance level.

Vulture’s “Read Like The Wind” column is out.

The NYT features Tom Gauld, Department of Mind-Blowing Theories (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan).

Grub Street spotlights Priya Krishna, Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family (Houghton Harcourt; LJ starred review).

NPR showcases On the Horizon by Lois Lowry, illustrated by Kenard Pak (HMH Books for Young Readers). Also, a feature on You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation by Sarah Urist Green (Penguin).

People features Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers (Random House Books for Young Readers).

The Atlantic spotlights Calder: The Conquest of Space: The Later Years: 1940-1976 by Jed Perl (Knopf).

Esquire profiles Marie Kondo, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Anne Tyler, Redhead by the Side of the Road (Knopf). Also, an interview with Max Porter, Lanny (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

CrimeReads interviews Donna Leon, Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery (Grove Press).

HuffPost interviews Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life (S. & S.). Also, an interview with Michael Arceneaux, I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays (Atria: S. & S.).

Vox interviews Robert Wright, Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment (S. & S.).

Electric Lit interviews Gretchen McCulloch, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language (Riverhead: Penguin).

Salon interviews Betsey Johnson, Betsey (Viking: Penguin).

Vox has a discussion between Veronica Roth and Seanan McGuire, on “How to ‘Craft and Plan a Series’.”

The NYT has “5 Things About Your Book” questions for Jon Pessah, Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian suggests “books as clever and amusing as Bridget Jones.”

The Guardian writes about the support for Edna O’Brien after The New Yorker depicts her in a negative light, with some calling it a "hatchet job.”

Mental Floss has “12 Fun Facts About Beverly Cleary.”

HuffPost reports on “The Most Popular Books Set In Every State.”

The Strategist has “What Suzanne Somers Can’t Live Without.”

Shel Silverstein’s house boat is for sale. People reports.

Earl G. Graves Sr. has died. William R. Polk has died. The NYT reports.

Coronavirus Reading and RA/Collection Development Resources

Grub Street suggests cookbooks for quarantine.

The New Yorker has reading (and more) suggestions for passing the time in social isolation.

The NYT writes about the state of comics, asking “Can Comic Books Survive the Coronavirus Era?

The Washington Post reports on how “Judy Blume, Samantha Irby, Jennifer Weiner and other authors are spending their quarantine.”

USA Today highlights some online book clubs.

The Atlantic writes about “The Exquisite Pain of Reading in Quarantine.”

Entertainment Weekly has another in its quarantine book club piece, this one on Chasing Hillary: On the Trail of the First Woman President Who Wasn't by Amy Chozick (Harper).

PBS NewsHour features Ina Garten “cooking through social distancing.”

Joy Harjo has a poem for The Washington Post, about the theme of home.

The L.A. Times has a report on “What do people ask a librarian in a pandemic.”

The Guardian talks with Ann Patchett on running her bookstore in the pandemic.

City Lights Bookstore raises enough money to stay in business. Deadline reports.

Nathan Englander has a recipe for comfort carrots on LitHub.

Authors on Air

Stephen King's Salem’s Lot is headed to the movies. The screenwriter of It will direct. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Disney+ is making a live action/CG hybrid version of Robin Hood. Deadline has details.

Don Winslow writes “Top 10 Things Studios, Networks and Streamers Could Do To Treat Authors Better.” Deadline has the list.

PBS NewsHour has an interview with Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth (Knopf).

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews John Scalzi, The Last Emperox (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

NPR interviews Alan Zweibel, Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier (Abrams).

CBS Sunday Morning has a report and audio excerpt of Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park by Conor Knighton (Crown: Random House). Also, an opinion piece by Madeleine Albright, Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir (Harper; LJ starred review).

A trailer is out for How to Build a Girl, based on the book by Caitlin Moran.

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