Midsummer Booklists, Jul. 9, 2019 | Book Pulse

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo gets buzz. More booklists for July, the rest of the year, and on selected topics arrive. Cressida Cowell is the UK’s new children’s laureate. Maya Angelou gets an artistic honor.

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Midsummer Booklists

USA Today picks its books for the week.

Lambda Literary offers books for July.

CrimeReads suggests “7 Psychological Thrillers to Read This July.”

LitHub names the “Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Part 2.” Here is Part 1.

LJ publishes Prepub Alert for January 2020.

The Washington Post picks “Three books to help kids — and their parents — talk about difficult subjects.”

The NYT “The Shortlist” gathers “Stories in Translation.”

Bitchmedia selects “5 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read This July.”

Tor.com has “5 Sweltering Southern Gothic Horror Novels for the Heat of Summer.”

Peter Orner, Maggie Brown & Others: Stories (Little, Brown: Hachette), shares “five indelible short story collections” with LitHub.


The NYT reviews Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “an excruciating exposé of the ongoing epidemic of female fragility and neediness in the romantic arena — a product of our insecurity, ignorance and zero self-regard.” Also, Jacob's Ladder by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon (FSG: Macmillan): “dramatizes this Russian concept of sudba, the understanding of fate as a kind of prison we can never escape. But at a subtler level, it’s about the essence of life itself, particularly the essence of our ancestors that’s manifested through us.” Supper Club by Lara Williams (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin): “an exquisite patience with the emerging texture of an emotion. As a stylist, she is subtle and superbly attentive, though her approach does leave a few darlings unkilled.” The Substitution Order by Martin Clark (Knopf): “not merely a good legal thriller; it’s a great one.” Copperhead by Alexi Zentner (Viking: Penguin): “invites us to see how bigotry operates in real life.” Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay (Dey Street Books: Harper): “At its core, it is a story about mothers and daughters, and its emotional spine is the story of Sesay’s relationship to her own mother.” Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem by Daniel R. Day (Random House; LJ starred review): “riveting … compelling.” The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America by Margaret O'Mara (Penguin): “accessible yet sophisticated chronicle.” Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, from Dispensaries to Dinner Parties by Lizzie Post (Ten Speed Press: Random House): “This is a friendly book, the one to give to your cousin who is about to visit her first dispensary … If this book’s prose had a tail, it would always be wagging.”

The Washington Post reviews Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “a heartbreaking litany of the disappointments and betrayals that shape female longing.” Also, Deep River by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly Press): “bucks every literary trend, and that’s what makes it so charming.”

NPR reviews Hawking by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Myrick (First Second: Macmillan): “Ottaviani conveys all these layers with delicacy. The same can't be said of Myrick's art, though. Although he does a lovely job illustrating Hawking's theories, his drawings are workmanlike otherwise.” Also, Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader: S. & S.): “a work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy.” Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky (Knopf; LJ starred review): “tart lemonade of a summer read that won't demand too much of your time or attention: Short, simple sentences. Strong, outspoken characters. Lots of libidinous activity … that brings a decidedly modern update to John Cheever's suburbia.”

Briefly Noted

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom (The New Press) will be the September Book Riot Persist: A Feminist Book Club title.

The Chesley Award winners are announced. Locus has the list. The site also has the winner of the Prometheus Award.

Cressida Cowell is the U.K.’s new children’s laureate. The Guardian has the details.

In forthcoming book news, Michael Mann announces his novel, which is a prequel to his film Heat, will publish in 2020. He is co-writing it with Reed Farrel Coleman. Also, Vanity Fair reports that Marcus Samuelsson is creating a new cookbook with Audible, the audio cookbook will be titled Our Harlem. Tor.com runs down “What’s Next for this Year’s Locus Award Winners.”

Vulture profiles Helen Phillips, The Need (S. & S.).

Datebook interviews Lila Savage, Say Say Say (Knopf).

The NYT has a conversation with Sarah Parcak, Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past (Henry Holt: Macmillan). The paper also has an interview with Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield.

The NYT writes about how Naomi Wolf, Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalization of Love (HMH), is reacting to her book getting postposed and recalled in the US, “fighting back with a strategy that mixes the genteel traditions of scholarly peer review with crisis management.”

The NYT features new murals honoring Maya Angelou.

PBS NewsHour posts discussion questions for The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Back Bay Books: Hachette), the current NewsHour/NYT book club title. The NewsHour also reports that tariffs on Chinese imports might “result in a Bible shortage” and make them more expensive.

Janne E. Nolan has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Bustle has reading suggestions for fans of Midsommar.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Sweet Valley High movie has a new writer, Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty).

NPR interviews Daniel R. Day, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir (Random House; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Travis Rieder, In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids (Harper). And, an interview with Sinan Antoon, The Book of Collateral Damage (Yale).

Howard Bryant’s The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism is headed to TV. The Truly Tasteless Joke books are going to be the subject of a documentary. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil gets another trailer.

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