The Summer Scares Reading List is Here, The Other Mrs. Leads Holds, My Dark Vanessa Tops the Indie Next List | Book Pulse

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (Park Row: Harper) leads holds this week. Coverage of My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell begins to rise and it tops the March Indie Next List. EarlyWord’s February GalleyChat Roundup is now online. The 2020 Summer Scares Reading List is announced. The March issue of Entertainment Weekly is out and is full of book and adaptation news.

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Big Books of the Week

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (Park Row: Harper) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Berkley: Penguin)

The Last Passenger: A Charles Lenox Mystery by Charles Finch (Minotaur: Macmillan)

One Minute Out by Mark Greaney (Berkley: Penguin)

The Holdout by Graham Moore (Random House; LJ starred review)

Chasing Cassandra: The Ravenels by Lisa Kleypas (Avon: Harper)

These books and others publishing the week of Feb. 17, 2020, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three LibraryReads titles publish this week:

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (Park Row: Harper)

"Sadie, Will, and their two children move to Maine following Will’s sister’s suicide, to care for her teenage daughter Imogen. Soon after, a strange murder happens in the house across the street. The family’s past is revealed along with the unraveling of the neighbor’s murder. For fans of You by Caroline Kepnes (both the book and the Netflix show)." —Christine Edgar, Farmington Libraries, Farmington, CT

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Berkley: Penguin)

“Another chilling ghost story from St. James, who seems to surpass the level of shiver with each book. A young woman uncovers old secrets and stirs up vengeful ghosts when she travels to upstate New York in search of an aunt who disappeared 35 years earlier." —Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System, Rochester, NY

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin (Celadon: Macmillan)

"Claire was a child when her much older sister Alison died and there are many gaps in her knowledge of who Alison was and how she died. This is a deep character study and a story about obsession, grief, and finding a path after loss. For readers who enjoyed What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons and The Other Americans by Laila Lalami." —Rebecca Swanson, Fitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, MA

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“A family vacation to a Caribbean island goes terribly wrong and the tragedy casts a pall over the life of Claire, who is only seven years old when this mesmerizing novel begins. We follow Claire into adulthood and along her pursuit of truth and resolution, while her life becomes increasingly affected by her obsessive search for the answers to the mystery that occurred on Saint X. You will not be able to put down this startlingly accomplished novel, and it will sneak into your dreams! I envy anyone who has it to look forward to.” —Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

In the Media

The March issue of Entertainment Weekly is out. Book coverage begins with a feature on Sarah J. Maas’s House of Earth and Blood (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) and Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold (Margaret K. McElderry Books: S. & S.). That is followed by a story about “Acclaimed Millennial Authors [who] Are Changing The Genre With More Diverse And Politically Charged Narratives.” The authors included are: Tomi Adeyemi, Adalyn Grace, Hafsah Faizal, and Ryan La Sala.

The book review section considers My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper), which gets a B+, These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card (S. & S.), A-, The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams (Doubleday: Random House), B+, A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review), B-, Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Random House; LJ starred review), B+, and Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Grove; LJ starred review), B+.

There are interviews with James McBride and one with Louise Erdrich. On “The Must List” are High Fidelity (with a Q+A with Zoë Kravitz), Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener (MCD: Macmillan), and the scripted podcast Blood Ties. Regina Hall offers her own “Must List” featuring The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills (Amber-Allen Publishing: Penguin).

Film coverage includes a cover story on Wonder Woman 1984. Also, preview pieces on Killing Eve (based on Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings), The Letter for the King (based on the novel of the same name by Tonke Dragt), ZeroZeroZero (based on ZeroZeroZero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World by Roberto Saviano), The Plot Against America (based on The Plot Against America by Philip Roth), and Lost Girls (based the book of the same name by Robert Kolker). Also, there is a look at Emma based on the Jane Austen novel as well as a list of the best Austen adaptations. There are brief takes on Wendy (spinning off from the Peter Pan story) and Sonic the Hedgehog (which is not based on a book but has associated titles).

TV converge turns to Little Fires Everywhere (based on the book of the same name by Celeste Ng), Hillary (based on the life of author Hillary Rodham Clinton), and Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madame C.J. Walker (inspired by On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles). Also, a piece about TV shows that “Take A Hard Look At The Creep of Totalitarianism” including The Man in the High Castle, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Game of Thrones.

Lastly, there is a list of novels featuring dogs and recipes from The Irish Cookbook by JP McMahon (Phaidon Press) and Martha Stewart's Cookie Perfection: 100+ Recipes to Take Your Sweet Treats to the Next Level: A Baking Book by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

People’s “Book of the Week” is The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré (Dutton: Penguin). Also getting attention are The Women in Black by Madeleine St John (Scriber: S. & S.) and Postscript by Cecelia Ahern (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review). People’s "Picks" include High Fidelity and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. The magazine asks stars to share books: Edie Falco names Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Random House), Sean Hayes, Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (Bantam: Random House), and Terry Crews, The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets by Graham Farmelo (Basic Books: Hachette). Lastly in a “One to Watch” feature, Connon Jessup of Locke & Key (based on the Joe Hill comic) and a Q&A with Lucy Hale of the new Katy Keene show (spinning off from the Archie comics).


NPR reviews The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo (Ecco: Harper): “Good elevator pitch, not so great final result.” Also, The Boatman's Daughter by Andy Davidson (MCD x FSG Originals: Macmillan): “reads as if he pulled it out of the wet earth of the Arkansas bayous with his bare hands on a moonless night while chanting an incantation he learned from a dying witch.”

The L.A. Times reviews Little Constructions by Anna Burns (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “shorter, darker and every bit as enthralling as her breakout success.”

The NYT reviews Amnesty by Aravind Adiga (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “relentless … an ample book, pertinent and necessary. It speaks to our times.” Also, Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction by David Enrich (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review): “offers a compelling, if familiar, thesis: that unchecked ambition twisted a pillar of German finance into a reckless casino and fostered a culture in which amorality and, ultimately, criminality thrived.” Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America by Conor Dougherty (Penguin): “both an empathetic portrait of all sides — legislators, developers, pro-housing and anti-gentrification activists — as well as a masterly primer on the fight for new construction in California.”

The Atlantic reviews The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review): “Mandel’s affirmation that a somewhat old-fashioned fictional model is not only relevant to our alarming new world but also deeply appropriate for it manages, remarkably, to feel both consoling and revolutionary.”

The Washington Post reviews Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction by David Enrich (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review): “will confirm every suspicion you have about the greed and incompetence at the heart of modern finance.”

Briefly Noted

The March Indie Next list is out. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper) tops the list.

USA Today picks books for the week.

EarlyWord’s February GalleyChat Roundup is now online.

The 2020 Summer Scares Reading List is announced. RA For All has details.

The L.A. Times offers a list of “Five authors of Korean thrillers you should be reading.”

Entertainment Weekly has a first look at Memorial by Bryan Washington (Riverhead: Penguin). It publishes October 6, 2020.

The Guardian features Leïla Slimani, Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World (Penguin), which comes out July 14, 2020.

The NYT spotlights Colum McCann, Apeirogon (Random House; LJ starred review).

Vulture features Nobody Does It Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond by Edward Gross, Mark A. Altman (Forge: Macmillan).

NPR has a feature on Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and  Richard J. Ellis (Vintage: Penguin).

Elle showcases Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality by Nina Ansary (Revela Press).

The NYT features Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank "Big Black" Smith, Jared Reinmuth, illustrated by Ameziane (Archaia: S. & S.).

The NYT  interviews Kent Garrett, The Last Negroes at Harvard: The Class of 1963 and the 18 Young Men Who Changed Harvard Forever (HMH; LJ starred review).

The National Antiracist Book Festival will be held on April 25 in Washington DC. The list of speakers is a good resource for finding diverse authors to suggest. The list of 2019 authors is also on the site.

Aljazeera reports that “A court in Istanbul has acquitted renowned novelist  Asli Erdoğan of the charge of membership of an armed ‘terror organization’ … the charge of spreading ‘terrorist propaganda’ was dropped.”

In the UK, bookstores and readers are giving away copies of Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Penguin), in the wake of TV presenter Caroline Flack’s suicide.  

Vanity Fair writes about “Virginia Woolf’s Legacy in Fashion.”

BuzzFeed features book nooks.

The Atlantic has a piece on the Voynich manuscript.

Author Elizabeth Cullinan has died. Author A. E. Hotchner has died. Illustrator Barbara Remington has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Broken Faith: Inside the Word of Faith Fellowship, One of America's Most Dangerous Cults (Hanover Square: Harper).

Deadline reports that Lucifer might get another season, after the fifth and expected final season airs. Also, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front is getting adapted as a German-language film.

Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy is getting adapted as a ballet. The Guardian reports.

PBS News Hour interviews Nicholas Buccola, The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (Princeton).

CBS Sunday Morning excerpts Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz by Michael Bornstein, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat (FSG: Macmillan). There is also a feature story, “A return to Auschwitz, 75 years after liberation.” On the show as well, a conversation with Harrison Ford about The Call of the Wild film.

Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader: How To Build Your Future and Make Real Change (Henry Holt: Macmillan), will be on The View today.

Killing Eve gets a trailer. It will return for season 3 on April 26.

Vagrant Queen gets a trailer. It premieres on March 27 and is based on the comics.

Stranger Things, season four, gets a brief teaser trailer. It is not based on a book but there are associated titles. A release date has not been announced.

Noughts + Crosses gets a trailer. It is airing on the BBC March 5 and is based on the book by Malorie Blackman.

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