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Raspberry Danish Murderby Joanne Fluke leads holds this week. Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, gets a pub date, and the NYT takes readers to Virginia Woolf's Cornwall.

Big Books for the Week

The holds leader this week is Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke (Kensington: Random).

Other titles in demand include:

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 by Lisa Kleypas (Avon: Harper; LJ starred review)

The Hush by John Hart (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)

The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding (Ballantine: Random)

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira (Viking)

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One LibraryReads selection publishes this week, Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern (Harper Perennial):
“Kit is a librarian who closes herself off from emotions and people until she meets Sunny, assigned to the library for community service. Add in a group of regulars in the library and the result is an absorbing story of developing friendships and the unveiling of secrets. Kit’s story unfolds as we meet many quirky characters in this story of love, loss, and hope.”—Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Five Indie Next picks hit shelves:

The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories by Michael Andreasen (Dutton)
“It is a rare thing when a collection of short stories absolutely blows your mind, and Andreasen’s collection packs a wallop. His uncanny world-building, using animals and strange mythologies to describe a world so much and slightly unlike our own, gives him the gift of nailing such deep concepts and providing such profound insights into the human character. How can we explain to aliens the difference between ‘having relations’ and ‘having a relationship?’ When an ideal exists that we all strive for, what will our lives be like if we actually achieve it? Magnificent, enchanting, and full of literary verve.”—Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Promise by Minrose Gwin (William Morrow: Harper)
“I could not put this book down. I felt like I was trapped in Gwin’s tornado, wandering through the devastated streets and blown-apart buildings, feeling the chaos and brokenness. In the midst of it all, I could also feel the strength and determination of Dovey and Jo and experience their humanity, honesty, obstinance, and kindness. With all the fires, hurricanes, and floods we’ve had around the country recently, along with continuing racial tensions, this story, though set in 1936, speaks loudly to us today.”—Serena Wycoff, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

Eat the Apple by Matt Young (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review)
“To take the memories of a combat veteran and transform them into something funny, tender, and even whimsical at times is a delicate dance. Matt Young’s Eat the Apple does this in frank flashes, exposing the senseless acts of cruelty inherent in military training and its psychological effects on soldiers. His unrelenting refusal to be pitied and the humor in his self-awareness are what make this memoir especially readable. Although you’ll cringe with him during vulnerable and humiliating moments, his ownership of these experiences translates into a sort of wisdom you can take away, making Eat the Apple both a playful and cautionary war tale.”—Aubrey Winkler, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

The Hush by John Hart (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)
The Hush, set 10 years after The Last Child, explores what Johnny Merrimon has made of his life. Despite all the publicity around the events of his childhood, Johnny tries to keep a low profile, staying hidden in the swamp of Hush Arbor, where he feels a connection to his land. The only person he wants to see is his childhood friend, Jack, who senses an evil presence in the swamp Johnny loves so much. When bodies start piling up on Johnny’s land, the sheriff is convinced that Johnny had something to do with the deaths. Hart does not disappoint with his newest book, a story about friendship, family, and connection. His writing will draw you in from the first chapter, and you’ll be hooked until the end.”—Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey (Knopf: Random; LJ starred review)
“Carey uses the Australian cross-country Redux auto trials of the 1950s to explore how the need to be accepted directs our motivations and, accordingly, our fates. Titch and Irene Bobs join up with their neighbor Willy Bachhuber, a maps expert, to race the Redux. For Titch, an opportunistic car salesman, the race represents the chance to seize national fame — and the respect of his larger-than-life father. Through the journey, Carey delves into Australia’s virulent racism toward its indigenous populations and its embedded intolerance of miscegenation. As the miles accumulate, Irene and Willy’s lives change in profound ways, and we, in turn, experience Carey’s wit, heart, and intelligence, as well as his skill in bringing these characters and this place and time so vibrantly to life.”—Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX

These books and others publishing the week of Feb. 26, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet: Book Pulse 2_26_18

In the Media

People‘s book of the week is Sunburn by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review). People says it “hits all the noir high notes … [an] alluring tale.” Also featured are Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Dial), “delightful,” and Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira (Viking), “engrossing … utterly timely.” In nonfiction, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons (Harper), I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper), and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (Viking) get notice (see more on Pinker below).

Elsewhere in the magazine, the Annihilation stars sit for an interview. Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter: Random) and At Home with Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Family’s Kitchen to Yours by Natalie Morales (HMH) get mentioned. People selects the DVD and streaming debut of Thor: Ragnarok as their #4 “Pick” for the week and the streaming adaptation of The Looming Tower, based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, as #5. At #10 is another TV adaptation, CBS’s Living Biblically, based on The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs (S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly ran a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as the news  Roxane Gay might write the next Batgirl movie. She pitched the idea on Twitter.

Briefly Noted

Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, will publish on Nov. 13, 2018 (Crown; ISBN: 9781524763138). She will read the audio edition and go on a U.S. and international book tour. It will be published simultaneously in 24 languages.

She wrote on Twitter:

“Writing BECOMING has been a deeply personal experience. I talk about my roots and how a girl from the South Side found her voice. I hope my journey inspires readers to find the courage to become whoever they aspire to be. I can’t wait to share my story.” https://t.co/d7DxEG85NK
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) Feb. 25, 2018

The New York Times reviews Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn by Chris Hughes (St. Martin’s: Macmillan), writing “he has delivered a book with more footnotes than passion.” Also reviewed is Eat the Apple by Matt Young (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review), calling it “inventive, unsparing, irreverent and consistently entertaining.”

The Washington Post reviews Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio: Penguin), deciding, “Unfortunately for Holiday, and for readers who enjoy a good provocation, his book focuses on a case that demonstrates why transparency beats conspiracy in the long run.” The paper also considers The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War by Benn Steil (S. & S.), writing “If you want to ensure you’re never so naive as to call for another Marshall Plan, read this book.” Of Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town’s Secret to Happiness and Excellence by Karen Crouse (S. & S.; LJ starred review), the paper says “Crouse has given parents of young athletes a great gift— a glimpse at another way to raise accomplished and joyous competitors.” Of We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Liveright: W.W. Norton) the Post writes it is “deeply engaging legal history, authoritative but accessible to non-lawyers.” The paper also reviews Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (Viking), calling it an “engaging” book “to cheer you up.” The Guardian has a reading list from Pinker, on “books to make you an optimist.”

The Atlantic circles around to Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands (W.W. Norton).

NPR reviews The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union: Amazon), calling it “the coziest of cozy mysterie…. It’s such a cozy mystery that it’s really historical fiction wrapped up in romance, or even the other way around.”

In an insider-y piece about publishing, The New York Times profiles Stephen Rubin, the president and publisher of Henry Holt & Company, the man who published Fire and Fury.

The New York Times offers a list of “What to Read After Watching Black Panther.”

Paste has an audiobook listening guide as Black History month ends.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from Amy Stewart’s forthcoming Constance Kopp novel, Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit (HMH).

Tor.com excerpts The Strange Bird by Jeff VanderMeer (MCD x FSG Originals: Macmillan). It is set in the same world as Borne.

NPR’s 13.7 cosmos & culture interviews Clifford Johnson about his nonfiction graphic novel, The Dialogues: Conversations about the Nature of the Universe (MIT).

The NYT takes a tour of Cornwall in the footsteps of Virginia Woolf.

As it turns 80, The Guardian looks at sex and gender in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Authors on Air:

CBS Sunday Morning features artist John Derian, sending his expensive 2016 book, John Derian Picture Book, soaring.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, interviews Patton Oswalt, talking about his late wife’s book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper). Oswalt will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight and The View on Tuesday. David Mamet, Chicago (Custom House: HarperCollins), was interviewed as well. Weekend Edition Sunday interviewed Jorge Ramos, Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era (Vintage:Random). All Things Considered interviewed Gregg Easterbrook, It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear (PublicAffairs: Hachette) and Li-Young Lee, The Undressing: Poems (W.W. Norton).

Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss (Sourcebooks), will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight.

PBS NewsHour features The Looming Tower adaptation.

The Forgiven gets a trailer. It is based on play by Michael Ashton. Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, it will open in limited release on March 9 and in wider release and on VOD on March 16.

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