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Red Alert: An NYPD Red Mysteryby James Patterson and Marshall Karp leads holds this week. Christine Mangan's Tangerine gets plenty of buzz and holds, too. Comics make the news and author Philip Kerr has died.

Big Books for the Week

Red Alert: An NYPD Red Mystery by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (Little, Brown) leads the holds count this week.

Other titles in demand include:

To Die but Once: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)

The Disappeared by C. J. Box (Putnam; LJ starred review)

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser (St. Martin’s)

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (Doubleday)

Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Ecco: Harper)

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

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One Library Reads title publishes this week, Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Ecco: Harper): “This novel brings to mind Hitchcock. This is the story of two women, friends in college, until an accident drives a wedge between them. Years later, Alice is living in Tangier with her husband when Lucy shows up. A twisted tale told in alternating points of view.”—Terri Smith, Cornelia Habersham County Library, Cornelia, GA

It is also the #1 Indie Next pick for April:
Tangerine is one of the best debut novels I’ve read in a long time. Thanks to her exquisite writing, Christine Mangan manages to create a lush, vivid picture of Tangier in the 1950s and bring to life a complicated and very dark friendship between two young women. Lucy and Alice are former college roommates whose relationship has long since gone sour. When they reunite in Tangier, Mangan milks the delicious tension for all it’s worth and brings their story to a shocking conclusion. This book is an absolute stunner!”—Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

One additional Indie Next title publishes this week, I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (Doubleday):
“By far the best historical fiction title I’ve read in a long time! Not only is the story historically accurate, but the way it unfolds is unique and significantly adds to the plot and character development. Even though most readers today probably know how the book ends before they even start it, Ariel Lawhon’s masterful storytelling will leave you cheering for or jeering at one of the Anastasias—which one is up to you!”—Kari Erpenbach, University of Minnesota Bookstores, Minneapolis, MN

In the Media

The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman (Counterpoint) lands at #3 on Entertainment Weekly‘s “The Must List“: “like an intimate hangout session, dashed with suspense and a few extra layers of emotional beauty.” What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (Putnam) is #8: a “poignant meditation on stardom.”

Celeste Ng is featured in the Books section, as are Sarah Jessica Parker and Mallory Ortberg. The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Viking) gets a B+. Tangerine earns a C+, with EW deciding it will be much better on screen (it has already been optioned by George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star). Andrew Lincoln (Love Actually, The Walking Dead) is narrating the audiobook version of Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (Arthur A. Levine Bks: Scholastic).

In the rest of the EW, Ready Player One gets the cover and plenty of attention. TV series Legion (based on the Marvel comics) gets a nod. Season two of A Series of Unfortunate Events receives First Look coverage and Sandra Oh answers questions as her spy thriller, Killing Eve, gets ready to debut (it is based on the Luke Jennings’s Villanelle novellas; there is a tie-in). The Terror gets a B+, the magazine suggests watching the adaptation of The Dangerous Book for Boys, and Joanna Gaines offers a recipe from Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering (William Morrow: Harper).

Anna Quindlen’s Alternate Side (Random) is People‘s Book of the Week: “Quindlen once again proves she’s the doyenne of hyper-local drama, this time with a dark and dangerous eye.” Every Note Played by Lisa Genova (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.) and Rebecca Kauffman’s The Gunners also get attention. The Terror makes the magazine’s Picks list at #8. As part of a feature on Chrissy Metz, People spotlights This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today (Dey Street: Harper).


Chris Bohjalian reviews Christine Mangan’s Tangerine (Ecco: Harper) for The Washington Post, writing “The lying, the cunning, and the duplicity are so very mannered that it’s chilling. Rich in dread, the foreboding positively drips from every page of this one.” NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Mangan. The combination has sent the book soaring on Amazon.

NPR reviews Tomorrow by Damian Dibben (Hanover Square: Harlequin; LJ starred review), “It’s a grand sweep of adventure and travel, war and romance—along with a generous amount of face licking—that will have dog lovers enthralled.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown) for the NYT, calling it “highly entertaining … sorrowful and funny … poignant.”


The NYT considers two Euro Disney comic books, coming this May and profiles Yvan Alagbé, author of Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures (New York Review Comics).

Nnedi Okorafor will write three comics featuring Black Panther’s Dora Milaje.

Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin talk about comics in a conversation on LitHub.

Briefly Noted

Crime writer Philip Kerr, who wrote the Bernie Gunther novels, has died at the age of 62.

The Walter Scott Prize Academy issues their list of recommended Historical Fiction novels. Their longlist for the award is also up; the shortlist comes out in April.

Author Penelope Lively picks “five books about renewal” for the Guardian.

Salon interviews Steven Levitsky and Daniel ZiblattHow Democracies Die (Crown).

David Mitchell interviews David Peace, Patient X: The Case-Book of Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Knopf) for the Guardian. The paper also interviews Kit de Waal, My Name is Leon (S. & S.) and excerpts The Cost of Living: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy (Bloomsbury).

The NYT asks lawyers about the fight over the Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Vanity Fair covers the Whiting Awards ceremony.

The Atlantic asks a question that could become a book display idea, “Which Fiction House Would You Most Like to Live In?” Alexander Chee says “The Nautilus from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” while Meg Wolitzer would be happy in “Brideshead Castle, from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Mari Andrew, Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood (Clarkson Potter: Random) and Ariel Lawhon, I Was Anastasia (Doubleday).

NPR’s All Things Considered considers Larry Norman and the book Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock by Gregory Thornbury (Convergent: Random).

Weekend Edition Sunday reviews The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Viking).

Fox & Friends features by David Benham and‎ Jason Benham, sending their book, Miracle in Shreveport: A Memoir of Baseball, Fatherhood, and the Stadium that Launched a Dream (Thomas Nelson: Harper), soaring.

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas (Norton) is heading to the movies, with Amy Adams likely to star.

Also to the movies is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury USA Childrens).

The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,‎ Vince Neil, Mick Mars,‎ Nikki Sixx and,‎ Neil Strauss (Harper) is headed to Netflix.

Deadline Hollywood reviews Trust, writing “this debut season is compelling enough to keep us around.” Salon is on board too, loving Brendan Fraser’s performance. Vanity Fair offers some background. It is the second project about the Getty family, following All the Money in the World, which is based on the book of the same name by John Pearson; there is a tie-in for it.

Sean Penn, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (Atria: S. & S.), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. He will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tomorrow.

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