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The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan leads holds this week. The James Beard book of the year is The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty and The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is People's Book of the Week.

Big Books for the Week

The Trials of Apollo Book Three: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion: Hachette) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic by Ace Atkins (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury YA: Macmillan)

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Harper; LJ starred review)

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Ballantine; LJ starred review)

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans (S. & S.)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads publish this week; both are also Indie Next selections.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Ballantine; LJ starred review)
“Biographical and historical fiction. Another fascinating Hemingway wife from McLain who always writes interesting women and great period detail.” —Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY

The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun were two of the most successful titles of the last decade for Alabama Booksmith, and Love and Ruin is more proof for the pudding that Paula McLain is a member of the master class of historical fiction writers. This exciting page-turner follows Martha Gellhorn as she reports from the center of the action of the Spanish Civil War, then jeopardizes her reputation and very existence by falling in love with the greatest literary giant of the day, Ernest Hemingway. This spectacular read is fact-based and deliciously entertaining.”
—Jake Reiss, Alabama Booksmith, Birmingham, AL

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Harper; LJ starred review)
“A frank look at mommy culture wrapped in an original twist on the suburban, psychological thriller.” —Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

“Buckle up for a gripping read that had me up until 2:00 in the morning! Aimee Molloy taps into two of the deepest fears a mother can have: The ultimate fear of losing a child, and the secretive fear of losing her identity. As a new mother, this book spoke to me on every level. The insecurity, the worries, the panic, the judgment — you name it. Add a missing child, and all those feelings were multiplied by a thousand. Don’t miss this captivating novel — it won’t disappoint!” —Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO

The #1 Indie Next pick for May comes out this week as well:

A Lucky Man: Stories by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf Press: Macmillan)
A Lucky Man marks the arrival of a brilliant new voice in contemporary fiction. In quiet, elegant prose, debut author Jamel Brinkley renders characters who are universally relatable yet entirely unique, with all the complexities and subtleties of living, breathing people. As I read their stories, I was swept up into the lives of these characters, so much so that at times I forgot I was reading fiction and felt instead that I was reading letters from old friends. This is an important and powerful collection. Its slice-of-life stories glow with a soft light, revealing rich detail and vibrant beauty in the dark corners of human experience. Every moment held me in silent awe.”
—Jason Foose, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

Five more Indie Next picks publish this week too:

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo (Catapult)
“A disparate and electric ensemble cast — sad, hopeful, honorable, conniving, quixotic, and just plain wacky — drive Chibundu Onuzo’s remarkable debut, but it’s the character of Nigeria itself — the air and soil of its countryside and the high-voltage freneticism of its largest city — that so often shines through, undeniably alive. Equally madcap, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Welcome to Lagos unflinchingly and beautifully captures the ambitions and contradictions of a nation on the brink.” —Sam Kaas, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner: S. & S.)
“Rachel Kushner writes some seriously smart and gorgeous prose, so when she headed to prison in The Mars Room, I went. It is dark. It is painful. At times, the level of detail in the book and its fabulously invented and drawn characters make it feel like a documentary. We are struggling with so many social justice issues across the country right now it is overwhelming, and I worried that The Mars Room would push me over the edge. Instead, I couldn’t stop reading. What really happened? Who is to blame? How will things turn out? How can we make things better? Ultimately, Kushner’s great success is profoundly illustrating a very simple message: It’s complicated.” —Sara Hinckley, Hudson Booksellers, Marietta, GA

Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd (Atria: S. & S.)
“Jess Kidd has done it again. I absolutely loved her first book, Himself, and her latest does not disappoint. This tale of Mr. Flood and his caregiver, Maud, brings together eccentric characters, ghosts, saints, a crumbling mansion, missing children, and a suspicious suicide. It perfectly balances tragedy with dark comedy; the dialogue crackles and every detail enchants. I will miss spending time in Maud’s world.” —Kathi Kirby, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

Wicked River by Jenny Milchman (Sourcebooks Landmark)
“I am a huge Jenny Milchman fan, so I had high expectations for this book. My expectations were met and surpassed. Doug and Natalie both have secrets and issues with trust. Add in debts to old friends and a wedding not celebrated by all, and complications are everywhere. The honeymoon in the wilderness is the stuff of nightmares and will keep your heart pounding. Any fan of a good thriller with psychological twists will love this book.” —Jackie Willey, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Motherhood by Sheila Heti (Holt: Macmillan)
“Sheila Heti has a way of tapping into the throes of consciousness and coming out with a precisely articulated version of how we think. Her new book, Motherhood, delves deep into the decision of whether or not to have children, while simultaneously exploring femininity, identity, and self purpose. Even if motherhood is not pertinent to your life, this book will shed light on our culture and the expectations that are bound to affect everyone at some point.” —Courtney Flynn, Trident Booksellers & Café, Boston, MA

These books and others publishing the week of April 30, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy (Harper; LJ starred review) is People‘s Book of the Week: “An electrifying thriller — and a subtle, savvy skewering of the endless expectations of motherhood.” The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein (St. Martin’s) and Property: Stories Between Two Novellas by Lionel Shriver (Harper) also get nods. In nonfiction are: Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story by Chris Nashawaty (Flatiron: Macmillan), Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean (Grove), and The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil (Crown: Random; LJ starred review).

People “Picks” gives the No. 5 nod to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and Disobedience, based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, is No. 9. The magazine has a feature story on Marcia Gay Harden, including her new book The Seasons of My Mother: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Flowers (Atria: S. & S.). Also given a feature is Michelle Knight, Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings (Hachette). Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook by Siri Daly (Oxmoor: Time) is featured in the food section.

Entertainment Weekly had a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as “10 prescient new feminist dystopias to read after The Handmaid’s Tale.”


The NYT considers NYC politics and comics rendered in black and white, in their debut Graphic Content column. Also Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), calling it a “lyrically … elegiac novel.” Of Hey Ladies!: The Story of 8 Best Friends, 1 Year, and Way, Way Too Many Emails by
Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss, illustrations by Carolyn Bahar (Abrams), the paper writes that it is “a 200-plus-page infographic that reads like an extended email thread among friends.” Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles by Fran Leadon (W.W. Norton) is “meticulously researched.”

The Washington Post reviews Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall (MCD: Macmillan), calling it a “strange, sexy novel.” John Lewis Gaddis’s On Grand Strategy (Penguin): a book written with “with self-evident glee and peripatetic curiosity.” Also, Steve Almond’s “lively, stimulating and pleasantly discursiveBad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country (Red Hen Press) and No Way Home by Tyler Wetherall (St. Martin’s): “a luminous memoir that no one who reads it will soon forget.” Finally, the paper explores two books on Martin Luther King Jr.

NPR reviews The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey by Charles Bowden (Univ. of Texas Press), calling it “frustrating” but “an excellent coda to an accomplished career.”


The James Beard Winners are announced. The book of the year is The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty (Amistad: Harper; LJ starred review). (The IACP awards came out in Feb.)

The 2018 Nobel prize in literature may be cancelled.

The shortlist for The Petrona Award is out, recognizing the best of Scandinavian crime.

The longlist for the Leacock Medal is also out, it awards humor.

Margaret Atwood is among the recipients of the Hay Festival Medal.

Briefly Noted

Vulture features Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” (Amistad: Harper).

Author and news broadcaster Tom Brokaw is accused of sexual harassment.

The NYT explores Mississippi’s Literary Trail.

The Millions looks at “The Literature of Mars.”

The Guardian interviews Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lemn Sissay and has a short essay by David Almond. Olivia Laing appreciates author Derek Jarman.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Alex Segura, the co-president of Archie Comics and author of Blackout (Polls Books).

The NYT‘s Maureen Dowd profiles David Duchovny, Miss Subways (FSG).

Vogue interviews Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Scribner: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly profiles Jake Tapper and features the cover of Ellie Kemper’s forthcoming collection of essays, My Squirrel Days (Scribner, S. & S., Oct. 2018).

The NYT explores the legacy of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of Madeline. There is a new book out on him, Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator by his grandson John Bemelmans Marciano (Viking Books for Young Readers).

The StarTribune ran the NYT‘s piece on Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide by Jessie Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz (Rizzoli), helping it rise even more on Amazon.

The Guardian asks top crime authors to pick their favorites.

PBS looks at “5 great comics that have nothing to do with Avengers: Infinity War.”

Electric Lit suggests “South American Women Authors the U.S. Has Overlooked.”

Signature offers a guide to Robert Graves.

Vulture lists musician Alexis Taylor’s “10 Favorite Books.”

Elle lists “3 New Books That Redefine The Word ‘Diet’.” celebrates Locus Magazine.

Bob Dylan is selling whiskey.

Authors on Air

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria is turning into a book-selling powerhouse. He has sent Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman (Random) soaring. A CNN special by Dr. Sanjay Gupta is helping sell The Pot Book edited by Julie Holland (Park Street Press). Fox news pushes The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions by David Berlinski (Basic Books) up the sales charts too.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Steve Israel, Big Guns (S. & S.). Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Mary H.K. ChoiEmergency Contact (S. & S. Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review) and Cam SimpsonThe Girl from Kathmandu: Twelve Dead Men and a Woman’s Quest for Justice (Harper).

Avengers: Infinity War is breaking box office records with its opening numbers reports Deadline Hollywood. Disobedience is doing well too. As is Killing Eve, the BBC America series which is catching on.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, illustrated by Stephen Gammell (Haper) is getting adapted by Guillermo del Toro.

Dana L. Davis, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now (Harlequin Teen) is being adapted too.

Jake Tapper, The Hellfire Club (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. David Duchovny, Miss Subways (FSG), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Kevin Young, Brown: Poems (Knopf), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Cecile Richards, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story (Touchstone: S. & S) will be on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.

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