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The Death of Mrs. Westawayby Ruth Ware leads holds this week. The shortlist for the Golden Booker is out. The NYTprofiles Louise Penny. The New Yorkerprofiles Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Big Books for the Week

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (Scout: Gallery; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Gray Ghost by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell (Putnam: Penguin)

Calypso by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)

To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Bks.: S. & S.)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There is one LibraryReads pick this week: The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Scout: Gallery; LJ starred review): “Ware’s best book by far. I finally stopped trying to puzzle it out and just sat back to enjoy the ride.” —Susanne Guide, Union County Public Library, Liberty, IN

It is also an Indie Next pick: “Does Ruth Ware keep getting better and better? Yes, she does. A down-on-her-luck protagonist, a too-good-to-be-true inheritance, and a creepy old mansion combine for a deliciously suspenseful tale. The plucky heroine, Hal, believes she’s mistakenly been identified as an heir to a great estate, but she decides to play along in the hopes of scamming a couple thousand pounds out of the situation. Once she’s arrived at the reading of the will, she quickly realizes that she is in way over her head. This is a deceptive and suspense-riddled thrill ride!” —Connie Brooks, Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY

One more Indie Next choice comes out as well: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s: Macmillan): “As you read this book, coincidence and life forever changing in a brief moment will be on your mind. The rash of mass shootings we have experienced over the past few years comes to gruesome life in this book. The news and our memories of the horrors we saw on it fade with time, but what if you were there and the memory never disappeared? How would it change your life? This book is an excellent exploration of that situation.” —Jackie Willey, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

These books and others publishing the week of May 28, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet: Book Pulse 5_29_18

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly publishes a massive double issue celebrating the summer, with picks across all formats to enjoy as the weather heats up.

Starting with books: You’re on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir by Parker Posey (Blue Rider: Penguin) leads the coverage. The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown) gets focused coverage too.

EW also picks its “18 Hot Summer Reads for 2018”

There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf; LJ starred review)
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Viking: Penguin)
From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir by Beck Dorey-Stein (Spiegel & Grau: Random)
How to Love a Jamaican: Stories by Alexia Arthurs (Ballantine: Random)
Any Man by Amber Tamblyn (Harper)
French Exit by Patrick deWitt (Ecco: Harper)
Wicked and the Wallflower: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book I by Sarah MacLean (Avon: Harper)
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill: Penguin)
How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran (Harper)
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP: Hogarth) is called “The Family Epic.”
A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua (Ballantine: Random)
Vox by Christina Dalcher (Berkley: Penguin)
The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin)
I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé by Michael Arceneaux (Atria/37 INK: S. & S.)
Providence by Caroline Kepnes (Lenny: Random)
How Are You Going to Save Yourself by JM Holmes (Little, Brown: Hachette)
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman (Ballantine: Random)
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (Ballantine: Random)

On TV this summer, the book related titles that EW spotlights include Castle Rock (based on stories by Stephen King), Sharp Objects (based on Gillian Flynn’s novel), Condor (based on the Sydney Pollack film which was in turn based on the book Six Days of the Condor by James Grady), The Sinner (based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr), Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (based on the Marvel comic characters), and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.

EW also likes some films with book connections: Loving Pablo, based on Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by Virginia Vallejo. The Catcher Was a Spy, based on the book by the same name. Leave No Trace, based on My Abandonment by Peter Rock. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before based on the book by Jenny Han.

The TV show Younger, which is based on a novel of the same name, leads Entertainment Weekly‘s “The Must List.” It is a show that has lead to a “fake” TV book getting a real publisher, Marriage Vacation by Pauline Brooks comes out June 5 from S. & S. No. 3 is Stephen King’s The Outsider (Scribner: S. & S.). EW calls King “a one-man thrill show.” No. 4 is Solo: A Star Wars Story (plenty of book related titles here and EW goes in depth with an interview with the stars as well and gives it a B in its review). No. 5 is C.B. Strike, the TV adaptation of Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike mystery series. No. 8 is The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong (Penguin): “At long last, South Korea’s preeminent author of psychological thrillers has arrived Stateside.” No. 10 is the movie Adrift, it is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Tami Oldham Ashcraft. A tie-in is out (Dey Street: Harper).

In the rest of the issue, EW asks “4 Questions about 13 Reasons” and celebrates beach books: The High Season by Judy Blundell (Random; LJ starred review) and The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll (S. & S.) are “vying for summer supremacy.” There is an interview with Retta, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan). David Sedaris’s Calypso (Little, Brown) gets a B+ and Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (Knopf) a B. EW also has a feature on Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo(Amistad: Harper), and a spotlight for Franchesca Ramsey, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist (Grand Central: Hachette).

On the buzziest books chart are: Furyborn by Claire Legrand (Sourcebooks), Will Walton’s I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain (Push: Scholastic; SLJ starred review), Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou (Knopf), Robin by Dave Itzkoff (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review), The Death of Mrs. Westaway (Scout: Gallery; LJ starred review), Elisabeth Cohen’s The Glitch (Doubleday: Random), and Some Trick: Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt (New Directions: Norton).

People‘s Book of the Week is The High Season by Judy Blundell (Random; LJ starred review), while Aja Gabel’s The Ensemble (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review) and Another Side of Paradise by Sally Koslow (Harper) are counted as the “Best New Books.” In nonfiction John McCain and Mark Salter’s The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations (S. & S.), There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman (Penguin), and Michael Chabon’s Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces (Harper; LJ starred review) get nods. There is a photo book pick this week too, R.F.K.: A Photographer’s Journal by Harry Benson (powerHouse Books: Random).

People Picks opens with Solo: A Star Wars Story and also includes Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, based on the novel by Joan Lindsay. The magazine says don’t miss the finale of Killing Eve (based on Luke Jennings’s Villanelle novellas; there is a tie-in). Later in the magazine, Solo gets a multi-page spread. There are recipes from Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines, Marah Stets (William Morrow: HarperCollins), Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World by Sam Kass (Clarkson Potter), and Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire: BBQ and More from the Grill, Smoker, and Fireplace by Michael Symon, Douglas Trattner (Clarkson Potter).


The NYT has a globe-trekking set of reviews: The Desert and Its Seed by Jorge Barón Biza, translated by Camilo Ramirez (New Directions: Norton), Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne (Aardvark Bureau; LJ starred review), and Diksha Basu, author of The Windfall, reviews Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter (Flatiron: Macmillan: LJ starred review). The paper also offers “3 Books by Muslim Authors” and Atlas of a Lost World: Travels in Ice Age America by Craig Childs (Pantheon: Random). In addition: The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife by Lucy Cooke (Basic: Hachette) and The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku (Doubleday: Random). In an pre-pub review, the paper considers Reporter: A Memoir  by Seymour M. Hersh (Knopf). Author Claire Messud reviews Circe by Madeline Miller (Back Bay: Hachette). Author Allison Pearson reviews There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story by Pamela Druckerman (Penguin). Also, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte (William Morrow; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post reviews Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad by Åsne Seierstad, translated by Seán Kinsella (FSG: Macmillan), James R. Clapper‘s Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence (Viking: Penguin), and Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by Lily Bailey (Harper). Also, Us Against You by Fredrik Backman (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

USA Today gives David Sedaris’s Calypso (Little, Brown) 3.5 out of 4 stars. (The Washington Post chimes in as well). The paper also reviews The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable (St. Martin’s; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times asks about Fuminori Nakamura’s Cult X, translated by Kalau Almony (Soho Crime: Random): “Can exploring the dark side in fiction go too far?” and features See You Again in Pyongyang: A Journey into Kim Jong Un’s North Korea by Travis Jeppesen (Hachette).

Briefly Noted

The shortlist for the Golden Booker is out. The five best winners since the Booker began 50 years ago are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul (Vintage); Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (Grove); The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf); Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Picador: Macmillan); and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Random; LJ starred review). The Man Booker site has videos on each contender. Voting is open to the public now and a winner will be announced July 8, 2018.

The NYT profiles Louise Penny, author of the of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series.

Author Sally Rooney considers Rachel Cusk in Slate, with the headline “Rachel Cusk’s trilogy isn’t commenting wryly on upper-middle-class values. It’s embodying them.” The Washington Post is more laudatory.

The New York Review of Books offers an essay on “How Best To Read Auto-Fiction.” Vulture had a piece earlier in May on this type of fiction.

A scholar of Russian literature makes the case for “How Dostoyevsky Predicted the ‘True Crime’ Craze.” Vanity Fair also has some thoughts on the genre.

Two writers in residence in La Guardia Airport will write stories just for travelers, completed and delivered via text before they land. The NYT reports, the stories will eventually be collected into a book.

Mark Adams, Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier (Dutton), writes a photo-rich “Explorer” feature for the NYT, on crafting a D.I.Y trip through Alaska. Electric Lit has even more books on Alaska.

The NYT has two audiobook guides for the summer. One for trips with kids and one without. Bustle has thoughts on this too: “9 new Audiobooks for Road Trips.”

USA Today picks five books not to miss this week.

Vanity Fair selects the “Summer’s Five Best Celebrity Memoirs.”

Bustle offers books for realtity TV fans.

The NYT profiles Stig Abell, editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid in conversation, via The L.A. Times.

The New Yorker has a long profile on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Guardian interviews Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Scribner: S. & S.), Sheila Heti, Motherhood (Holt: Macmillan), Kayo Chingonyi, Kumukanda (Random House UK), and Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure (Doubleday).

Code Switch interviews Alexis Clark, Enemies in Love: A German POW, a Black Nurse, and an Unlikely Romance (New Press).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The President Is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (Little, Brown).

Page Six reports that Donald Trump Jr. is shopping around a book proposal.

Faber gets a new publisher.

Electric Lit reports on bulk buying and the NYT Best Seller list.

The NYT has a report about spies, publishing, and politics.

The Guardian writes about the ways TV writers are moving beyond the scope of author’s books.

Gardner Dozois has died. says he “shaped contemporary science fiction and fantasy.”

Authors on Air

Meet the Press and Salon spotlight Steven Brill’s Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It  (Knopf).

Box office sales for Solo are not going well according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says “The Force is under siege.”

Vanity Fair features Killing Eve.

Kristen Stewart is making her directorial debut by adapting The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch (Hawthorne Books), says the AV Club.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is heading to the movies (again).

Amazon has officially rescued the Expanse, the show will continue on the streaming service after being cancelled by Syfy. has the story.

CNN features The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte (William Morrow; LJ starred review). Scientific American has a related podcast.

Vulture considers the book and screen versions of Picnic at Hanging Rock.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews Issac J. Bailey, My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty, and Racism in the American South (Other Press: Random).

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday takes a book club to see Book Club and interviews David Sedaris, Calypso (Little, Brown).

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Rev. Rob Schenck, Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love (Harper) and Ruth Rogers, co-author of, River Cafe London: Thirty Years of Recipes and the Story of a Much-Loved Restaurant: A Cookbook (Knopf).

NPR’s Fresh Air features Todd Purdum, Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution (Holt: Macmillan), sending the book up the Amazon charts.

Ant-Man and The Wasp gets another TV spot:

Disney’s Christopher Robin gets its trailer:

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