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A Place for Usby Fatima Farheen Mirza leads holds this week. There Thereby Tommy Orange continues to get focused attention. More coverage of Anthony Bourdain, as a writer of note. Michael Wolff is writing a sequel to Fire and Fury.

Big Books for the Week

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth) leads holds this week, proving once again that celebrity attention is book-selling gold. Other titles in demand include: The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly (Atria/Emily Bestler: S. & S.) The Pharaoh Key by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child (Grand Central: Hachette) Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King (Bantam: Random) Tom Clancy Line of Sight by Mike Maden (Putnam: Penguin) A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Razorbill: Penguin)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two new titles publishing this week on the June LibraryReads list: Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur: Macmillian; LJ starred review) “A suspenseful thriller told from multiple perspectives. A Seattle detective must unravel a web of secrets dating back to his high school days.” —Gail Roberts, Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax, VA Little Big Love by Katy Regan (Berkley: Penguin) “A portrait of a family and a boy’s search for the father who left them, told from multiple perspectives with authentic, likeable characters.” —Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis County Library, Austin, TX Booksellers have even more picks from the June Indie Next list: A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth) “Mirza evokes with equal skill and nuance the first- and second-generation immigrant experience and the universal themes of family unity and discord. In A Place for Us, she captures the complicated dynamics of one family’s relationships with each other with astonishing insight. I found it tremendously moving in a way that only the most authentic stories and voices can be. The last 70 pages buckled my knees. How can a story about characters so outside my own life experience be so hauntingly familiar?” —Stan Hynds, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Grove) “Keiko Furukura has worked at her local convenience store for 18 years. Every day, she ensures that the shelves are tidy, the hot food bar is stocked, and the featured items are adequately displayed. She greets every customer with a cheerful ‘Irasshaimase!’ and no one notices that she’s never fit in anywhere else. Murata draws lush descriptions of the beauty of order and routine out of simple, spare prose, and every page crackles with the life she’s created. Because of the humor, the wit, the almost unbearable loveliness of it all, Convenience Store Woman, a small book about a quiet life, makes an enormous impact on the reader.” —Lauren Peugh, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush (Milkweed Editions; LJ starred review) “Focusing on the shorelines of our nation, Elizabeth Rush takes us from north to south and east to west on an intimate journey that vividly tells the story of the effects of our rising sea level and its impact on animal and plant life. In Rising, Rush has written a personal, passionate plea for us to take action before it is too late and to rethink our priorities to the benefit of our environment. This is environmental writing at its best. Please read Rising and then grab a friend and make them read it, too. It’s that good!” —Bill Reilly, the river’s end bookstore, Oswego, NY Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House) “Who is Vera Kelly? Find out in this twisty, turny spy thriller set in 1960s Argentina as Vera, working for the CIA, becomes stuck in the country during a hostile takeover. Through flashbacks, we learn about Vera’s past and the forces that worked together to create this devilishly smart, very sexy woman. The book reads like the love child of John le Carré and Rita Mae Brown. I loved Vera immensely, even more so as the plot progressed and the threats became deadlier. What a fun read and what a terrific character! I can’t wait for the next installment.” —William Carl, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Knopf) “The Book of Essie is a captivating debut. The original plot moves at lightning speed while giving the reader characters to hang on to, care for, and sympathize with. The novel focuses on 16-year-old Essie Hicks, a star on a reality TV show following her preacher father and her ultra-religious, conservative family. When Essie finds out she is pregnant, she must protect herself and her future in the face of public scorn. I couldn’t stop turning the pages to see what would happen to Essie and Roarke, the boy Essie’s mother has decided she will marry in a primetime, live-televised wedding. Weir proves herself to be a brilliant new talent with a sensitive but unflinching take on child exploitation and life in the public eye. A must-read!” —Liv Stratman, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent (Gallery/Scout Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review) “Liz Nugent returns with another riveting tale of intrigue and domestic drama. Teenage Laurence suspects that his father might be involved in the mysterious death of a young woman. After his father suddenly dies, Laurence becomes even more bound by the smothering love of his overly attentive mother. When Laurence falls in love with the dead girl’s sister, lies ensue, complications arise, and the hidden depths of evil lurking in the manor house are exposed. Readers will be mesmerized by Lying in Wait, and the ending is so devious that it will knock your socks off.” —Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN Finally, from the newly issued July Indie Next list, Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco) “This powerful debut is a novel of terrible beauty. Using evocative prose, the author perfectly describes the lush landscape of the Virginia Appalachians while juxtaposing them against a world of primal violence. The caretaker at a private preserve is hiding from a Mexican drug cartel but finds himself drawn back into a life of conflict when he encounters bear poachers. A world of pristine beauty is altered by the intrusion of man-made violence, and the caretaker has no choice but to become part of it himself. The clash of nature and humanity is portrayed brilliantly.” —Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS These books and others publishing the week of June 11, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet: Book Pulse 6_11_18

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly's book coverage opens with Tommy Orange's There There (Knopf; LJ starred review), which they give a B. Lauren Groff's Florida: Stories (Riverhead) gets a B-. David Sedaris, Calypso (Little, Brown), answers some questions—bookish and otherwise. The magazine also lists the 10 best books of the year, thus far. We linked to the online version last week. The Must List counts Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein (Dey Street: Harper) as #5. Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht (Tin House) is #8 and the TV show Cloak & Dagger, based on the Marvel comics characters, is #10. EW also gives a mid-term exam to TV and movies, counting the best of 2018 thus far. A handful of adaptations make the lists including Annihilation, Black Panther, Paddington 2, The Handmaid's Tale, Howards End, and Killing Eve. People's Book of the Week is A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth), calling it "a beautiful heartbreaker." Also featured are There There by Tommy Orange (Knopf; LJ starred review) and The Lost Family by Jenna Blum (Harper). Three Thrillers are pulled out as well: Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent (Gallery/Scout Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review), Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (Doubleday), and The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Harper). The magazine also interviews Retta, So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan). The Summer TV Preview highlights Sharp Objects, Dietland, and Luke Cage. In a sneak peek section, the magazine showcases First Man, a film coming this October based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen (S. & S.).

Anthony Bourdain

          Over the weekend remembrances of Anthony Bourdain recounted his work as an author. HuffPost and Entertainment Weekly report on his work in comics. Vulture lists his work as a crime novelist and counts the best books from his imprint with Harper. Esquire lists his best writing. Bourdain's editor offers an insider interview and reveals Bourdain was working on a new book of essays, saying "I hope there’s enough for at least a small book." Harper has announced his imprint will cease after the last book under contract is released. Note: one of the books from his imprint publishes this week: Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture by Matt Goulding.


The Washington Post reviews Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power by Claudia Renton (Knopf) as well as Sex and the City and Us: How Four Single Women Changed the Way We Think, Live, and Love by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong (S. & S.). Also  Nir Hezroni’s Last Instructions (St. Martin's), calling it "consistently unsettling." NPR reviews The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review): "It's a heartening, fun, and all-consuming story in which we fall in love with both an endearing on-the-spectrum econometrician and the sexy biracial male escort she hires to teach her everything about modern dating and sex."

Briefly Noted

Michael Wolff will write a sequel to Fire and Fury. Junot Díaz keeps his job as fiction editor at the Boston Review, causing three other editors to resign in protest. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins best play at the Tony's. USA Today picks its five books for the week. Netflix's Stranger Things is branching out to books with a companion title and a gift book hitting shelves this fall. Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion by Gina McIntyre (Del Rey: Random) and The Stranger Things Field Guide: Everything you need to know about the weird, wonderful and terrifying world of Hawkins and the Upside Down by Nadia Bailey, illustrated by Phil Constantinesco (Smith Street: Random). A prequel novel will arrive next spring and expect more fiction works to follow. Binti gets a new story, published in the omnibus collection of Nnedi Okorafor’s trilogy, forthcoming in early 2019. Paste has a cover reveal. Curtis Sittenfeld picks her "10 Favorite Books." Town & Country declares Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (Delacorte: Random) "the first must-read of beach season." The Guardian profiles Édouard Louis, History of Violence (FSG) and Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire (Riverhead).

Authors on Air

NPR's interviews Abdi Nor Iftin, Call Me American (Knopf; LJ starred review). HBO announces its first GOT spin-off, it will be a prequel set "thousands of years before" the current show.

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