Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Apr. 8, 2019 | Book Pulse

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline leads holds this week. The librarian and bookseller pick Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly has a great showing too. The May Indie Next list is out and there is plenty of award news. ALA's Top 10 most challenged books will be released later today.

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Big Books of the Week

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Other tiles in demand include:

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (Random House)

Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson with Peter de Jonge (Little, Brown: Hachette)

The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel by Anne Hillerman (Harper; LJ starred review)

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books: S. & S.)

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books: Abrams)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One LibraryReads title publishes this week, but it is the #1 pick of the month:

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (Random House)

“The Ferriday family (The Lilac Girls) returns in this story of love, loss, and triumph. The voices of four compelling female characters tell of the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and World War I. Highly recommended for book clubs and fans of Anthony Doerr, Susan Meissner, and Lauren Belfer.”— Mamie Ney, Auburn Public Library, Auburn, ME

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Once in a position of power and prestige but now in peril, the White Russians are fleeing the Bolshevik regime by the thousands, many with only the clothes on their backs, including Sofya, friend of the young Eliza Ferriday. In this prequel to The Lilac Girls, set during WWI, socialite Eliza is frantically fighting to find Sofya and her aristocratic family, who were forced from their homes by gunpoint. From the shores of South Hampton to the tumultuous streets of St. Petersburg, Kelly weaves a narrative full of feeling that is fraught with suspense and so very worth the ride. I loved every minute of it!”—Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

Three additional Indie Next picks come out this week as well:

The Parisian by Isabella Hammad (Grove Press; LJ starred review)

The Parisian, a captivating novel of cultural assimilation, deprivation, and sacrifice in times of war, is quite simply a beautifully vivid, immersive love story. While these attributes alone would make The Parisian a compelling read, it is Hammad’s writing that marks this work as one of the greatest novels I’ve read in recent years. The descriptions are sharp and lush, and her depictions of her characters feel recognizably familiar yet are expressed with a felicity for language that is altogether exceptional. This is a novel for everyone who craves a timeless love story and admires superb writing.” —Lori Feathers, Interabang Books, Dallas, TX

The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler (Hub City Press)

“We’ve known that Jessica Handler could write the heck out of a sentence since her moving account of surviving the deaths of her sisters in her memoir, Invisible Sisters. What we didn’t yet fully understand is the way that her nonfiction would prepare her so uniquely to write this strange and lovely book about a girl coming into her power — a feminist historical novel of grit and mystery. Handler knows from her own life that the flip side of grief and loss can sometimes be wonder and awe. What a pleasure to have her take us by the hand and show us that truth in the life of Lulu Hurst, who becomes a vaudeville star with ‘magical’ powers but yearns most to heal her little brother back at home.—Errol Anderson, Charis Books & More, Atlanta, GA

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan)

“Set inside the acting program of an elite high school, Choi’s novel seems to consider every major preoccupation of our moment — class, gender, sexuality, race, power, predation, authenticity, ‘genius’ — with language that’s both uproarious and frothing with vital rage. To describe the plot in any detail, though, would reveal too much of Trust Exercise’s inventive, audacious form. Best let this novel sink into your bones with as few spoilers as possible before its final scene seizes your heart. And itwill seize your heart. Trust me.” —Samuel Krowchenko, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

These books and others publishing the week of April 8, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

People 's Book of the Week is The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page (Twelve: Hachette). In "More Life Stories" are The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible edited by Catherine Burns (Crown Archetype: Random House; LJ starred review), No Happy Endings by Nora McInerny (Dey Street Books: Harper), and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup by David Browne (Da Capo Press: Hachette). People "Picks" include Fosse/Verdon, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Shazam!, and Killing Eve. There is a feature on Audrey Hepburn and Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II by Robert Matzen (GoodKnight Books), a profile on author and actor Henry Winkler, a feature on Angelina Jolie, with a mention of the forthcoming adaptation of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Patricia Castelao (Harper), and a feature on Bridget Moynahan, with a mention of Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes by Bridget Moynahan, Amanda Benchley, Melanie Dunea (Abrams). Mark Bittman provides a recipe from Dinner for Everyone: 100 Iconic Dishes Made 3 Ways--Easy, Vegan, or Perfect for Company (Clarkson Potter: Random House). There is also one from The Food of Argentina: Asado, empanadas, dulce de leche & more by Ross Dobson, Rachel Tolosa Paz (Smith Street Books: Rizzoli).


NPR reviews Women Talking by Miriam Toews (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "astonishing ... a profoundly intelligent book. It is an indictment of authority and a defense of belief." Also, The Poison Bed by Elizabeth Fremantle (Pegasus: W.W. Norton): "Like all the best writers of historical thrillers, Elizabeth Fremantle weaves together documented fact with sensitively imagined fiction to create a novel that helps us understand a time and place better." What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché (Penguin): "extraordinary." Leaving Richard's Valley by Michael DeForge (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan): "They feel like an elaborate, extended joke — one that you really want to be in on." The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling (HarperVoyager): "Horrifying in small, cutting, personal ways, and in the more classic scare-in-a-dark-room way. But there's an iron rod of panicked strength that runs through the middle of it." The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review): "[an] ambitious multigenerational epic." Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro (Knopf; LJ starred review): "an inspiring ... window into the seemingly superhuman reporting, researching, writing, patience, and above all, will-power that have powered his reinvention of the political biography and history genre."

The NYT reviews Deaf Republic: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky (Graywolf: Macmillan): "it is not dramatic poetry, but that it imparts poetic drama ... These poems bestow the power of sacred drama on a secular martyrology." Also, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon (Random House): "a persuasive indictment of prosecutorial excess."

The Washington Post reviews Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin): "a lively, consistently challenging book." Also, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty by Susan Page (Twelve: Hachette): "This definitive biography is a welcome contribution to our understanding of the complex role of presidential spouses." The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America by Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer (Crown: Random House): "Told almost entirely from an inside-the-Beltway perspective, Sherman and Palmer’s book depicts men and women operating in a universe that is completely detached from the rest of America." Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson (Random House; LJ starred review): "Brava to Lynn Olson for a biography that should challenge any outdated assumptions about who deserves to be called a hero."

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks its weekly "5 books not to miss."

The May Indie Next list is out.

Town & Country pick the "Must-Read Books of Spring."

Vanity Fair picks books (and pocketbooks) for spring.

Bustle gathers "19 New Fantasy Novels For Your Spring Reading List."

The Guardian has a guide to the Stella Prize shortlist.

The Rathbones Folio Prize releases its shortlist.

The Albertine Prize announces its shortlist.

The Guardian interviews Annie Ernaux, Happening (Seven Stories Press). As a heads up, the Booker International prize shortlist comes out tomorrow.

The NYT interviews Erin Lee Carr, All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House).

Vanity Fair interviews Karl Ove Knausgaard.

The New Yorker has an interview with Pat Barker as well as a new piece of her fiction, "Medusa."

USA Today interviews Abby Wambach, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (Celadon Books: Macmillan).

The Guardian has a piece on authors and translators and their "silent conversation."

LitHub has a starter kit to surrealist literature.

Entertainment Weekly offers a Kurt Cobain reading guide.

The NYT reports on the "Seven Day Book Cover Challenge."

NPR features Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker, Manuela Pertega (Quirk: Random House).

Paste excerpts Differently Morphous by Yahtzee Croshaw (Dark Horse: Random House).

The New Yorker spotlights The New Me by Halle Butler (Penguin).

ALA's Top 10 most challenged books will be released later today.

The priest who burned Harry Potter apologizes. USA Today has details.

In the UK, The Society of Authors, lead by Philip Pullman, calls ebook piracy "an offence against moral justice." The Guardian has a report.

The iconic SF author Vonda N. McIntyre has died. Experimental novelist Jonathan Baumbach has died. NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

Shadow And Act suggests "12 Horror Noire Novels To Adapt For The Big Screen."

NPR has three interviews: Anne Beattie, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck (Viking: Penguin). Kwame Onwuachi, Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Knopf). Arkady Martine, A Memory Called Empire (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

Apparently the film version of The Professor & The Madman is a "disappointment" to Mel Gibson. A self-published short story by Christian Cantrell is headed to the movies. Deadline Hollywood has details on both stories.

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