Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Oct. 28, 2019 | Book Pulse

Blue Moon by Lee Child leads holds this week. Prince’s The Beautiful Ones gets focused attention. Publishers Weekly announces its picks for the best books of 2019. Margaret Atwood gets a royal honor. Dracula gets a trailer.

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Big Books of the Week

Blue Moon by Lee Child (Delacorte: Random House) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Find Me by André Aciman (FSG; LJ starred review)

Warriors: The Broken Code #2: The Silent Thaw by Erin Hunter (Harper)

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper)

Christmas Sweets by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier (Kensington: Random House)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two books coming out this week from the LibraryReads list, both are also Indie Next selections:

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Ecco: Harper)

“A funny, snarky narrator takes on the job of caretaker for kids with remarkable and strange abilities. Everyone involved learns that sometimes all we need after being repeatedly let down is someone to rely on. For fans of Chuck Klosterman and Gary Shteyngart.”— Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

“When a politician’s young wife hires her old school friend as a nanny for her two stepchildren, the main duty will be to keep the twins out of sight and out of trouble. That’s because the kids’ father is a senator and under serious consideration to be the next Secretary of State. But what if the children can’t control themselves? Who is the best person to take care of children who are afflicted with spontaneous combustion? Obviously, a woman with no fear of fire, nothing to lose, and nothing to gain. At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this unique novel explores family dynamics, resentment, and retribution, leaving the reader with a new perspective on motherhood and what it means to be loyal to those you love.” — Laura Simcox, Sunrise Books, High Point, NC

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review)

“Diaz was out of control. Her life was a never ending cycle of indifferent (or worse) parenting, street fights, abuse, drugs, arrests, alcohol, skipping school—all are detailed in this coming of age memoir. Reading this extraordinary memoir, I was reminded that no one can make you do something until you decide to on your own. For fans of Hunger by Roxane Gay and When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago.” — Linda Tilden, Mt. Laurel Public Library, Mt. Laurel, AL

“Too often, those of us who grow up below the federal poverty line spend the rest of our lives erasing ourselves. If we manage to migrate out of poverty, we do so at a cost. The gatekeepers of academia, and of literature, often only want to hear our stories if we make a spectacle of our people, or if we tell our stories in the language of the elite at the expense of our own voices. I think this is one of the most powerful things about Ordinary Girls. Díaz tells her sad and beautiful stories in her own voice, a voice that still holds the people and the places that made her. What a gift. Growing up poor means that we are taught, every day and in a million tiny ways, that our families are wrong, our speech is ugly, our stories shameful. This is oppression and Díaz banishes it with beauty, love, honesty, and insight. Ordinary Girls is a book that makes me feel less alone in this world.” — Tina Ontiveros, Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles, OR

One additional Indie Next pick hits shelves this week as well:

Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers by Natalie Eve Garrett (Black Balloon; LJ starred review)

“The visceral quality of food as it relates to memory is unparalleled—sometimes we eat our favorite foods as comfort during grief, or a dish prepared by a friend becomes healing food from then on. Eat Joy is a lively collection of autobiographical stories in which food plays a starring role (recipes included—and they are lovely!). A diverse selection of celebrated authors tell their stories of growth, loss, healing, and homecoming, and the resulting collection is nothing short of magical.” —Mary Wahlmeier, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, KS

These books and others publishing the week of Oct. 28, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

People’s "Book of the Week" is All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg (HMH; LJ starred review). Also getting attention are The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars by Meghan Daum (Gallery Books: S. & S.) and Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review). The “Photo Book” is Prince’s The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). On People “Picks” list is Mrs. Fletcher, based on the book by Tom Perrotta, and Motherless Brooklyn, based on the book by Jonathan Lethem. There is a feature on Always Audrey: Six Iconic Photographers. One Legendary Star edited by Iconic Images (Acc Art Books) and on Gloria Steinem, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: A Lifetime of Quotes (Random House).


The NYT asks Joseph Finder to review The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (Atria: S. & S.): “gripping and authentic.” Also, Lyndsay Faye reviews The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “an abstruse series of fragmented fables, interspersed with the saga of a present-day grad student who is a voracious reader and connoisseur of retro cocktails.” The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna by Mira Ptacin (Liveright: W. W. Norton): “engaging if somewhat wide-eyed.” A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan (Viking: Penguin): “If you’re looking for something to believe in, you could do worse than Timothy Egan’s particular blend of intelligence and empathy.” I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz by Eve Babitz (NYRB Classics: Random House): “a trove of delights.” Vanity Fair’s Women on Women edited by Radhika Jones (Penguin; LJ starred review): “takes no risks at all, save for the risk of irrelevance.” The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture by Orlando Figes (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “tells the story of a society in radical transition from tradition to modernity.”

The Washington Post reviews The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson (Penguin: LJ starred review): “they offer a provocative framework for analyzing our current moment of democratic crisis.” Also, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by Andrew Marantz (Viking: Penguin): “The effect is to inspire a larger contemplation of what the collapse of civil discourse means about our society.”

The L.A. Times reviews The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns edited by Dohra Ahmad (Penguin): “The affecting power … is in its intimacies and observations.”

NPR reviews The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books: Penguin): “slaying us with history that is full of both beauty and terror.” Also, Prince’s The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House): “doesn't paint a perfect picture. It's not definitive. It can't be, it shouldn't be and, thankfully, it doesn't try to be.” Burn It Down: Women Writing about Anger edited by Lilly Dancyger (Seal Press: Hachette): “an extraordinary collection of talent.” Edison by Edmund Morris (Random House; LJ starred review): “There's a great story inside Edison. You just have to work around author Edmund Morris." The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell and Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo, translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Katie Lateef-Jan (both from City Light Publishers): “translations powered by image and mood rather than character or plot.”

USA Today reviews Prince’s The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), giving it four perfect stars and writing it is “not a read, but an experience, an immersion inside the mind of a musical genius. You are steeped in Prince's images, his words, his essence.” There is also a story on how the book was edited and completed.

Briefly Noted

Publishers Weekly announces its picks for the best books of 2019.

USA Today picks its books for the week. Also, the “Best true-crime books of all time.”

The Nommo Awards are announced.

The Bookseller highlights The Saltire Literary Awards shortlists.

The NYT runs its annual Halloween issue. Much has already appeared in the paper, and been covered here, but there are new pieces too: Ivy Pochoda on thrillers by women and Marilyn Stasio’s crime column.

The Atlantic writes about #MeToo and horror.     

The Guardian has letters from authors to Europe. JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman among them. They also have a story about the new genre of Brexlit.

The Stylist has a conversation between Natalie A Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry, founders of Black Girls Book Club, and Bernardine Evaristo.

The Guardian interviews Julian Barnes, The Man in the Red Coat (Knopf). Also, the paper asks Candice Carty-Williams to answer the “Books that made me” questionnaire.

R.O. Kwon answers the Book Marks Questionnaire.

The NYT features Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Alexander Nabaum (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books: S. & S.; SLJ starred review).

Time answers “All Your Burning Questions About the Call Me By Your Name Sequel, Find Me.”

Eater has “The Three Books That Inspire Food Writer Lazarus Lynch.”

Vogue showcases Sleeveless: Fashion, Image, Media, New York 2011–2019 by Natasha Stagg (Semiotext(e): MIT Press). Also, “Patti Smith and Lynn Goldsmith in Conversation.” Their new book is Before Easter After (Taschen).

Entertainment Weekly picks “The 15 most fascinating revelations in The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando.” Here is the book information: The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando by William J. Mann (Harper).

Bitch Media highlights The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West (Hachette).

Electric Lit suggests “The 13 Fiercest Feminist Witches in Modern Literature.”

The Astro Poets talk elements and perfume for Vanity Fair.

The Guardian writes about the Patricia Highsmith diaries.

The NYT writes about a house in the Poconos that offers a writer’s retreat. Also, about a bookstore in Greece and about the Abbie Hoffman papers at the University of Texas at Austin. Lastly, an announcement that the paper will include selected book excerpts with some of its reviews.

Publishers Weekly writes about a new Indie forward platform to take on Amazon.

Queen Elizabeth grants Margaret Atwood the Order of the Companions of Honor.

Authors on Air

Bustle highlights three book-based films for November, all on Netflix.

CBS Sunday Morning focuses on Prince, The Beautiful Ones (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), and excerpts the memoir.

NPR interviews Gene Weingarten, One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America (Blue Rider Press: Penguin). Also, an interview with John Kenney, Love Poems for People with Children (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), an interview with Sheila O'Connor, Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions (Rose Metal Press), and an interview with George Soros, In Defense of Open Society (PublicAffairs: Hachette).

PBS features Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review).

Deadline reports that Batwoman and Nancy Drew get full seasons with The CW.

Variety has news that there might be a prequel to The 100. Also, a movie about Karen Blixen, based on Thorkild Bjønvig’s The Pact is in the works

Dracula gets a trailer.

Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair’s Women on Women (Penguin; LJ starred review), will be on with Stephen Colbert. Gloria Steinem, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: A Lifetime of Quotes (Random House), will be on with Seth Meyers. John Lithgow, Dumpty: The Age of Trump in Verse (Chronicle), will be on with James Corden. Bob Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House),  will be on with Ellen.

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