Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Nov. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich leads holds this week. With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki R. Haley is getting today's political book buzz. Queer literature takes the spotlight. The Largehearted Boy starts work on the aggregated master list of best books for 2019.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.

Big Books of the Week

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam's Sons) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton, Daniel H. Wilson (Harper)

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens (Mulholland Books: Hachette; LJ starred review)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads selections publish this week, one is also an Indie Next choice:

Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher (Berkley: Penguin)

“A perfect contemporary romance that will make you laugh, swoon, and maybe even get a little weepy. Hannah is a heroine for the ages, prickly, real, and worth fighting for. For readers who loved How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.” —Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

“This is a fun and engaging read. Don’t let the concept (a role reversal of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) or cute cover fool you. There is a lot more depth to this plot than meets the eye; it’s about being seen and accepting your true self. Jack and Hannah both try to be what they think others want them to be but, because of their deceptions due to job obligations, are actually their natural selves. I can’t wait for book two.” —Audrey Huang, Belmont Books, Belmont, PA 

Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books: Random House)

“This is a terrific series with characters that are constantly changing. I’m so excited to see what happens to them next! A good pick for fans of Nevada Barr.”—Liz Kirchhoff, Barrington Area Public Library, Barrington, IL

Two additional Indie Next picks also arrive:

The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday: Random House)

“Michael Crummey is a master chronicler of isolation, and The Innocents is a perfect example. Following an orphaned brother and sister trying to survive on the coast of Newfoundland, this is a spare and elemental novel about the power of family and the act of survival, even in the harshest circumstances.” —Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter (Bloomsbury: Macmillan)

“This book has completely consumed my life for the past few days! Secondhand takes us on an adventure through the world of recycling and reuse culture. This is an honest look at how the things that clutter our homes don’t just disappear when we bring them to a secondhand store or recycling center. This book wants us to be a part of the reuse movement, to take notice of fast fashion, single-use items, and easily replaced electronics and make conscientious decisions as consumers. I hope many people read Secondhand and, in the spirit of the book, pass it on to others.” —Alexa Ochocki, Content Bookstore, Northfield, MN

These books and others publishing the week of Nov. 11, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet

In the Media

People’s “Book of the Week” is The Innocents by Michael Crummey (Doubleday: Random House). Also getting attention are Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (Little, Brown: Hachette) and The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review). People asks stars what they are reading. Sarah Jessica Parker is reading Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper). Christopher Meloni is into Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace (Oxford). Kat Dennings is exploring the Harry Potter series. People’s picks include Green Eggs and Ham, Dickinson, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Mrs. Fletcher’s Jackson White. There are also holiday movie must-sees, including the book-based Little Woman, Just Mercy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Cats. People also looks to TV, including the book-based Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Modern Love, Queer Eye (the hosts have books), The Great British Bake Off (hosts and stars have books), and At Home with Amy Sedaris. There is a feature about Robyn Crawford’s memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston (Dutton: Penguin), much of which is already online, and one on John Cena, actor and author of Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla, illustrated by Howard McWilliam (Random House Books for Young Readers). Also, a feature on Chip and Joanna Gaines, each authors (and her new cookbook comes out in the spring).


The Washington Post reviews Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop by Thomas Travisano (Viking: Penguin; LJ starred review): “a readable, appreciative book that does not analyze Bishop’s poems so much as read them out loud, admiring each line and beat.” Also, Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law by Jeffrey Rosen (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “It’s familiar terrain by now, but Rosen and Ginsburg dig into it with verve.” Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America by Sen. Sherrod Brown, (FSG: Macmillan): “What makes [it] particularly engaging are anecdotes illuminating the heroes’ convictions and character.” A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan (Viking: Penguin): “a joy to read. Every page had a delightful turn of phrase, a scintillating description of a tempting dish, a town to visit, a church to see, a saint or sinner to read more about. Egan delved deep into history, theology and philosophy.” Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation by Steve Vogel (Custom House: Harper): “a fascinating, fast-paced narrative.” The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor by Arthur Kleinman (Viking: Penguin): “while the chronicle of the stripping of hers is heartbreaking, its lessons are surprisingly few.” Lastly, books about the Kavanaugh hearings.

NPR reviews The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White (Delacorte Press: Random House): “takes the familiar trappings of Arthurian legend and spins them into an earthy fantasy.” Also, The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team by Matthew Goodman (Ballantine: Random House): “wonderful.” Heart of Darkness by Peter Kuper (W.W. Norton): “He doesn't just retell the book. He destabilizes it, forcing a reconsideration. Most importantly, he does so with vast skill and care.” NPR reviews The Movie Musical! by Jeanine Basinger (Knopf; LJ starred review): “a passion project, organically rendered, and shot through with longing for an age where sophistication was as subtle as it was scintillating.” Space Invaders by Nona Fernández, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): “as addictive as its video game namesake.”

The NYT reviews The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism by Fintan O'Toole (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “no better guide to the murky labyrinth that has brought us [Brexit].” The paper also features Nabokov and D. H. Lawrence.

Briefly Noted        

USA Today picks its books for the week.

CrimeReads gathers “5 International Crime Novels To Read This November.”

Blackwell’s Books of the Year are announced.

Refinery29 picks the best cookbooks for the holidays, as gifts and to add to a collection.

Bitch Media has a list of lesbian romance novels and a short summary of the current state of queer literature.

LitHub picks “15 of the Best Queer Debuts of 2019.”

USA Today outlines some of the key claims of A Warning by Anonymous (Twelve Books: Hachette).

Two additional political book news stories break over the weekend. HuffPost, via the Associated Press, reports that John Bolton has a book deal with S. & S. worth about 2 million. Already written and out this week, With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki R. Haley (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) makes news. NPR has a summary and an interview. The Washington Post headlines with “Nikki Haley claims top aides tried to recruit her to ‘save the country’ by undermining Trump.” The Intelligencer has a take as well. CBS Sunday Morning has an interview.

The Atlantic features Margaret Atwood.

CrimeReads features Martha Grimes, The Old Success (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Entertainment Weekly highlights Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett (Knopf Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review).

USA Today features It's Garry Shandling's Book edited by Judd Apatow (Random House). Apatow will be on The View today.

Salon highlights Dogs: A Philosophical Guide to Our Best Friends by Mark Alizart (Polity: Wiley).

Bustle excerpts A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow (Tor Teen: Macmillan).

USA Today interviews Judith Orloff, MD, Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People (Sounds True: Macmillan).

The Guardian interviews Simone Lia, The Secret Time Machine and the Gherkin Switcheroo (Candlewick). Also, an interview with Andrew Roberts, Leadership in War: Essential Lessons from Those Who Made History (Viking: Penguin). 

The NYT has a list of top things from Emma Thompson, including The Overstory by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton) and bestselling On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein (S. & S.; LJ starred reviewe).

USA Today has more about the forthcoming Mariah Carey memoir, and news that it will be published by Andy Cohen Books, the imprint from Henry Holt. That partnership was announced in 2016 but 2020 will see its first publications.

As part of University Press Week, Vox highlights 75 books for university presses to help understand the world, from their Read. Think. Act. Reading List.

The Largehearted Boy starts work on the master list of every online end-of-the year-best-book-list. It is updated daily.

Vulture’s “Read Like The Wind” column is out.

The NYT features Another Story Bookshop in Toronto. Also, a literary trip to Egypt.

The NYT reports on a library in Idaho where someone keeps hiding the Anti-Trump books and that person left a note: “I am going to continue hiding these books in the most obscure places I can find to keep this propaganda out of the hands of young minds ... Your liberal angst gives me great pleasure.”

Author Peter Collier has died. Stephen Dixon has died. The NYT has an obituaries.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Grove Press, Black Cat). Also, an interview with poet Vijay Seshadri, the poetry editor of The Paris Review. There is an interview with Eugenia Zukerman, Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir (East End Press). And, lastly, an interview with Lindy West, The Witches Are Coming (Hachette).

NPR features Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames by Lara Maiklem (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

CBS Sunday Morning focuses on the new edition of Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated by Irma S. Rombauer (Scribner: S. & S.).

PBS NewsHour features Marie Kondo, Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship (Crown Books for Young Readers: Random House) and has a video instruction guide as well.

Deadline reports that The People’s Choice Awards have been announced. A few bookish titles take home prizes. How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran sells US rights. The CW announces premiere dates for some hot series returns and debuts (here too). Lincoln gets a new title, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. Quantum Spy by David Ignatius is headed to NBC.

Robyn Carr writes that her Virgin River series will debut on Netflix on Dec. 6.

Variety has a story about the cast of Halo, Showtime’s adaptation of the video game that has book and comics spin-offs.

Coming Soon reports that the team behind Color Out of Space plans at least two more Lovecraft adaptations. The next will be based on “The Dunwich Horror” short story.

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, Sisters First (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

Whoopi Goldberg, The Unqualified Hostess: I do it my way so you can too! (Rizzoli), will be on with Seth Meyers.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


Community matters. Stay up to date on breaking news, trends, reviews, and more.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month

Like this premium article? Subscribe to LJ and get all of our premium content at your fingertips for 12 months.