Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Mar. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

Run Away by Harlan Coben leads holds this week. The poet W.S. Merwin has died. The final season of Game of Thrones will not feature movie-length episodes. Andrew Rannells gets buzzy and Harper's magazine has something to say about criticism, reviews, and book coverage.

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Big Books of the Week

Run Away by Harlan Coben (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other tiles in demand include:

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin)

The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards (MIRA: Harper)

Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump by Vicky Ward (St. Martin's: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads choices publish this week:

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Berkley: Penguin)

“The story of two teenage girls who forge a life long friendship in an internment camp in Crystal City, Texas. For fans of historical fiction and readers who enjoy stories about immigration experiences and life during wartime.” — Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.)

“Queenie, a 25-year-old British-Jamaican woman, struggles to have a sense of purpose after being dumped by her white boyfriend. This humorous and timely debut sheds light on society’s fetishization of black women and its impact on family, relationships and mental health.” — Molly Riportella, Westwood Public Library, Westwood, MA

It is also an Indie Next selection:

“Positively brilliant. I was completely blown away by this debut, in which 25-year-old Queenie Jenkins is navigating a lot. She recently went on break from a long-term relationship, she can’t seem to find her stride at her job with a national newspaper, and she’s constantly trying to figure out how to navigate the various components of her identity. The biggest question of all: Can’t she be loved just because, without her blackness being seen as exotic or a caveat? Candice Carty-Williams’ debut is a completely fresh voice that shines light on a literary perspective frequently overlooked — that of young, black women. An absolute must-read.” —Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

One additional Indie Next pick publishes this week as well:

Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington (Riverhead: Penguin)

“This is such a phenomenal book by a writer who should be on everyone’s radar for 2019. Washington has a detailed and poignant style that reveals the tender soul within all of his characters. None of the characters that we meet in Lot are strangers — they are our mothers, brothers, lovers, and friends. Washington pulls them all together through interlocking stories, taking us in between the cracks and revealing how these characters feel and what drives them (and what doesn’t). This series of stories, told with no agenda, explores sexual awakening and identification, gentrification and its victims, and the power of family to both save us and fail us.” —Allie Bangerter, hello hello books, Rockland, ME

These books and others publishing the week of March 18, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions by Frans de Waal (W.W. Norton) is People's Book of the Week. Also in "Best New Books" are Tomorrow There Will Be Sun by Dana Reinhardt (Pamela Dorman: Penguin) and The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Knopf; LJ starred review). "New in Paperback" includes Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon (Scribner: S. & S.), A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (SJP for Hogarth: Random House), and the The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Viking: Penguin). The "Kid Pick" is The Wizenard Series: Training Camp created by Kobe Bryant, Wesley King. The recipe section highlights Hungry Girl Simply 6: All-Natural Recipes with 6 Ingredients or Less by Lisa Lillien (St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan). One bookish entry is on "People's Pick" list: The Aftermath.

Entertainment Weekly ran a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as a preview of Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (Wednesday: Macmillan).


The NYT reviews First: Sandra Day O'Connor by Evan Thomas (Random House): "not just a biography of a remarkable woman, but an elegy for a worldview that, in law as well as politics, has disappeared from the nation’s main stages." Also, The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts by Joan Biskupic (Basic: Hachette): "assiduously reported and briskly written." Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss (S. & S.): calling it "engaging" but not liking the style which "mars an otherwise enlightening book." The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan: Macmillan): "fine, elegantly written history." The paper also has a joint review of two college novels under the headline "The Trouble Is Academic - and All Too Real."

NPR reviews The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove): "deeply beautiful and wondrously sad, and I can't tell if it ended too quickly or if I just needed it not to — if I just wanted to dwell in a home built out of story for a little longer yet." Also, The Night Witches by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun (Dead Reckoning: Navel Institute Press): "illuminates the nature of warfare, no matter who's fighting."

Briefly Noted

LJ posts new "Prepub Alert" columns for September 2019 titles.

The April LibraryReads picks are out.

CrimeReads says that "It's Time to Discover the Crime Fiction of Helsinki."

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Jason Reynolds.

The Reading The West book nominees have been announced.

Harper's magazine devotes its cover story to the "decline of criticism" and to book review/coverage culture.

The Guardian interviews Preet Bharara, Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law (Knopf).

The NYT interviews Matt Farwell, American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan (Penguin).

Vanity Fair interviews Andrew Rannells, Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood (Crown Archetype: Random House). The NYT asks him how he spends his Sundays and Vulture has an excerpt.

The NYT profiles Carol Gilligan.

Sadly, Monday brings news of several notable literary deaths. The NYT has obituaries for the poet W.S. Merwin (as does the L.A. Times, Vogue, PBS, and NPR); Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, author of Nate the Great; Edith Iglauer; and Al Silverman.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Laurie Halse Anderson, SHOUT (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin). Also, NPR interviews Dave Eggers, The Parade (Knopf).

Game of Thrones gets final season episode dates and run-times. Proving the earlier rumors wrong, none of the six shows run to movie-length times. Steve Berry's Cotton Malone books head to TV. American Gods gets a third season. Deadline Hollywood has details.

Variety reports that Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to National Geographic Channel after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Karamo Brown, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope (Gallery Books: S. & S.), will be on  Jimmy Kimmel Live. Vicky Ward, Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (St. Martin's: Macmillan), will be on Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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Posted : Mar 18, 2019 03:11




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