Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Mar. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

Silent Night by Danielle Steel leads holds this week, with some other big names also finding plenty of readers. Librarians and booksellers pick a baker's dozen. The Women's Prize for Fiction releases its longlist—and makes history.

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Big Books of the Week

Silent Night by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random House) leads holds this week.

Other tiles in demand include:

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles (William Morrow: Harper)

Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon (Atlantic Montly)

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis (HarperCollins Leadership)

The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry (Minotaur: Macmillan)

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House)

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Scribner: S. & S.)

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin (Harmony: Random House)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Five LibraryRead's picks publish this week:

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (HMH; LJ starred review; Hall of Fame)

“The author of the Ruth Galloway novels pens a chilling, atmospheric standalone. After a colleague is found dead, English teacher Claire Cassidy discovers messages from the murderer in her own private journal. Perfect for fans of both classic gothic horror and contemporary murder mysteries.”—Dawn Terrizzi, Denton Public Library, Denton, TX

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets (Berkley: Penguin)

“A suspenseful, surprising story that begins with every woman’s worst nightmare–a breakdown on a lonely road in the middle of the night and a bad feeling about the handsome guy who stops to help. This kick-in-the-gut start leads to a more thoughtful mystery with a big twist. Recommended for fans of Lee Child.”— Patricia Uttaro, Monroe County Library System, Monroe, NY

Three of the five are also Indie Next selections:

The #1 Indie Next pick for March: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House; Hall of Fame)

“Like the best episodes of Behind the Music, this chronicle of the rise and fall of a fictional ’70s rock group is impossible to resist. You’ll be tempted to look up the band’s hits, only to disappointedly remember that they don’t exist. A great rock ’n’ roll ride for readers.”— Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY

“Oh man, what a ride! I guess I’m the right demographic for this book: I love rock and I grew up in the ’70s, so I wanted to like it...instead, I loved it! Yes, it’s sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it’s also got wonderfully complex characters that I cared about even if I didn’t like how they acted. It’s a peek into the formation of a band, how the music is made, the struggles of addiction and clashing personalities, and, ultimately, love. The story is compiled of pieces of interviews with the band and those connected to them — a very effective technique that made the novel’s pages turn even faster. Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & the Six is one of my favorite books of 2019 so far!” —Serena Wyckoff, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

The River by Peter Heller (Knopf)

“A love letter to the great outdoors. Both adventure story and elegant nature writing. Two college students on a canoe trip face a wildfire, white-water rapids, and two mysterious strangers. For fans of Tim Johnston and Dave Eggers.”—Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

“Peter Heller can take you on a journey through nature like no other writer. The River is the story of two close friends wanting nothing more than to enjoy their time together on a trip through the Canadian wilderness, and fly fishing has never been so beautifully portrayed nor has the serenity of water and nature. But the peacefulness slowly wanes and the tension begins to build as the trip becomes a race against encroaching forest fires and an attempt to save the life of the mysterious woman they have picked up along the way. Heller has created a story of friendship and survival that should not be missed.” —Mary McBride, Rainy Day Books, Fairway, KS

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward (Park Row: Harper)

“Maddie the innocent travel writer and Jo the wild child are living quite the life abroad when Ian crosses their path and changes both their lives permanently. Moving backward and forward in time, the narrative slowly reveals hidden truths. For fans of Paula Hawkins and Ruth Ware.”— Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS

“In her dark and atmospheric thriller, Ward has created characters that seep under your skin and take you on a suspense-filled, unforgettable ride. We follow Ian and Maddie from their first meeting in the war-torn Balkans to New York City and end up in suburban Kansas, witnessing their story unfold, twisting and turning along the way, until it ultimately implodes. What really happened and who can you believe?” —Maxwell Gregory, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL

Eight more Indie Next picks hit shelves this week too:

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Scribner: S. & S.)

“Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is home to generations of haenyo — women who take their living from both land and sea and call the shots in their matriarchal society. Young-sook and Mi-ja are best friends in the 1930s, learning to dive with their all-female collective while their island suffers under Japanese colonialism. Lisa See follows them as they grow up under Japanese rule, into WWII, to the Korean War and its devastating aftermath, and into the 21st century. The Island of Sea Women is not only a story of friendship found, lost, and found again, but also a richly detailed picture of a unique culture of women in a world spinning out of control. Amazing detail and presence.” —Janet Rhodes, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, ID

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin)

“To me, any new book by Helen Oyeyemi is a cause for celebration, and Gingerbread is no exception. Harriet Lee is a mother, a daughter, a PTA-wannabe, a tutor, and a gingerbread baker. She is also Druhastranian — a refugee from a country that may (or may not) exist. No one is quite sure where Druhastana is or how to get there, but Harriet’s daughter, Perdita, is determined to find out even if it kills her. While still imbued with Oyeyemi’s trademark fairy tale essence, this novel is a departure into weirder, more uncanny territory. Oyeyemi, who lives in Prague, has finally given us her Czech novel, and it’s perfect.” —Devon Dunn, Book Culture, New York, NY

The New Me by Halle Butler (Penguin)

“Halle Butler so perfectly depicts a young woman who has no direction in life in The New Me. She’s just going to work in order to get a paycheck for rent and groceries, just so she can live to go to work again — the vicious cycle many in our society find themselves in today. The New Me is juicy and kind of like watching the perfect train wreck. You know you should look away, but instead you can’t put the book down. Highly recommended for fellow lovers of contemporary fiction.” —Kristen Beverly, Half Price Books, Dallas, TX

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (Harper; LJ starred review)

A Woman Is No Man gives a rare and terrifying look into the lives of three generations of Palestinian and Palestinian-American women. Readers are invited into the secret world of these women living in Palestine and then Brooklyn; we watch nervously as they try to navigate and reconcile their two worlds — the violent, patriarchal world at home and the confusing, anti-cultural world outside their front door. I cringed at the pain and cheered at the successes of the women I came to know. This beautifully written book shines a light on an important topic. It is a story that must be told and, as importantly, must be heard.” —Debra Barrett, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA

In Another Time by Jillian Cantor (Harper Perennial)

“For fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Somewhere in Time, In Another Time will sweep you through pre-war and post-war Berlin, London, Paris, and Vienna as you follow Hanna Ginsberg, ‘the one who plays the violin like fire,’ and her magnificent Stradivarius violin. It begins in Germany in 1931, when bookshop owner Max Beissinger meets Hanna. As they fall in love, Germany falls under the power of Hitler. While Hanna is Jewish and Max is not, Max has a secret that may help save Hannah when the time comes. Cantor reminds us that even in terrible times, books, music, and love can prevail. Not to be missed.” —Karen Briggs, The Booknook, East Talwas, MI

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin (Thomas Dunne: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“Dark and unflinching yet packed with heart and humanity, When All Is Said is Irish storytelling at its best. Maurice Hannigan sits in a bar on a Saturday night and toasts five people who have been important in his life and who have left him, either through death or distance. The 84-year-old widower spools out his story like tangled fishing line, raising one glass to each of his departed loved ones. It all leads up to a startling yet inevitable end to an unsettling yet satisfying story.” —Grace Harper, Mac’s Backs, Cleveland Heights, OH

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden (Bloomsbury: Macmillan)

“Madden has no limits when it comes to the ones she loves — her cool and free older friends, her Internet-famous first girlfriend, her mother, her father, and us, the fortunate readers. She accomplishes one of the great feats of a memoir: in telling the story of her life, she translates its remarkable aspects (for one, her father worked for Jordan Belfort and was, yes, a wolf of Wall Street) while making the commonplace (love for one’s parents) remarkable. Her prose is a Lisa Frank-racetrack-Hawaiian shirt phantasmagoria that I couldn’t get enough of. And, man, that last section — it’ll knock you loose.” —Molly Moore, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Little Faith by Nickolas Butler (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review)

“I loved this story about friendship, family, and how faith influences life-changing decisions. Nickolas Butler beautifully captures the people, landscape, and seasons of northern Wisconsin over a 12-month period. The characters and their relationships to each other is what this book is really about. You will love or hate them, but you will feel part of this community when you finish.” —Susan Murphy, Pages Bookshop, Detroit, MI

These books and others publishing the week of March 4, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In The Media

Entertainment Weekly's cover story focuses on Captain Marvel. In the books section Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House) gets a spotlight as does Isaac Mizrahi, I.M.: A Memoir (Flatiron: Macmillan). There are reviews of Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin (Scribner: S. & S.), B+ (with a sidebar on the author), Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin), B+, and Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Knopf), A-. Next, a feature on the Luke Jennings novels that are the basis of Killing Eve, including the newest, Killing Eve: No Tomorrow (Mulholland: Hachette). EW puts Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers (St. Martin's: Macmillan) on its "Must List" at No. 4 and The Altruists by Andrew Ridker (Viking: Penguin) at No. 9.

People' s Book of the Week is The Altruists by Andrew Ridker (Viking: Penguin). Also in Best New Books are The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review) and The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (HMH; LJ starred review). In "New in Nonfiction" are Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers (St. Martin's: Macmillan), Better Apart: The Radically Positive Way to Separate by Gabrielle Hartley, Elena Brower (Harper Wave), and I.M.: A Memoir by Isaac Mizrahi (Flatiron: Macmillan). There is a feature story on The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir by Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson, with Teresa Barker (Hachette). On the "Picks" list is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and Captain Marvel's "Scene-Stealing Cat." In the food section are recipes from Comfort in an Instant: 75 Comfort Food Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot® by Melissa Clark (Clarkson Potter: Random House) and The Ultimate Instant Pot Cookbook by Coco Morante (Ten Speed: Random House).


The Women's Prize for Fiction releases its longlist. The Guardian reports that with Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove; LJ starred review) making the honors, the prize "has nominated a non-binary transgender author for the first time in its 27-year history."

The YA Book Prize announces its shortlist.

The Diamond Dagger award is granted by the Crime Writers Association to Robert Goddard.


NPR reviews Devil's Daughter: The Ravenels meet The Wallflowers by Lisa Kleypas (Avon): "a delightfully smart and sensual historical romance that had me thinking about Moliere, Oscar Wilde and other masters of the comedy of manners." Also, Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions by Frans de Waal (W.W. Norton): "Through these powerful statements coupled with his convincing descriptions of animal emotions, de Waal contributes immensely to an ethical sea change for animals." The Border by Don Winslow (William Morrow: Harper) under the headline: "Shakespeare For Our Times."

The NYT reviews An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago by Alex Kotlowitz (Nan A. Talese: Random House; LJ starred review): "probes the human damage that stems from exposure to violence. What he finds is important."

The Washington Post reviews Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire by David Thomson (Knopf): "an odd, confused cultural artifact. It presumes to explore how our desires are fired as we watch movies in the dark. But it seems rather to be a product of a dim awareness that certain behaviors and attitudes are no longer acceptable, along with an inability to imagine a world without them." Also, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Abraham Jack (Harvard): "breaks new ground on social and educational questions of great import."

Briefly Noted

Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club pick for March is Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House).

USA Today names its books of the week.

Getting a very early jump on the competition, Vulture picks "The Best Books of 2019 (So Far)."

O magazine gathers "30 of the Best LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2019."

The Guardian interviews Helen Oyeyemi, Gingerbread (Riverhead: Penguin). Also, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six (Ballantine: Random House), Siri Hustvedt, Memories of the Future (S. & S.), and Hallie Rubenhold, The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper (HMH).

The NYT interviews Silvana Paternostro, Solitude & Company: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez Told with Help from His Friends, Family, Fans, Arguers, Fellow Pranksters, Drunks, and a Few Respectable Souls (translated by Edith Grossman. Seven Stories Press).

The NYT writes about collection management at NYPL.

Vulture profiles book collector and bookstore owner A.N. Devers.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Jonathan Van Ness, of Queer Eye, is publishing a memoir this fall with Harper, to be titled Over the Top.

Scott Rudin, the producer of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway is backing off his efforts to shut down regional and small theater productions of the play. The NYT has details.

The Washington Post runs an essay by Michael Mewshaw about Pat Conroy. Mewshaw is the author of The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy (Counterpoint).

The NYT has a travel essay by Jessica Francis Kane, Rules for Visiting (Penguin).

The Atlantic features L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated "Female Byron" by Lucasta Miller (Knopf).

The Washington Post asks who is the real audience for children's books written by politicians.

The NYT reports that the "august Académie française — the elite club of 40 'immortals,' as the members are known, that serves as the official guardian of the French language" is having troubling making up its mind.

The Washington Post has plans to publish the Muller report too.

Author Charles McCarry has died. Historian Li Xueqin has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man (Harper; LJ starred review). Also getting interviewed is Sandra Newman, The Heavens (Grove Press).

PBS NewsHour posts a chapter from The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (Tim Duggan Books: Random House). Also, the NewsHour reports on "How a Jordanian scientist spreads the love of reading around the world."

The NYT writes about Luminary, a new podcast service with Netflix numbers in mind.

Endeavour gets a seventh season. Esther the Wonder Pig is headed to CBS films. T.C. Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain is headed to the small screen. The book-based SF thriller hit Edge of Tomorrow might be getting a sequel. Deadline Hollywood has all the details.

Hellboy gets a red-band trailer. Dumbo gets a new trailer.

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