Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Apr. 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

Neon Prey by John Sandford leads holds this week. Get ready for Avengers: Endgame. Mueller hits Amazon's bestseller list. Game of Thrones teases episode three.

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Big Books of the Week

Neon Prey by John Sandford (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Other tiles in demand include:

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin's: Macmillan)

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates (Flatiron: Macmillan)

I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney (Flatiron: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One LibraryReads title publishes this week:

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (St. Martin's: Macmillan)

Lucy hopes to have a good relationship with her husband Ollie’s mother, but Diana makes it difficult. When Diana is found dead of an apparent suicide, Lucy reexamines everything she knows about Diana and the rest of the family. For fans of The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand and The Lake House by Kate Morton. —Chris Markley, Kingsport Public Library, Kingsport, TN

One Indie Next title hits shelves this week as well:

Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard (Algonquin: Workman)

“This is a beautifully rendered, historically compelling exploration of the idea that the powerful and unseen gravitational force acting on what we know to have been a complicated courtship between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd was Lincoln’s ambiguous friendship with Joshua Speed. Bayard’s complex characters live believably on these pages, reminding us that love is not—and never has been, even for the iconic figures of history—a this-or-that thing, but instead takes on many forms, depending on its circumstances. A great book club selection!” —Nina Barrett, Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, IL

These books and others publishing the week of April 22, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

People's "Book of the Week" is Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein (Crown: Random House). In "Best New Books" are Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton: Macmillan; LJ starred review) and Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review). The "Eye-opener" is, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin). "New in Paperback" are When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton (Berkley: Penguin), The Mister by E. L. James (Vintage: Random House), and I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell (Vintage: Random House). Heather B. Armstrong, The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live (Gallery), gets a feature. People "Picks" Game of Thrones and Bosch, and makes Tati Gabrielle of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina "one to watch." In the food section there is a recipe from Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna (HMH; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly ran a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as all the Avengers movies ranked, ahead of the big debut of Endgame.


NPR reviews Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power by Anna Merlan (Metropolitan: Macmillan): "Merlan's recitations are chilling, as are her warnings that fringe beliefs tend to go mainstream." Also, Arid Dreams: Stories by Duanwad Pimwana, translated by Mui Poopoksakul (The Feminist Press at CUNY): "excellent ... serves as both an introduction to Pimwana's style and preoccupations, and a sped-up way to watch her grow from a gifted story writer to an utter master of the form." Einstein's Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum by Lee Smolin (Penguin): "Smolin's description of how quantum mechanics works is both elegant and accessible." Flowers Over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti, translated by Ekin Oklap (Soho Crime): "When it works, Flowers Over the Inferno works nicely indeed, and when it doesn't, you are left with enough goodwill to pat it on the back."

The NYT reviews Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience by Anuradha Bhagwati (Atria: S. & S.): "stands out most as a chronicle of overcoming psychological trauma." Also, When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan (St. Martin's: Macmillan): "[a] boisterous, motley new history." What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance by Carolyn Forché (Penguin): "Anyone who reads this magnificent memoir will partake of that luminous transformation." Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence, and America's Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy by Michael J. Mazarr (PublicAffairs: Hachette): "Sadly, Mazarr’s well-intentioned book is likely to provide yet another excuse to postpone reckoning with that failure." The paper also has a dual review of books about Shakespeare.

The Washington Post reviews Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris (W.W. Norton): "a rapturous memoir of falling in love with a language." Also, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon (Random House): "crucial to understanding the wretchedness of the American criminal legal process ... offer[s] something missing from most other books about mass incarceration: hope." The Silent Musician: Why Conducting Matters by Mark Wigglesworth (Univ. of Chicago): "a deft, sensible book of meditations on the craft of conducting, written with grace and humor, unfailingly light in spirit but sometimes profound in its utterance ."

Briefly Noted

Mueller hits the Amazon's bestseller list. Print versions currently fill spots 1, 2, and 4. NPR reports. The NYT considers the report as a "thorny, patriotic addition to a curious American bookshelf." Deadline Hollywood writes about which editions have the selling lead.

USA Today picks its books for the week.

PW offers its summer book picks.

O Magazine has poetry books suggested by authors.

Entertainment Weekly reports on the Tolkien exhibit at The Morgan Library.

The New Yorker reports on an exhibition on The Tale of the Genji.

Shondaland features Renee Nault, The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: Random House).

The NYT features author and illustrator Jonny Sun.

The Seattle Times interviews Stacey Abrams, Minority Leader: How To Build Your Future and Make Real Change (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

The NYT has "5 Things About Your Book" focused on The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero (Ecco: Harper).

The Guardian interviews Robert Caro, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing (Knopf; LJ starred review).

The Atlantic features Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt (S. & S.) and The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father by Janny Scott (Riverhead: Penguin).

The L.A. Times writes about Armenian diaspora stories.

Authors on Air

PBS interviews Cathy Guisewite, Fifty Things That Aren't My Fault: Essays from the Grown-up Years (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin).

NPR interviews Peter Bagge, Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan).

Bustle reports on the Luminary app podcast Hear to Slay featuring Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom.

Michael Lewis is starting a podcast, Against the Rules about authority. The NYT reports.

Game of Thrones teases episode three.

Senator Mike Lee, Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government (Sentinel: Penguin) will be on The View today.

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