Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, May 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver leads the big books for the week. The Bram Stoker Awards are announced, as is the CWA Dagger Award longlist. There are more Crime awards as well. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson, The Farm by Joanne Ramos, Lanny by Max Porter, and Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern get buzz.

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Big Books of the Week

The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Night Window: A Jane Hawk Novel by Dean Koontz (Bantam: Random House)

Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.)

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (Gallery: S. & S.)

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini (William Morrow: Harper)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads publish this week, both are also June Indie Next selections:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (Gallery: S. & S.)

“Olive and Ethan are enemies brought together in classic rom-com style when the honeymoon plans of their siblings (who’ve just married) take a wrong turn. The dialogue is fantastic–no one mixes sweetness, snark, and hilarity so well. Perfect for readers of Jasmine Guillory or Emma Chase.” — Shari Suarez, Genesee Districy Library, Goodrich, MI

“This is a delightful rom-com story with an enemies-to-lovers plotline and the requisite off-the-wall situation that forces the bickering lead characters into close quarters. With its Maui resort setting, charismatic characters, swoon-worthy romance, and sense of humor, this story pulled me in and took me along for a thoroughly enjoyable escape.” — Sandy Scott, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan)

“First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is in his last semester of university and has an antagonistic relationship with Prince Henry of Wales. But friendship and then love blossoms when they are forced to pretend to be buddies after an embarrassing altercation. For fans of a good rom-com.”— Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD

“Fresh, irreverent, and funny, Red, White & Royal Blue is a delight and a treasure. With subtle jabs, Casey McQuiston pokes fun at both the public face of the British monarchy as well as the back-door politicking that dominates the U.S. political scene. The story follows the self-centered Alex Claremont-Diaz (America’s First Son) and his interactions with British Prince Henry of Wales. As hostility increases between two political scions forced into a sham friendship, we see the framework of political destiny and duty begin to fray. Little by little, hostility turns to something else entirely. This is a story about happiness — and, more importantly, honesty — for those who live their lives in the public eye.” —Todd Ketcham, The Book Cellar, Lake Worth, FL

Seven additional Indie Next picks also hit shelves this week (the last five are from the May list):

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini (William Morrow: Harper)

“Mildred Harnack, an American woman, moves with her husband to Germany, but while they’re building their life together, the Nazi party is rising to power. Mildred and her friends can’t stand by and watch their communities be torn apart, so they conspire to resist. The women work together to provide information about the Germans to the American forces, but when their resistance cell is exposed, everyone is at risk. Beautifully written and heavily researched, Chiaverini brings Mildred and her compatriots to life on the page with a vividness that kept me up all night reading.” — Mary Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books, Boone, NC

The Night Before by Wendy Walker (St. Martin's: Macmillan)

“Laura has gone missing after going out on a first date with someone she met on a dating site…at least her older sister, Rosie, thinks she is missing. The Night Before is told from Laura’s point of view from the night before and from Rosie’s the morning after. Wendy Walker’s latest is filled with psychological trauma and even a series of sessions with a psychologist, which adds believability and gives insight into who Laura is. As usual, I couldn’t stop reading and was surprised more than once. With a heavy dose of psychology, The Night Before is a true thriller you won’t want to miss.” —Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf; LJ starred review)

“Some memoirs transcend the author’s experience and become universal—I always thought of those as the good ones. Then I read Jayson Greene’s memoir of loss and grief and was forced to confront the fullness of his individual humanity in a way I hadn’t experienced before. Grief is distinctly personal and Greene’s story of the death of his two-year-old child is simply unfathomable to me, yet his honesty and willingness to sit in the fearfulness of this new life resonated deeply. Once More We Saw Stars is a wonderfully written memoir that connects on the most basic human level.” —Michelle Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf; LJ starred review)

“Julia Phillips is an author to watch. She beautifully transports us to a region of the world that I had never heard of and now can’t stop thinking about. The stories of the women there—their family dynamics, their hopes and fears, the economic and cultural divide of various communities—tell a moving story about this place in a moment in time, but ultimately about the universal struggle of women living with the expectations placed on them. A remarkable debut.” — Casey Coonerty, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane (Penguin; LJ starred review)

“A skillful writer can show how things that seem unrelated are actually intertwined. In this way, Kane quietly reminds us that friendships and plants may be deeply rooted but need tending to bloom completely, that words matter, that going back to their roots may change how we think about what we say, and that a quiet life can be a full one. This gentle book grows on you (the puns just keep coming), but it is a refreshing change from the stresses of our digital age or the angst of so many recent books about contemporary life. Entertaining and erudite, I highly recommend this book.” —Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC

Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn (Grand Central: Hachette)

“I absolutely loved Out East. It kept me up until 2:30 in the morning because I needed to read one more scene, one more chapter, to find out what happened with all of the characters. As I read, I was able to put myself into the Hive along with the rest of the housemates. The sensory details—music, food, descriptions of the people who populate Montauk—allowed me to step into this world as if I were a housemate myself. The emotional experience, too, was vivid and relatable, and brought me back to my own roller-coaster experiences of first love, longing, and heartache.” —Chris Klim, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY

Lanny by Max Porter (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“The genius of Max Porter is that he can write a village in its entirety—a mother’s love for her son, a brilliant artist’s loneliness, a young boy’s whimsical adventures, a mythological creature’s inner monologue, a whole village worth of secrets and wishes and terrible thoughts—and make it into a bizarre but highly enjoyable little novel. You’ll find yourself thrilled by the dark humor Porter captures in his story of one village and its characters, both real and mythologized, as Lanny follows the eponymous young boy and the lives he impacts around him.” — Erin Mazza, BookBar, Denver, CO

These books and others publishing the week of May 13, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly opens the Books section with a story on how audiobooks and Broadway are teaming up. In reviews, A- goes to both Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf; LJ starred review) and Karen Russell's Orange World and Other Stories (Knopf) (online here). Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir by Jayson Greene (Knopf; LJ starred review) gets a B+. The online feature on Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer (Catapult) makes the print issue as does the news that Nathan W. Pyle's Strange Planet (Morrow: Harper) will publish as a book this fall. In Movies and TV, Tolkien gets a B grade, The Arrowverse gets attention, Killing Eve and Riverdale get looks as they shut down for the season. Entertainment Weekly puts Catch-22 on its "Must List," along with Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes (Harper Wave) and The Farm by Joanne Ramos (Random House). There is a feature on Avengers: Endgame. Finally, while the focus of the issue is on music, there are a few music-related books getting attention including The Beautiful Ones by Prince (Spiegel & Grau: Random House), A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons by Ben Folds (Ballantine: Random House), High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin (S. & S.), and Me by Elton John (Henry Holt: Macmillan). EW's New & Notable picks are here.

People's Book of the Week is The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (Flatiron Books: Macmillan). In Best new Books are Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf) and Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner (Little, Brown: Hachette). There is also a Q&A with Craig Ferguson, Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations (Blue Rider Press: Penguin). People's Picks include All is True and Tolkien. There is a feature on Randy Travis, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life by Randy Travis, with Ken Abraham (Thomas Nelson: Harper). In the food section are recipes from Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More by Marcela Valladolid (HMH) and CRU Oyster Bar Nantucket Cookbook: Savoring Four Seasons of the Good Life by Erin Zircher, Jane Stoddard, Carlos Hidalgo, Martha W. Murphy (St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan).


For the NYT, Joseph J. Ellis reviews The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt, Macmillan; LJ starred review): "a major addition ... A powerful new voice has been added to the dialogue about our origins as a people and a nation. It is difficult to imagine any reader putting this beguiling book down without a smile and a tear." Also getting reviewed are Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.): "[a] hefty all-star tutorial on the art of the interview, which draws on his work over the past two decades." Women's Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home by Megan K. Stack (Doubleday: Random House): "At its best moments, Stack’s book is a sharply observed, evocative reckoning with the ways her struggles intersect and diverge with those of the women she employs." Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad by Gordon H. Chang (HMH): "a moving effort to recover their stories and honor their indispensable contribution to the building of modern America." People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent by Joseph E. Stiglitz (W.W. Norton): "The policy shop of every 2020 Democratic candidate for president would be wise to pore over [this] and cherry-pick its best ideas. Other readers should feel free to browse the genre a bit more widely."

NPR reviews The Farm by Joanne Ramos (Random House): "Some novels are born with book club DNA, great narratives that can also spur energetic discussions. Debate will rage around the treatment of the young women at the Farm, but the novel's complex mélange of personalities brings a somewhat improbable story stirringly to life." Also, The Archive of Alternate Endings: Stories by Lindsey Drager (Dzanc Books): "There is something both nihilistic and deeply hopeful in Drager's looping novel." Lanny by Max Porter (Graywolf Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "an antidote to fantasies of the charms of small-town life. Forget privacy and warmth; these villagers are of a piece with Roald Dahl's nastiest."

The Washington Post reviews The Apology by Eve Ensler (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "a slim book of unbearable heft." Also, Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself by Jill Biden (Flatiron Books: Macmillan): "Who she is now, in the wake of this loss, permeates this slender, often bold memoir." Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe by Steven Strogatz (HMH): "marvelous." Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making by David Rowell (Univ. Chicago Press): "[a] quirky and delightful book of music writing ... a peerless seminar in long-form journalism." The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt, Macmillan; LJ starred review): "tells the story of the war, and does so at great and glorious leisure, over 564 pages of text." The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough (S. & S.): "Rather than wrestle with the moral complexities of western settlement, McCullough simplifies that civics lesson into a tale of inexorable triumph." How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (Melville House): "makes a case for turning away from our devices and social media and toward engagement with the world in a more personal, aesthetic and cooperative way." No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco (Viking: Penguin): "part feminist and social-justice manifesto, part bracing road story." Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brian Jay Jones (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review): "pages fly by, acquainting readers with Geisel’s work ethic, frequent pranks and core belief that children’s books should never be condescending or overly simplistic." Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.): "in equal measure disorienting, surprising and at times even oddly touching."

Briefly Noted

The Bram Stoker Awards are announced.

The CWA Dagger Award longlist is out. The Bookseller reports. There were more UK Crime awards announced this weekend as well, from CrimeFest.

CrimeReads picks the best Thrillers of May.

USA Today picks its books for the week.

LJ posts "Barbara's Picks" and more Prepub Alert titles.

Vice writes that "Anti-Diet Books Are the New Diet Books."

The Guardian reports on the "striking resemblance" between Ernest Hemingway's work and that of a Cuban reporter.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports on Rebel by Marie Lu (Roaring Brook Press: Macmillan) as well as detailing the news that Caroline Kepnes is planning a third and fourth book in her You series.

The NYT spotlights Marvel comics as it readies comics No. 1000.

The Washington Post features A Life in Movies: Stories from 50 years in Hollywood by Irwin Winkler (Abrams).

Slate confronts The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough (S. & S.).

Time has an essay by Dani McClain, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood (Bold Type Books: Hachette) and an excerpt of The Goodbye Diaries: A Mother-Daughter Memoir by Marisa Bardach Ramel and Sally Bardach (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing).

The NYT writes about "Vegas as a Literary Hub" and about celebrity book clubs.

Vogue features two works of Resistance Lit.

The Atlantic showcases two books on cooking and a group of books on female spies.

The Guardian interviews Richard Powers.

Simon Armitage is the new poet laureate for the U.K. The NYT has details.

Oni Press and Lion Forge Comics are merging. has a report.

USA Today reports on author Natasha Tynes, who is in the process of being dropped by her publisher after shaming a woman on social media.

Authors on Air

The BAFTA TV Award winners have been announced, several are book based. Deadline Hollywood has the list of nominees and winners.

NPR interviews T.C. Boyle, Outside Looking In (Harper; LJ starred review). Also getting interviewed, Darcy Lockman, All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership (Harper).

Alice LaPlante's Turn of Mind is headed to the movies. The Passage gets canceled after one season. To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway has broken the record for highest-grossing American play. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Entertainment Weekly looks at the CW book-based pickups.

Shadow And Act writes that Lincoln, based on the books by Jeffery Deaver has been picked up by NBC.

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