Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, May 28, 2019 | Book Pulse

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank leads holds this week. More summer reading lists arrive. Naomi Wolf is in the news for a mistake in her new book. Killing Eve gets the buzz. Swamp Thing gets a trailer. Adso, the cat in Outlander, gets some glamour shots.

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Big Books of the Week

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow: Harper) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner: S. & S.)

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark (Forge Books: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryRead choices publish this week:

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“In this entertaining and humorous romance, Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but have never met. Who says you can’t fall in love if your only communication has been through Post-It notes? For fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.”— Kelly Moore, Carrollton Public Library, Carrollton, TX

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

“Andrew’s Council job is finding people to pay for funerals for the recently deceased, and he seems bound to a similar lonely destiny. When lively Peggy joins the staff, he begins to wonder if there’s more to life than model trains. Give to fans of Jojo Moyes, Nick Hornby, and Gail Honeyman.”— Jennifer Knight, North Olympic Public Library System, Port Angeles, Washington

It is also a June Indie Next pick:

“Richard Roper’s debut is utterly delightful. I was spellbound from the very first page. Andrew’s job is a sensitive one: when someone dies at home alone, he is called to literally dig through personal effects — scraps of paper or old holiday cards — and determine if there are any next of kin. Andrew’s daily experience with the dearly departed, combined with his model train obsession, dysfunctional office mates, and an estranged sister, result in a compelling read. Funny, smart, and sad, Roper’s How Not to Die Alone is just wonderful.” —Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Three additional Indie Next selections publish this week as well:

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner: S. & S.)

Ask Again, Yes is a compelling, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful novel. Mary Beth Keane is incredibly talented; she does not sugar coat, instead giving readers a compulsively readable family drama. I did not expect to become so completely engrossed in these characters’ stories — two families whose lives become inextricably linked by young love and personal tragedy. Their myriad mistakes and attempts to atone beautifully demonstrate the power and grace found in forgiveness.” —Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, AL

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark (Forge Books: Macmillan)

“Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark bring the breeziness of their popular podcast My Favorite Murder to print in this collection of life hacks and true confessions. Alternately hilarious and wise, the two play off each other with the abandon of old college buddies. Fans of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck will find much to enjoy here. While the book will leave you in stitches, the advice the pair doles out is solid and bankable. The book should be in every college freshman’s backpack as they leave for school.” —Grace Harper, Mac’s Backs, Cleveland Heights, OH

The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)

“I really love this series by Anthony Horowitz. The mystery behind the murders is so expertly plotted and layered that you could make a case for any suspect. In this book, a divorce lawyer is found dead in his home after being beaten over the head with a VERY expensive bottle of wine, and the number 182 is painted on his wall. When Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne drives onto the set of Horowitz’s TV show shoot, Horowitz has no choice but to follow his lead and write about the case. As always, I’m anxiously awaiting the next in this series.” —Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH

These books and others publishing the week of May 28, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly's book section leads with summer reads. There is a section on three SF books already headed to the big screen: Recursion by Blake Crouch (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review), The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Crown: Random House, and FKA USA by Reed King (Flatiron: Macmillan). Reviews include Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner: S. & S.), which gets a B+, so does Sara Collins's The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Harper). In films, Aladdin gets a C+. As for lead stories, the issue has two: the end of Game of Thrones and a summer TV preview, which includes the book-related Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, Big Little Lies, Pennyworth, Fear the Walking Dead, The Loudest Voice, The Handmaid's Tale, NOS4A2, and The Hot Zone. Finally, on "The Must List," are Good Omens and This Storm by James Ellroy (Knopf). Here are the New & Notable titles.

People's "Book of the Week" is Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak (Little, Brown: Hachette). "The Best New Books" include Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.) and The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review). There is a Q&A with Shannon Watts, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World (HarperOne) and a feature on The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation - A Legacy of Triumph and Tragedy by J. Randy Taraborrelli (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Lastly, People Picks include The Hot Zone.


The NYT reviews On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin): "a mixed success, a book of highs and lows. At its best, it’s unleashed in every regard." The paper also has a feature on the author. Additional reviews include Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein (Riverhead: Penguin): "Happily, Range offers such a wealth of thought-provoking material that you’ll probably be able to work that out for yourself." Gropius: The Man Who Built the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy (Belknap Press: Harvard): "Rescuing Gropius from his bad reputation requires an honest assessment of his talents. He was never going to beat Breuer and Mies on their terms, but if his life has one lesson to teach us, it is that sometimes you have to rewrite the terms." Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light, 100 Art Writings 1988-2018: 100 Art Writings 1988-2018 by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams): "thrilling ... His specialty is the searching, summative essay of a few pages on a single artist." A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin): "This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down." The paper circles back to Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan (Harper): "teeming with fascinating details about Brooks’s life and career, but doesn’t always seem to know which way to point its fire hose or when to turn it off." The paper also reaches back for L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated "Female Byron" by Lucasta Miller (Knopf): "has arresting plotlines, and her writing ticks a lot of our current culture’s boxes."

NPR reviews Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman (S. & S.): "one of the funniest American novels to come around in years, a sharp satire of the literary scene as well as the broken prison system." Also, The Summer of Ellen by Agnete Friis, translated by Sinead Quirke Kongerskov (Soho Crime): "Calling it a thriller would invoke stakes that are too high, and noir doesn't seem to quite belong with the sunny, rural atmosphere. Novel of suspense, then, fits perfectly. Lyrical would also work quite well."

Kai Bird reviews Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown: Hachette) for The Washington Post, bluntly stating: "when she’s not pretending to be a biographer, Jacobsen writes TV scripts for shows like “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” — which explains a lot about this unfortunate book." Also, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple (Random House): "riveting." Dante and the Early Astronomer: Science, Adventure, and a Victorian Woman Who Opened the Heavens by Tracy Daugherty (Yale): "has uncovered a small gem within the history of astronomy." A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father by David Maraniss (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "By Hollywood standards, this is not an especially dramatic Red Scare story ... But this more subdued story tells us something equally important about how the Red Scare worked." The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America by Daniel Okrent (Scribner: S. & S.): "When Congress sharply restricted immigration in 1924, it acted on the basis of ideas about race and heredity known to be false. The story of this triumph of ignorance has been told before, but never more vividly than by Daniel Okrent."

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks its books of the week.

The L.A. Times selects "7 highly anticipated books for summer reading."

Bustle has 50 summer reads as well as 20 summer suggestions from authors.

Vanity Fair asks authors to make summer reading (and more) suggestions.

Shondaland offers 10 summer suggestions.

The Washington Post gathers books about WWII.

CrimeReads has "7 Literary Thrillers To Keep You Reading All Through The Night."

The Washington Post features Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark (Forge Books: Macmillan).

Time excerpts Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona by Walter R. Borneman (Little, Brown: Hachette).

NPR spotlights Mark Alan Stamaty, MacDoodle St. (New York Review Comics; LJ starred review) and Yellow Yellow (Enfant: Macmillan).

The NYT profiles John Glynn, Out East: Memoir of a Montauk Summer (Grand Central: Hachette).

The Guardian interviews Matt Haig.

CrimeReads interviews Sara Paretsky.

Electric Lit writes about "The Responsibilities of a Book Critic in the Era of a Trump Presidency."

Moby apologizes for Natalie Portman claim. Vanity Fair has details.

The NYT writes about Naomi Wolf, who is "correcting portions of her latest book after an awkward radio interview in which she was alerted to major errors in it."

The Guardian reports on authors and fan expectations.

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Jamaica Kincaid.

The NYT reports on the UK effort to keep the copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover the judge used in the famous trial in the country.

The Atlantic has a story on how "University libraries around the world are seeing precipitous declines in the use of the books on their shelves."

LitHub reports on "The Uncertain Future of Sweden's Floating Libraries" and "the Treasurers of the New York Public Library."

Paste picks the best book covers of May.

Edmund Morris has died. Publisher Robert L. Bernstein has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Maureen Beebe, the little girl who featured in Misty of Chincoteague, has died. USA Today has a report.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Laura Barnett, Greatest Hits (Europa Editions).

Deadline Hollywood reports that Netflix is adapting Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s Paranormal. Also, Hulu is adapting North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud.

Entertainment Weekly goes inside the making of NOS4A2 with Ashleigh Cummings.

The NYT Book Review podcast features Brenda Wineapple, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation (Random House) and Rick Atkinson, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (Henry Holt, Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Vanity Fair dives into Killing Eve. The Atlantic weighs in and Town & Country suggest "11 TV Shows Like Killing Eve."

Entertainment Weekly considers the comics connection behind the movie Brightburn.

PBS NewsHour interviews Tom Cotton, Sacred Duty: A Soldier's Tour at Arlington National Cemetery (William Morrow: Harper).

Town & County has images of Adso the cat in Outlander.

Swamp Thing gets a new trailer.

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