Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, June 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner leads holds this week. The Orwell Prizes shortlists are out. There is a reading guide to Robin Hobb, help for new horror readers,  and reports and booklists from BookCon and Book Expo. Looking ahead, LJ’s ALA Galley & Signing Guide is ready to request. Linda Fairstein is dropped by her publisher and Natasha Tynes, who was shamed on social media and lost her book contract, is suing hers.

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Big Books of the Week

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.) leads holds this week.

Other titles in high demand include:

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery (HQN: Harper)

Recursion by Blake Crouch (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review)

The Oracle by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery: S. & S.)

Tom Clancy Enemy Contact by Mike Maden (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

On the LibraryReads list this week are:

Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera (Park Row: Harper)

“Three strong women support each other through tough times in 1924 South Carolina. Gertrude, Retta, and Annie unite against injustice in their small town in this beautifully written story in which time and place come to life. For readers who enjoyed The Twelve Tribes of Hattie andThe Invention of Wings.” — Suzy Card, Grapevine Library, Grapevine, TX

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey (Avon: Harper)

“After her brother’s best friend (and her longtime crush) Travis is injured, Georgie makes it her goal to bring him back to the land of the living. When he needs help cleaning up his wild image, she is happy to help…and maybe score some action on the side. A funny, endearing, and spicy romance. For readers of Christina Lauren.” — Jessica Batten, Marion County Public Library System, WV

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.)

“A sweeping story about sisters Jo and Bethie, following them from their 1950s roots in Detroit to the present day. This novel is both heartwrenching and funny, and readers will cry and laugh with them along the journey. For fans of Juliet McDaniel’s Mr. and Mrs. American Pie.” — Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH

It is also an Indie Next pick:

Mrs. Everything is a magnificent look at the myriad societal changes for women that occurred in a short span of decades, wrapped up in a compelling novel of two sisters. While I’ve loved reading all of Jennifer Weiner’s work over the years, I believe THIS is her legacy novel — the book that will be read generations from now! It filled my heart.” —Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim (Berkley: Penguin)

“Natalie inherits her grandmother’s restaurant in quickly-gentrifying Chinatown in San Francisco. A tea leaf reading tells Natalie she must cook three recipes from her Grandmother’s cookbook for her neighbors who are being pushed out in order for the restaurant to succeed. For fans of The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship andLike Water for Chocolate." Meghan Marong, Lackawanna Public Library, Scranton, NY

Recursion by Blake Crouch (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review)

“Compelling and accessible to the non-science-fiction reader. It is a suspenseful, thought-provoking book about altered memories, and how technology can be used for good, or for ill, or should never be used at all. For fans of Michael Crichton.” — Will Harbauer, Toledo Library, Toledo, OH

It is also an Indie Next pick:

“As soon as I saw Blake Crouch’s name, I scooped this book up. As a huge fan of Dark Matter, I knew I was in for a treat. In his newest, Crouch quickly reveals the cause of the ‘fake memories’ that are plaguing the population, but the twists and thrills just keep coming. I haven’t been this satisfied with a book in a long time. Hitting and exceeding all of my expectations, this one will be hard to beat as my favorite book of the year.” —Mary Salazar, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

Three additional Indie Next picks publish this week:

Bunny by Mona Awad (Viking: Penguin)

“Mona Awad tells a harrowing story of a writer trying to overcome her writer’s block while simultaneously refusing to look deeper into herself or acknowledge her own needs or desires. This lack of self-knowledge leads her to a friendship with a group of young MFA students who are always ‘workshopping’…with disastrous consequences. The writing feels cinematic at times, moody and illustrative. Home, identity, love (both romantic and platonic), inner (and outer) demons, and academic elitism all play a part in this spectacle of creation and destruction. Awad creates a kind of magic that changes with the wind, a contemporary Prometheus tale.” —Katrina Feraco, The Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, NH

The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff (FSG: Macmillan)

“Jake Wolff takes as many risks within the narrative of The History of Living Forever as his characters. The author’s daring success can be measured in the feverish beat of his readers’ pulse as they are captivated, challenged, surprised, and moved. This tale of the alchemy of immortality, of the quest for an elixir of life, is powerfully driven by a tension between the desire to transmute the nature of life versus a reductive drive to prolong it. The mutability of time and character suffuse the story, making 16-year-old Conrad’s coming of age unexpectedly multi-layered and complex. If ever a book invited looking into the future, it is The History of Living Forever. I predict that it will have a long and glorious life.” —Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Farmington, ME

The Islanders by Meg Mitchell Moore (William Morrow: Harper)

“In The Islanders, Moore tells a wonderful tale of forgiveness and love woven into the beautiful backdrop of Block Island, Rhode Island. A disgraced author must hit bottom before he can start to forgive himself and find his way back to life. A local shop owner must deal with the changes that have taken place in her life, including her daughter leaving home and some new competition that threatens her livelihood. Well-written with sharply drawn characters, this is more than a beach read but just as enjoyable.” —Robert Angell, Spring Street Bookstore, Newport, RI ( from the July list).

These books and others publishing the week of June 10, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly has a special LGBTQ issue this week, which includes a conversation with Lesléa Newman, Heather Has Two Mommies (Candlewick) and a focus on books including Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown (Gallery Books: S. & S.), On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin; LJ starred review), The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press), The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical by Saundra Mitchell, Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, Matthew Sklar (Viking Books for Young Readers: Penguin), High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin (S. & S.), Find Me by André Aciman (FSG: Macmillan), and Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity by Nico Tortorella (Crown: Random House). There is also a feature roundtable discussion including authors Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Janet Mock, and Melissa Etheridge. Lastly, there are stories on John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (FSG: Macmillan), and on Tales of the City. In the “Books” section are City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead: Penguin), I'll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie (Lake Union: Amazon), Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.), and On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin; LJ starred review). There is also EW’s list of “10 best books of the year… so far,” which is already online. In “Movies” and “TV” Dark Phoenix and Big Little Lies get attention. On “The Must List” are Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder (Flatiron: Macmillan) and Big Little Lies.

People’s “Book of the Week” is Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria: S. & S.). Also getting notice, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard by Jennifer Pastiloff (Dutton: Penguin), and More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve (W.W. Norton). In "New in Nonfiction" are Where the Lost Dogs Go: A Story of Love, Search, and the Power of Reunion by Susannah Charleson (HMH), The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, a Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation by Rich Cohen (Speiegel & Grau: Random House), and Marriageology: The Art and Science of Staying Together by Belinda Luscombe (Spiegel & Grau: Random House). The "Beach Book" is a throwback, Tempting Fate by Jane Green (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review). An adaptation will run on Lifetime on June 15. People’s "Pick’s" include Big Little Lies, Tales of the City, and You. There is also a feature on Mindy Kaling and book coverage ends with a recipe from Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook by Enrique Olvera (Phaidon Press).


NPR reviews Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (Tor Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “a good read.” Also, Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Tin House Books: W.W. Norton): “darkly funny, both macabre and irreverent.” The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Harper): “make[s] a bracing, smart addition to your beach bag.” Eileen Gray: A House Under The Sun by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Zosia Dzierzawska (Nobrow: Random House): “a thought-provoking, if incomplete, reflection on the relationship between genius and gender.” Oval by Elvia Wilk (Soft Skull Press): “It's like she took Gibson, Palahniuk, Huxley, Vandermeer and whatever radical economist was nearest to hand, locked them all in a room, and didn't let them out until they'd collaborated on a too-long, too-diffuse novel about Millennial angst in Germany, set a week from next Tuesday.” Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Berkley: Penguin): "reads like an Indian soap opera with a dash of Shakespeare — stands out beautifully in the crowd.” The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan (Crown: Random House): “a crisp and energetic book, a suspense story that explores our darker sides without drowning us.” Among the Lost by Emiliano Monge, translated by Frank Wynne (Scribe US): “a novel both made and broken by its risky intelligence.”

The NYT reviews Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie (Tim Duggan Books: Random House): “valuable as an exploration of the often catastrophic consequences of failing to stand up to threats to freedom, whether at home or abroad.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks its books of the week. Also, “10 new LGBTQ books to celebrate Pride month.”

The Orwell Prizes shortlists are out. offers a reading guide to Robin Hobb.

Book Riot has “Resources For New Horror Readers.”

In forthcoming books, Book Riot has a rundown of “9 Buzzy 2019 Releases From BookCon and Book Expo.” And on that note, Booklist has the “Shout ‘n Share” titles from Book Expo.

Also on point, sign up now to get LJ’s ALA Galley & Signing GuideLJ's Prepub Alert has new titles.

The Guardian excerpts The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers).

The NYT profiles Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories (Knopf).

The Atlantic features Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell (Knopf) as well as Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review), and The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984 by Dorian Lynskey (Knopf). Also in the magazine, a run of stories related to Shakespeare and authorship ( here, here, here, here, and here).

The Guardian interviews Tayari Jones, winner of The Women’s Prize for fiction.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Jim DeRogatis, Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly (Abrams).

The Guardian interviews Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Edouard Louis, Who Killed My Father (New Directions: W.W. Norton). Lastly, the paper interviews Nell Freudenberger, Lost and Wanted (Knopf).

In an NYPL podcast, “Library Talks,” Kevin Young talks with Marlon James.

BuzzFeed profiles Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls (Riverhead: Penguin).

Book Riot interviews Sarah MacLean, Brazen and the Beast: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II (Avon: Harper).

Book Marks features Rebecca Vnuk, LibraryRead's Executive Director, in their “Secrets of the Librarians” column.

Jessica Knoll, author of The Favorite Sister (S. & S.), writes an opinion piece for the NYT.

The L.A. Times picks Susan Orlean’s The Library Book as its first book club title.

Stan Lee’s project with Audible, A Trick of Light, gets a trailer.

Linda Fairstein is dropped by her publisher. NPR reports.

Author Natasha Tynes, who was shamed on social media and lost her book contract, is now suing her publisher for 13 million in damages. USA Today reports.

The NYT reports on the Barnes & Noble sale.

The Tony Awards were granted over the weekend. To Kill a Mockingbird wins “Best Featured Actress in a Play.” The NYT reports.

George R.R. Martin helped on a video game, Elden Ring. The Hollywood Reporter has details and a trailer for the game.

Locus has a report on StokerCon 2019.

Cookbook author Maida Heatter has died at 102. The NYT has an obituary. Bon Appétit has a feature.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly gathers “9 books and movies to check out after watching When They See Us.”

CrimeReads suggests books “Based On Which Part of Big Little Lies You Like Best.”

Deadline Hollywood reports on Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series heading to TV. Kevin Hart might remake Scrooged. Shazam! might get a spin-off. AMC buys rights to Bunny by Mona Awad.

Town & Country writes that Starz is expanding The Spanish Princess.

NPR interviews Elliot Ackerman, Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning (Penguin; LJ starred review).

Ash Carter, Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon (Dutton: Penguin), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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