Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, June 24, 2019 | Book Pulse

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson leads holds this week. E. Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of sexual assault. Judith Krantz has died. DC Comics shutters the Vertigo imprint. The NYT looks at indie bookstores and has a story about Amazon and counterfeit books.

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Big Books of the Week

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown: Hachette) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random House)

Backlash by Brad Thor (Atria/ Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.)

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Doubleday)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Ballantine: Random House)

Paranoid by Lisa Jackson (Kensington: Random House)

How Could She by Lauren Mechling (Viking: Penguin)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are two LibraryReads selections publishing this week, including the No. 1 pick for the month of June, Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Ballantine: Random House)

“Relationships are hard, whether with a spouse, a best friend, a new love interest, or ourselves. Evvie navigates all of these after a life-changing series of events. An engaging novel that explores relationship nuances without being too dark or too cutesy. For fans of Jenny Colgan, Cecilia Ahern, and Sophie Kinsella.” —Maribeth Fisher, Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains, NJ

It is also an IndieNext pick:

“Evvie Drake is young and newly widowed, but no one knows that on the day her husband died, she had finally worked up the nerve to leave him. Dean Tenney is a major league baseball pitcher who has inexplicably lost the talent that made him a star. When Dean moves to Evvie’s small town to escape the humiliating sports headlines, their friendship proves to be just what both of them need. This is an absolute treasure of a novel — big-hearted, funny, sweet, and utterly satisfying. I cannot wait to sell this charming gem.” —Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

The second LibraryReads title is Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

“An epic fantasy love story that hooks readers from the beginning with its expert world-building. The characters are skillfully crafted, realistic and sympathetic. Readers will look forward to continuing the journey in this new series. For fans of Whims of Fae by Nissa Leder andBlood Oath by Raye Wagner.” —Leanna Frankland, New York Public Library, New York, NY

There are three additional Indie Next picks coming out this week:

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Doubleday: Random House)

“Claire Lombardo has written a rich and rewarding novel brimming with the messiness of families. Secrets kept and revealed provide a backdrop for the life-long love affair of Marilyn and David Sorenson as they raise their four daughters. The years are filled with joy, angst, anger, longing, and love as the members of the Sorenson family struggle to define their place among the ones who are nearest and dearest to their hearts. The Most Fun We Ever Had will resonate with all readers who have experienced and celebrated the chaotic love of family.” —Betsy Von Kerens, The Bookworm of Omaha, Omaha, NE

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review)

“Billie James travels to the Mississippi Delta from Philly for the first time since her father’s mysterious death, some 30 years before. Although she was there that night, she has no recollection of the events that occurred, but learns later that she went missing afterwards. This new detail causes her to start digging into what really happened, which gets her into trouble with people who want the past to remain buried. An emotional and tense novel about racism, justice, family, and the truth, Benz’s debut has so much edge to it that I could not stop reading!” —Carl Kranz, The Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Harper; LJ starred review)

“Breathless. This novel left me absolutely breathless. I found beauty in the multiple layers of sadness and tragedy of the characters and felt a unique sense of closeness to the main character. Jones has delivered an enthralling tale of personal exploration, leading us through scenes full of deep and raw emotion that leave the reader unsure where to place their alliance. Superb!” —Jennifer Morrow, Bards Alley, Vienna, VA

These books and others publishing the week of June 24, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House) leads book coverage in Entertainment Weekly. Also getting attention are Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O'Neill, with Dan Piepenbring (Little, Brown: Hachette), Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Tin House: W.W. Norton), The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (Ecco: Harper), and Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright: W.W. Norton; LJ starred review). There is a mini interview with Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) (Viking: Penguin). The New & Notable list is back and is led by The Travelers by Regina Porter (Hogarth: Random House). The full list is here. Also, a look at the posh costumes of Big Little Lies and a cast and creators reunion of Angel. Lastly, a story on Jenna Bush Hager’s book club (now online), celebrity book clubs, and celebrity bookstagrams.

Conviction by Denise Mina (Mulholland Books: Hachette; LJ starred review) is People’s “book of the week.” Also getting attention are Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House) and The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda (S. & S.). There is a Q&A with Vanessa Bayer, How Do You Care for a Very Sick Bear? (Feiwel & Friends). Trinkets makes the “Must List,” as does Bunny by Mona Awad (Viking: Penguin) and FKA USA by Reed King (Flatiron: Macmillan). People puts The Bravest Knight on its “Picks” list and features Gloria Vanderbilt. Book coverage ends with a recipe from Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining by Jenni Kayne (Rizzoli).


NPR reviews Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown: Hachette): “Simple, sassy, and continuously engaging.”

The NYT reviews Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, from Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh by Carl Hulse (Harper): “Hulse is an expert guide through the machinations on Capitol Hill.”

The Washington Post reviews The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984 by Dorian Lynskey (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “Lynskey’s jeremiad remains valuable and terrifying for the blistering spotlight it shines on Orwell’s overriding purpose.” Also, William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll by Casey Rae (Univ. Texas): “The book is at its best when tracing the lyric and sonic collages of art rock and its offshoots to Burroughs’s groundbreaking use of literary cut-ups.” The Conservative Sensibility by George F. Will (Hachette: LJ starred review): “not so much a brief for conservatism as it is a learned and lengthy defense of liberalism.” The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics by Michael Bennet (Atlantic Monthly Press): “long-term political rot … is the book’s primary concern.” Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria (Melville House), headlining that it is a book for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh.

Briefly Noted

Author E. Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of sexual assault in her new book What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). The NYT has details (here too). The story broke in The Cut.

Judith Krantz has died. The L.A.Times and USA Today also have obituaries.

DC Comics shutters the Vertigo imprint in a reorganization. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of 2019 (So Far).

USA Today picks its books of the week.

PBS NewsHour asks NYPL’s Caitlyn Colman-McGaw, manager of young adult programs, to suggest some of her “favorite gay YA books.”

Author Yuval Noah Harari writes about rising threats to LGBT rights in The Guardian.

The Guardian profiles Lisa Taddeo and excerpts Three Women (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) (Viking: Penguin).

The Guardian interviews Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier (Doubleday: Random House), also, Karoline Kan, Under Red Skies: Three Generations of Life, Loss, and Hope in China (Hachette; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Mason Deaver, I Wish You All the Best (Push: Scholastic).

Book Marks interviews Jon Michaud, the Millburn Free Public Library in New Jersey, for “The Secrets of the Librarians” column.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Ad Nauseam II: Newsprint Nightmares from the 1990s and 2000s by Michael Gingold (1984 Publishing), also, an excerpt of Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks and Scones by Ngozi Ukazu (First Second: Macmillan).

Bustle excerpts Remembrance by Rita Woods (Forge Books: Macmillan).

The Atlantic considers “Two Novels That Make Mental Illness Legible.”

Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón offers a tour guide to Barcelona for the NYT.

Author Ann Mah, The Lost Vintage (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review) travels to Paris to trace the year Jacqueline Kennedy spent during college.

The NYT reports on independent bookstores. If you live in L.A., just published a list of five Latino-Run bookstores to visit. Also in the NYT, a report on counterfeit books on Amazon.

In forthcoming book news, IDW Publishing is planning a graphic novel version of The Mueller Report. HuffPost has details on the 2020 title. Related, The NYT reports that Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor on the Mueller team is writing a book about that process. It will be published by Random House. A publication date has yet to be announced. Also, the paper writes that Peter Strzok, the former F.B.I. agent “fired last year after a Justice Department inspector general investigation revealed text exchanges where Mr. Strzok was critical of Mr. Trump” also has a book deal. Details are forthcoming. 

The Association of American Publishers issues its 2018 StatShot report, showing the publishing industry “contracting again slightly for a fifth year, in what appears to be a gentle, downward glide-path.” Publishing Perspectives has details. Also, “a cheering report on US book sales for the first quarter of [this] year.”

Authors on Air

The BET awards are out. Blackkklansman wins for Best Movie. The short list is adaptation heavy.

The Broadway show, Be More Chill, which is based on the YA novel by Ned Vizzini, is closing. The NYT has details. PBS NewsHour has a report on the show.

NPR interviews Sadie Jones, The Snakes (Harper; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with Nicole Weisensee Egan, Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America's Dad (Seal Press: Hachette). An interview with Linda Holmes, Evvie Drake Starts Over (Ballantine: Random House). Finally, an interview with Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories (Knopf).

In China, Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem might be headed to TV, rather than to the movies. Paste has details of the long-running efforts at adaptation. In the piece is also news that the adaptation of Liu’s Wandering Earth is the “second highest-grossing film of all time in China, with a box-office gross just shy of $700 million.” It is on Netflix now.

The Daily show will feature Elaine Welteroth, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) (Viking: Penguin), tonight.

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