Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Jul. 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer leads holds this week. July, and more summer, booklists arrive. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes gets attention in EW and People. Sandman by Neil Gaiman is headed to Netflix.

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Big Books of the Week

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer (Ballantine: Random House) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Dutton: Penguin)

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children: Hachette)

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead: Penguin)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

LibraryReads features three books this week:

Layover by David Bell (Berkley: Penguin)

“Joshua’s life has become a predictable pattern of departures and arrivals, a lot of his time spent in airports until he meets Morgan on a layover and there is an instant connection. during a layover, with whom he feels a deep connection. The next time he sees her is on the news as a missing person. For readers who liked Faithful Place by Tana French andEmma in the Night by Wendy Walker.” — Michelle Magnotta, Mamaroneck Public Library, Mamaroneck, NY

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Dutton: Penguin)

“A young woman gets a job house sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous apartments. A slow-burn full of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion. For readers who enjoyed The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window.”— Megan Alabaugh, Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, OH

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey: Random House)

“A pandemic is sweeping the nation that causes affected people to sleepwalk. They cannot be awoken and family and friends must accompany them on their journey while the CDC tries to find the cause and cure. For fans of Cryptonomicon and The Windup Girl.”— Kyle Sederstrom, Overbrook Public Library, Overbrook, KS

There is one Indie Next choice this week:

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

“It was inevitable that, with the #MeToo movement sweeping America, someone would pen a novel encompassing the realities of working women in our country. What I wasn’t prepared for, however, was the degree to which I’d become involved in Whisper Network, racing home to finish it because I loved the story. I haven’t felt this strength of solidarity with other women since the march in D.C. I closed this book with a resounding, ‘Oh, hell yes!’” —Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

These books and others publishing the week of July 1, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly opens its books coverage with a feature on beach reads: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Ballantine: Random House), Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review), and Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky (Knopf; LJ starred review). There is an interview with Emily Nussbaum, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (Random House) and a review of The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), which gets a B+. "The Must List" features Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead: Penguin), Stranger Things, and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.). There is a feature on SpongeBob Squarepants and one on Spider-Man: Far From Home as well.

People’s "Book Of The Week" is The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review). Other books in the spotlight are Gone Too Long by Lori Roy (Dutton: Penguin; LJ starred review), and Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Ballantine: Random House). The magazine asks stars what they are reading and Lucy Lui answers Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown: Random House), Rachel Brosnaham is reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (S. & S.), and Laurence Fisburne is reading Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff by Sean Penn (Atria: S. & S.). People "Picks" include The Loudest Voice, and, lastly, there is a piece on E. Jean Carroll, What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan).


The NYT reviews Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.): "an immersive look at a particular story of female sexuality, albeit refracted three ways. It’s florid and sometimes inexcusably clumsy but also bracing, bleak and full of nagging questions.” Also, Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition by Patricia Churchland (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): “[a] strikingly unphilosophical philosophy book.” The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out by William Dameron (Little A: Brilliance Publishing): "may well anticipate a rich vein of queer memoir, that of the gay family man whose secret truth risks toppling the domestic edifice.” The paper circle back to A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father by David Maraniss (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “a fascinating confluence of America.” "The Shortlist" gathers books on mental illness.

NPR reviews Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill (FSG: Macmillan): “In this era of Tough-Topic YA, reading this book was like going on summer vacation … The romance is warm as the Florida sun, Maritza's soul-searching is heartfelt, and the story's resolution is both satisfying and well-earned.”

July, and Summer, Booklists







The NYT offers “9 Books to Watch For in July.”

The L.A. Times has “7 buzzworthy books to read this July.”

Cosmopolitan picks “The Best Beach-Worthy Books of July 2019.”

Time selects “6 New Fiction Books You Should Read in July.”

The Guardian gathers "Summer Reading: 100 best holiday books for 2019."

Good Housekeeping has “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List.”

Amazon names its “Best of the Month” book selections for July. rounds up “All the New Genre Bending Books Coming in July.”

The Atlantic staff pick 14 books they are reading this summer.

USA Today has a “Fourth of July reading guide.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks its books for the week.

Book Riot names the “Best Books of 2019 … So Far” and has six months of debut novels.

Entertainment Weekly runs its Romance column.

The McIlvanney longlist and debut prize shortlist are announced.

O, The Oprah Magazine reminds readers of ten Spanish-language authors that define the canon.

Entertainment Weekly celebrates Pride Month with four YA novels.

PBS publishes a “Summer of Space Reading List.” There is also a youth booklist on the topic.

The NYT invites YA authors to write short fiction inspired by photos from the paper’s archive.

In Costco Connection, influential book buyer Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister (Berkley: Random House). The Buyer’s pick is The New Girl by Daniel Silva (Harper).

Deadline Hollywood writes that CNN’s Brian Stelter has a book deal with S. & S. His book will “examine the relationship between Fox News and President Donald Trump.”

The NYT asks Emilie Pine, Notes to Self: Essays (Dial Press: Random House) to share “ 5 Things About Your Book.”

Vulture interviews John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (FSG: Macmillan).

The Guardian interviews Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays (Graywolf Press: Macmillan). Also, the paper showcases US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith and Scotland’s makar Jackie Kay.

The NYT features Marianne Williamson, “a Fringe Candidate? Or a Likely One?”

Book Mark’s “Secrets of the Librarians” column features Audrey Barbakoff, Community Engagement and Economic Development Manager at King County Library System.

Entertainment Weekly has a first look for Marie Lu’s historical fiction YA fantasy, The Kingdom of Back (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin, March 2020).

Bustle excerpts Jackpot by Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers: Random House).

Time has an essay by Darcey Steinke, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan).

Authors on Air

Sandman by Neil Gaiman is headed to Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! features Jennifer Weiner.

Entertainment Weekly has a reading list for The Loudest Voice.

NPR reports on how “Podcasts Are Providing A New Way Into Poetry.”

NPR interviews Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.). Also, NPR interviews Andrew Blum, The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review).

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

Deadline Hollywood reports that the forthcoming debut, The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray, has sold screen rights.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum seems set for the movies. Also, a story on the final season of Preacher, based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

George R. R. Martin features on the Maltin on Movies podcast. Deadline Hollywood writes that he talks about the “toxic” fan culture supported by the Internet and worries that the GOT spin-offs will not be as popular.

Mrs. Fletcher, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, gets a trailer.

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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