Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Jul. 15, 2019 | Book Pulse

The New Girl by Daniel Silva leads holds this week but The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead dominates book coverage. New summer booklists appear as The Guardian considers the evolution of the genre. Also, the paper looks at the science behind audiobooks. Paper Girls is headed to Amazon

 

Big Books of the Week

The New Girl by Daniel Silva (Harper) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House)

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine: Random House)

Shamed: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo (Minotaur: Macmillan)

Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur: Macmillan)

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley: Penguin)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three LibraryReads choices publish this week:

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House)

“An incredibly powerful story about an abusive boys’ reform school in the 1960s. Whitehead skillfully brings each character to life even as they suffer physical and emotional horrors. For fans of Panopticon by Jenni Fagan.”— Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL

It is also an Indie Next selection; their No. 1 pick for August.

“With every book, Colson Whitehead proves his ever-growing genius. He’s a master of the written word and truly one of the greatest living American novelists of our time. I didn’t think it was possible for him to write something better than Underground Railroad, but he most certainly has — The Nickel Boys grabbed me at page one. It’s a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one. Ellwood and Turner are characters that will stay with me forever. This should be mandatory reading in every classroom.” —Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley: Penguin)

“Maddie and Theo love to hate each other until they find themselves together at the one place they least expected–in bed. This laugh-out-loud story is the perfect companion to Guillory’s earlier romances.” — Afton Finley, Waseca Public Library, Waseca, MN

It too is an Indie Next selection:

“Maddie hates Theo’s snooty attitude. Theo hates Maddie’s snide comments. Alexa is their best friend, and they’re both in her wedding party. Neither knows how they’re going to deal with each other’s presence in the months to come, but as things might, their resentment turns to lust, and possibly something more. There’s one main rule: Alexa must never find out about their secret trysts. Playful, sexy, and sweet, The Wedding Party is another romantic bullseye hit from Guillory.” —Andrew King, University Book Store, Seattle, WA

Shamed: A Kate Burkholder Novel by Linda Castillo (Minotaur Books: Macmillan)

“An Amish grandmother is murdered, a girl with special needs is abducted, and the clock ticks on police chief Burkholder’s hopes of finding her alive. This thrilling page-turner explores the lengths one will go to save a child.” — Aubrey Parker, Charles B. Stewart-West Branch Library,Montgomery, TX

There are two additional Indie Next choices hitting shelves this week:

Turbulence by David Szalay (Scribner: S. & S.)

“I was immediately swept into Turbulence by David Szalay, a short novel that is really a collection of interconnected vignettes. From one character to the next, our perception is constantly shifting and constantly challenged. Each character is satisfyingly complex and interesting, which, in combination with the brevity of each chapter, really makes it difficult to put the book down. As the characters fly all across the world, bumping into each other in various ways, we are taken out of our ourselves and reminded that an airplane full of strangers is really an airplane full of stories.” —Jenna Schenk, BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ

Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (Doubleday: Random House)

“CJ Hauser has written a completely original novel featuring an eccentric cast of characters who distract themselves from the ignorance and squalor of the past, their failures and fears, and all the warning signs of imminent end times. It’s also about a duck with joie de vivre. A comedy of maladaptive manners, Family of Origin is hard to pin down and even harder to put down. Hauser’s uncommonly funny and moving novel transported me out of my day-to-day life while letting me see the world as it is but also anew.” —John Francisconi, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

These books and others publishing the week of July 15, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.) is People’s “Book of the Week.” Also getting attention are The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams (William Morrow: Harper) and Body Leaping Backward by Maureen Stanton (HMH). “New in Fiction” highlights The Cutting Room by Ashley Dyer (William Morrow: Harper), The Snakes by Sadie Jones (Harper), and The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman (HMH). The “Kid Pick!” is Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox (Henry Holt: Macmillan). On the “Picks” list are Queer Eye (many of the stars of the shows have books out) and Grantchester. Finally, People features the news that Jessica Simpson is writing a book, which, for now, is listed as Untitled: A Memoir (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Reviews

NPR reviews The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams (William Morrow: Harper): “the book brims with mystery and danger.” Also, Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editons): “an ideal summer read … She's better than good, at times reaching magnificent.” Delayed Rays of a Star by Amanda Lee Koe (Nan A. Talese: Random House): “expertly woven, its characters alive and full-bodied … that rare book that is neither high- nor low-brow, refusing such facile dichotomies and playing, instead, in the messiness of the grey areas.” Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (Knopf Books for Young Readers): “a fresh story that feels unlike everything else on the shelves beside it.”

The Washington Post reviews The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (Ecco: Harper): "a startling work that will set your skin tingling and interrupt your sleep.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland Books: Hachette), giving it a B and calling it the “summer’s buzziest thriller.”

The NYT reviews Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II by Svetlana Alexievich (Random House): “In form and spirit they are closer to prose poems, sometimes even songs, built around repeating refrains.”  Also, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House): “The books feel like a mission, and it’s an essential one … Whitehead is implicitly asking why so much of this output has so little effect or staying power. He applies a master storyteller’s muscle not just to excavating a grievous past but to examining the process by which Americans undermine, distort, hide or “neatly erase” the stories he is driven to tell.”

Briefly Noted

The August Indie Next list is out, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House) tops the picks.

The NYT gathers “Summer Reads, Recommended by Women of The New York Times.” “The Shortlist” collects “Four Culinary Memoirs.”

Tor.com picks “This Summer’s Upcoming Young Adult Speculative Fiction.”

PBS News Hour offers “Go beyond Toni Morrison with these 7 books that stare down the white gaze.”

Paste selects “The Best Book Covers of 2019 (So Far).”

Entertainment Weekly interviews Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (Doubleday: Random House).

Vanity Fair interviews David Ewing Duncan, Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures (Dutton: Penguin).

The NYT asks author Ben Lewis to tell them “5 Things About Your Book,” The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World's Most Expensive Painting (Ballantine: Random House).

Book Marks features Xhenet Aliu, “North Carolina-based writer, professor, former private investigator, and “former-yet-always-at-heart” librarian” for their “Shhh…Secrets of the Librarians” column.

The Guardian runs a piece by Elif Shafak on “why writers, academics and especially women, face escalating hostility in Erdoğan’s Turkey.”

Alec Nevala-Lee, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books: Harper), has an essay in the NYT titled “A 1995 Novel Predicted Trump’s America.”

The Washington Post has “Dystopian authors reflect on our dystopian border.”

The Guardiancharts the evolution of the ‘beach read’.” Also in the paper, the science behind audiobooks.

In The Washington Post Charles Simic appreciates James Tate, The Government Lake: Last Poems (Ecco: Harper).

The Verge features Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars) by Alexander Freed (Del Rey: Random House).

Bitch Media showcases Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan).

Vanity Fair excerpts American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta (Harper). Also in the magazine, a report on Marcus Samuelsson’s new audiobook cookbook, Our Harlem (Audible).

John Carpenter is going to write a Joker comic for DC. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Curious about the spaces where readers read? The StarTribune asked. And on a somewhat related note, The Guardian has a report on a stay in Hunter S. Thompson’s cabin.

Authors on Air

Deadline Hollywood reports that Paper Girls is headed to Amazon. TrafficKing by Conchita Sarnoff, about the Jeffrey Epstein case, gets optioned. Chris Van Dusen’s series If I Built is set for the movies.

Colson Whitehead featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday.

Town and Country has “Everything We Know So Far About Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Remake.”

Luis Alberto Urrea tells writers to “Read, read, read to stoke the furnace.” His book, The House of Broken Angels (Back Bay Books: Hachette) is the current PBS News Hour-The NYT book club pick.

NPR features The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland Books: Hachette).

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