Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Jul. 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

One Good Deed by David Baldacci tops holds this week. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips win the top Eisner Award. Librarians and booksellers pick the same three books for the week. More best of the year lists appear, as do many new trailers for book/comic adaptations.

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Big Books of the Week

One Good Deed by David Baldacci (Grand Central: Hachette) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper)

You've Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman (Henry Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Librarians and booksellers fully agree, with both LibraryReads and Indie Next selecting the exact same books for the week:

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey: Random House; LJ starred review).

“In 1920s Mexico, a young woman unwittingly awakens a Mayan god and is pulled into his quest for vengeance. The odyssey that follows takes her through the jungles to Mexico City and the underworld as she realizes her inner strength and passion. For readers who enjoyed Uprooted and Circe.” —Emily Plagens, Allen Public Library, Allen, TX

“When she accidentally frees the Mayan god of death from imprisonment, Casiopea Tun, armed only with her wits and her dreams of the future, is forced to leave her tiny village in southern Mexico and join an otherworldly battle of life and death alongside treacherous gods, hungry ghosts, and quick-talking demons. Journeying from the southern jungles to the glitz and grime of Jazz Age Mexico City, and finally up to the gates of the Underworld itself, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a stunning adventure full of enchanting characters, magical locales, and clever surprises that you’ll never see coming. A must-read for any fantasy fan!” — Rebecca Speas, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin)

“A heartwarming and witty novel with a distinctly Minnesotan feel, the author follows two sisters and their grandmother who become involved in the brewing industry. For readers who loved Where’d You Go Bernadette.” —Katelyn Boyer, Fergus Falls Public Library, Fergus Falls, MN

“A Minnesota family grounded in farming, beer, and award-winning pies is split for decades when one of two sisters inherits the farm. Helen and Edith — whose stories author J. Ryan Stradal effectively weaves together — stop speaking, while one’s fortunes soar and the other’s plummet. When a woman of the next generation has a chance at success, she may also reunite the Calder family. Stradal brings the heartland to the page with warmth, humor, and plenty of hops-inspired lore.” — Cheryl McKeon, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper)

“Maddie Schwartz leaves her marriage in 1960s Baltimore and finds her true calling as a reporter after discovering the body of a murdered girl. Desperate for a byline, Maddie triggers a domino effect of tragic consequences when she becomes part of the story instead.” — Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

“I continue to be in awe of Laura Lippman’s ability to write novels that are so much more than mysteries. Lady in the Lake is, of course, a wonderful mystery with twists and turns and surprises —nothing is predictable. But it is also a beautiful character study and a sensitive look at the desire to have a meaningful life and how ambition can be motivating but also blinding. I loved the multiple voices in the novel — Laura’s characters are never perfect and therefore come across as real people with real needs. I have no doubt that Lady in the Lake will be a huge success.” —Ann Berlin, The Ivy Bookshop, Baltimore, MD

These books and others publishing the week of July 22, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Entertainment Weekly ’s August issue is out. Book reviews include the already online takes on Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.) and Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell (Grove Press). Also, Reasons To Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe (Little, Brown: Hachette) getting a B+; The Need by Helen Phillips (S. & S.), earning an A-; Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Random House; LJ starred review) getting a B; My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams (Gallery Books: S. & S.), recieving a C+; The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (S. & S.) earning an A-; and Richard Russo’s Chances Are . . . (Knopf) recieving a C+. There is a Q&A with Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake (William Morrow: Harper), and a feature on Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys (Doubleday: Random House). EW asks A.J. Jacobs to suggest “the Five Sunniest Books He’s Every Read.” On “The Must List” are The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press), the film Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and the video game Harry Potter Wizards Unite. Also in the magazine, a feature story on Comic-Con looking at Marvel’s House of X Powers of X (story online here) and the comic November Volume I by Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier (Image Comics) (preview here). Also in the Comic-Con story, a deep dive on the Arrowverse, and the films/TV shows The Witcher, Snowpiercer, Stumptown, Star Trek: Picard, The Rook, It: Chapter Two, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Walking Dead, and The Boys. In the Films section attention is given to The Kitchen, Blinded by the Light, and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

People ’s “Book of the Week” is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House). Also getting nods are Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky (Knopf) and The Need by Helen Phillips (S. & S.). “New in Paperback” are Providence by Caroline Kepnes (Random House), Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from the Terrifying Cult Nxivm by Catherine Oxenberg, with Natasha Stoynoff (Gallery Books: S. & S.), and The Floating Feldmans by Elyssa Friedland (Berkley). The “Beach Book” is a throwback to Heaven by V.C. Andrews (Pocket Books: S. &S.). The TV adaptation of the book airs on Lifetime this Saturday. And on that note, more Andrews’s adaptations air all summer long: Dark Angel on Aug. 3, Fallen Hearts on Aug. 10, Gates of Paradise on Aug. 17, and Web of Dreams on Aug. 24. In the cooking section, People spotlights Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family by Tracy Pollan, et al (Harper Wave).


Lauren Wilkinson reviews Beijing Payback by Daniel Nieh (Ecco: Harper) for the NYT, calling it “a propulsive first novel that aims to entertain.” Also in the paper, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead: Penguin): “an incisive and entertaining guidebook.”

NPR reviews Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures by David Ewing Duncan (Dutton: Penguin): “taken as a whole, Duncan's book holds a lot of pleasures. It's funny and broad and, in its way, asks important questions.” Also, Family of Origin by CJ Hauser (Doubleday: Random House): “oddball-brilliant.” My Ideal Boyfriend Is a Croissant by Laura Dockrill (Delacorte Press: Random House): “ends on a heartwarming note, and we are left loving all of these complicated characters even more for their trials.” At Dusk by Hwang Sok-yong, translated by Sora Kim-Russell (Scribe US): “a superb look at South Korea filtered through a variety of lenses.”

The Washington Post reviews Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper): “an earnest and beautiful homage to a city and its people.” Also, Those People by Louise Candlish (Berkley: Penguin): “the folks along Lowland Way are about as nasty, as hypocritical and, eventually, as violent as the predatory villagers in Shirley Jackson’s short story ‘The Lottery.’”

Briefly Noted

The Eisner Awards are out. My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image; LJ starred review) wins Best Graphic Album. The full list of winners is here. The list of nominees is here.

Steve Cavanagh wins the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Thirteen: The Serial Killer Isn't on Trial. He's on the Jury (Flatiron Books: Macmillan). The Bookseller reports. Here is the longlist.

The Guardian opens nominations for the 2019 Not the Booker prize.

NPR is on the comic bandwagon with “A Bushel of New Comics Collections Dig Into the Pleasures of Print.”

The NYT offers a gathering of “Recent visual books of note.” The paper also asks, “Why Have Novels About Royalty Stormed the Y.A. Best-Seller Lists?

USA Today picks its books of the week.

Elle selects “The 16 Best Books of 2019 (So Far).”

Paste names its “Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (So Far).”

LJ’s Prepub Alert is out, updating through February 2020.

The Guardian interviews Colson Whitehead. He also takes part in the NYT Book Review podcast.

The Washington Post features Helen Hoang, The Bride Test (Berkley: Penguin).

The NYT spotlights J. Michael Straczynski, Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood (Harper Voyager).

NPR showcases Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis (Walker Books: Candlewick Press).

Clare Mackintosh, After the End (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), has an essay in The Guardian about the death of her son.

The NYT has an opinion piece by Michael Benson, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece (S. & S.; LJ starred review), titled “Science Fiction Sent Man to the Moon.”

Time interviews Lisa Taddeo, Three Women (Avid Reader Press: S. & S.).

Marley Crusch, who works for the Harris County Public Library, is the newest librarian featured in LitHub’s “Secrets of the Librarians” column.

LJ looks at millennials avid reading habits.

Jimmy Fallon is hosting another Tonight Show summer read, asking viewers to vote on the book. Entertainment Weekly has details.

The Guardian wonders if Jane Austen invented the seaside novel, writing “Sanditon was Austen’s only truly seaside novel, her only novel to absorb into its structure something of what the seaside has come to represent in later modern fiction.”

 Publishers are not pleased with Amazon’s plans to add text captions to Audible works. The Verge reports.

Paul Krassner has died. Deadline Hollywood has an obituary.

George Hodgman has died. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an obituary.

Authors on Air

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.) gets a big boost from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade (Sentinel: Penguin) is getting a push from PBS NewsHour.

More trailers or teasers are out for the book/comic based: Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Preacher, Snowpiercer, Star Trek: Picard, The Walking Dead, Watchmen, and Witcher. has a list of forthcoming Marvel films.

Vulture reports that the new CW Nancy Drew series will not draw on any of the books for storylines.

Helen Monks Takhar’s Precious You is headed to TV. Man in the High Castle gets first look images and a launch date. The Rook gets new footage and images. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Chef and author David Chang is getting a new show on Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Marianne Williamson, A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution (Harper One), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight. Senator Cory Booker, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good (Ballantine: Penguin), will be on with Seth Meyers. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Is Today the Day?: Not Another Political Memoir (Twelve: Hachette), will be on The View.



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