Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Aug. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey leads holds this week with The Bitterroots by C.J. Box on its heels. The September Indie Next list is out. The No. 1 pick is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. J.D. Salinger's books will be issued as e-editions, finally.

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Big Books of the Week

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (Graphix: Scholastic) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Bitterroots by C.J. Box (Minotaur: Macmillan)

Contraband by Stuart Woods (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin)

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)

The Warning by James Patterson, with Robison Wells (Grand Central: Hachette)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There are three Library Reads selections this week; each is also an Indie Next pick:

Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House; LJ starred review)

“Obreht lays a mythical voice over an already dreamlike landscape of drought in Arizona. A mother and half-grown sons generate a powerful dynamic not often explored, and the youngest, who knows about scary beasts, brings magic and intuition. A journey into a barren world, inside and out. For fans of Larry Watson and Alice Hoffman.”—Katherine Phenix, Rangeview Library District, Adams County, CO

“Man, I could live my whole life inside this novel and be perfectly happy. Téa Obreht is the real thing. Inland has the stern gorgeousness of Blood Meridian, the cinematic perfection of Station Eleven, the fantasia-like atmosphere of Cloud Atlas, and the deep-heartedness of The Winter Soldier. This is the sort of novel that makes people want to get up and soldier on. I really loved this book.” — Erica Eisdorfer, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (Ballantine: Random House)

“A dark, satirical book that centers around a school and the revenge that we seek in times of humiliation. It’s a twisty read that will have you following an investigation filled with secrets, lies, and threats. For readers who liked Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld and Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel.”— Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

“Stonebridge Academy, a private prep school of about 400 students located on 50 acres of dense woods, was to be the setting for Alex Witt’s second try at being an instructor. Her first ended with a memory that made her skin crawl. Unfortunately, her time at Stonebridge would prove to be even more disturbing. Remember the age-old adage, ‘Boys will be boys’? With The Swallows, we have a new adage: ‘Girls will be tougher than boys.’ This is a powerfully serious yet humorous look at the battle between the sexes and a timely and important book for all readers.” —Karen R. Briggs, The Booknook, East Tawas, MI

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s: Macmillan)

“A traumatic event as a young woman has left firefighter Cassie with a hard shell which breaks apart as she learns about forgiveness, love, and friendship. With gripping firefighting scenes and a love story, this is perfect for fans of Jo Jo Moyes or Marissa de los Santos." — Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL

“You will cheer for tough-as-nails firefighter Cassie Hanwell, cry for her, mentally will her on, and celebrate with her at the end. Things You Save in a Fire effortlessly captures the realities of modern American women while at the same time radiating a contagious positivity. Reading Katherine Center is your pleasurable antidote for the daily news cycle.” —Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Additional Indie Next selections include:

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead: Penguin.; LJ starred review)

Janina is an eccentric middle-aged woman who translates William Blake, studies astrology, and is acutely attuned to the wilderness around her in rural Poland. When hunters and poachers begin to be gruesomely murdered, Janina informs the police that the animals are responsible. As the bodies mount, so does her involvement with the mystery, although her status as a crank and possible madwoman ensures that she’s ignored. This is an extraordinary and disturbing tale — a mystery that becomes more complex as the story continues, accompanied by Janina’s often witty observations on man, nature, justice, and identity. The ending of this hard-to-categorize novel, a finalist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, will knock the breath out of you. Don’t miss this excellent translated work from an award-winning writer!” —Cindy Pauldine, the river’s end bookstore, Oswego, NY

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (S. & S.; LJ starred review)

The Dearly Beloved follows two couples as the men navigate the social and personal turbulence of leading a New York City congregation while the women struggle to find their places and define their relationship to each other. This novel grabs you and brings you in deep right from the start. Through decades of war and protest, success and failure, love and loss, we grow to care about each of these complex characters. Along the way, we also get a glimpse into 1960s New York City and the ways place can so irrevocably impact lives. This is a book that will resonate long after you put it down.” —Lisa Swayze, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY (on the September list).

These books and others publishing the week of August 12, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet

In the Media

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins (Berkley: Penguin) is People’s “Book of the Week.” Also getting attention are Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing by Elissa Altman (Ballantine: Random House) and Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell (Grove Press). “New in Fiction” gathers Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty (Harper), Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce (Post Hill Press: S. & S.) , and Reasons to Be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe (Little, Brown: Hachette). The beach book is Gates of Paradise by V.C. Andrews (Pocket: S. & S.). People’s “Picks” includes Dora and the Lost City of Gold. The magazine features Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett, stars of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Kitchen. Lastly, there is a recipe from Danielle Walker's Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes: A Cookbook (Ten Speed Press: Random House).


NPR reviews The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “a clever and elegant update to [The Turn of the Screw] … one with less ambiguity but its own eerie potency.” Also, Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton (Grand Central: Hachette): “takes a joyfully original approach to apocalyptic fiction.” Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett ( Macmillan; LJ starred review): “He spares no disturbing absurdity or twinge of cognitive dissonance in his examination of gun mania and the new normal of everyday massacres in America.” Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury by Sigrid Nunez (Soft Skull Press): “a rich little fact-based fiction originally published in 1998, about Leonard and Virginia Woolf and their eponymous rescued pet marmoset — a tiny monkey native to South America.” A Pure Heart by Rajia Hassib (Viking: Penguin): “Hassib wrestles with heavy themes … religion and revolution are fraught enough issues in any circumstance, and they're only made more so when family enters the picture … as honest as it is engrossing.”

The NYT reviews Inland by Téa Obreht (Random House; LJ starred review): “sentimental and meandering.” Angela Flournoy reviews The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press): “extraordinary, engrossing.” Sloane Crosley reviews Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): “[a] marvelously weird and fablelike mystery.”

The Washington Post reviews Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Random House; LJ starred review): “has a knack for throwing herself into experiences that she finds ridiculous, even demeaning — and then, of course, thoroughly dissecting them afterward. That heedlessness, chased by total clarity, is what gives her voice such authority, like the coolest Big in your sorority.” Also, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch by John Zada (Atlantic Monthly): “a quirky and oddly captivating tale.” A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea by Don Kulick (Algonquin): “if you want to experience a profoundly different culture … this is an excellent choice. It’s entertaining … But the lasting impact for a reader may be the insights — rather than answers — it offers for our future.” D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose (Crown: Random House): “Equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative.” Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor by Steven Greenhouse (Knopf: Random House): “an invaluable read.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks the “Best books of the year so far.” Also, the paper picks its books of the week.

The September Indie Next list is out. The No. 1 pick is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books: S. & S.).

The NYT suggests “Books to Ease the Transition to Middle School.”

Book Riot offers “Romance Books To Read Based On Your Favorite Avenger.”

PBS NewsHour selects “10 kids’ books that made us fall in love with reading.”

Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom (Grand Central: Hachette), suggests “8 Grown-Up Novels with Animal Narrators.”

The NYT has a report on J.D. Salinger and how new material is finally making its way to the public. As part of that ebook editions are on the way. The paper writes: “in the first step of a broader revival that could reshape the world’s understanding of Salinger and his writing, Little, Brown is publishing digital editions of his four books, making him perhaps the last 20th-century literary icon to surrender to the digital revolution.”

The Atlantic spotlights Girl by Edna O'Brien (FSG: Macmillan), also Job: A New Translation by Edward L. Greenstein (Yale), and Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead: Penguin).

The NYT features Sister Helen Prejean, who wrote Dead Man Walking (Vintage) and now has a memoir out, River of Fire (Random House).

NPR features Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, Martin Rising: Requiem For a King (Scholastic).

Book Marks “Secrets of the Librarians” column features Sylvia Arthur, creator of Libreria Ghana.

The Guardian interviews Tishani Doshi, Small Days and Nights (W.W. Norton).

Vulture ranks “All 82 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Time compares the book and film.

NPR reports on the Silent Book Club, with over 70 chapters around the world. It is an idea libraries have adopted.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday features Téa Obreht, Inland (Random House; LJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour continues its run of stories for its book club with the NYT, this time “How reading The Woman Warrior put Celeste Ng’s feelings into words.”

Yahoo! reports on the limits of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series, as dictated by the Tolkien estate, including "the series will be confined solely to Middle Earth's 'Second Age', the period prior to the 'Third Age', which was seen in Peter Jackson's movies, and that the 'First Age' is 'off-limits'  ... [and] It must be canonical, it is impossible to change the boundaries which Tolkien has created."

Deadline Hollywood reports that screen rights have been optioned for Christopher Byron’s Skin Tight: The Bizarre Story of Guess vs. Jordache. Also, the forthcoming thriller Shiver by Allie Reynolds is set for TV.

The Teen Choice Awards are out, with nods going to a list of adaptations. People reports.

George Takei, They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions: Random House), will be on with Seth Myers tonight. The Tonight Show will feature Common, Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir (Atria: S. & S.).

Treadstone gets a trailer, continuing the story world of Jason Bourne.

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