Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Aug. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny leads holds this week. Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places 2019” includes libraries. The Black Panther sequel will arrive in Summer 2022. The Great British Bake-Off returns on Aug. 30. The Mandalorian gets a trailer. 

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Big Books of the Week

A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny (Minotaur: Macmillan; LJ starred review) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz (Knopf)

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel (Delacorte: Random House)

Best Friends by Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (First Second: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

There is one LibraryReads title for the week: Sapphire Flames: A Hidden Legacy Novel by Ilona Andrews (Avon: Harper).

“The fifth Hidden Legacy paranormal adventure requires middle sister Catalina, now head of House Baylor, to use all her skills and poise to make the right decisions for herself and her family. For fans of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series and Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called.” — Lynne Welch, Herrick Memorial Library, Wellington, OH

Two titles make the Indie Next list this week:

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Ballantine: Random House; LJ starred review)

“Provocative and intense, this harrowing story of Syrian war refugees will take you on an emotional journey. This book took me well beyond the headlines and touched my soul. Perhaps its greatest strength is Lefteri’s ability to make this unquestionably horrific reality accessible. You will feel an aching need to turn the page, and then you’ll need to share this novel with others. I look forward to putting it into the hands of many readers — we need to see beyond the headlines.” — Kirsten Hess, Let’s Play Books!, Emmaus, PA

Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? by Brock Clarke (Algonquin: Workman)

“Brock Clarke is a genius. His writing is consistently brilliant and stylish, which makes the quiet moments of human understanding even more striking. I LOVE this book — it is unexpected (like all his work — how can that be?), surprising, and profoundly moving. Fans of Jim Shepard and George Saunders will love Clarke and his new book about a middle-aged man whose discovery of a secret aunt (is she a spy? a fake? his mom? crazy?) leads him across Europe in pursuit of... well, he isn’t quite sure yet. I laughed out loud, I chortled, I snickered quietly, I gasped. I can see putting this book into the hands of fans of Less by Andrew Sean Greer and Where’d You Go Bernadette — readers who like to be surprised.” —Mary Cotton, Newtonville Books, Newton Centre, MA

These books and others publishing the week of August 26, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Atria Books: S. & S.; LJ starred review) is the "Book of the Week" in People. Also getting attention are Middle England by Jonathan Coe (Knopf) and Carnegie Hill by Jonathan Vatner (Thomas Dunne: Macmillan). “New in Nonfiction” covers See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics by Caitlin Moscatello (Dutton: Penguin), The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove Press), and Chase Darkness with Me: How One True-Crime Writer Started Solving Murders by Billy Jensen (Sourcebooks). There is Emmy coverage and a Fall TV teaser, including The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars series, Treadstone, which picks up on the Jason Bourne universe, and Looking for Alaska. The food section features Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy (Italian Cookbook, Italian Cooking, Appetizer Cookbook): Plates and platters for sharing, inspired by Italy by Stacy Adimando, photos by Linda Pugliese (Chronicle). People leads its “5 Things We’re Talking About This Week” with Little Women. while Its “Picks” list includes Avengers: Endgame.


NPR reviews The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): “an entertaining read as a slightly dystopian cyberthriller. But … a horrific cautionary tale that makes you wonder if we're already too far into a disastrous future.” Also, My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Kokila: Penguin; SLJ starred review): “a love letter to the city, and her father.” The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review): “for all its serious and timely content, is a jolly good time.” Automatic Eve by Rokuro Inui, translated by Matt Treyvaud (Haikasoru: S. & S): “if you are one of those people who has hungered for something else, for an elaborate feast for the senses, you should give this a try.”

The NYT reviews Love Falls On Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives by Robbie Corey-Boulet (Zeb Books): “addresses the complicated relationship between African L.G.B.T.Q. activists and an American foreign policy whose shifts on gay rights have in many cases exacerbated their difficulties by shining a global spotlight on otherwise unnoticed ways of living.” Also, Bottle Grove by Daniel Handler (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): “Nothing is believably conjured to life … No spell is cast, no character takes root in the reader’s heart. Captive to Handler’s cleverness, to his allusive play and lack of rigor, the reader tries to make sense of the proceedings, to no avail.” The paper also offers a dual review for “Anglophiles and Bibliophiles.”

USA Today reviews reviews The Warehouse by Rob Hart (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review), giving it 3 stars and writing, “a thriller of ideas, and its interplay of taut action and incisive cultural commentary gives it shades of Fahrenheit 451 and Jurassic Park.”

The Washington Post reviews The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz (Knopf): “She is as ticked off as ever.” Also, How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World: Random House; LJ starred review): “dissects what he sees as his own racism in each of these phases of his life.” Overthrow by Caleb Crain (Viking: Penguin): “Crain’s chief goal is to put a narrative shape around the inchoate sense of dread that we have around technology, the way we sense we’re being manipulated in ways we can’t quite pinpoint.” The Assault on American Excellence by Anthony T. Kronman (Free Press: S. & S.): "paints a paranoid picture of campus life, and I am unpersuaded by the recycled anecdotes meant to show that a tide of levelers rejects the very notion of recognizing great achievement.” The Plateau: Field Notes from a Place of Refuge in a World Adrift by Maggie Paxson (Riverhead: Penguin): “a loving combination of personal memoir, historical investigation and philosophical meditation.” Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession by Rachel Monroe (Scribner: S. & S.): “Most valuable is the moral nuance that Monroe brings to a genre that inspires fierce fandoms and disgusted dismissals but not enough scrutiny in between.” Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story by Marie Arana (S. & S.): “Arana’s strength is the power and passion of her storytelling, and her explanation of what has shaped Latin America over the past half-millennium has the ring of truth.”

Briefly Noted

USA Today picks its books for the week.

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

Barbara Hoffert’s Picks are out for March 2020 in LJ.

Datebook has “Five children’s books to help the kids go back to school.”

Lit Hub selects “The 50 Greatest Coming-of-Age Novels.”

The Guardian interviews Edna O’Brien, Girl (FSG: Macmillan). Also, the paper interviews Téa Obreht, Inland (Random House; LJ starred review) and Etgar Keret, Fly Already: Stories (Riverhead: Penguin).

Bitch Media interviews Shelby Lorman, Awards for Good Boys: Tales of Dating, Double Standards, and Doom (Penguin).

Electric Lit interviews Melanie S. Hatter, Malawi's Sisters (Four Way Books).

Lambda Literary features Jonathan Vatner, Carnegie Hill (Thomas Dunne: Macmillan).

Book Marks continues its column featuring librarians with Annie Spence, librarian and author of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

NPR has a series entitled “This Week’s Must Read.” This week it explores buying Greenland and Gabriel García Márquez.

Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places 2019” includes libraries. Time also excerpts The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman (Riverhead: Penguin).

Paste excerpts American Saint by Sean Gandert (47North: Brilliance).

In forthcoming book news, Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks is starting to get early buzz. Also, Daniel Habif announces his book on Twitter, sending Inquebrantables (Unbreakable Spanish Edition) (Grupo Nelson: Harper), soaring on Amazon.

The Atlantic features The Plateau: Field Notes from a Place of Refuge in a World Adrift by Maggie Paxson (Riverhead: Penguin).

The Economist features “The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature.”

Electric Lit reports on “Eliza, the visual novel by Matthew Seiji Burns, [that] plays with the border between fiction and gaming.”

The Smithsonian looks at “The great book scare.”

Publishers hit Audible with a lawsuit for their planned speech-to-text enhancements. NPR has details.

Locus reports that Penguin Random House has bought at auction “the publishing-related assets of F+W Media.”

Illustrator Charles Santore has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Black Panther sequel will arrive in Summer 2022. Essence has a report. has that news that Eternals (with Kit Harrington from GOT) and Black Widow are in the works. also reports that the final season of The Clone Wars will debut Feb. 2020.

The Great British Bake-Off returns on Aug. 30. Related, there is a new book coming Sept. 3: Baking with Kim-Joy: Cute and Creative Bakes to Make You Smile by Kim-Joy (Quadrille: Chronicle).

PBS NewsHour interviews Yasmin Khan, Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen (W.W. Norton).

NPR interviews Tope Folarin, A Particular Kind of Black Man (S. & S.).

Disney has announced that shows based on Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk are headed for Disney+. Entertainment Weekly has details.

PBS NewsHour offers “A short history of Chinese American women on screen, from Celeste Ng.”

Deadline Hollywood reports that Catherine Oxenberg’s memoir, Captive, is the source for Lifetime’s original movie, Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother’s Fight to Save Her Daughter. A trailer is out. So are first look images for Cruella. Also, Marvel plans a Spider-Man animated series for Disney Junior.

Vanity Fair reports on the future of the Spider-Man films. Deadline Hollywood has more as well.

Author, and former FBI official, Andrew McCabe has joined CNN. CNBC has details.

Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World by Robert Lawson, Benjamin Powell (Regnery) gets a big boost from Fox.

Vern Yip, Vern Yip's Vacation at Home: Design Ideas for Creating Your Everyday Getaway (Running Press: Hachette), will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Henry Winkler will be on Conan.

The Mandalorian gets a trailer.

His Dark Materials gets another trailer.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also gets a trailer, for season 7.

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