Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News, Sept. 23, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper) leads holds this week. The National Book Award longlist for fiction is out, and now that all the lists have been announced, the full set of nominees, across all categories, is getting coverage. The Guardian picks “The 100 best books of the 21st century." Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates picked up a lot of buzz over the weekend.

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Big Books of the Week

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Sins of the Fathers: A J.P. Beaumont Novel by J. A. Jance (William Morrow: Harper)

Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills (Atria/Emily Bestler Books: S. & S.)

The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book Four) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Three LibraryReads choices publish this week, each is also an Indie Next selection:

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review)

“A gorgeous novel blending historical fiction and magical realism to create a powerful portrait of the people who made up the Underground Railroad. For readers who enjoyed Beloved by Toni Morrison and She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore.” — Mara Bandy-Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL

“Ta-Nehisi Coates understands something big and he understands it better than anyone else right now. The Water Dancer led me on a journey up and down the landscape of American slavery with a narrative that feels like The Book of Exodus meets, well, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Over 400 pages I have cried, I have laughed, I have been educated, and I have been enlightened. Coates writes with an honesty that can only come from a sublime, even spiritual, understanding of the souls of the white man and the black man in America. Written with poignancy and humanity, The Water Dancer left me stunned but clear-headed, like I had just been woken up from a deep, dream-filled sleep.” — Norris Rettiger, Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson, MS

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper)

“For siblings Danny and Maeve, the Dutch house is much more than a structure. It is the bones of their family, a symbol connected to love, loss, achievement, and abandonment. They are connected to this house all their lives, even after being flung out of it. For fans of Anne Tyler and Anna Quindlen.” —Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

“Meeting the Conroy family and stepping into their elaborate Dutch house—part museum, part home, with all its secrets and charm, comfort and sadness—enthralled me as the mystery unfolded like a gentle call to arms. From poverty to wealth and from wealth to poverty, we see through Danny’s eyes the struggle to hold the family together against grief, greed, and the heartbreak of losing all that once bound them. Patchett paints a masterpiece here; there’s no looking away. It lingers in your imagination long after the story has been told.” — Diane McGuire, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN

No Judgments by Meg Cabot (William Morrow: Harper)

“Bree moves to the Florida Keys after a devastating breakup. When a hurricane threatens to wipe out the town, she refuses to evacuate and scrambles to protect the pets her neighbors were forced to leave behind. I don’t know if Little Bridge Island is a real place or not but it officially has a place in my heart. For contemporary romance fans like Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren and The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.” — Amber Greenwood, Edgewood Public Library, Edgewood, MD

“Cabot delights again in this one-off romance about finding compassion for other people and for animals in the midst of natural disaster. Light and fun, this book is a joy to read, full of well-crafted prose, engaging characters, and a plot perfect for the times. Cabot’s fabulous escape into the written word will leave you with that warm fuzzy feeling and also some knowledge on how to prepare for a hurricane.” — Kendolyn Roe, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA

One further Indie Next pick hits shelves this week:

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (S. & S.)

“Alice Hoffman, author of numerous novels—The Dovekeepers,The Marriage of Opposites, and The Museum of Extraordinary Things, among others—does her magic again with The World That We Knew. This is a story of great love and loss, a story of strong characters who, with heartfelt courage, save others by risking their own lives. The reader is taken on a journey of the world that once was—of memories of a past tainted by hatred during WWII. Alice Hoffman’s writing is passionate, poetic, and profound. This novel captivated me from the start and left me spellbound. A must-read!” — Mollie Loughlin, The Book Vine, Cherokee, IA

These books and others publishing the week of Sept. 23, 2019, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

People’s book of the week is Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead). Also getting attention are The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen (Little, Brown: Hachette) and A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier (Viking). In “New in Nonfiction” are The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough (HMH), Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep by Erin Carlson (Hachette), and Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame by Barry Zito, with Robert Noland (Thomas Nelson: Harper). The photo book is Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography by New York Times (Clarkson Potter). The magazine puts the Game of Thrones prequel news at the top of the list of what they are talking about this week. Also, a look into Demi Moore’s Inside Out: A Memoir (Harper), a Q&A with Lilly Singh, How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life (Ballantine) , and a feature on Jeannie Gaffigan, When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People (Grand Central: Hachette). Downton Abbey makes the “Picks” list.


The NYT reviews The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review): “a jeroboam of a book, a crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling that tonally resembles the work of Stephen King as much as it does the work of Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and the touchstone African-American science-fiction African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler.” Also, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper): “Patchett’s prose is confident, unfussy and unadorned. I can’t pluck out one sentence worth quoting, but how effective they are when woven together — these translucent lines that envelop you like a spider’s web.” The paper also has a piece on YA crossover novels and new books in paperback to consider.

The L.A. Times also reviews The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World; LJ starred review): “a spellbinding look at the impact of slavery that uses meticulously researched history and hard-won magic to further illuminate this country’s original sin.”

The Washington Post reviews The Heart and Other Viscera: Stories by Félix J. Palma (Atria: S. & S.) “[a] captivating new collection.”

NPR reviews Know My Name: A Memoir (LJ starred review) by Chanel Miller (Viking: Penguin): “a devastating, immersive memoir of the sexual assault and its aftermath . We live with Miller minute-by-minute, thinking and feeling with her. At points, particularly during the account of her testimony, it is hard to read it and breathe at the same time.” Also, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper): “another wonderful read by an author who embodies compassion.” A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier (Viking): “a fascinating story about building something long-lasting by beginning with one small stitch.” A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill (Pantheon): “a horror tale unafraid to tackle big issues of familial fealty, the architecture of fear, and the metaphysics of love, all while shocking the pants off the reader.” They Will Have to Die Now : Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate by James Verini (W.W. Norton): “a vivid and bare-knuckles account of the fight against ISIS.” Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “remarkable, a novel that's both grim and compassionate, and it features gorgeous writing on every page.” Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books: Hachette): “Readers can rejoice that there are has plenty of volumes possible in the future of a mystery series with atmosphere, depth, and boundless compassion for its characters. Attica Locke combines first-class procedural action with wise contemplation on our country's modern divides ... should be on any mystery lover's TBR pile this fall.” Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei (Soho Teen: Random House): “Tavengerwei's straightforward style really works to make the subject matter feel raw and present. This is a tight, succinct text that doesn't feel the need to over-explain or elaborate at length.” Also, a triple review of YA graphic novels.

Briefly Noted

The National Book Award longlist is out for fiction. Now that all the lists have been announced, NPR has the full set of nominees, across all categories. Entertainment Weekly has a guide. The NYT has coverage too. Next up from the National Book Foundation, the 5 under 35 announcement for 2019.

The Guardian picks “The 100 best books of the 21st century.”

USA Today names its books of the week.

Vanity Fair gathers books that “Take You Inside The Minds of Musical Greats.”

Jonathan Van Ness, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love (HarperOne), reveals he is HIV positive and was sexually abused. Entertainment Weekly has a spotlight. USA Today also covers the story, as does People.

The NYT features Chanel Miller, Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin). Also, a profile of Robert Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House) and a feature on Gabrielle Bernstein, Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams (Hay House, Inc.: Random House).

People highlights Live in Love: Growing Together Through Life's Changes by Lauren Akins, Mark Dagostino (Ballantine Books: Random House).

BuzzFeed focuses on High School by Sara Quin, Tegan Quin (S. & S.).

The L. A. Times features Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking by Rocky Lang, Barbara Hall (Abrams).

The NYT has further coverage of Bill Cunningham: On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography by New York Times (Clarkson Potter).

The Guardian excerpts Ian McEwan’s The Cockroach (Anchor: Random House).

LitHub interviews Ann Patchett, The Dutch House (Harper).

The Guardian interviews Zadie Smith, Grand Union: Stories (Penguin), for its “Books that Made Me” column. Also, an interview with Margaret Atwood, The Testaments (Nan A. Talese; LJ starred review).

Neil Gaiman held a Reddit AMA. has a summary.

The NYT interviews James Verini, They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate (W.W. Norton).

CrimeReads interviews Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Doubleday: Random House).

Vox writes about “How Reese Witherspoon became the new high priestess of book clubs.”

Book Riot offers a Reading Pathway to Donna Tartt as well as an “Introduction to Gabriela Mistral: The Only Latin American Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature…So Far.”

The NYT reports on “whether publishers should take more responsibility for the accuracy of their books.”

The Guardian writes that “hundreds of authors” are protesting after Kamila Shamsie's German book award was revoked, including “Arundhati Roy, JM Coetzee and Sally Rooney.”

Paul Theroux has a travel essay in the NYT, "a solo road trip from Reynosa to Chiapas and back."

Annette Kolodny has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Steve Dalachinsky has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Chanel Miller, Know My Name: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin) is interviewed on 60 Minutes. Sales are soaring.

The Emmy Awards were announced last night. Game of Thrones won for Best Drama series. Other book-based shows with wins include Killing Eve, Fosse/Verdon, A Very English Scandal, and The Handmaid’s Tale. The NYT reports, here too.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday interviews David Yoon, Frankly in Love (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review). Also, an interview with Eoin Colfer and P. J. Lynch, The Dog Who Lost His Bark (Candlewick Press). Sales have jumped.

Deadline reports that Arthur T. Burton’s Black, Red & Deadly might be headed to TV.

Robert Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Random House), will be on The View today.

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