Summer Thrillers, June 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Summer reading turns to thrillers, but The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead tops the most summer reading lists. George R.R. Martin will receive the Carl Sandberg Award. Another player might be after B&N.

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Summer Thrillers and More

Refinery29 picks Thrillers for the summer.

CrimeReads has “June’s Best Psychological Thrillers.”

Jezebel considers summer reading, including a look back at 1980s romance novels.

LitHub offers its “Ultimate Summer Books Preview of 2019,” a run-down of which books are making the most lists. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review) tops the charts.


Victor LaValle reviews Recursion by Blake Crouch (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review) for the NYT, writing it is “a heady campfire tale of a novel built for summer reading.” Also reviewed in the paper, Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Minds by A. K. Benjamin (Dutton: Penguin): “magnificently unsettling.” Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House): “witty and well-observed.” Nouns & Verbs: New and Selected Poems by Campbell McGrath (Ecco: Harper): “rich and invigorating.”

NPR reviews The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America by Jim Acosta (Harper): “Acosta sounds less like a reporter than a rival athlete.” Also, The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield (PublicAffairs: Hachette): “a welcome addition to the political literature.” Song for the Unraveling of the World by Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press): “a skillfully crafted, cleverly executed, and extremely entertaining collection.” William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll by Casey Rae (Univ. Texas): “celebrates not only the gifted mind and bizarre life of a writer who changed literature forever with his magic and ideas; it also finally gives him the place he deserves in the pantheon of rock and roll.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Tin House Books: W.W. Norton), giving it a B+ and writing “a rock-solid family novel, brightened by its eccentric milieu.”

The Washington Post reviews Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World by Lucy Ives (Soft Skull Press): “hilarious …a farce about the struggle to make honest, unadulterated art in a market-driven world.”

USA Today reviews The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner (Random House), giving it 3 stars and writing, “makes a compelling case that it’s time to start thinking seriously about Greenland and its growing relevance to our lives, and those of our descendants.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT asks Michael Pollan, Ayelet Waldman, and T.C. Boyle about LSD literature.

The Washington Post wonders “Which D.C. novel best captures the city?

The NYT features David Hockney, including Life of David Hockney by Catherine Cusset, translated by Teresa Fagan (Other Press: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Blake Crouch, Recursion (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review), also, Karamo Brown, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

The S.F. Chronicle’s Datebook spotlights Alexander Freed, Alphabet Squadron (Star Wars) (Del Rey: Random House).

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

Reading Women talks with Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review).

Slate excerpts The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman (Knopf Books for Young Readers).

The Verge excerpts Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O'Keefe (Orbit: Hachette).

The New Yorker has a feature on Amelia Bedelia.

LJ writes about “Making the Make Book” from BookExpo.

George R.R. Martin will receive the Carl Sandberg Award from the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation. Dr. Eve L. Ewing will receive the 21st Century Award.

Linda Fairstein writes an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal stating that When They See Us “defames” her. The NYT writes about the op-ed and the show.

The NYT writes about Graphite, a new digital comics platform in multi-languages.

The Guardian reports on a UK book published by Penguin and accused of antisemitism. Penguin rebuts the charges.

The Wall Street Journal has news that another player might be after B&N.

Authors on Air

Reese Witherspoon posts first look images for Little Fires Everywhere.

NPR celebrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar on its 50th birthday.

Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici’s Oblivion Song is headed to the movies. Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse is headed to TV. Screen rights have sold for Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin; LJ starred review), will be on with Seth Meyers tonight.

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