‘Not in Love’ by Ali Hazelwood Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood leads holds this week. Also getting buzz are titles by Elin Hilderbrand, Katherine Center, Freida McFadden, and Rufi Thorpe. The James Beard Media Award winners are announced. Vajra Chandrasekera’s The Saint of Bright Doors wins the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Nine LibraryReads and nine Indie Next picks publish this week. People’s book of the week is All Friends Are Necessary by Tomas Moniz. Plus, Costco announced its plan to no longer sell books year-round.

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Big Books of the Week

Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood (Berkley) leads holds this week. 

Other titles in demand include:

Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 

The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s)

The Housemaid Is Watching by Freida McFadden (Poisoned Pen)

Margo's Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe (Morrow)

These books and others publishing the week of June 10, 2024, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Nine LibraryReads and nine Indie Next picks publish this week:

Margo’s Got Money Troubles by Rufi Thorpe (Morrow)

“A heartwarming and luminous coming-of-age tale of a 20-year-old single mother trying to make it on OnlyFans. Readers will be rooting for Margo and will fall in love with the wacky cast of characters, especially her dad. Thorpe perfectly captures the intensity of caring for a newborn while crafting a smart and relatable heroine in Margo.”—Shannon Gruber, River Forest Public Library, IL

It is also an Indie Next pick:

“Thoughtful, funny, empathetic. Margo’s deep fears of not being a ‘good’ person resonate. Her career on OnlyFans felt original and exciting without minimizing the prejudice and violence that surround sex work. An ultimately uplifting read.”—Maggie Kane, Little City Books, Hoboken, NJ

The Housemaid Is Watching by Freida McFadden (Poisoned Pen)

“Millie’s just moved into her dream house but soon discovers it may not be as ideal as she’d hoped, with strange neighbors and happenings in the house. This third in the ‘Housemaid’ series is an engrossing, psychological thriller with plot twists that keep readers guessing. Those unfamiliar with the first two books will still enjoy this standalone novel.”—Kristin Skinner, Flat River Community Library, MI

That Night in the Library by Eva Jurczyk (Poisoned Pen) *Good for Book Clubs

“A group of students gather for a party in the library’s basement the night before graduation. Things quickly go awry, and bodies start piling up. There are seven main characters and multiple POVs, but readers will be able to keep up thanks to Jurczyk’s witty writing. It’s a bonus to get an inside look at a rare books library.”—Danielle Hansard, Westland Public Library, MI

Bonus pick One of Our Kind by Nicola Yoon (Knopf)

“The Williams family moved to a gated all-Black neighborhood for a safe environment for their son and unborn baby. Soon, Jasmyn begins to see weird changes in the people around her—even her husband—and when she digs deeper, the real horror begins. Yoon’s adult debut is a horrific and clever mix of The Stepford Wives, Rosemary’s Baby, and Get Out.”—Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, TX

It is also an Indie Next pick:

“Building on a great tradition of suburb horror, Yoon’s suspenseful book is filled with page-turning terror and thoughtful, timely ruminations on race—what it means to be Black in America and how to survive, thrive and stay true.”—Stefanie Kiper, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, NH

Hall of Fame picks include A Talent for Murder by Peter Swanson (Morrow) and Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 

Hall of Fame pick Horror Movie by Paul Tremblay (Morrow; LJ starred review), is also an Indie Next pick:

Horror Movie chronicles the creation and aftermath of a fictional, disastrous cult-classic ’90s film. When you think you know what’s going to happen, Tremblay twists the knife. A sharp dive into one character’s traumatic experience.”—Anna Moritz, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ

Hall of Fame pick Not in Love by Ali Hazelwood (Berkley) is also an Indie Next pick:

“An amazing dual POV romance that demonstrates why Ali Hazelwood is one of the best romance writers out there. It was angsty, it was steamy, and it was just a fun ride. As always, the perfect mix of laughter and butterflies.”—McKenna Jones, Anderson’s Bookshops, Naperville, IL

Hall of Fame pick The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center (St. Martin’s) is also an Indie Next pick:

“I adored this book: the Hollywood setting, the grumpy/sunshine romance, and the characters who felt incredibly real. Center nails the inner-world of her characters and kept me turning pages with genuine concern and fluttering hope.”—Joanna Roddy, Roundabout Books, Bend, OR

Four additional Indie Next picks publish this week:

Out of the Sierra: A Story of Rarámuri Resistance by Victoria Blanco (Coffee House)

“A delicately told account of the Rarámuri, a Native people of Mexico, that honors their history, traditions, and culture, and one family’s story as they adapt to modern Mexican life. Poetic yet journalistic, dramatic yet quiet, devastating but hopeful.”—Luis Correa, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Middletide by Sarah Crouch (Atria)

“Sarah Crouch’s descriptive debut puts the reader right into the outdoors. The initial investigation of a suicide evolves into murder. Dual timelines converge when Elijah is arrested. A gripping tale of love, revenge, and redemption.”—Connie L. Eaton, Three Sisters Books & Gifts, Shelbyville, IN

Tehrangeles by Porochista Khakpour (Pantheon)

“Porochista Khakpour’s turn to fiction is no less smart and biting. Couched in this larger-than-life novel about an uber-rich Iranian American family on the brink of reality TV fame, Khakpour’s satire doubles as deluxe, ridiculous, heartfelt fun.”—Melinda Powers, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Zan: Stories by Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh (Dzanc Books)

Zan is a collection of stories that puts me in the heart of Iranian women’s lives. Beautifully written, tragedy captured—there is much to learn from stories like these.”—Matt Aragon, Shafi, West Side Books, Denver, CO

In the Media

People’s book of the week is All Friends Are Necessary by Tomas Moniz (Algonquin). Also getting attention are Consent: A Memoir by Jill Ciment (Pantheon) and The Uptown Local: Joy, Death, and Joan Didion; A Memoir by Cory Leadbeater (Ecco). “Suspenseful Summer Reads” include The Switch by Lily Samson (Pamela Dorman: Viking), Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart (Putnam), and Evocation by S.T. Gibson (Angry Robot). 

There is buzz about Lisa Marie Presley’s forthcoming memoir, From Here to the Great Unknown: A Memoir written with Riley Keough (Random), due out on October 25. Danielle Steel looks back on her legacy of more than 210 books published. Her latest titles are Only the Brave (Delacorte) and Resurrection, which publishes June 25. Plus, there is a feature on graphic novelist Ethan Sacks who teamed up with his daughter Naomi to write A Haunted Girl (Image Comics), focusing on teen mental health. People online has an exclusive.


NYT reviews Parade by Rachel Cusk (Farrar; LJ starred review): “Sterile, ostentatious and essentially plotless, Parade is an antinovel, a little black box of a book. It fails the Hardwick Test”; Consent: A Memoir by Jill Ciment (Pantheon): “Consent is a surprising and often jarring book: part memoir and postmortem, part recrimination and reclamation, and yet, part love story, too”; Malas by Marcela Fuentes (Viking): “Fuentes humanizes seemingly insoluble conflicts, both generational and cultural, with imperfect characters who are just doing their best, even when they know they are screwing up”; and Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin by Howard Markel (Norton): “All heroes have an origin story, and Darwin’s nearly finished him off.”

NPR reviews Forgotten on Sunday by Valérie Perrin, tr. by Hildegarde Serle (Europa; LJ starred review): “Forgotten on Sunday is a pain au chocolat of a book—flaky but buttery, with a sweet center.”

Washington Post reviews Beautiful Days: Stories by Zach Williams (Doubleday): “Zach Williams’s Beautiful Days is one of 2024’s superlative debuts, a glorious creepfest reminiscent of speculative collections by Carmen Maria Machado, Mariana Enríquez and other children of Lovecraft, teeming with friends and foes, natural and supernatural. Each story jolts us gradually, and then all at once”; and Hip-Hop Is History by Questlove (AUWA): “The drummer and co-frontman of the Roots makes a convincing case not only that hip-hop is a pivotal piece of cultural history, but also that to some extent it is history, as in an art form ‘that has run its course in some important ways.’” The Guardian also reviews: “Provided you have a little prior knowledge, it’s a wonderful ride, coloured by personal digressions and crisp observations.”

Briefly Noted

The James Beard Media Award winners are announced

The Nebula Award winners are announced, including The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera (Tor.com), which won the Nebula Award for Best Novel.

July’s Indie Next Preview is out, featuring #1 pick The God of the Woods by Liz Moore (Riverhead; LJ starred review). 

Costco announced its plan to no longer sell books year-roundNYT reports. USA Today also picks up the story.

Picador will reissue works by Roberto Bolaño this fallPublishers Weekly reports.

NYT profiles swimmer Katie Ledecky, whose memoir Just Add Water: My Swimming Life (S. & S.) publishes this week. 

CrimeReads suggests 10 new books for the week.

People shares the best books of June

Washington Post recommends five graphic novels for summer and four books for Pride Month.

Authors on Air

Griffin Dunne discusses his book The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir (Penguin Pr.), with CBS Sunday Morning.

CBS Sunday Morning also reports on Mo Rocca’s Roctogenarians: Late in Life Debuts, Comebacks, and Triumphs, written with Jonathan Greenberg (S. & S.), and shares an excerpt.

NPR's All Things Considered talks with librarians and authors about book bans.

In a five-part series, Travels with Agatha with Sir David Suchet, the legendary Poirot actor will replicate Agatha Christie's 1920s international expeditionDeadline has details.

Ryan Holiday, Right Thing, Right Now: Good Values. Good Character. Good Deeds. (Portfolio), will be on Today.

Katie Ledecky, Just Add Water: My Swimming Life (S. & S.), will also appear on Today.

Andrew McCarthy, Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain (Grand Central), visits Live with Kelly and Mark.

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