Elin Hilderbrand’s ‘The Hotel Nantucket’ Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

Queen of the Beach Elin Hilderbrand’s The Hotel Nantucket leads holds this week. The Lambda Literary Award 2022 winners are announced. The Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Longlist 2022 and the 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards nominees are announced. Two LibraryReads and five Indie Next picks publish this week, including Flying Solo by Linda Holmes and Horse by Geraldine Brooks. People’s book of the week is The Midcoast by Adam White. Plus, Tessa Bailey’s It Happened One Summer is getting a big screen adaptation. 

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Big Books of the Week

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes (Ballantine; LJ starred review)

Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Viking; LJ starred review)

The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis (Avon)

A Face to Die For by Iris Johansen (Grand Central)

These books and others publishing the week of June 13, 2022 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Awards & News

The Lambda Literary Award 2022 winners are announcedPublishing Perspectives also has coverage. 

The Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Longlist 2022 is announced. 

The 2021 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards nominees are announced. 

Spotify is looking into the audiobook marketThe Bookseller reports.

Publishers Weekly considers the viability of a new Book Expo.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads and five Indie Next picks publish this week:

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes (Ballantine; LJ starred review)

“Laurie faces a crossroads. She has just canceled a seemingly perfect wedding and flown across the country to deal with a beloved aunt's estate. Among her aunt’s things, she finds a wooden duck decoy that sends her on a journey to discover its origins, and in the process, herself. A terrific follow up to Evvie Drake Starts Over and great for fans of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.”—Ron Block, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown)

“The renovated Hotel Nantucket is haunted and Lizbet Keaton and staff must improve the hotel’s reputation. This book has everything: sumptuously described food, a charming heroine, and a character- driven story. There is enough mystery that makes you guess and the story moves at a pleasant pace.”—Jessica Olson, Westport Public Library, Westport, CT

Five additional Indie Next picks publish this week:

Horse by Geraldine Brooks (Viking; LJ starred review)

“Geraldine Brooks’ Horse is one of her very best. A story of race, love, history, slavery, and horse racing with superb writing, fascinating and complex characters, and incredible research. I can’t wait to share this with customers.”—Vicky Titcomb, Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, MA

One's Company by Ashley Hutson (Norton)

“Where do I even begin? An original and poignant story of obsession, trauma and the desire to escape into another reality as a means of survival. This is one of the most bonkers books I’ve ever read, and one of my favorite books of 2022.”—Gaël LeLamer, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Jackie & Me by Louis Bayard (Algonquin; LJ starred review)

“Lem Billings befriends Jackie Bouvier as she is sized up by the Kennedy family to become the wife of the up-and-coming politician. Told by an older Lem, it’s an insightful story of friendship, love, and sacrifice. Book clubs will love it!”—Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC

Also a Poet : Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me by Ada Calhoun (Grove; LJ starred review)

“Ada Calhoun has given us a poised, magnificent memoir on family, her father, and of huge emotional and personal exploration. She delivers an unveiled perspective on capital ‘L’ literary New York. This one shines brilliantly for all to see.”—Scott Abel, Solid State Books, Washington, DC

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)

“I was enthralled with Zinnia’s impeccable voice in this A Spindle Splintered follow-up. Harrow’s vast knowledge of fairy tales really shines in this installment. I’m happy to put my hands on anything Harrow writes — she’s a new favorite!”—Amber Brown, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC



In the Media

The People "Picks" book of the week is The Midcoast by Adam White (Hogarth). Also getting attention are Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta (Scribner), and Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan (Putnam). The “Kid Pick” is Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illus. by Keith Henry Brown (Scholastic).

The “Picks” section spotlights Jurassic World Dominion, based on associated titles, HBO Max’s Father of the Bride, based on the book by Edward Streeter, P-Valley, based on the play by Katori Hall on Starz, Ms. Marvel, based on associated titles. Disney+, and AMC’s Dark Winds, based on the "Leaphorn & Chee" book series by Tony Hillerman. This Pride issue also features Robin Roberts, Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams, written with Michelle Burford (Grand Central), on “love, faith, and breaking barriers.”


The Washington Post reviews Gone Girl: Special Anniversary Edition by Gillian Flynn (Ballantine): “By novel’s end, most if not all of us readers will have to face up to the fact that we’ve flunked the sinister close reading test Gone Girl proffers. I’ve now flunked that test twice — surely proof that Gone Girl is and remains a really great mystery.”  And, Jackie & Me by Louis Bayard (Algonquin; LJ starred review): "is a story perfectly tuned to our ongoing fascination with the Kennedy marriage — and a novel, like Jackie herself, with charm to spare." Plus, Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More by James Burrows (Ballantine): “makes great binge reading for comedy buffs and aficionados of Must See TV. It’s as difficult to put down as a 'Friends' marathon is to turn off.”

NYT reviews Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment by Mary Ziegler (Yale Univ. Pr.): Dollars for Life recounts how the religious right learned a useful, if profane, lesson: You get what you pay for.” Plus, paired reviews of speculative novels, The Men by Sandra Newman (Grove), and When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill (Doubleday; LJ starred review).

USA Today reviews Flying Solo by Linda Holmes (Ballantine; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 out of 4 stars: "Holmes deftly navigates these assumptions, not just of what a love story is, but of what a relationship is, both with ourselves and others. Through her easy and often comical prose, the author lets us discover for ourselves that not everything has a neat and tidy place."

LA Times reviews Exalted by Anna Dorn (The Unnamed Press): "Exalted is also incredibly funny, keenly tuned in to contemporary internet culture and generational differences."

Briefly Noted

Kenny Loggins talks about his new memoir, Still Alright, written with Jason Turbow (Hachette), and taking cues from Mary Karr with Parade.

Ada Calhoun, Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me (Grove), writes about “lady novelist” Ouida for LitHub.

The New Yorker examines: “How James Patterson Became the World’s Best-Selling Author.”

USA Today picks five books for the week, and “Why you should read these 31 banned books now."

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week, 5 cozies for HGTV fans and DIY’ers, and a look at animals in detective fiction.

NYT recommends 3 audiobooks with distinct narration.

OprahDaily has “Five Things to Know about Leila Mottley.”

Tordotcom has 5 books about fragile worlds.

The Atlantic’s “Books Briefing” celebrates the “allure and friction of city life” in summer.

“Peter Lamborn Wilson, Advocate of ‘Poetic Terrorism,’ Dies at 76.” NYT has an obituary.

“John Merriman, Eminent Historian of France, Is Dead at 75.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors On Air

CBS Sunday Morning has an interview with Katy Tur about her new memoir, Rough Draft (One Signal). Also, Ibram X. Kendi discusses his new book, How to Raise an Antiracist (One World).

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday talks with Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Linda Holmes about her new book, Flying Solo (Ballantine; LJ starred review).

NPR’s Morning Edition talks with Ibram X. Kendi about his new book, How to Raise an Antiracist (One World).

Tessa Bailey’s It Happened One Summer (Avon), is getting a big screen adaptationDeadline reports.

Raphael G Warnock, A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story ( Penguin Pr.), will visit with Stephen Colbert tonight. David Duchovny, The Reservoir (Akashic), will be on The View

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