'The Family Remains' by Lisa Jewell Tops Holds Lists | Book Pulse

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell leads holds this week. Two LibraryReads and four Indie Next picks publish this week. People’s book of the week is All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews. iCarly star Jennette McCurdy's new memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died gets buzz. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas gets a film adaptation. 

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Big Books of the Week

The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell (Atria) leads holds this week.

Other titles in demand include:

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy (S. & S.)

Storm Echo by Nalini Singh (Berkley)

To Kill a Troubadour (Bruno, Chief of Police Novel, Bk. 15) by Martin Walker (Knopf)

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin (St. Martin’s)

These books and others publishing the week of Aug. 8, 2022 are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads and four Indie Next picks publish this week:

Storm Echo by Nalini Singh (Berkley)

“Scarred in the womb by his mother's Jax usage, Merchant family security specialist Ivan has an abnormal brain and knows he might need to be caged in the future. When he meets Soleil, a healer shifter, he finds hope for a better future. As these two characters learn what it means to be mated, the PsyNet is assaulted, and only Ivan can access the cutoff area. Amazing addition to this series!”—Susana Goldman, Alamance County Public Libraries, Burlington, NC

Stay Awake by Megan Goldin (St. Martin’s)

“Liv wakes up in a cab she doesn’t recall boarding and is dropped off without her purse or phone. She dumps a bloody knife wrapped in a t-shirt and sees on her hand the message, “Stay Awake”. Liv realizes she is the prime suspect for a murder. What’s more, trauma from two years ago causes her to lose short-term memories every time she falls asleep. This thriller may cause readers to lose sleep so they can find out who is the true killer!”— Debbie DeLouise, Hicksville Public Library, Hicksville, NY

Four Indie Next picks publish this week:

This Story Will Change: After the Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Crane (Counterpoint)

“Elizabeth Crane’s memoir exploring the end of her marriage and the beginning of a new platonic relationship is gorgeous. Her forms capture what it’s like to revisit old memories that might not be accurate. A beautiful one-sitting read.”—Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

Dead-End Memories : Stories by Banana Yoshimoto, trans. by Asa Yoneda (Counterpoint)

“As far as I’m concerned, Banana Yoshimoto can do no wrong. I don’t think there’s anyone who can write a sweet love story about a charming oddball the way she can. If you’re a fan, you’ll find more of what you love; if you’re new, jump right in!”—Jordan Pulaski, Small Friend Records & Books, Richmond, VA

The Last Karankawas by Kimberly Garza (Henry Holt & Co.)

“Galveston shimmers under the gifted writing of Kimberly Garza. Highly recommended for the richness of her characters — their community, hopes, dreams, and longings. I enjoyed the many voices necessary to create the book’s tapestry.”—Nancy Scheemaker, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY

A Map for the Missing by Belinda Huijuan Tang (Penguin Pr.)

“A poignant exploration of home, love, and ambition, set against the backdrop of Cultural Revolutionary China. Tang has a keen eye for familial conflict, and portrays regret with deftness. This is a beautiful, bittersweet debut.”—Ellen McLaren, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA

In the Media

People’s book of the week is All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews (Viking). Also getting attention are How to Fall Out of Love Madly by Jana Casale (Dial), and Mademoiselle Revolution by Zoe Sivak (Berkley; LJ starred review). A “New in Nonfiction” section highlights The Things We Love: How Our Passions Connect Us and Make Us Who We Are by Aaron Ahuvia (Little, Brown Spark), Illegally Yours by Rafael Agustin (Grand Central), and Acceptance: A Memoir by Emi Nietfeld (Penguin Pr.). The “Audio Pick” is Tanqueray by Brandon Stanton & StephanieJohnson, read by Stephanie Johnson (Macmillan Audio).

The “Picks” section spotlights Bullet Train, based on the book Maria Beetle by Kōtarō Isaka. There is a feature on Marylou Henner and the new book Grease, Tell Me More, Tell Me More: Stories from the Broadway Phenomenon That Started It All by Tom Moore, Adrienne Barbeau and Ken Waissman (Chicago Review Pr.). Plus, Alyssa Brantley, The "I Don't Want to Cook" Book: 100 Tasty, Healthy, Low-Prep Recipes for When You Just Don't Want to Cook (Adams Media), shares a back-to-school recipe.


NPR reviews The Devil Takes You Home by Gabino Iglesias (Mulholland Books; LJ starred review): “Whether hell is the American racism, the Mexican cartel industry, Mario's grief and increasing comfort with violence, or all of the above, it works; as Juanca says, ‘the devil is everywhere’."

NYT reviews Diary of a Void by Emi Yagi, trans. by David Boyd & Lucy North (Viking): “If occasionally heavy-handed — an encounter with a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin Mary could have been more elusive — Yagi has a light touch for the endless ironies made possible by her premise.” And, Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka, trans. by Sam Malissa (Overlook Pr.): “A surrealist fable disguised as a crime novel, Three Assassins feels like a fever dream that makes sense when you’re in it, but whose strange contours linger long after you wake up.” Plus, short reviews of four crime books: The Shadow Lily by Johanna Mo (Penguin Pr.), Shutter by Ramona Emerson (Soho Crime), Gangland by Chuck Hogan (Grand Central), and The Deal Goes Down by Larry Beinhart (Melville House).

Vox reviews The Year of Miracles: Recipes About Love + Grief + Growing Things by Ella Risbridger (Bloomsbury): “What you’re really reading for here is Risbridger’s sprightly, evocative prose, which is never more compelling than when she’s describing the sheer joy of her food.”

USA Today shares its 2022’s 4-star rated rom-coms.

Briefly Noted

Jennette McCurdy talks with Time about surviving childhood stardom in her new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died (S. & S.). People covers the story, as does Entertainment Weekly. Plus, Vanity Fair shares an excerpt from the book.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras discusses ”preserving family stories, the effects of colonization,” and her new memoir, The Man Who Could Move Clouds (Doubleday), with The Rumpus.

Shondaland talks with Youth Poet Laureate of the Southern United States, Alora Young, about using “poetry to examine her family’s history, the key to ancestral research,” and her memoir in verseWalking Gentry Home: A Memoir of My Foremothers in Verse (Hogarth). Also, a conversation with Nona Willis Aronowitz about “what it took to write” her new book, Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution (Plume; LJ starred review).

The Millions talks with Laura Warrell about her reading and writing life, and how she came to write her debut novel, Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm (Pantheon; LJ starred review).

Publishers Weekly looks at the future of mass market paperbacks.

Salon explains why Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives remains relevant today after 50 years.

Slate’s Laura Miller looks into the Colleen Hoover best-seller list phenomenon.

USA Today picks five books for the week.

CrimeReads suggests 10 books out this week.

Datebook suggests great books for and about travel.

Vogue has “13 Books to Help You Reconnect With Nature.”

The Atlantic recommends “12 Books to Help You Love Reading Again.”

T&C has “The 24 Best Books Written by U.S. Presidents,” and “The 9 Best Books About Kate Middleton.”

“Sid Jacobson, Comic Book Writer With Range, Dies at 92.” NYT has an obituary.

“Christopher Meyer, Vocal British Envoy to the U.S., Dies at 78.” NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

CBS Sunday Morning has interviews with Michael Mann on his prequel/sequel Heat 2, written with Meg Gardiner (Morrow; LJ starred review), and Elliot Ackerman on how a family escaped from the Taliban in The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan (Penguin Pr.). Plus, David Sedaris talks about the wonders of Alaska.

NPR Staffers recommend their top 2022 fiction picks including: Julia May Jonas’s, Vladimir (Avid Reader: S. & S.), Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House (Scribner; LJ starred review), Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark (Morrow; LJ starred review), and Mecca by Susan Straight (FSG) on Weekend Edition Sunday.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas (Atria), is getting a film adaptationPopsugar reports.

Sen. Chris Murphy, The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy (Random House), will visit with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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