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Big Books for the Week

End Game by David Baldacci (Grand Central: Hachette) leads the holds count with Hardcore Twenty-Four: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin) close on its heels.

Other titles that will be in demand:

Count to Ten: A Private Novel by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi (Grand Central: Hachette)

Artemis by Andy Weir (Crown: Random House)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Harper: HarperCollins)

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins)

Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (Tor: Macmillan)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Four LibraryReads choices publish this week:

Artemis by Andy Weir (Crown: Random House). The #1 LibraryReads pick for November.
“Weir’s second book does not disappoint! The setting is Artemis, a city on the moon where a young woman named Jazz is a smuggler and a courier trying to eke out a living. Adventure unfolds as Jazz is asked to do a different sort of job by her millionaire employer. He asks her to sabotage the mining operation that provides the city’s entire oxygen requirements. She works out a plan, but several calamities befall and all is not what it seems. Jazz must risk her life to save the city that is her home. A fast-paced adventure from start to nail-biting finish!” —Cynde Suite, Bartow County Library, Cartersville, GA

It is also an Indie Next selection:
“Jazz is a porter on Artemis, the only city on the moon, and her job is supplemented by smuggling minor contraband into the city. When she gets involved in a bigger game with a much bigger payout, she is not ready for the lengths to which others will go to get their own payday. Amidst murder, corporate sabotage, and the Brazilian mafia, the moon’s crisis brings Jazz to a new perspective: She must be a better person than she has ever been if she and Artemis’ society are to survive. Weir has created a great, sarcastic character who will be loved by fans the world over, and a cool and engaging book that is a worthy successor to The Martian.” —Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Harper: HarperCollins)
Future Home of the Living God explores the possibility of evolution reversing and is told from the perspective of a pregnant woman who is writing a journal to her unborn child. Along the way we meet her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and she reports on society unraveling and detaining pregnant women. Erdrich provides compelling characters and a strong storyline about a near future in this piece of innovative dystopian fiction.” —Ian Stade, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, MN

It is also the #1 Indie Next pick for December:
“Powerful, prophetic, and absolutely pertinent to our times, Louise Erdrich’s new novel, Future Home of the Living God, is a horrifying, haunting story about the lengths the government will go to control women’s reproductive rights and ensure the success of mankind as we know it. Riveting, repulsive, and revealing at the same time, Erdrich captures the essence of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and spins a new twist sure to tantalize and terrorize readers’ thoughts and play on their fears. Once again, Erdrich challenges societal constraints and conceives a novel guaranteed to leave you guessing. I highly recommend it!” —Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy (Harper Perennial: HarperCollins)
“Much like a cup of tea and a cozy afghan, The Library at The Edge of the World is the perfect book to hunker down with. Prepare to be transported to coastal Ireland with Hannah Casey as she moves back to her hometown after a wrenching divorce and becomes the local librarian. Hannah’s daily challenges include dealing with an abrasive mother, an infuriating building contractor, and noise in the library. A series of events leads Hannah to help rally the community to come together, changing the town, the library, and Hannah. Hayes-McCoy does a fine job capturing the characters and the setting. I look forward to reading more in this series.”—Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager: HarperCollins)
“A wonderful fantasy debut set in an 18th-century Cairo and featuring a young woman, Nahri, who has no relatives and who lives by her wits as a con artist. Her odd supernatural healing talents and ability to understand and speak languages come in handy as she struggles to survive day by day while trying to save up money for medical training. Unfortunately, during one job, she accidentally calls up inimical ifrits and a wily, handsome djinn that turn her life upside down. Action packed, with interesting folklore and an evocative setting.” —Ann-Marie Anderson, Tigard Public Library, Tigard, OR

It is also a December Indie Next pick:
“S.A. Chakraborty introduces a fantasy set in the Middle East that thrusts us into the magical world of Daevabad. The City of Brass follows, in parallel, Nahri, a con artist and naturally gifted healer, and Ali, prince of Daevabad and fiercely trained soldier. Nahri and Ali find themselves learning new lessons on how to survive changing environments and difficult challenges, while trying to figure out the complexities of their lives. I found myself turning page after page, following Nahri’s and Ali’s story while deciphering the fantastic terminology and the world that is Daevabad. The City of Brass is a wonderfully written, mystical adventure that keeps you guessing about what will happen next.” —Barry Nelipowitz, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI

Three additional Indie Next picks hit shelves this week as well:

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Orbit: Hachette) (LJ stars)
“In Into the Drowning Deep, Mira Grant has conjured up scary mermaids living in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. An expedition sets out to learn if mermaids truly exist and to uncover the fate of a previous expedition. The new crew is being recorded for a documentary, with the hope it will prove mermaids are real and clear the network of wrongdoing. Both Tory, whose sister was killed on the first expedition, and Jillian, who has been teaching about mermaids for years, are going out on the state-of-the-art ship; however, that ship has one major flaw. You will not look at The Little Mermaid the same way again!” —Jason Kennedy, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

Improvement by Joan Silber (Counterpoint)
Improvement is a wide-ranging novel told in stories that connect disparate people through time and place to one tragic accident. Kiki, a free-spirited young adult of the 1970s turned wise woman, is the novel’s lodestar. Silber masterfully pulls together the threads of lives in places as remote as rural Turkey and as common and close as New York City like a finely made Persian rug.” —Arsen Kashkashian, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Keener (Algonquin: Workman)
“With the fall of the communist regime, Budapest let in the light of new ideas and new people. Into this world of new opportunity move Americans Annie and Will. They are excited to create a new life together when then they meet mysterious, dangerous Edward. Will’s instincts warn him to stay away from this new acquaintance, but Annie is compelled to help him. As she and Will go deeper into the darkness of this stranger’s plan for revenge against his daughter’s supposed murderer, the tension becomes almost unbearable. Make no mistake — Strangers in Budapest is a tight, well-written thrill of a story you will not forget.” —Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

In the Media

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner (Algonquin: Workman) is People‘s “Book of the Week.” Gregory Maguire’s Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (William Morrow: HarperCollins) and Karen Swan’s The Paris Secret (HarperLuxe: HarperCollins) also feature. People gives a boxed spotlight to Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs by Pete Souza (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The magazine gives a three-page story to Carrie Fisher’s sister, who is out with a new memoir next week: Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories, and Misadventures by Joely Fisher (William Morrow: HarperCollins).

Outlander makes the cover of Entertainment Weekly and gets a feature story, while Murder on the Orient Express leads “The Must List.” Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 (Henry Holt: Macmillan) ranks #3 while the film Mudbound (based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan) is #5 and Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (Grand Central: Hachette) is #6.

In the Books section, Artemis by Andy Weir earns a B- review, while Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco: HarperCollins) gets a B+. The Illustrated Dust Jacket, 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury (Thames & Hudson: W. W. Norton) gets a full page of photos. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink by Anthony McCarten (Harper: HarperCollins) also gets attention.

Briefly Noted

The Los Angeles Times features Louise Erdrich, reviews Wonder Valley, and gives space to Janet Fitch to explain her research process.

The Washington Post reviews The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones (Viking: Penguin), Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man by David Howard (Crown: Random House) (here), What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters by Garry Wills (Viking: Penguin) (here), and The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World by Jeff Goodell (Little, Brown: Hachette) (here). They also review The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius (Norton), calling it “a fascinating, beautifully textured thriller.” The Wall Street Journal reviews Ignatius’s novel as well, calling it “fascinating” and “involving.”

The NYT reviews Ferocity by Nicola Lagioia, translated by Antony Shugaar (Europa: Penguin) (LJ stars), profiles Krysten Ritter, and marks two deaths, of Kate Millett and Gilbert Rogin. Their “Inside the List” column spotlights Bruce Dickinson, What Does This Button Do? (Dey Street Books: HarperCollins).

USA Today offers “5 new books you won’t want to miss this week.”

The Seattle Times is spending the next several weeks looking at “a dozen notable books from various subgenres of crime fiction” published in 2017.

Ever wonder what is behind the divisions in the DC and Marvel universes? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviews Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50-year Battle between Marvel and DC by
Reed Tucker (Da Capo Press: Hachette), calling it “as entertaining and chaotic as a knock-down, drag-out donnybrook between Clark Kent and Bruce Banner.”

Radhika Jones, the editorial director of The New York Times books section, is set to become the editor of Vanity Fair, reports Deadline Hollywood.

Authors on Air:

Tiffany Haddish, author of the forthcoming The Last Black Unicorn (Gallery: Simon & Schuster), headlined Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

Danny Bowien, The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco: HarperCollins) (LJ stars), is on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight. After his morning on NBC shows, Joe Biden, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Flatiron: Macmillan), is on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight and on the Ellen Degeneres Show this afternoon.

In a book-filled spree, NPR interviews David Miliband, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (Simon & Schuster/ TED); Andy Weir, Artemis (Crown: Random House); Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Maria Tatar, The Annotated African American Folktales (Liveright: W.W. Norton); Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press) (LJ stars); Joe Ide, Righteous (Mulholland Books: Hachette); Paul Hollywood, A Baker’s Life (Bloomsbury: Macmillan); and jointly reviews The Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth by Elizabeth Tasker (Bloomsbury Sigma: Macmillan) and The Un-Discovered Islands: An Archipelago of Myths and Mysteries, Phantoms and Fakes by Malachy Tallack, illustrated by Katie Scott (Picador: Macmillan) as well as Economics In Wonderland: Robert Reich’s Cartoon Guide to a Political World Gone Mad and Mean by Robert B. Reich (Fantagraphics: W. W. Norton) (here).

CSB Sunday Morning showcases Tina Brown, The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and profiles The Book Thing, a nonprofit that supplies books to readers.

The BBC has pulled its adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence in the face of rape accusations against one of its stars, Ed Westwick (formerly of Gossip Girl). Variety reports that Amazon has U.S. rights to the series.

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