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Big Books of the Week

The publishing year is all but shutting down. Among the few books publishing this week currently showing holds are:

Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife by Cheryl Richardson (HarperOne: HarperCollins).

The Complete Poems of A.R. Ammons: Volume 1 1955-1977 and Volume 2 1978-2005 by A.R. Ammons, edited by Robert M. West (W. W. Norton).

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan (Pocket Books: S&S).

My Brother’s Keeper: A Mystery by Donna Malane (Minotaur: Macmillan).

(Note: No librarian or bookseller picks publish this week)

In the Media

People picks Star Wars: The Last Jedi as their #1 pick for the week. There are plenty of tie-ins. #2 is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, spinning a long way off from the book. Ferdinand, the film adaptation of the beloved children’s book, is #5. There are no People‘s book picks this week; instead the magazine offers a list of 10 “Best Gift Books,” including The House that Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton (Rizzoli: Random House). People also features Zach Anner, If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

This is one of Entertainment Weekly‘s double issue weeks, so librarians will need to look online for stories such as an ode to Mr. Henry Tilney, “the bookish, amiable clergyman of Northanger Abbey,” in a piece that makes the case he is the best Austen hero.

Briefly Noted

The Washington Post writes The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ stars) “lives up to the hype” and says it may be “next year’s Gone Girl.” The paper also reviews The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA’s Heart of Darkness by John Prados (New Press), writing it “offers a detail-rich, often relentless litany of CIA scandals and mini-scandals.” They call Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier, a “memoir [and] a poetic and humanistic view of technology,” and give author Eric Weiner space to review It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree by A.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster).

The NYT picks the best book jackets of the year and offers three books examining historical fires. They review Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas (Viking: Penguin; LJ stars), writing,”Though full of overblown claims, Metaxas’s Martin Luther may attract readers with its engaging narrative and, in the process, introduce them to a remarkable and complex man, one who boasted of being imperfect while insisting that he was always right.” The paper also reviews The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900 by Simon Schama (Ecco: HarperCollins) [vol. one, Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD, published in 2014.], calling the set a “panoramic study of Jewish life.”

LitHub offers an overview of the many Best of the Year lists, highlighting the books that appeared most frequently; Lincoln in the Bardo tops with 22 mentions. They also highlight “8 Overlooked Crime Reads from 2017.”

The LA Times critics at large pick their favorite books of the year.

Authors on Air: Elaine Tyler May, Fortress America: How We Embraced Fear and Abandoned Democracy, featured on NPR’s All Things Considered yesterday. Morning Edition profiles Mary Higgins Clark. NPR Science Friday interviewed Hannah Fry, coauthor of The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas (The Overlook Press: W.W. Norton).

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