The Power Sells Out | Book Pulse

In Demand

Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power is so popular it has sold out at Amazon and Ron Charles at The Washington Post calls it a “Power-failure” and reports that Little, Brown is rushing a new print run to the online sellers. Libraries are showing high holds too, with some systems topping a 5:1 ratio. Margaret Atwood’s books make great read-alike suggestions for those waiting on the reserve list. says The Power is “a better Margaret Atwood book than anything Margaret Atwood has herself written in recent memory.”


Fighting in Limited Space

In a story that is being widely reported, Ta-Nehisi Coates leaves Twitter after Cornel West launches an argument against him.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Mean by Myriam Gurba (Coffee House Press: Consortium), calling it “a scalding memoir that comes with a full accounting of the costs of survival, of being haunted by those you could not save and learning to live with their ghosts.” The paper also considers What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters by Garry Wills (Viking: Penguin), calling the book a “delight” that is “ill-served by its title.” Marilyn Stasio offers holiday crime.

Ron Charles at The Washington Post reports on the success of the newly revamped Book of the Month, writing it “is not your grandpa’s mail-order book club; it’s your college-age daughter’s subscription box service. It’s webby. It’s social. And it’s aimed at readers who love opening cosmetics from PopSugar Must Have.”

USA Today reviews Stanley Bing’s Immortal Life: A Soon to Be True Story (S. & S.), giving it 3 out of 4 stars and saying it is an “unsettling account of the future … leavened with wry humor and satire.” The paper also reviews Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books: W.W. Norton), giving it three stars as well but saying the collection is “mixed in quality.”

Entertainment Weekly offers their picks of the best debut novels of the year and reports that Zora Neale Hurston’s “study of the last known survivor of the U.S. slave trade” is going to press.” HarperCollins will publish Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave in May 2018.

NPR reviews Bitch Planet: Triple Feature Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, et al (Image Comics), writing the stories “present a comprehensive fascist horrorscape.”

Authors on Air:
NPR’s Fresh Air features R. Marie Griffith, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics (Basic Books: Hachette), asking “why have so many American Christians seemed disproportionately obsessed with sex? And how has that obsession divided America?

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