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Big Books for the Week

Unbound Stuart Woods (Putnam) leads the holds count this week.

Other books in demand include:

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ stars).

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz (Berkley: Penguin; LJ stars)

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson (Scribner: S. & S.)

Robicheaux by James Lee Burke (S. & S.)

Home Sweet Murder by James Patterson (Grand Central: Hachette)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

Two LibraryReads selections publish this week:

Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz (Berkley: Penguin)
“Virginia owns a successful art gallery in Seattle now, but she has had to overcome many demons from her childhood in a cult. When one of her artists commits suicide, leaving her a mysterious message, she suspects the cult leader may have resurfaced.” — Kelly Rohde, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan, WI

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins)
“A menacing psychological thriller that starts out like Rear Window and then veers off into unexpected places. An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses a crime that threatens to expose her secrets.” —Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH

It is also an Indie Next selection.
The Woman in the Window is being touted as one of the hottest releases of early 2018, and with excellent reason. A modern take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, with many nods to classic noir film, A.J. Finn’s debut novel is told through the eyes of a narrator trapped inside her beautiful house by a severe case of agoraphobia and separated from her estranged husband and young daughter. She copes with her condition by spying on her neighbors and living vicariously through their drama, until the night she witnesses what appears to be a murder and finds herself swept up in its wake. Once this story gets rolling, it will bowl you over. Fans of psychological thrillers should take note of this banger of a tale!” —Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI

Three additional Indie Next picks come out this week as well:

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson (Scribner: S. & S.)
“When all the terrible things imaginable—and unimaginable—happen, all that is left is your family, whether blood or those you bond within the aftermath of devastation. Teenager Lynn McBride remembers the world before—before nuclear war, before the flu, and even before her family moved to the Canadian Yukon—and those memories tease and haunt her while giving us clues to her history. While her family struggles daily for food and warmth, they are together and they watch out for each other, never encountering strangers—until Jax shows up…” —Eileen McGervey, One More Page Books, Arlington, VA

Beneath the Mountain by Luca D’Andrea (Harper)
“This thriller starts off with a shock and then turns in an entirely different direction that will leave you torn between wishing the troubled filmmaker Salinger will drop his obsessive pursuit of a decades-old mystery and praying he doesn’t so you can see how the mystery unravels. D’Andrea’s characters and their relationships draw you into the story of how Salinger’s relentless pursuits affect those around him. This is a cleverly crafted thriller with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end.” —Brent Bunnell, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen (Random)
“Please read Green. You will fall in love with Graham-Felsen’s David from his first utterances on page one of this original, thought-provoking twist on an important subject—race relations. Thank God David has such a great voice and there are so many humorous moments, or else I may have felt extremely sad about his experiences of being such an outsider. A truly memorable moment-in-time novel and a great read.”—Sue Roegge, Chapter2Books, Hudson, WI


These books and others publishing the week of January 1, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet: Book Pulse 1-2-18.

In the Media

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins) is People‘s Book of the Week. They write “Finn’s electrifying thriller bristles with menace.” In its Best New Books feature, the magazine highlights Halsey Street by Naima Coster (Little A: Amazon: LJ stars) and Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (Liveright: W.W. Norton). People also gives a page to Diane Keaton’s home, detailed in the book The House that Pinterest Built by Diane Keaton, photographs by Lisa Romerein (Rizzoli: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly ran a double issue last week. Look online for stories such as Barack Obama’s favorite books and music of 2017. He picks 11 titles, including Naomi Alderman’s novel The Power (Little, Brown) and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner: S. & S.).

Briefly Noted

Sue Grafton, the creator of the “Kinsey Millhone” mysteries and an author who shaped and changed the genre in which she worked, has died at age 77. The NYT, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian offer obituaries.

The Costa Book Award winners will be announced later today. The award recognizes works that the judges think are “well-written, enjoyable books that they would strongly recommend anyone to read.” Here are the titles in the running.

The NYT offers a reading list on North Korea, looks at two books related to reading, and runs an essay by author Angela Flournoy on Langston Hughes. Sunday’s Book Review podcast considered wildfires.

Also in the paper, author Laila Lalami reviews The King Is Always Above the People: Stories by Daniel Alarcón (Riverhead: Penguin), calling it “affecting” and at times “stylistically daring.” Daily book reviewer Dwight Garner is far less impressed with Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro (Grove) (an Indie Next pick publishing next week). He calls it “a disappointment …one of Quatro’s short stories extended to novel length. Yet somehow this saga lacks a novel’s amplitude.”

The New Yorker looks at a novel that swept through France, Chanson Douce by Leila Slimani, writing “The subjects Slimani takes on, including infanticide, are so unmentionable you feel you are tempting the fates by mere proximity.” It comes out next week in the US under the title The Perfect Nanny (Penguin).

The Washington Post reviews The Bomb Maker by Thomas Perry (Mysterious), writing “It’s fascinating, sinister stuff — and Perry’s depraved mastermind is all too creepily believable.” The paper also looks at new audiobook recordings, including one close to home.

The LA Times appreciates both Jack Kirby and reading irresponsibly.

PBS offers a New Year’s poem and explains “The practical reasons to welcome poetry into our lives.”

LitHub lists their “Favorite Poetry Collections of 2017” and counts the 40 “Overlooked Books from 2017.”

Authors on Air:

Hanif Kureishi, The Nothing, is interviewed on Weekend Edition Saturday. The show also lists “Books To Look Forward To In 2018.” Sam Graham-Felsen, Green, features on Weekend Edition Sunday.

The trailer for Netflix’s The End of the F***king World is out, based on the comics series by Charles Forsman, a multiple Ignatz Award winner.

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