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Big Books for the Week

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey (Flatiron: Macmillan) leads the hold count this week.

Other titles in demand include:

The Fallen by David Baldacci (Grand Central: Hachette)

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr (MIRA: Harper)

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books: S. & S.)

Noir by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)

The Only Story by Julian Barnes (Knopf)

Librarians and Booksellers Suggest

One LibraryReads selection publishes this week, Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Atria Books: S. & S.)
“Part psychological fiction, part ghost story, both tragic and uplifting. A decade after the disappearance of her teenage daughter, Laurel Mack meets a charming single father with two daughters, the youngest of whom reminds Laurel deeply of her lost daughter Elle, and she becomes obsessed with her unanswered questions.” —Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Two Indie Next picks hit shelves:

Noir by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review)
“Christopher Moore has done it again! Noir is now among my very favorites by this popular novelist. This book is everything it promises: A love letter to hard-boiled detective fiction, a thorough and loving bath in the atmosphere of 1947 San Francisco, and loads of laughs along the way. Aliens? Yes. Romance? Also yes. Add in a cast of characters with heart, moxie, and beguiling banter and you’ve got Noir, a recipe for pure enjoyment.” —Mary McDonald, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

The Only Story by Julian Barnes (Knopf)
The Only Story, a love story that captivated me from the very first page, tells of Paul, a young man who at the age of 19 falls in love with a woman almost 30 years his senior. Now in the sunset of his life, Paul looks back with tenderness on the life they had together, how everything fell apart, and how his life evolved as a result. I loved the author’s reflections on love and found myself savoring his words, not wanting the book to end. A beautiful story from a superb writer.” —Danielle Bauter, Laguna Beach Books, Laguna Beach, CA

These books and others publishing the week of Feb. 26, 2018, are listed in a downloadable spreadsheet.

In the Media

Our Little Secret by Roz Nay (St. Martin’s: Macmillan) is #4 on Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List.” The magazine calls it “engrossing,” Chillingly mysterious,” “subtle,” “steamy,” and “delicious.” In a sidebar they also highlight The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ stars), Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney (Flatiron), and The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson (Scribner: S. & S.). The Expanse is #6. It is based on the series by James S.A. Corey. How To Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee (Mariner: HMH; LJ starred review) is #10. The Handmaid’s Tale makes the cover and gets a feature, and Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Henry Holt: Macmillan; SLJ starred review) is featured as well, under the headline “Is She the New J.K. Rowling?” Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) gets an A- review, writing “Miller … seamlessly grafts modern concepts of selfhood and independence to her mystical reveries of smoke and silver, nectar and bones.” EW reports on how YA novels are making Hollywood more inclusive and has a Q&A with Mary H.K. Choi, Emergency Contact (S. & S. Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review).

Killing Eve is the #1 People Picks, it is based on the Luke Jennings’s Villanelle novellas; there is a tie-in. Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) is People’s book of the week. The Magnificent Esme Wells by Adrienne Sharp (Harper) and The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown by Penny Junor (Harper) also get nods. In a pick for kids, People spotlights Made for Me by Zack Bush, illustrated by Gregorio De Lauretis (Familius). Ali Wentworth, Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade) (Harper), gets a feature as does The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood by Connie Simpson (Gallery Books: S. & S.). She is a nanny to the stars. There are recipes from True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with More Than 100 Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by Kristin Cavallari (Rodale Books: Macmillan) and Nathan Turner’s I Love California: Live, Eat, and Entertain the West Coast Way by Nathan Turner (Abrams). At Home with Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Family’s Kitchen to Yours by Natalie Morales (HMH) gets a paragraph.

Briefly Noted

The NYT rounds up children’s poetry books and reviews Macbeth by Jo Nesbø (Hogarth: Random), writing “In the end, he offers a dark but ultimately hopeful Macbeth, one suited to our own troubled times.”

The Washington Post reviews Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean (Grove): “This book should be better. It should be racy and effervescent and captivating … Instead [it is] slow and a bit plodding and even boring in patches, even though the women who are its subject are none of those things.” The paper also has a dual review of Madeleine Albright’s Fascism: A Warning (Harper) and Timothy Snyder’s The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America  (Tim Duggan Books: Random House). Author Evan Thomas reviews Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara (S. & S.), calling it “discerning, often moving … a fair-minded, well-reported book … a sensitive, nuanced portrait.” Author Mark Whitaker reviews The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age by Patrick Parr (Chicago Review Press), deciding it “offers little analysis, but he does leave readers with a memorable image.” Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist by Thomas Doherty (Columbia Univ.) is “illuminating,” while Zbigniew Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist by Justin Vaïsse, translated by Catherine Porter (Harvard) is “an eloquent introduction to a major strategic thinker.”

NPR reviews James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership (Flatiron: Macmillan): “it will furnish mountains of ammunition for combatants on all sides.” They also have a report on how The White House is responding.

USA Today reviews Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson (Random; LJ starred review), calling it a “first-rate account.”

Briefly Noted

HuffPost reports that Comey’s A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership pre-sold nearly 200,000 copies (digital and hardcover). CNN reports it has an initial print run of 850,000 copies.

Reese Witherspoon promotes That’s What She Said: Wise Words from Influential Women by Kimothy Joy (Harper Wave), sending it skyrocketing up the Amazon sales charts (although it has since fallen off).

The Guardian considers the appeal of crime fiction.

NPR suggests three romances.

The Guardian interviews Lionel Shriver, Property: Stories Between Two Novellas (Harper) and features Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time (Riverhead).

The NYT interviews Lynne Murphy, The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English (Penguin) and Paul Theroux, Figures in a Landscape: People and Places (HMH).

Salon interviews John Scalzi, Head On: A Novel of the Near Future (Tor: Macmillan).

Margaret Atwood gives a speech at the Variety Power of Women conference.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is costing 68 million dollars to stage on Broadway, but, as the NYT reports, all bets are it will pay off.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day (Vintage) and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (Vintage) are both being adapted for the stage.

The Guardian reports on the London book fair, looking at “the biggest and most interesting books due to be published in 2019 and 2020.” The Bookseller reports poetry is booming at the fair.

Entertainment Weekly counts “The 15 juiciest political books to come in 2018.” (Note: many are already out).

The award-winning sf author Ann Leckie is writing a fantasy novel. Tor. com reports The Raven Tower (Orbit: Hachette, Feb. 12, 2019) “features gods speaking to mortals, usurped thrones, and world-changing stakes.”

Eoin Colfer is writing an Artemis Fowl spin-off series.

Kanye West says he is writing a philosophy book. More here.

Vulture lists Rose McGowan’s 10 Favorite Books.

Eater lists “10 Books About Food to Add to Your Home Library.”

Electric Lit asks librarians about lending personal books.

Bustle has more on the Sally Kohn controversy.

Jean Marzollo, who wrote the I Spy books, has died.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Frederic Wehrey, The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya by Frederic Wehrey (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review), Weekend Edition Sunday interviews Madeline Miller, Circe (Little, Brown), and Morning Edition interviews Madeleine Albright, Fascism: A Warning (Harper), about the current moment.

Bryan Cranston talks about his adaptation of The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden (William Morrow: Harper).

Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel: Bk. 1) (Rick Riordan Presents: Hachette; SLJ starred review) is headed to the movies.

CNN’s Global Public Square moves another book, Post-Truth by Lee McIntyre (MIT), after a brief mention at the end of the show. It is soaring on Amazon.

PBS NewsHour gets Meg Wolitzer to name her three favorite books “about the lives of women” and interviews David Pepper, The Wingman (St. Helena Press).

Nell Scovell, Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys’ Clubs (Dey Street: Harper), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight as will Charlamagne Tha God, Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Touchstone: S. & S.).

Alex Wagner, Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World: Random House), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

A new trailer is out for Solo

Mary Shelley has a trailer as well

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