Archive for the ‘2017 — Summer’ Category

Telling His Story

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In his just-released memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Hachette/Little, Brown; Blackstone Audio; OverDrive Sample), Sherman Alexie writes about growing up in poverty and enduring violence so severe that he still suffers from PTSD. Discussing the book with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, he begins by reading a passage bout trying to escape a family holiday party full of violent and dangerous people.

Yet, he says, “despite all my past and current mental illnesses, despite any pain that I have, that my life … is something amazing, and I’m grateful for that.”

The book made a strong move on the Amazon charts as a result, jumping into the Top 100 at #38, up from #410.

Claiming Space

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Roxane Gay talks with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air about her new book, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (HC/Harper; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), proving the least interesting thing about her is her much-noted size.

In a smart and candid talk she tells Gross it is a book that felt necessary to write for the very fact it was the book she wanted to write least, “I was just dreading writing the book” she says, “while still feeling like this was a necessary book to write.”

Through the book she offers readers a story of her body as it is now and “what her body had endured” when she was young; she was gang raped at 12, betrayed and set up for a planned attack by a boy she trusted and a group of his friends.

She goes on to talk about her life now, about being fat, and the ways society is threatened by what she calls an “unruly body.”

Reviews are very strong. USA Today calls it “a thing of raw beauty” and writes “This wrenching work … is a yearning to be unburdened of secrets … Gay takes us on a journey in which we learn what it is to exist in a society that accuses you of taking up too much room, even as it refuses to yield a place for you.”

Literary Hub‘s Book Marks rounds up more reviews, many are raves such as the LA Times, which writes it is “a bracingly vivid account of how intellect, emotion and physicality speak to each other and work in tireless tandem to not just survive unspeakable hurt, but to create a life worth living and celebrating.”

The Atlantic says the book is “arresting and candid. At its best, it affords women, in particular, something so many other accounts deny them—the right to take up space they are entitled to, and to define what that means.”

It is currently #28 on Amazon’s Top 100 and has been moving upwards since its publication date. Holds are high in a number of libraries we checked, some topping 5:1.

Hitting Screens, Week of June 19, 2017

Monday, June 19th, 2017

There are no film adaptations opening this week but four TV series based on books premiere.

Grantchester returned yesterday for season three on PBS Masterpiece.

James Norton (Happy Valley) stars as vicar Sidney Chambers with Robson Green playing Inspector Geordie Keating. The two get caught up in even more mysteries as Sidney must decide if he will follow his heart with his long lost love or follow his church and abide by his moral calling.

The newest book in the series was published in May, Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love by James Runcie (Macmillan/Bloomsbury USA; also in trade paperback; OverDrive Sample). It is stickered to connect it to the PBS series although it is not a direct tie-in to the new season.

Queen Sugar premieres on Tuesday, June 20.

See our earlier post for full details, and note there is a tie-in:

Queen Sugar: A Novel (TV Tie-In), Natalie Baszile (PRH/Penguin; OverDrive Sample).

The TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novella The Mist debuts on Spike TV on June 22. It details the terror that grips a community when a strange vapor invades a small town.

The story is contained in the new edition of Skeleton Crew: Stories by Stephen King (S&S/Pocket; S&S Audio; OverDrive Sample).

The Washington Post includes it on their rundown of “Summer TV 2017,” giving it a C+ and calling it “a 10-episode Walking Dead-type survival of the fittest.”

Entertainment Weekly offers insights into the newest creepfest of a trailer.

Preacher returns to AMC for season 2 on June 25. It is based on the comic series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

GQ calls the original an “iconic and maniacally violent comic book from the 1990s about faith and God and true love and the American dream,” but found the first season of the TV show “uneven” and the final episode “a bummer.” They offer several ways season two can be redeemed.

Entertainment Weekly was kinder, giving season one a B and writing “For all its frustrations, season 1 was always funny and always fun to watch.” The NYT was on board too, writing it “packs apocalypse, horror, religion, dirty realism and dime-store westerns into its glass jar, then sets the whole bloody mixture on purée.”

There is no direct tie-in. The comics ended in 2000 and have been published in trade paperback collections, hardcover editions, and most recently, expensive absolute editions (archival quality restored and recolored versions collecting an entire comic run in one or two volumes). Absolute Preacher Vol. 2 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (DC Comics/Vertigo) was just published, priced at $150.

Holds Alert: THE ESSEX SERPENT

Monday, June 19th, 2017

After wowing in the UK, Sarah Perry’s sophomore novel, The Essex Serpent (HarperCollins/Custom House; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), is earning rave reviews here. Holds are high at most libraries we checked, several topping 10:1.

It is People‘s Book of the Week in the new issue and is one of Book Mark’s “Most Talked About” titles. The Washington Post chief critic Ron Charles headlines his review with the opinion that it features “The most delightful heroine since Elizabeth Bennet” and features it in one of his video reviews.

The NYT glows, writing it is:

“a novel of almost insolent ambition — lush and fantastical, a wild Eden behind a garden gate. Set in the Victorian era, it’s part ghost story and part natural history lesson, part romance and part feminist parable. It’s wonderfully dense and serenely self-assured. I found it so transporting that 48 hours after completing it, I was still resentful to be back home.”

NPR is also on board, calling it “painfully lovely” and a “gloriously alive historical novel.” All Things Considered has an interview:

As we posted earlier, it is an Indie Next pick and has done extraordinarily well in the UK. The Guardian writes it has had “an astonishing trajectory, selling more than 200,000 copies in hardback alone – 40 times more than the initial sales target – and scooping up nominations as varied as the Costa fiction award to the Wellcome prize for books about medicine and health.” Perry beat both Sebastian Barry and Paul Beatty out to win the British Book Award, both as Best Novel and the Book of the Year. It was also on the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction long list and the Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist.

Titles to Know and Recommend, Week of June 19, 2017

Friday, June 16th, 2017

  

Next week is fairly quiet in terms of the number of new releases. Big-name thriller authors lead the way in holds, with Janet Evanovich at the head of the list for the second in her new Knight and Moon series, Dangerous Minds (PRH/Bantam; RH Large Print; RH and BOT Audio).

A distant second in holds is Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner, (PRH/Bantam; Recorded Books; OverDrive Sample) the beginning of a new series, already set for a TV adaptation (see more below, under “Peer Picks”).

Don Winslow’s The Force (HarperCollins/Morrow; Blackstone Audio; OverDrive Audio Sample) is getting an extraordinary amount of early attention (see below, under “Peer Picks”). Add to that a review in today’s NYT  by Janet Maslin who calls it a “shattering New York cop epic about an elite task force leader who’s a hero until he’s not.” Drawing on her earlier life as a movie critic, she says it “recalls Sidney Lumet’s great New York police films (Serpico, Prince of the City) and makes their agonies almost quaint by comparison.” Unsurprisingly, it is headed to the big screen. Maslin cautions that the novel “has a lot of exposition to get through in its initial pages … There are many characters and locations and illicit police habits to introduce,” but says, “the pace is kept up by the Winslow way with words, which almost entirely defies being quoted here, either because of the slang (Elmore Leonard league) or because of the everyday obscenities that lace every funny line.”

Those looking for a break from all that pacing, can turn to Adriana Trigiani’s Kiss Carlo (HarperCollins/Harper; Harper Audio; HarperLuxe; OverDrive Audio Sample), which brings together many of the author’s obsessions, the theater, a post World War setting, close-knit Italian-American families who are not above feuds, echoes of earlier lives in Italy and true love that strikes unexpectedly. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Trigiani on an upcoming Today Show, where she is a favorite guest and even manages out-talk Hoda and Kathie Lee.

The titles covered in this column, and several other notable titles arriving next week, are listed with ordering information and alternate formats, on our downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord New Title Radar Week of June 19 2017.

Peer Picks

Two Indie Next selections come out this week.

The Force, Don Winslow (HC/William Morrow; HarperLuxe; Blackstone Audio).

“Denny Malone, veteran NYPD detective and leader of the elite Manhattan North Task Force, didn’t start out as a dirty cop. Over the years, however, the odd payoff and favor became routine, and a talented and effective cop slid past the point of no return, stealing millions in money and drugs. As Winslow shows us, keeping citizens safe isn’t always clean and easy work, but even Malone and his team’s corruption is chump change compared to the real players behind the scenes who are busy rebuilding the city after the September 11 attacks. A gutsy and uncompromising look at the dark heartbeat of modern America.” —Patrick Millikin, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ

Additional Buzz: A big book of the summer, it is getting high profile reviews. The Washington Post says it is “a big, fat book of fast-moving fiction … riveting and scary.” The Guardian has a feature, the WSJ has a profile, The Seattle Times names it one of “15 books we recommend for your summer reading pleasure,” it is one of Entertainment Weekly Summer’s 20 Must-Read Books, and it is one of NYT Summer Reading choices on Janet Maslin’s list of “Books To Breeze Through This Summer.” It is also a GalleyChat recommendation. Film rights before it even had a title.

The Silent Corner, Dean Koontz (PRH/Bantam; Recorded Books; OverDrive Sample).

“Koontz’s new heroine is Jane Stark, a kick-ass-and-take-names FBI agent who is out to discover why her husband took his own life. When she finds out that other people in key positions are also committing suicide, the more mysterious and complicated the circumstances become and the more attention she draws to herself — and not in a good way. Koontz is a master of suspense, creating sharp twists and turns with originality that will challenge your intellect. The Silent Corner is a gripping, enthralling thriller. I can’t wait for the next installment!” —Robin Allen, Forever Books, St. Joseph, MI

Additional Buzz: It is one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer’s 20 Must-Read Books and is already heading to TV according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kirkus stars, saying “Perhaps Koontz’s leanest, meanest thriller, this initial entry in a new series introduces a smart, appealing heroine who can outthink as well as outshoot the baddest of bad dudes.” Romantic Times book reviews gives its 4 stars, writing “The story structure filled with short intense chapters keeps the pace fast and builds an ominous tension.” In the clip below, Koontz talks about his new main character:

Tie-ins

Queen Sugar: A Novel (TV Tie-In), Natalie Baszile (PRH/Penguin; OverDrive Sample).

Queen Sugar returns for its second season with a two-night event on OWN starting on Tuesday, June 20. Season one pulled in a number of impressive awards, including the NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series. As we wrote earlier, the story takes place in Southern Louisiana and features three siblings who inherit their father’s sugar cane plantation.

Entertainment Weekly reports that season two will continue the practice from the first season of using a “slate of female filmmakers including returning director Kat Candler (Hellion), Cheryl Dunye (Stranger Inside), DeMane Davis (Lift), Aurora Guerrero (Mosquita y Mari), and Amanda Marsalis (Echo Park).” Ava DuVernay, who created project with Oprah last year, will direct the final episode of the season.

Spider-Man Homecoming opens on July 7, and another tie-in is being released in advance of it premiere date: Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude, Marvel Comics (Hachette/Marvel).

The film picks up after Captain America: Civil War ends and stars Tom Holland, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr., among many others.

Polygon reports that the film launches a new trilogy and the next stand-alone feature for spidey will be July 5, 2019. Before that the webbed crusader will appear in Avengers: Infinity War.

For our full list of upcoming adaptations, download our Books to Movies and TV and link to our listing of tie-ins.

Loving v. Virginia

Friday, June 16th, 2017

As part of their Race Matters series, PBS Newshour interviewed Sheryll Cashin, author of Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy (Beacon Press; OverDrive Sample).

Her book explores the 50 year-old case of Loving v. Virginia and the Supreme Court decision that allowed interracial marriage. It also considers the ways integration and diversity have and will change the political and cultural landscape of America.

In addition to the PBS interview Cashin also talked to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and published an article about on the case and its consequences in the NYT. Salon also has a feature.

A film based on the actual case came out last November:

Late Night Lit

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Seth Meyers interviewed author and S&S/Atria Books editor Rakesh Satyal during the latest episode of his informal Late Night literary salon. The two discussed Satyal’s second novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name (Macmillan/Picador; Macmillan Audio; OverDrive Sample).

Meyers calls it “a funny, uplifting book” and Satyal says it was important to him to focus on that rather than the vein of sadness that runs through many immigrant novels. Comedy and levity, he says, is how we save ourselves. He keeps Meyers laughing with stories of his childhood and his mother’s obsession with Barbie dolls.

The novel was featured on several spring book lists including those by The Washington Post and BuzzFeed. The Millions picked it as a Most Anticipated book of the year as well as for their May Preview.

DANGEROUS Leaked

Friday, June 16th, 2017

The book world has its own group of leakers. BuzzFeed News obtained a draft of Milo Yiannopoulos’s Dangerous as it was submitted to Simon and Schuster in January before the project was cancelled.

Yiannopoulos is now self-publishing the title, due out on July 4, but BuzzFeed says readers should not bother, calling it “terrible… no good by any measure … a staggering failure … To begin with, there is little news in the Dangerous draft, unless you believe the specifics of Yiannopoulos’s beauty regimen to be newsworthy.”

They also say that Yiannopoulos is clearly past his sell by date, concluding “Who cares if some English carpetbagger says mean things on the internet? The United States has bigger things to worry about than Milo Yiannopoulos now.”

Few libraries we checked had ordered copies. It has fallen from its #2 placement on Amazon to #94.

Order Alert: HUE 1968

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Check your holds and orders for Mark Bowden’s new book Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press; OverDrive Sample). Some libraries we checked are showing holds as high as 8:1. Other have not yet ordered it because it was dropped in fairly late and prepub reviews are just appearing (Kirkus, June 1 and Booklist, June 6, both stars).

Bestseller Bowden was on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, giving the book, which has already jumped on Amazon’s sales rankings, another strong push to #28.

Calling it “a remarkable book” host Dave Davies has Bowden lead listeners through the run up to the battles of Hue and some of the bloody experience of the fight. He also talks about the strategy and individual stories that unfolded during the conflict, as well as its disastrous outcome for both sides.

The interview runs nearly 45 minutes and in conclusion he says:

“What investigating this taught me was that, in fact, I think it was right to oppose this war. It was a mistake. It reflected a triumph of ideology over reality in Washington, this anti-communist ideology which completely ignored the realities of Southeast Asia and Vietnam’s history and what actually was happening there. And I think this is kind of a periodic thing that happens in American life, where, you know, these concepts of the world and America’s role in the world lead us into conflicts that – and then we collide with reality.”

As we have previously posted, the book is getting strong reviews and screen rights have already been sold.

Behind Terrorist Lines

Monday, June 12th, 2017

I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet (Macmillan/Henry Holt and Co.; Tantor Audio; OverDrive Sample) is rising on Amazon after the author was interviewed on CBS This Morning.

Mekhennet, a national security correspondent for The Washington Post is also interviewed in the NYTdescribing her book in ways sure to bring in readers:

“A combination of memoir and reportage, this book gives the reader unique access behind the lines of jihad. This is a book to understand what drives people into the hands of recruiters, and the nature of the threat that is facing the West today.”

Getting to YES

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Author and activist Naomi Klein appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today to talk about her new book No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (Consortium Book Sales/Haymarket Books; OverDrive Sample).

It leaped on Amazon’s rankings as a result, moving from #98 to #36.

Taking a cue from the UK election, she says what helped Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party do so well and gain so many seats was that “he came out with a bold manifesto speaking to [voters’] better selves. He lead with ideas and that gave people hope.” She says the Democrats are missing a “tangible offer of how [they] are going to fix” what is wrong.

The new buzz adds to positive coverage in The Guardian and The Globe and Mail.

Driving While Female

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Terry Gross talks to author Manal al-Sharif on Fresh Air about restrictions on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Sharif has just written Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening (S&S; S&S Audio).

She was filmed while breaking a long held prohibition on women driving. The video went viral, leading to her arrest and was only released after worldwide protests. She has since moved to Australia.

Saudi women are assigned to a male guardian, she says, who must give permission for almost anything, including leaving the house. As women grow older, their guardianship simply changes from one man to another. It’s no wonder she wanted to tell Ivanka Trump to “just be quiet” when she praised Saudi for their progress on equal rights, while women sit in jail for trying to further those rights.

LJ gives it a starred review, writing it is “a striking, nuanced memoir of what it means to ‘drive while female’.”

Seeing Double: MAGPIE MURDERS

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Anthony Horowitz, the author of the #1 LibraryReads pick for June, Magpie Murders (Harper; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), is profiled today in the NYT. His novel is also one of eight titles on People magazine’s list of “Summer’s Best Books” in the new issue. The book is moving up Amazon’s sales rankings and holds are growing.

Horowitz is well-known for his Sherlock Holmes novels, Moriarty and The House of Silk, his James Bond book Trigger Mortis, and the YA Alex Rider spy series (soon to be a TV show), leading the NYT to call the Magpie Murders his “first original murder mystery novel.”

“I’ve always loved the genre, and I’ve written dozens of murder mysteries on TV [among them, the Foyle’s War series], but have resisted writing one as a book until now” says Horowitz. “Writing for me has always been about pushing the envelope … I don’t think anyone has done a story within a story, with two interlinked crimes, like this, so I’m pleased.”

He also reveals that he has written a second adult mystery, writing himself in as the sidekick, “Of course, I’m the one who is constantly fooled,” he says. While it has not yet been announced for US publication, The Word is Murder is due out in the UK this August.

During the interview Horowitz also talks about his love of magic tricks and says “A book does magic without saying, ‘Pick a card.’ A whodunit is, at its best, a huge magic trick that says, ‘I’m going to tell you a story.'”

CALLED TO RISE Gets Press

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown riveted the nation with his humane response to the mass police shootings in his city last July.

Brown’s memoir, Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me (PRH/Ballantine; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) is getting strong media attention.

NPR’s All Things Considers has an interview in which he reflects on the lessons of his life and says the solution to the nation’s problems is “not yelling and screaming, but ‘let’s sit down and listen to each other and invite someone home for dinner.'” A notable touchstone from his own life occurred when a white student in his newly integrated grade school invited him home for dinner.

On The View he talks about people working together for a common aim, putting skin in the game if you want things to change, and the police officers who are not suited to do the job.

Brown has appeared on other ABC shows, including Good Morning America and Nightline. In November 2016, as he retired from the police force, Brown became an ABC News contributor. He has also been on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Fox & Friends, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Titles to Know and Recommend, Week of June 12, 2017

Friday, June 9th, 2017

   

Nothing evokes summer like an Elin Hilderbrand cover. Says USA Today of her newest, The Identicals (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette LP; Hachette Audio; OverDrive Sample), “Take the summer setting (The Identicals hops between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard) and the plot device of feuding sisters, and you’ve got the recipe for another Hilderbrand beach hit.”

Two heavily anticipated memoirs arrive this week, Roxane Gay’s (see below) and Sherman Alexie’s You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette LP; Hachette Audio; OverDrive Sample). Entertainment Weekly says that Alexie “blends poetry and prose, and varies widely in tone as he explores old memories and new grief.” It’s one of eight books heralded by People magazine in the current issue as “Summer’s Best Books” (list not available online).

Another memoir to note, although it arrives to shorter holds queues, is comedian Eddie Izzard’s  Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens, (PRH/Blue Rider Press; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). If you are unfamiliar with this British cross dressing comedian, treat yourself to the following animated version of one of his bits.

Izzard narrates the audio. It’s as if he’s having an intimate conversation with the listener.

The titles covered in this column, and several other notable titles arriving next week, are listed withordering information and alternate formats, on our downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord New Title Radar, Week of June 12, 2017.

Peer Picks

Five LibraryReads titles publish this week:

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, Matthew Sullivan (S&S/Scribner; S&S Audio).

“Lydia Smith is enjoying her comfortable life. She has a job she loves at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. Then one of her favorite “bookfrogs” (code word for eccentric bookstore regulars) commits suicide and leaves her his small horde of books. She discovers a strangely methodical defacement which is a kind of code. A delicate spiderweb of connections leading back to a murderous incident in Lydia’s childhood is revealed. This pushed me into reading ‘just one more chapter’ until late into the night.” — Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ

Additional Buzz: It is a June Indie Next pick too.

The Little French Bistro, Nina George (PRH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).

“Terribly depressed by the emptiness of her long marriage, Marianne decides to end it all by jumping off a Paris bridge. Her unwanted rescue and ensuing marital abandonment jolt Marianne into ditching her tour group and setting out for Finistere, the westernmost coast of Brittany. Keeping body and soul together by working at a seaside bistro, Marianne finds herself healing through the company of a diverse group of quirky locals. The Little French Bistro is merveilleux. It refreshes like the sea breeze sweeping the Breton coast.” — Sarah Nagle, Carver County Library, Chaska, MN

Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire (Tor/Macmillan; Macmillan Audio; OverDrive Sample).

“In Every Heart a Doorway we met Jack and Jill, two sisters bound together yet alienated. In this installment, we learn how these two girls escape their parents when they exit the world we know for a realm of fairy-tale horror via a magic stairway, appearing in a trunk in a locked room. This is a story about two young women and the trauma that shapes them; a story about love, hate, and the thin line between. A captivating and emotional novella that irresistibly sweeps the reader along.” — Tegan Mannino, Monson Free Library, Monson, MA

Additional Buzz: Entertainment Weekly published an excerpt. Library Journal and Publishers Weekly star, with LJ writing, “Beautifully crafted and smartly written, this fairy-tale novella is everything that speculative fiction readers look for: fantastical worlds, diverse characters, and prose that hits home with its emotional truths.”

Silver Silence, Nalini Singh (PRH/Berkley; OverDrive Sample).

Silver Silence is a new chapter in the Psy/Changeling series. As the world tries to adjust after a peace accord, Silver Mercant takes center stage. As head of an aid organization reacting to rampant terrorism, she’s an obvious target. But Alpha Valentin Nikolaev has already decided she’s his to protect. Valentin and Silver start tracking down deadly shadow factions that want to undermine the Trinity Accords. Diverse and fascinating world-building are on full display along with a bumped up level of humor in the face of adversity.” — Jessica Trotter, Capital District Area Libraries, Lansing, MI

Additional Buzz: It is a Romantic Times Top Pick, All About Romance gives it an A grade, and Heroes and Heartbreakers offers an excerpt.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid (S&S/Atria; S&S Audio).

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a delightful tale of old Hollywood, so full of detail, that you’ll swear Evelyn was a real actor. Monique Grant is tasked with writing an article about the famous woman, so she interviews Evelyn who tells us all about her career, starting in the 1950s — and her many marriages. This novel will enchant you, and Evelyn will stay with you long after you finish reading.” — Lauren McLaughlin, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT

Additional Buzz: It is an Indie Next pick for June, one of eight books heralded by People magazine in the current issue as “Summer’s Best Books.” (list not available online) and a Summer Reading pick from the Associated Press. Real Simple selects it as one of “The Best New Books to Read This Month.” Showing early interest, Entertainment Weekly posted the cover and an excerpt over a year ago. Both PopSugar and the HuffPost have interviews and USA Today features it in their Happy Ever After section.

Five additional Indie Next titles hit shelves as well, including the #1 pick for July, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland (HC/William Morrow; HarperAudio).

“For someone who approaches such serious scientific and technological subjects, Neal Stephenson can be outrageously funny. Combine that with Nicole Galland’s storytelling ability and you have a rollicking roller coaster of a novel. The authors mix together magic, witchcraft, time travel, science, and historical figures, both real and imagined, while delightfully skewering bumbling bureaucrats, pretentious academics, a rigid military, and other bastions of the establishment to produce a work that is both thought-provoking and totally entertaining.” —Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS

Additional Buzz: It is one of Entertainment WeeklySummer 2017: 20 Must-Read Books.” Kirkus stars, calling it an “Immense and immensely entertaining genre-hopping yarn.” The Washington Post names it one of “The Best science fiction and fantasy books to read this month.”

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay (HC/Harper; HarperAudio).

“This memoir is about trauma and privilege, self-loathing, and a silent fear kept secret for far too long. It’s about our obsession with body weight and body image, what happens when we internalize our pain and become self-destructive, and how very, very large people are treated in humiliating ways. The descriptions of addictive behavior and the journey to want to heal make this book more universal than I expected. When you decide that this is the day you’re going to change and you get out of bed and fail, that’s pretty normal. You’ll have another chance tomorrow — just remember to like yourself enough to overcome the fear of healing and try again. Highly recommend.” —Todd Miller, Arcadia Books, Spring Green, WI

Additional Buzz: It is another of Entertainment WeeklySummer 2017: 20 Must-Read Books.” It is also on the spring reading list of The Washington Post, BuzzFeed‘s “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer,” and Real Simple‘s picks of “The Best New Books to Read This Month.” The Millions picks it as one of their “Most Anticipated” of the month (they also pick So Much Blue below).

So Much Blue, Percival Everett (Macmillan/Graywolf Press; HighBridge Audio).

“The newest release from Percival Everett provides ample proof that he is one of the most underrated writers in American literature. So Much Blue jumps among three different points in protagonist Kevin Pace’s life that have shaped his artistry as a painter and his misgivings as a man. These vignettes are sardonic, shocking, and sexy. Like life, Everett’s latest doesn’t give you an easy tie-it-up-in-a-nice-bow revelation — instead, it leaves you thinking about these characters days after you’ve closed the book, mulling over their futures as well as yours.” —Dante Bostic, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY

Additional Buzz: It is one of The Washington Post‘s “38 Books We Can’t Wait To Read This Spring” and New York Magazine reviews, calling it “Winding and Beguiling.” Kirkus stars, writing “The author’s deft plotting and wry wit sustain multiple levels of intrigue.”

Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, Camille T. Dungy (Norton; OverDrive Sample).

“I approached Dungy’s book with the same feelings I had when starting Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts. I had very little in common with the writers of these two books or the experiences related in them, yet with each I found myself drawn in by the acute intelligence of the writing and pulled along by the sheer compulsion of a story well told. Not only is Dungy a more than capable storyteller, she writes like the poet she is, and, like all poets, she leads us across a boundary, expanding our worlds.” —Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA

Additional Buzz: It tops Essence‘s list of “Five Must-Read Books You Need To Pick Up This Month” and is on Bustle‘s list of “9 Books That Your Feminist Book Club Needs To Read This Summer.” (They also pick Hunger, above.) HuffPost picks it for their “10 Buzzworthy Books From Memoirists and Essayists” and Elle names it one of “The 24 Best Books to Read This Summer.”

The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne (PRH/G.P. Putnam’s Sons; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).

“After a childhood in the wilds of Northern Michigan, where her rugged, brutal father was the center of her world, Helena has made a new life with a family who doesn’t know her past. Now she and her father are hunting each other and Helena must use all the skills he taught her to survive. Fascinating, dark, and disturbing, The Marsh King’s Daughter is a psychological thriller most compelling in its rich descriptions of the survivalist training of a very tough little girl.” —Patty Mullins, Oblong Books and Music, Millerton, NY

Additional Buzz: It makes the NYT feature, “Summer Thrillers: Daring Escapes and Other Acts of Derring-Do.” It is a Romantic Times Top Pick and Coastal Living names it one of the “50 Best Books for the Beach This Summer.” Signature selects it as one of “The Best Books of June 2017” (they also pick Hunger, above).

Tie-ins

Two tie-ins come out this week.

After priming readers with a series of trailers, which sent various editions of the novel rising on Amazon, the tie-in edition of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (S&S/Scribner; S&S Audio; OverDrive Sample) hits shelves.

The Dark Tower premieres on August 4 and stars Idris Elba as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man In Black.

After getting plenty of attention at the Cannes Film Festival, the tie-in edition of The Beguiled: A Novel (Movie Tie-In), Thomas Cullinan (PRH/Penguin; OverDrive Sample) comes out, decades after the first edition hit shelves.

Sofia Coppola won Best Director at the festival for her movie adaptation, only the second time a woman has done so in 71 years.

The film is set during the Civil War and the plot involves a group of women sequestered in a girls boarding school in the South, whose lives are turned upside down by the appearance of a wounded Union soldier. Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Elle Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst star.

Critics offer a mixed take. Entertainment Weekly calls it “a film that radiates with thrilling, deliciously dark southern gothic flair.” On Twitter, New York Magazine’s senior editor wrote that the film was “ravishingly shot, with a ‘damn she’s good’ MVP performance from Kirsten Dunst.” However, The Independent says it is Coppola’s “worst work.

The movie is scheduled to debut in theaters on June 30th.

For our full list of upcoming adaptations, download our Books to Movies and TV and link to our listing of tie-ins.