Archive for the ‘Seasons’ Category

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.

FERDINAND Gets a New Trailer

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The second  trailer for the Blue Sky adaptation of Munro Leaf ‘s 1936 classic The Story of Ferdinand has been released. The film opens on December 15.

WWE star and actor John Cena is the voice of Ferdinand. Also featured are SNL‘s Kate McKinnon, as well as Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Bobby Cannavale.

9780670674244The book is still in print in hardcover and paperback (Penguin Young Readers/Puffin) and is being released as a board book in August.

 

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.

Feminist Sci Fi Wins Baileys Prize

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Called an “amazing dystopian novel, a brilliant meditation on ‘What if women had all the power?’,” British author Naomi Alderman’s fourth novel The Power has won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It will be published in the US in October by Hachette/Little, Brown.

The power of the book’s title is literal. Teen aged girls are given the ability to electrify, shock and even kill, making men terrified of them. In her acceptance speech, Alderman celebrated another sort of power, “the support … of other women [which] has meant more than electricity to me.”

The cover features a blurb from Margaret Atwood, “Electrifying! Shocking! Will knock your socks off! Then you’ll think twice, about everything.” The two authors are mutual admirers. As part of mentoring program set up by Rolex, the pair co-authored a zombie novel on Wattpad titled The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home.

On the eve of the launch of the TV adaptation of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Alderman explored the history of feminist science fiction for the Guardian, dating the first example to Margaret Cavendish’s 1666 book The Blazing World.

Alderman, who was  has written online games for Penguin, the BBC and others told the Evening Standard that she would love to turn The Power into an online game.  She is already working on an adaptation of the book for television.

An adaptation of the author’s first book Disobedience, a best seller in the UK, is currently in post-production starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola.

THE LYING GAME Tops July LibraryReads List

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Making it three for three, Ruth Ware lands on the July 2017 LibraryReads list, this time in the #1 spot for The Lying Game (S&S/Gallery/Scout Press).

Ware has written three books. All have been librarian picks. Her debut, In A Dark, Dark Wood (S&S/Gallery/Scout Press), made the August 2015 LibraryReads list and her sophomore effort, The Woman in Cabin 10 (S&S), made the July 2016 list.

“Isa and her friends are boarding school misfits who are notorious for playing ‘the lying game.’ The more believable your lies, the more points you earn. A suicide at the school results in the girls being expelled under a cloud of suspicion. Fifteen years later, Isa hasn’t seen her three closest girlfriends in a decade, but one text will bring them together again to deal with their deadly childhood secrets. I could not put this atmospheric book down. This is definitely going to be a summer hit.” — Virginia Grubbs, Darien Library, Darien, CT

Additional Buzz: Time names it one of the “Top 10 Thrillers to Read This Summer.” It headlines Bustle‘s list of “29 New Fiction Books To Read This Summer” and is included on the New York Post picks it as one of their “20 best books of the summer.” Kirkus stars, warning “Cancel your plans for the weekend when you sit down with this book, because you won’t want to move until it’s over.”

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (HC/William Morrow) marks another three-peat. While Jackson has written nine novels, this newest is her third LibraryReads pick, following The Opposite of Everyone (HC/William Morrow), which made the February 2016 list, and Someone Else’s Love Story (HC/William Morrow), on the November 2013 list.

“Leia finds her life is spiraling out of control. First she discovers she is pregnant from a one night stand, then she receives a phone call that her beloved grandmother is acting erratically. Meanwhile, she finds her stepsister in the middle of a marital crisis. Returning to her grandmother’s small hometown in Alabama to figure out the future, Leia is confronted by the past including a dark family secret. This is a compelling story about love and family told with humor and charm. Jackson paints a picture of the South that is filled with affection but is also honest.” — Janine Walsh, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

Additional Buzz: LJ and Kirkus star, with Kirkus writing it is “A satisfying, entertaining read from an admired writer who deserves to be a household name.”

It comes with an intriguing trailer:

Not a repeat but a debut, When the English Fall by David Williams (Workman/Algonquin) also makes the list.

When the English Fall offers a new perspective on apocalyptic fiction, written from the point of view of an Amish farmer named Jacob. Part insight into Amish culture, part dystopian novel, the story follows the days leading up to a solar storm and its aftermath. Jacob lives a peaceful life with his family. As events unfold outside of the community, he becomes witness to his English neighbors’ unraveling. Jacob and his family, already accustomed to a life without modern conveniences, must decide what course of action they will take, and what assistance they will provide to their English neighbors.” —  Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH

Additional Buzz: It is a GalleyChatter pick too, with the advice that “Discussion groups that have enjoyed Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Dog Stars by Peter Heller can add [it] to their roster.” Heather Bistyga, librarian from Anderson, SC, raved,  saying “This is a worldwide disaster writ small, rendering it exquisitely powerful and quietly terrifying.” It is also an Indie Next choice for July. Kirkus stars, writing it is “A standout among post-apocalyptic novels.”

The full list of ten picks is available online.

No Recipes Necessary

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

NPR’s The Salt features a book of photographs that chronicles the ways food has been consumed, styled, and presented since the 1800s. Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography by Susan Bright (Aperture) includes a wide range of images, from day-glow Jell-O designs to food in fashion and high art.

The NYT featured the book in the May 18th issue of T Magazine, discussing specific photos with the author and the editor, including one for the cover of a Crisco cookbook that grows “slightly sinister the more you look at it.”

While the book has been featured in sites such as the NYT and the British Journal of Photography, it was not widely reviewed and few libraries have purchased it.

Given the wide interest in food photography on social media, book is likely to  find a ready audience.

In the video below, Aperture editor Denise Wolf, previews of the book, making that point that, with the advent of digital cameras and social media, photography is now a part of the dining experience, making this a great time to look at the history of food photography.

Holds Alert: DO NOT BECOME ALARMED

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Reviews are coming in for a book featured in many summer previews and showing heavy holds in many libraries, Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed (PRH/Riverhead; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). Some are shockingly negative for such a heavily anticipated title.

Author Charles Finch provides the most unequivocal in his review for The Washington Post headlined, “Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed: This summer’s big literary novel?” His answer is definitely no, writing “the book is essentially a write-off. To begin with, it’s a thriller without thrills.”

The NYT daily review Dwight Garner largely agrees, writing “It’s an earnest and surprisingly generic children-in-jeopardy novel, one that makes few demands on us and doesn’t deliver much, either.”

On the other hand, Entertainment Weekly must have read a different book, calling it a “taut, nervy thriller” and giving it a B+. The magazine also listed it as one of the “Summer’s 20 Must-Read Books,” writing “Every parent’s nightmare comes true in Meloy’s literary page-turner.”