Archive for the ‘2017 — Summer’ Category

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.


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.”

The Newest DORK is a Boy

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

The team behind the best selling middle grade novels Dork Diaries, Rachel Renée Russell and her two daughters appeared on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, the release day for the second title in their new series,The Misadventures of Max Crumbly, Middle School Mayhem, (S&S/Aladdin).

Russell says she began Dork Diaries , about an awkward teen aged girl, when she “needed to jump-start” her career after “the house had been foreclosed on, cars had been repossessed” following a divorce. (Note: even though J.K. Rowling followed a similar path, writing childrens books is definitely not a guaranteed route to financial freedom). The 12th book in that series comes out in October. A film version is in development.

The Max Crumbly books are a bit of a departure in that the main character is a boy, but he is also a dork and is striving, as the Russells urge all their readers, to “Be The Hero You’ve Always Admired.”

During the interview the three women talk about how they work together and their hope that the humor in their new series will offer readers “a band-aid to help emotional wounds heal.”

Sea Stories

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

As part of NPR’s “The History of Our Time” series, retired Admiral James Stavridis talks about his new book, Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans (PRH/Penguin; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio & BOT; OverDrive Sample).

It has leaped up the Amazon rankings as a result, now well within the Top 50 at #33, up from its still respectable #193.

The series, says host Steve Inskeep, investigates the big trends “driving our history” and Stavridis says the seas are an crucial to our future. “The nation that profits the most from a peaceful global commons, from oceans upon which 50,000 ships can sail in a given day moving cargo, is the United States.”

While Syria and the South China Sea are tactical hotspots now, he says the next will be the Arctic, “the ice is melting rapidly. It will open up shipping lanes. It will fuel territorial disputes.”

To Shelves After All: DANGEROUS Gets a Pub Date

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

In the wake of his lost book deal, the self-styled right-wing “provocateur” Milo Yiannopoulos is self-publishing his book Dangerous. It is due out on July 4 as a hardcover and an ebook.

It is listed on Amazon where it instantly became a best seller and is currently at #2. In typical fashion, Yiannopoulos claims it is “the most controversial book of the decade.” The cover is now the banner on his facebook site where over 2 million have liked his page.

Simon and Schuster cancelled the book deal in February when, as the NYT reported, a video was released in which Yiannopoulos “condones sexual relations with boys as young as 13 and laughs off the seriousness of pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.” He also lost his position as Senior Editor at Breitbart News in the uproar.

The self-publishing route had been predicted by book insiders according to EW, with one publisher telling the magazine, “with the hoopla around this book that might frighten a traditional publisher, I think if he wants it out, he’ll have to do it himself. He’s a marketing machine, albeit a negative publicity machine. But the question is: Will booksellers carry it?”

That remains an open question. Publishers Weekly reports that it is “unclear if Yiannopoulus has found a distributor to get the print edition of the book into brick and mortar retailers.”

Grisham on CBS This Morning

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

On the day of the release of his latest novel, Camino Island (PRH/Doubleday; RH Large Print; RH and BOT Audio). John Grisham appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss his first “beach book.” Much is being made about Grisham departing from his usual style, but the departure is relatively small, described as a “mystery without lawyers.”

Grisham also discussed his “Do’s and Don’ts For Writing Popular Fiction,” published last week by the New York Times.

Grisham also has a new title coming in October. Reassuring fans that it will mark a return to his usual style, it’s titled at this point simply New Legal Thriller.

Hitting Screens, Week of June 5, 2017

Monday, June 5th, 2017

At the box office this weekend, Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins hit  a new milestone, becoming the highest ever US opening for a film by a female director.  As Deadline notes, this follows on the heels of Sofia Coppola winning as Best Director in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.

Coming in a distant second, the kids movie Captain Underpants, was considered an underperformer.

Only one adaptation opens this week, My Cousin Rachel, based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier.

Director Robert Michell (Notting Hill) tells The Telegraph that his version, starring Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) and Sam Claflin (Hunger Games), is “detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises.”

Reviews so far delve into that claim.

The Hollywood Reporter, while saying it lags in places, calls it “A deliciously dark mystery … Handsome and richly atmospheric … [with] a disquieting shiver of a conclusion.”

The Wrap is less enthusiastic, writing that the story “lives on the corner of Jane Austen Avenue and James M. Cain Boulevard [but] For all the will-changing and bodice-ripping and skulking about [it] lands in a bland zone better suited for Masterpiece Theatre season-filler than for the big screen.”

In addition to the trailer, a featurette examines du Maurier’s “extreme tales told subtly.”

Tie-in: My Cousin Rachel (Sourcebooks Landmark; Hachette Audio; OverDrive Sample).

Mark Bowden Returns To Battle

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Soaring up the Amazon sales charts prior to its release on Tuesday is Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press; OverDrive Sample), hailed by a strong review in the Wall Street Journal, which says it makes “brilliant use of contemporary records and of previously untapped archives.”

Bowden’s first battle book since the 1999 award-winning Black Hawk Down details the bloodiest engagement of the Vietnam War, one that lasted nearly a month and which was the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive.

The BBC writes that Bowden not only follows the military units, but “gives voice to dozens, including … President Lyndon Johnson and General William Westmoreland … and reporters David Halberstam, Michael Herr, Gene Roberts, Walter Cronkite and others who changed the way Americans perceived the war.”

Screen rights have already been sold for an 8-10 hour miniseries to be produced by Michael Mann (Heat; The Last of the Mohicans) reports Deadline Hollywood. Mann, who recently established his own imprint with HarperCollins, calls the book:

“a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction. Bowden’s achievement is in making “them” into us … There are no background people; people abstracted into statistics, body counts. There is the sense that everybody is somebody, as each is in the actuality of their own lives. The brilliance of Bowden’s narrative, the achievement of interviewing hundreds of people on all sides and making their human stories his foundation, is why Huế 1968 rises to the emotional power and universality of For Whom The Bell Tolls and All Quiet On The Western Front.”

Booklist and Kirkus star it, with Kirkus writing “One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief.” It is excerpted in Vanity Fair.

Ghosts of Leaders Past

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks (PRH/Penguin; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) is featured in this week’s NYTInside the List” column, as the book debuts at #10 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list, driven by both the author’s reputation and media attention.

The NYT reviews, calling it “highly enjoyable” and a “page turner written with great brio.” The Los Angeles Times reviews as well, writing that the book “finds the iron core of both men.”

Terry Gross interviews the author on Fresh Air, saying “The theme that unites [the two leaders] is standing up against totalitarianism, Hitler and fascism, Stalin and communism. Ricks says their writings have a lot of resonance today.”

Of that resonance, the NYT points out that “Critics have been generally shy about linking Ricks’s subject to today’s political climate.” Not so for the author. Pulitzer Prize-winning Ricks (who is now the NYT Book Review ‘s military history columnist) makes no bones about how the two men would view our current president. He details some of that in the Gross interview, but, as the NYT points out, he was far more blunt in his twopart podcast with Foreign Policy magazine.

Holds are topping 3:1 in several libraries we checked.

Kevin Kwan Debuts on NYT List

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (PRH/Doubleday; RH Audio/BOT OverDrive Sample) lands on the NYT Hardcover Fiction List this week at #12, marking the first time the author has hit the list.

Rich People Problems concludes Kwan’s trilogy which began with Crazy Rich Asians (in preproduction for a film adaptation). Both it and its sequel, China Rich Girlfriend (both from PRH), have been LA Times best sellers.

In this week’s “Inside the List” column, the NYT‘s writes “The aura of gaudy glamour and bling in these books may seem like the stuff of soap operas, but it’s essentially true to the world in which Kwan was raised — so much so, he has said, that his relatives have no interest in reading his work.”

That is fine Kwan, who says of his audience, “I think people who are going to pick up a book called Crazy Rich Asians or Rich People Problems are looking for the fun and the froth; they’re looking for an escape. They’re looking for it to be like a fun romp into the lifestyles of the rich and famous … They’re not looking for Cormac McCarthy.”

The novel has made a number of summer reading lists, including Janet Maslin’s list for the NYT Books To Breeze Through This Summer” and the Associated Press Summer Reading 2017 list.

Holds are topping 5:1 in some locations for the third book but they are active for the earlier two titles as well. With new readers discovering the series, it is a good time to check your holdings of the previous titles.

Titles to Know and Recommend, Week of June 5, 2017

Friday, June 2nd, 2017


“Breathless anticipation” is the watchword of the week, with John Grisham releasing his first summer novel, Camino Island (PRH/Doubleday; RH Large Print; RH and BOT Audio).

Featuring plot elements that will appeal to both booksellers and librarians, it’s about hunting down handwritten F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen from the Princeton Library. The investigation leads to a bookseller (indie, of course) on the fictional island of the title in Florida. Grisham also has a new title coming in October, titled at this point simply New Legal Thriller.

Of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (PRH/Random House; RH and BOT Audio), the Washington Post‘s chief critic Ron Charles writes, “We waited 20 years for [Roy’s] follow-up to The God of Small Things. It was worth it.”

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 5, 2017

Media Magnets

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, Alan Alda (PRH/Random House; RH Large Print; RH and BOT Audio; OverDrive Sample).

Not a celebrity memoir, but a book by Alda about his avocation and passion, helping people to communicate better and how he has helped scientists, academics and medical professionals explain themselves more clearly. In a NYT essay, he talks about the origin of the book, when he and a dentist miscommunicated (do not read if dentists make you queasy).

Peer Picks

Three LibraryReads titles arrive this week, including the #1 pick for June, Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (HC/Harper; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio).

“Susan Ryeland is a London book editor who has just received the latest manuscript from one of her most irascible authors, Alan Conway. But the manuscript’s ending appears to be missing and she learns that Conway has committed suicide. As Ryeland learns more about his death, she starts to question whether a murder has occurred and begins to investigate. Magpie Murders is a delightful, clever mystery-within-a-mystery. Horowitz shows real mastery of his craft. This is a terrific, modern take on the traditional mystery with ingenious puzzles to solve.” — Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Library, Libertyville, IL

Additional Buzz: It is also the #1 Indie Next pick for June and a GalleyChat favorite. It is on a number of summer reading lists, including Janet Maslin’s NYT‘s preview “Books To Breeze Through This Summer” and USA Today‘s “10 hot books you won’t want to miss this summer.” It is also on Bustle‘s list of “29 New Fiction Books To Read This Summer” and AARP’s list of “Best Beach Reading 2017.”

The Alice Network, Kate Quinn (HC/ William Morrow; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample).

“Outstanding fictional account of the Alice network, women spies in World War I, tough and determined to defeat the Germans. The story centers on Eve Gardiner, aka Marguerite, a young woman trained to spy on the Germans, and Charlie St. Clair, a young woman post WWII, pregnant, lost and finding her direction. The two meet and the story alternates chapters as Charlie is determined to find her cousin, Rose presumed dead after the war, while Eve’s story of the Alice network unfolds. A fantastic book with strong female characters.” — Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Additional Buzz: RT Book Reveiws says it is “Lovingly crafted and brimming with details.” LJ includes it on their roundup of “Summer Escapes: Roll Out the Beach Towel with Some Genre Fiction.” They also include Magpie Murders (above).

Do Not Become Alarmed, Maile Meloy (PRH/Riverhead; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).

“Liv and Nora, who are cousins, decide to take their families on a cruise. Both have an eleven-year-old and a younger child as well. At one of the ports, the moms take the children out with another family they met on the ship. All goes well until the children, in a brief moment, aren’t observed and disappear. From here the nightmare begins, and the story alternates between what is happening to the children and the adults. The story is gripping and the characters are well-developed. The book explores family and marital dynamics, race, privilege, guilt, and responsibility.” — Mary Bennett, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN

Additional Buzz: It is a June Indie Next pick. Entertainment Weekly includes it on their list of “Summer’s 20 Must-Read Books”, writing “Every parent’s nightmare comes true in Meloy’s literary page-turner.” In their separate review, the magazine gives it a B+, calling it a “taut, nervy thriller.” It is on Louise Erdrich and Emma Straub’s summer reading list for PBS as well as the lists created by Bustle, The Seattle Times, Travel and Leisure magazine, the Houston Chronicle, and Southern Living. It also made the spring book list from Parnassus Books.

Five additional Indie Next titles publish this week:

Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash (Consortium Book Sales/Coffee House Press; HighBridge Audio).

“Spanning a college wrestler’s senior season, Stephen Florida is eerie, unsettling, and unlike anything else. It can be hard to live in Stephen’s head, but it is impossible to stop reading or to forget what you find there. Stephen is unpredictable, sympathetic, focused, frenzied, cold, and tender. He is hard to love, yet I love him. We are lucky to have a new novel like this: something you haven’t seen before, that makes you remember what good fiction is capable of.” —Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA

Additional Buzz: HuffPost picks it as one of their “24 incredible Books You Should Read This Summer” (they also pick Do Not Become Alarmed, above). It is one of Nylon‘s “50 Books We Can’t Wait To Read in 2017” and on BuzzFeed‘s “Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer” list, calling it “Unsettling yet emotionally compelling.” Powells bookstore offers an interview, writing in the introduction that the main character “is one of the more exceptional characters in recent literature, and his voice, as he tries to move forward through his tightly circumscribed life, is both haunting and hilarious.”

Blackout, Marc Elsberg (Sourcebooks Landmark; OverDrive Sample).

“Already a huge bestseller internationally, Marc Elsberg’s Blackout is poised to be a sensation in the U.S. this June. In Blackout, hackers are able to take down all the electrical grids across Europe, resulting in a total blackout more far-reaching than anything previously thought possible. Once it becomes clear that this event is not a glitch and the depths of the crisis — no lights, no heat, no Internet, no cell service — become evident, chaos ensues. Piero Manzano is an activist and a former hacker whose investigation into the cause of the disaster soon makes him a prime suspect and forces him to run from the authorities. This is a taut, fast-paced thriller about a frighteningly plausible scenario.” —Cody Morrison, Square Books, Oxford, MS

The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road, Finn Murphy (W.W. Norton; HighBridge Audio; OverDrive Sample).

“This memoir of a life spent driving trucks full of strangers’ personal belongings across the country is the book I didn’t know I needed. Finn Murphy writes engaging slice-of-life stories about his time as a long-haul truck driver while also showing the changes in the trucking industry and American life in the decades he’s spent pulling thousands of pounds up mountains, through storms, and across plains. Trucking is a solitary life, but Murphy grabbed me like a friend and took me with him on his journey.” —Jamie Thomas, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL

Additional Buzz: NYT reviews, writing it is “almost shamefully enjoyable, allowing readers to have their fix of “fabulous-life-of” porn and class outrage, too.” Murphy offers a playlist for drivers, posted on the Powells’ site.

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry (HC/HarperLuxe; Custom House; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample).

“If you love mystery, Victorian England, and exploring the tension between science and religion, you will love The Essex Serpent. Many contemporary authors manage to evoke for readers that experience of reading Jane Austen or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time. The real miracle of Sarah Perry is that she manages to do so with a completely fresh voice. With beautiful sentences and characters and landscapes so well-crafted you feel you’ve been there, The Essex Serpent captures the imagination and manages to deliver the sense of wisdom only good literature can.” —Tina Ontiveros, Klindt’s Booksellers, The Dalles, OR

Additional Buzz: It 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 and won the British Book Award, both 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.

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, Nina Riggs (S&S; S&S Audio).

“This uplifting and affirming book will alter readers’ views about books on death. Nina Riggs’ memoir shares the story of both her ongoing battle against cancer and her mother’s valiant fight against the same disease. Both women face the realities of their situation with wonderful humor and candor. Readers will find themselves laughing out loud and sharing passages with other book lovers. As a cancer survivor myself, I felt that I was reading the ‘bright book’ of the season. The hope, spirit, and determination exhibited in these pages will provide inspiration to all, whether dealing with this disease or not.” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA

Additional Buzz: The Washington Post calls it “this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.” It is People‘s Book of the Week, calling it a “deeply affecting memoir, a simultaneously heartbreaking and funny account of living with loss and the specter of death. As she lyrically, unflinchingly details her reality, she finds beauty and truth that comfort even amid the crushing sadness.”







Spider-Man Homecoming opens on July 7, spinning webs of tie-ins before it lands. It picks up after Captain America: Civil War and stars Tom Holland, Chris Evans, and Robert Downey Jr., among many others.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: The Deluxe Junior Novel by Jim McCann (Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; also in a regular paperback edition; OverDrive Sample) will be one of the lead tie-ins. A level reader also comes out, Spider-Man: Homecoming: Meet Spidey by Charles Cho (Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

As the Wonder Woman film gets much love from critics, a critical tie-in hits the shelves, Wonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization by Nancy Holder (PRH/Titan Books).

Another Doctor Strange book comes out this week, long after the 2016 film has left theaters, and a few months after the February DVD release, a middle grade novel is based on the movie, Phase Three: MARVEL’s Doctor Strange by Alex Irvine (Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; OverDrive Sample).

The “phase three” of the title is not a reference to a sequel but rather to the Marvel Cinematic Universe time line, the period of time when the Avengers have become at odds with each other.

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


Thursday, June 1st, 2017

An interview on NPR’s Morning Edition has sent Richard Reeves’s forthcoming book, Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It (Brookings Institution Press, June 13), soaring on Amazon. It is now ranked #27, up from a lowly #53,949.

The episode is part of the show’s “The History of Our Time” series. Steve Inskeep describes the series as investigating, the big trends “driving our history.” He interviews Reeves who says that the upper-middle class, those making six figure incomes and above, dominate the best schools, live in the best homes, and pass on the best futures to their children, at the cost of everyone else.

He calls this “opportunity hoarding.”

Reeves, now an American citizen but originally from the U.K., contends that the American class system is even worse than the system of royalty that rules his birth country. In the UK, they make no bones about the privileges of the aristocracy while in the US, we “have a class system that operates every bit as ruthlessly as the British class system but under the veneer of classless meritocracy. There isn’t even a self awareness.”

In the end, Reeves says, the upper-middle class have created a dangerous separation of themselves from the rest of society and that divide is ruinous, “They are also disproportionately powerful and the fact that they are not only separate but unaware of the degree to which the system works in their favor strikes me as one of the most dangerous political facts of our time.”

The book was not reviewed prepub and many libraries have not yet to ordered copies.

Michael Crichton Takes a Bit Out of the Best Seller List

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The publication of Michael Crichton’s posthumous novel, Dragon Teeth (HC/Harper; HarperLuxe, HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), sees the routinely bestselling author back on the lists, nearly a decade after his death.

The Dino/Western/Thriller debuts at #4 this week on the USA Today‘s Best-Selling Books List.

Before his death, Crichton was a fixture on the charts and four of his novels hit the #1 spot on the USA Today list, including Disclosure, The Lost World, Airframe, and Prey. (Their list began in 1993, thus missing some of his other hits). An earlier posthumous novel, Pirate Latitudes, peaked at #9.

Expect continued attention. Film rights have been sold to National Geographic Channel for a limited series and another Jurassic World movie, starring Chris Pratt, is due out in 2018.

New to the list and landing the #1 spot is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (S&S/Margaret K. McElderry Books; S&S Audio; OverDrive Sample). It is the sequel to Lady Midnight which began a new YA series by Clare. It also debuted at #1 on the USA Today list, in 2016.

Several other books got notable bumps:

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Norton; BlackStone Audio; OverDrive Sample) has moved up this week from #8 to #3.

Lifted by the heartwarming Wonder trailer, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder (RH/Knopf Young Readers, 2012; Brilliance Audio; OverDrive Sample) has again moved up the list, leaping from #83 to #10.

A tie-in comes out November 7, 2017, Wonder Movie Tie-In Edition by R. J. Palacio (PRH/Knopf Books for Young Readers).

USA Today’s Summer Reading

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017


The latest in summer reading lists is USA Today‘s “10 hot books you won’t want to miss this summer.”

The choices are mostly from well-known authors, such as the I-can’t-believe-it-is-nearly-over moment for fans of P.I. Kinsey Millhone,  Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton (PRH/Marian Wood Books/Putnam; RH Audio; Aug. 22). The series began in 1982 with A is for Alibi. On her webpage Grafton says that Z Is For Zero will follow in fall of 2019. Grafton offers some solace, “If I have the wherewithal, I may write a Kinsey Millhone stand-alone or two.” USA Today offers an excerpt of the newest.

The single debut the paper picks is Sour Heart: Stories by Jenny Zhang (PRH/Lenny; Aug. 1). The “collection of short stories about young women in New York City has a definite Brooklyn hipster vibe,” USA Today writes. Appropriately, it’s the first book in Random House’s new imprint, with titles selected by Girls‘ Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

The full list is online now. We have posted the link in our Season Previews to the right.