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Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News

Big Books for the Week

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; LJ stars) leads holds this week. Check your reserves, across the country holds are topping 10:1 ratios.

Other titles in demand include:

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s)

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani (Penguin)

Operator Down: A Pike Logan Thriller by Brad Taylor (Dutton)

Blood Fury: Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward (Ballantine)


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New to the Bestseller Lists

NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books

Twisted by Helen Hardt (Waterhouse)
Debuts at #2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

The Wanted by Robert Crais (Putnam; LJ stars)
Debuts at #9 on the NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list and at #5 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Book Pulse New Bestsellers; Trump Seeks to Stop Publication

Welcome to Book Pulse, a daily update designed to help collection development and readers’ advisory librarians navigate the never-ending wave of new books and book news.

Here you will find highlights of titles moving in the marketplace and getting buzz, bookish stories making news, and key items from the literary web.

Book Pulse owes its existence to the legacy of Nora Rawlinson and EarlyWord as well as the work of Cindy Orr and Sarah Statz Cords at the RAOnline Blog. Book Pulse takes their vital work onward, continuing to nurture a community of librarians learning from and supporting each other and providing resources that help us excel at our jobs.

I look forward to your input—what works, what does not, what helps, what is needed? Write me at nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com.

Signature January 05, 2018

This year has brought a bumper crop of fabulous fiction and nonfiction to my door. The UPS delivery van and mail truck each stop in front of my house nearly every day, delivering the books that fill every available (and unavailable) space in my house. In order to keep up, I read between two and six books per week, depending on their length. I cannot review them all, and as the end of the year approached, I realized there were a number of books I had loved yet been unable to review. I didn’t want to neglect them, so here’s a selection of some of the best books I read this year, but never got the chance to praise publicly.

By Lorraine Berry: A Critic’s Tally of 2017’s Most Overlooked Books

Many people know that Thomas Jefferson had a long-standing relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings, but fewer know that they had four children, three boys and a girl, who survived to adulthood. Born into slavery, Sally’s daughter Harriet boarded a stagecoach to freedom at age twenty-one, bound for Washington, D.C. Her father had given her fifty dollars for her travel expenses. With her departure from Monticello in 1822, she disappeared from the historical record, not to be heard of again for over fifty years, when her brother told her story. Seven-eighths white, Harriet had “thought it to her interest to go to Washington as a white woman,” he said. She married a “white man in good standing” in that city and “raised a family of children.” So successful was she in her efforts, no one ever guessed who she was.

By Catherine Kerrison: The Search for Harriet Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s Black Daughter
Winter is cold, dark, and eerie on its own, so why not throw a thrilling read into the mix to take it to the next level?

Spanning debuts and new releases from accomplished writers, here are the top twenty thrillers to read this chilly season.

By Jessica Mizzi: Chilling Releases: The Top 20 Thrillers to Read This Winter Season

Book Pulse: Costa Award Winners

The category winners of the Costa Book Awards have been announced. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Pamela Dorman: Penguin) wins the First Novel Award. The book was a breakthrough both in the UK and the U.S. It was a #1 Library Reads pick, LJ named it a Notable Book of 2017, and Reese Witherspoon included it as one of her “Great Book Alert!” titles. Deadline Hollywood reported back in May that Witherspoon is attached to the film adaptation and sees the novel as “a potential star vehicle for her.” The judges were concise when explaining why they picked the novel as the winner: “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fantastic. The end!”


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In between the healthy recipes and the diagrams of how to do various excruciating exercises, I found an article on the literature table at the gym about reading. “Does reading fiction make us nicer?” it asked. So of course I took it home to ponder.

The article summarized a study by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Costanzo that was published in Science Magazine in 2013. (http://bit.ly/2EyjxkA) The authors theorized that reading fiction makes people nicer, in that while reading fiction, people have to be able to imagine themselves in the characters’ shoes. “People reading literary fiction had to fill in gaps about the emotional content of the characters in the stories.”



Three Corpse Meal: A New Year’s Eve Mystery Short Story

Three Corpse Meal: A New Year’s Eve Mystery Short Story
IN THE December 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMysteryrat’s Maze,
andTerrific Tales SECTIONS
by Margaret S. Hamilton

This short story was originally published in November 2016 on the Writer’s Who Kill blog.

On New Year’s Eve, Lizzie Christopher and Nick Cameron walked up the front walkway of the historic Cooper farmhouse. White lights outlined the tree branches, and a wreath decorated with silver ornaments and blue organza ribbons hung on the front door. “Blue for the new year,” Lizzie said. “My shop staff outdid themselves helping Christina select furniture and draperies for her old family home. I can’t wait to show you how well it turned out.”


Take a Look Back on the Best of Signature in 2017

The Man Who Doesn’t Read Women

After confessing that he had never read a book by a woman, my doctor asked me for a book suggestion. “Which woman writers should I read?”

Take a Literary Tour of the U.S. with These 50 State-Set Books

It’s time for a literary tour! This list of books represents some of the best books, both fiction and nonfiction, from each of the fifty states.

The 28 Best Books on Writing
Writing is hard, and defining yourself as a writer can be even harder. Here’s our exhaustive list of the best books on writing when the blank page beckons.


Neal Wyatt: Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

Neal Wyatt: Run Your Week: Big Books, Sure Bets, & Titles Making News | Book Pulse

49 Writer’s Inc. Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block

Dawnell Smith | Opening in 2018: The Writer’s Block
By Dawnell Smith (and on behalf of her Block partners: Vered Mares, Teeka Ballas, Kathy McCue)

In the fall of 2015, we walked into the Adults Only sex store on Spenard Road in Anchorage to lay the groundwork for building a community bookstore art space and cafe. The property held not just a storied past, but the stories of people trying to survive and make sense of their lives.

The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Café has risen up in that space because the community has helped lift it. We all want to make sense of our lives, and books, art, and gathering spaces help us do it.


What’s in a Name Challenge 2018

Source: What’s in a Name Challenge 2018

The 2018 What’s in a Name? Challenge

This is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Eleventh Annual What’s in a Name Challenge
Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. This year I picked up both The Disappearing Spoon and The Blue Castle at least partly because of this challenge