The BookBrowse Review

Published June 9, 2021

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Editor's Introduction
Reviews
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First Impressions
Latest Author Interviews
Recommended for Book Clubs
Book Discussions

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History, Science & Current Affairs


Young Adults

Romance

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Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Speculative, Alt. History


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News Roundup

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Senator Klobuchar advocates against Amazon, other monopolies
(Jun 09 2021)

Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar continued to make the case for stepping up antitrust actions yesterday, appearing in a webinar sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Small Business Rising, a coalition of independent businesses advocating against monopolies.

Saying that “we can’t use duct tape and band aids anymore” in dealing with monopolies, Klobuchar noted that she and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Neb.) had cosponsored a bill, the Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act, that will, among other things, provide $100 million to the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Department of Justice to hire more lawyers to ensure enforcement of antitrust laws “to get the job done.”




Sales of adult fiction books stay on fire
(Jun 04 2021)

Unit sales of print books rose 11.6% last week over the week ended May 30, 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan; and through the first five months of 2021, sales were up 22% over the comparable period in 2020.

The adult fiction category had another big week, with sales up 26% over the week ended May 30, 2020. Print sales increased 18% in the week over 2020 in juvenile fiction. The young adult fiction segment managed to post an 8% increase in unit sales despite The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins selling more than 190,000 copies a year ago.




Eric Carle, author of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," dies at 91
(May 27 2021)

Eric Carle, the artist and author of more than 70 books, died on Sunday at his summer studio in Northampton, Mass. He was 91.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mr. Carle’s best-known book, has sold more than 55 million copies around the world since it was first published in 1969, its mere 224 words translated into more than 70 languages. It is one of more than 70 books that Mr. Carle published over his career, selling more than 170 million copies, according to his publisher, Penguin Random House.




U.S. Book Show: Why America needs libraries now more than ever
(May 26 2021)

In a May 25 keynote on the opening day of the U.S. Book Show, sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of the bestselling book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life thanked librarians for their work in the wake of an historic pandemic, and stressed that as the nation seeks to recover from a tumultuous year, we will need our public libraries now more than ever before.

“I don’t know all the ways we’re going to have to build and invest and I can’t give you the full catalog of places we’re going to need to rebuild to recover,” Klinenberg told librarians. “But I will say that, as we start to rebuild, there is probably no better place to begin, there’s no better site, there is no better public works project, there is no better social infrastructure that expresses who we are and what we want to be than the library.




Ruth Freitag, librarian to the stars, dies at 96
(May 24 2021)

An expert on astronomy, Ruth Frietag spent nearly a half-century at the Library of Congress and helped Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan with research.

Isaac Asimov was enthralled with her and wrote her a limerick. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan wrote in their introduction to Comet (1985) that "one of the most pleasant experiences in writing this book" was meeting her. Numerous other science writers acknowledged their debts to her in forewords to their books.

Known for her encyclopedic knowledge of resources in science and technology, Ms. Freitag was sought out by the leading interpreters of the galaxy. She developed a particular expertise in astronomy early in her career.

In a way, Ms. Freitag was her own analog version of Google, providing answers to a wide array of queries from writers and researchers in astonishing depth and detail decades before computers and the internet transformed the research process.




Beloved Gaza City bookshop destroyed
(May 24 2021)

At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Samir Mansour answered the phone in his Gaza City home. It was the Israeli military asking if he was inside his bookstore and publishing house a little over a mile away. They said they didn’t want to hurt him and then hung up.

Not long after, the store — a beloved local institution which stood on the ground floor of a larger building — was reduced to a pile of rubble.

Founded 21 years ago, his bookshop was one of the Gaza Strip’s largest sellers of books for children, students, academics and anyone else who loved to read. He also printed books and published stories written by local authors.

“The bookstore was like my soul,” said Mansour, 53, who was born in the Gaza Strip and said he had no involvement with politics.

A spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces said Saturday that the building where the bookstore was based had been used by Hamas to produce weapons and gather intelligence.

Update June 23, 2021: Donations have poured in to the fundraising campaign for Samir Mansour's Bookshop. The Guardian reported that the appeal has so far raised more than $215,000 of its $250,000 goal, "while tens of thousands of donated books have been sent from all over the world to help Mansour restock."

Source: NBC News




Booksellers to CDC: In my store, you mask up
(May 24 2021)

Many independent bookstore owners and managers across the country view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s loosening of mask guidelines for vaccinated people as a failure of public policy, according to a recent informal survey by PW. Of the 31 booksellers we spoke with, 47% said the guidelines—which advise that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most settings—are unclear and unhelpful, while another 33% said the announcement makes no difference for their bookstore’s operations. Only one in five respondents reported finding the guidelines useful. Two-thirds say they will continue to require masks in their stores.




Doubleday acquires two new Stacey Abrams thrillers
(May 20 2021)

Doubleday and Anchor Books have acquired North American rights for two new political thrillers by Georgia politician Stacey Abrams. Both of the new novels will feature Avery Keene, the star of Abram's latest novel, While Justice Sleeps, which was published May 11 and has already sold more than 130,000 copies. The new books will be published in hardcover and as e-books and will later be published in trade paper by Anchor.

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