31 Bologna Preview
The 53rd annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair runs April 4–7, and
this year’s show features new awards, special exhibitions, and a
focus on new media.
37 Sports Books
From doping to Deflategate, scandal and sports go together like
peanuts and Cracker Jack. But several forthcoming titles go beyond
sensational exposés to explore the complexity of the issues.
43 Popular Neuroscience
New titles bring neuroscience out of the lab and into mainstream
44 Edna O’Brien
The Irish author tells us about her latest novel, The Little Red Chairs,
out this month from Little, Brown.
9 Why Publishing Is So White
A deep dive into hiring practices across the industry shows that publishers care about diversity, but many haven’t taken effective steps
to bring about lasting change.
10 Camex 2016
Dealing with changes in higher education was the focus at this year’s
just-concluded gathering of college store executives in Houston.
10 The Weekly Scorecard
Unit sales of print books increased 8% in the week ended Mar. 6, 2016, compared to
the similar week last year.
16 Laurence King Builds a Kingdom on Coloring
The U.K.-based press was the first to publish adult coloring book
sensation Johanna Basford and is now planning to use that financial
windfall to expand.
17 Supreme Court Denies Apple Appeal
With litigation in the three-year-old price-fixing case now finished, we
look at the ramifications for the e-book market.
; Modern Lovers
Emma Straub. Riverhead, $26 (368p) ISBN 978-1-59463-467-3
Back in the 1980s at Oberlin College in Ohio, Elizabeth,
Andrew, Zoe, and Lydia had a band called Kitty’s Mustache.
Elizabeth wrote a song called “Mistress of Myself”; Lydia
sang it and made it famous, but she died of a heroin overdose at age 27. Two decades later, Elizabeth and Andrew,
now living in Brooklyn, are married and have a son, Harry.
Living nearby are Zoe and her wife, Jane, with their daughter,
Ruby. They own a neighborhood restaurant called Hyacinth.
Midlife crises are roiling both marriages: Zoe and Jane are
considering divorce; Andrew, the scion of wealthy parents,
has never held a meaningful job and is now bemoaning his
failure to find fulfillment, and Elizabeth sells real estate and
feels responsible for everyone. To further complicate matters,
teenagers Harry and Ruby suddenly discover sex. Into this
volatile mix comes a Hollywood producer who’s making a
movie about Lydia and urgently needs the former band
members to sign over their rights to the iconic song. Straub
(The Vacationers) spins her lighthearted but psychologically
perceptive narrative with a sure touch as she captures the
vibes of midlife, middle-class angst and the raging hormones
of youth. She excels in establishing a sense of place: the
narrative could serve as a map to gentrified Brooklyn; it’s
that detailed and visually clear. Events move at a brisk pace,
and surprises involving resurgent passion enliven the denouement. Readers will devour this witty and warmly satisfying
novel. Agent: Claudia Ballard, WME Entertainment. (May)
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