Books we are talking about

Chris Schluep on April 29, 2020

Books we are talking about

Many of the books we were anticipating for the early summer months have been moved by their publishers. But there are some great books out right now, and we have been talking about them. Today it's thrillers and nonfiction, including a book that was originally published in the '50s—but it's a book that today seems as relevant as ever.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker

If there is one book that the team is talking about at the moment, it's this one. Robert Kolker's nonfiction account of a family with twelve children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia, first started bubbling up months ago when Amazon editor Vannessa Cronin began talking about it. She absolutely loved it. I think the entire team (minus myself) is reading or has read it at this point, and it's a frequent topic of conversation as we are waiting for phone meetings to begin. It's on my bedside table right now.


Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Speaking of great books that were just published, earlier this week I spoke to Janelle Brown, author of Pretty Things. If you are looking for a new psychological thriller that is atmospheric, twisty and turny, and has something to say about the current state of celebrity... well, I just described Pretty Things. It's also being developed by Amazon Studios and Blossom Film (Nicole Kidman's production company) for the screen.


Walk the Wire by David Baldacci

Coming in at #4 on the Charts Most Sold Fiction list is David Baldacci's Walk the Wire. Numbers 1,2, and 3 on the list are books written by Celeste Ng, Delia Owens, and Stephen King, and they don't seem interested in budging. We shall see if they do next week. Walk the Wire is the sixth book in the series featuring Amos Decker, who has a perfect memory, and it takes him to a fracking boomtown in North Dakota. The Memory Man series continues to be huge. Maybe next week it nudges into the top three on Charts.


How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timeless Activity Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude by Robert Paul Smith

Finally, I was talking to someone this week who mentioned this book. After checking it out, I ordered one for my kids. How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself was originally published in 1958, and as I was reading the customer reviews I noticed that some people were giving it to their children or grandchildren after having received it when they were children. I love the idea of a multigenerational book like this. And I just love the idea of this book in general.

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