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Last week’s Book Expo America, a forward-looking gathering touting upcoming titles to bookstore buyers and librarians, is a great place to launch a book. Maria Semple got a great reception for her follow-up to the bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Also attracting attention is the incredible true-life tale of the CIA operative who disappeared in Iran nine years ago and is still missing. The U.S. government refused to admit for years that he was working for the CIA.
More on this week’s books:
Today Will Be Different (Little, Brown) by Maria Semple
Semple got a rousing reception at May’s Book Expo America for the follow-up to her 2012 novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette (to be directed by Richard Linklater). She calls the story “funny craziness about a nut job” trying to make it through a day of misadventure. A preview chapter can be read here.
Missing Man (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Barry Meier
The veteran New York Times investigative reporter weaves a thriller about how Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007, wasn’t acknowledged by the U.S. as a CIA operative until 2013 — and still is missing. The Times did an excerpt.
This story first appeared in the May 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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