We know the breakup of Brad and Angie is the big news of the week, but when you’re ready to tear yourself away from the tabloids, come on over to Shelf Pleasure for the best in book news. This week we’re hanging with Elizabeth Vargas, whose new book, Between Breaths, chronicles her struggle with anxiety and alcoholism.

This Week…

Anchor Away
Our roving reporter Jami Kelmenson stopped by Barnes & Noble Union Square in NYC last week to hang with ABC News 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas as she talks about her new memoir Between Breaths.

Take a Book, Leave a Book
Author Virginia Franken on the joys of the Little Free Library—especially when she has the chance to share her first published book, Life After Coffee.

How Grad School Renewed My Love of Reading
Avid reader Jackie Kimmel learned to appreciate her beloved books even more after a year and a half in grad school left little time for personal reading. How do you balance life with personal pursuits–such as reading?

Best New Books
This week’s best new releases range from a psychological thriller to a heartwarming comedy to an amazing story about an internet pioneer.

Book News of the Week: Sleepover at Oprah’s
Find out which author’s debut novel earned her a sleepover at Oprah’s house and discover the surprising secrets of librarians (yes they do more than read all day!).

We bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

the minute it pubbed, but the reviews have been so mixed we were reluctant to start reading. We finally picked it up this past weekend. We are huge Harry fans, but this book doesn’t do him justice. The Boy Who Lived has become an overworked government worker with too much paperwork. He doesn’t have a great relationship with his kids. It is kind of depressing.

One of the best parts of J.K. Rowling’s world is its vividness. The script reads like fan fiction. Her world – and the magic that used to shimmer within it – feels hollow. This book is slowly breaking our hearts and we wish Rowling had let Harry stay in the memories of all her readers. Have you read it yet? What do you think?

Until next week, happy reading!