Cicely Tyson Dies Days After Her Memoir Is Published | Book Pulse

Actress Cicely Tyson, whose memoir Just as I Am was released this week, died yesterday at age 96. With massive demand following her reading at Joe Biden's inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman's three unreleased books will see a print run of one million copies each. Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from Billy Summers by Stephen King, which is due out Aug. 3. Lala Kent of The Vanderpump Rules has a memoir, Give Them Lala, coming May 4. Adaptations out this week include Finding You, based on There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones and Firefly Lane, based on the book by Kristin Hannah. Plus, the graphic novel The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag will be adapted as an animated musical for Netflix.

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Jan. 29

Finding You, based on There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones. Theatrical Release. No reviews | Trailer

True Mothers, based on the book by Mizuki Tsujimura. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 31

The Long Song, based on the book by Andrea Levy. PBS. Reviews | Trailer

Feb. 3

Firefly Lane, based on the book by Kristin Hannah. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "...an emotional novel about efforts to organize migrant workers in California during the Depression." Also, The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey (Riverhead: Penguin): "...a portrait of the artist contemplating his own existence."

NPR reviews My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead: Penguin): "...boisterous and fun, but a bit light on core content." Also, Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia by Thomas Healy (Metropolitan: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "The book is meticulously researched, and Healy expertly provides ample context; he paints an excellent, and accurate, picture of America in the 1970s, a country still in denial about the racism that was poisoning the nation to its core."

The NYT reviews The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox (Viking: Penguin): "...a threaded needle embroidering itself into being." Also, Winter's Orbit by Everina Maxwell (Tor: Macmillan; LJ starred review): "...[the book] did every single thing I expected it to do and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it." Plus, brief reviews of 3 recent debut novels.

The Washington Post reviews Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth by Avi Loeb (HMH): "In the end, 'Extraterrestrial' is at its best when it is down to earth." Also, American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery by Craig Unger (Dutton: Penguin): "...Unger makes a strong case that Trump is probably a compromised trusted contact of Kremlin interests." Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Andrea Pitzer (Scribner: S. & S.): "Pitzer re-creates the crew’s vicious winter with the drama of a novel." The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian by Robert D. Kaplan (Random House; LJ starred reivew): "Kaplan takes readers into the hardest-hit spots on the planet, creating a portrait that suggests America’s positive humanitarian role in the world is limited."

Book Marks’ "Best Reviewed Books of the Month."

Briefly Noted

Actress Cicely Tyson, whose memoir Just as I Am (HarperCollins) was released this week, died yesterday at age 96. Remembrances are up at Deadline, Shadow & Act, Variety, and USA Today.

LJ presents the nearly 300 "Titles to Watch 2021."

The NYT recommends 10 recent releases

Publishers Weekly previews new books out next week.

Bustle previews 34 new books out in February.

Amazon rounds up "Highly anticipated giggle-worthy romantic comedies."

Entertainment Weekly offers "18 cozy books to curl up with this winter."

CrimeReads looks at the best international crime fiction of the month.

The Root suggests new books featuring "Historic Black Women and the Literary Legacies They've Paved."

Datebook provides an overview of "3 books on climate change for academics, dummies and deniers."

The CBC lists "15 Canadian books to read about mental health."

With massive demand following her reading at Joe Biden's inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman's three unreleased books will see a print run of one million copies each. CNN reports. 

The American Booksellers Association nominated current ABA Vice President Bradley Graham as President. Also, Brian Napack, President and CEO of John Wiley Sons, was re-elected to Chairman of the Association of American Publishers' Board of Directors.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt from Billy Summers by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.). It's due out Aug. 3.

Lala Kent of The Vanderpump Rules has a memoir, Give Them Lala (Gallery: S. & S.), coming May 4. People has details.

Arlem Hawks, Georgana's Secret (Shadow Mountain), fields 10 questions from The Booklist Reader.

The L.A. Times interviews Jose Antonio Vargas, whose next book, White Is Not a Country, is the first book from the new Lisa Lucas-led Pantheon imprint at Penguin Random House. It's due out in 2023.

"Sex is my North Star," says Melissa Broder, Milk Fed (Scriber: S. & S.), in an L.A. Times interview.

Salon speaks with Olga Mecking, Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing (HMH), about, well...how to do nothing

The NYT has a profile of Kristin Hannah, The Four Winds (St. Martin's: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Electric Lit talks with Aimee Bender about mental illness and The Butterfly Lampshade (Doubelday: Random House).

George Saunders, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House), shares the "Books that made me" with The Guardian.

USA Today interviews actor David Duchovny about his new book, Truly Like Lightning (FSG: Macmillan).

Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar (Overlook: Abrams), shares 10 favorite books with Vulture.

The NYT's "By the Book" column features Yusef Komunyakaa, Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021 (FSG: Macmillan).

Authors on Air

The graphic novel The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag will be adapted as an animated musical for Netflix. Tor.com has details.

My Salinger Year, based on the memoir by Joanna Rakoff, is scheduled for release on March 5. Idris Elba’s production company picked up the rights to Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden, which was published in the U.K. this month. Deadline reports. 

Édouard Louis, The End of Eddy (FSG: Macmillan), discusses writing for your enemies on the How to Proceed podcast.

Pam Mandel discusses The Same River Twice: A Memoir of Dirtbag Backpackers, Bomb Shelters, and Bad Travel (Skyhorse: S. & S.) on Personal Space: The Memoir Show.

The Keen On podcast talks with Jessica Bruder about Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (W.W. Norton: LJ starred review).

Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism (Grand Central: Hachette; LJ starred review), appear on the Tamron Hall Show today.

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