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The Barnes and Noble March book club pick is A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler. My Dark Vanessa is decidedly buzzy. Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir, is in the spotlight. Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher, has a new book on the way.

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Bookslists for March, The Week, and Pandemic Reading

The Barnes and Noble March book club pick is A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

The Guardian’s book of the month is Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (Orb Books: Macmillan).

O: The Oprah Magazine picks “14 of the Best Books to Read this March.”

LitHub suggests “10 new books to read this week.” Also, tying into mirror, “10 Great Works of Historical Fiction to Ease Your Thomas Cromwell Withdrawal.”

Vulture offers “Pandemics: An Essential Reading List.” Electric Lit suggests “12 Books About Pandemics.”

Tor.com offers “5 Books Set in a Fantastical America.”

CrimeReads offers “The Essential Crime Novels Of Los Angeles.”

Book Marks has another in their “The Art of the Hand-Sell” column. In this one “14 booksellers from 4 indie bookshops rave about their favorite read.”


The NYT reviews Writers & Lovers by Lily King (Grove Press; LJ starred review): “begins in mourning and frustration, but it more or less persuasively opens out to genuine, even giddy, hope.” Also, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker by Barry Sonnenfeld (Hachette): “an ideal tour guide through the vagaries and hypocrisies of the entertainment industry” [but also, as the review notes at the end, harrowing life events too]. Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future by James Shapiro (Penguin): “If you’re worried about the current state of the Republic, this is a book that will stoke your fears – while educating you on why you might justifiably be having them.”

The Washington Post reviews The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “Mantel is clear-eyed yet compassionate in depicting her coldly calculating, covertly idealistic protagonist ... Dense with resonant metaphors and alive with discomfiting ideas.” Also, A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review). Unlike yesterday’s strongly negative review in the NYT, this one holds that “Fowler has executed is a book in which the black characters are thoughtfully rendered and essential to the story being told.” Charles Finch reviews Apeirogon by Colum McCann (Random House; LJ starred review): “The book’s subject is the unending conflict in the Middle East, and the author treats it with such careful ferocity that at times he nearly goes quiet.”

NPR reviews My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review): “explosive … It's a page-turner structured to amp up suspense, but it's also self-consciously bookish.”

Briefly Noted

BuzzFeed writes “How My Dark Vanessa Became One Of The Biggest Books Of The Year.” Esquire has a feature on “the Necessity of My Dark Vanessa.”

Rebecca Solnit, Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (Viking: Penguin), answers the “What’s In A Page” questions for Entertainment Weekly. Solnit is also featured in Salon.

The NYT features “The King of D.I.Y. Dwellings,” author Lloyd Kahn (here is a booklist).

io9 excerpts The Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski, translated by David French (Orbit: Hachette).

Bustle excerpts Untamed by Glennon Doyle (The Dial Press: Random House).

In forthcoming book news Michael Schur will publish How to Be Good: A Definitive Answer for Exactly What to Do, In Every Possible Situation with S. & S. in the fall of 2021. Schur created The Good Place and was part of the team behind Parks & Recreation. USA Today has details.

The Washington Post writes “In a time of crisis, poetry can help focus our fears and transform ‘noise into music.’

The L.A. Times moves the Festival of Books from spring to fall due to coronavirus. The Virginia Festival of the Book is also cancelled.

The L.A. Times lists other controversial Oprah book picks over the years.

Noted and award-winning translator Jamey Gambrell has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews Steve Inskeep, Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity, and Helped Cause the Civil War (Penguin).

NPR’s Code Switch discusses Grace Halsell’s 1969 book Soul Sister (Crossroads International Publishing).

Deadline writes about AMC’s Pantheon, based on some of Ken Liu’s short stories. Also, Netflix has bought Deb Spera’s Call Your Daughter Home with series plans. Also, casting news for the Silence of the Lambs sequel. The Station Eleven adaptation casts up too. The release of Peter Rabbit 2 gets delayed due to coronavirus.

George Clooney “has now signed on to direct The Boys in the Boat reports the Observer.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance (A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan), will be on with Jimmy Fallon. Katherine Schwarzenegger, The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin), will be on The View

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