'Shondaland' Names Its 'Book of the Fall' | Book Pulse

More reading suggestions arrive and the Davitt Awards are announced. Shondaland calls Bestiary by K-Ming Chang “the Book of the Fall.” Latino representation and Indian OwnVoices romances get focused attention.

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HuffPost suggests “15 New Books By Latinx Authors To Add To Your Bookshelf.”

CrimeReads picks “Five International Crime Novels You Should Read This September.”

Book Marks gathers “The Best Reviewed Memoirs and Biographies, September Edition.”

EarlyWord’s YA & MG Galley Chat is posted.

The Davitt Awards are announced.


The NYT reviews Missionaries by Phil Klay (Penguin): “It has many slowly grinding parts. It gets the job done, just about, but it’s a ponderous journey.” Also, Jack by Marilynne Robinson (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “presents a number of problems — to new readers who may not pick up the oblique references to Jack’s troubled youth, and to faithful readers who may find the scrambled time scheme of his relationship with Della frustratingly difficult to follow.” The End of the Day by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.): “remarkable.” The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Viking: Penguin) “an absorbing but comfortable read, imaginative in the details if familiar in its outline. The invention of the library as the machinery through which different lives can be accessed is sure to please readers and has the advantage of being both magical and factual.” Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World: Random House): “full of magic realism that reaches down your throat, grabs hold of your guts and forces a slow reckoning with what it means to be a foreigner, a native, a mother, a daughter — and all the things in between.” The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katz (HMH): “[a] detailed behind-the-scenes account … skillfully marshals diaries, letters, oral histories and memoirs to support her thesis.” Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime by Jennifer Taub (Viking: Penguin): “explicitly and persuasively places the breakdown of enforcement and accountability in the context of money and class.” Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality by David Linden (Basic Books: Hachette): “The main takeaway … is that while there might be a genetic tendency to develop in a particular way, there’s a wide range of influences, beginning in fetal life, that help determine how and whether our genes are expressed.” Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated by Sarah Booker (The Feminist Press at CUNY): “[a] lucid, poignant collection of essays and poetry.” The Socialist Awakening: What's Different Now About the Left by John B. Judis (Columbia): “proposes that a new socialism is emerging among the young and educated.”

The Washington Post reviews The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr (Avery: Penguin): “part investigative journalism, part history and part philosophical meditation on how humans transfer meaning to their food choices.” Also, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen (Beacon Press): “uses interviews, research and personal experience to offer a framework that loosens stigmas about relationships, emotion and sex in a culture that operates on 'compulsory sexuality'.”

The L.A. Times reviews Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music by Alex Ross (FSG: Macmillan): “magnificent.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland calls Bestiary by K-Ming Chang (One World: Random House), “the Book of the Fall.”

People features Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (Clarkson Potter: Penguin).

Vogue spotlights Lili Reinhart, Swimming Lessons: Poems (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan).

The L. A. Times has a Q&A with Misty Copeland, Bunheads (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: Penguin; SLJ starred review). People has an interview as well.

The Guardian focuses on Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell (Knopf) as part of its “Not the Booker” coverage. The paper also has an interview with Richard Flanagan.

HuffPost features Natacha Bustos, in a piece entitled “This is How One Afro-Latina Comic Book Artist is Changing the Marvel Universe.”

Bitch Media writes about Indian OwnVoices romances.

Tor.com has a conversation between Naomi Novik and Christopher Paolini. They are the authors of A Deadly Education (Del Rey: Random House; LJ starred review) and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (Tor Books: Macmillan).

In forthcoming book news, Tor.com will publish a SF trilogy by debut novelist Neon Yang. It is set for 2022.

In more forthcoming book news, Phoebe Robinson announces the first books in her Tiny Reparations imprint for PRH. The two titles are Rage: The Evolution of a Black Queer Body in America by Lester Fabian Braithwaite and What the Firelies Knew by Kai Harris. Both are expected to publish sometime in 2021. Entertainment Weekly reports.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit: Hachette).

The NYT  “Group Text” book club feature highlights Dear Child by Romy Hausmann (Flatiron: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “the overall experience is as enthralling as it is thought-provoking.”

The NYT features Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval (Voracious: Hachette), as part of their Design special report, which is about taking creative leaps in challenging times.” On that note, the paper offers “5 Books to Take a Deep Dive Into Design.”

The Washington Post has a report on Wicked Game: An Insider's Story on How Trump Won, Mueller Failed, and America Lost by Rick Gates (Post Hill Press: S. & S.). It is in the papers now for its buzzy revelations.

In its “Letter of Recommendation” section, the NYT looks at Dover paperbacks.

Lit Hub picks “The 10 Best Book Covers of September.”

France is debating the idea of reburying Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine in Panthéon. The Guardian reports.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Rev. Al Sharpton, Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

NPR’s All Things Considered discusses Latino representation in children's literature and LatinxPitch for Kid Lit. Also, some book suggestions.

Netflix responds to the US senators who are troubled by the adaptation of Liu Cixin’s Three-Body Problem. USA Today reports.

Kevin Steverson’s Salvage Title sells film rights. Deadline reports.

The Today show features Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation by Andrew Weissmann (Random House), Matty Matheson: Home Style Cookery by Matty Matheson (Abrams), and Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads by Rev. Al Sharpton (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

A trailer is out for A Babysitter's Guide To Monster Hunting. It is based on the books by Joe Ballarini and debuts on Netflix on Oct. 15.

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