Crazy Rich Asians Opens Strong, Aug. 15, 2018 | Book Pulse

Crazy Rich Asians is set for an impressive opening day. Look to Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen to add to your music collection, critics are raving. The adaptation of Jessie Burton's novel The Miniaturist starts early next month.

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Crazy Rich Asians, based on the book by the same name by Kevin Kwan (Random House), debuts today. Variety reports that it looks set for an excellent opening. Reviews are very strong: NYT, Washington Post, The Guardian, and Vox all weigh in. Vanity Fair has a story on the movie's fashions. Here is the trailer.


The NYT reviews Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead): "It’s a busy, beautiful vexation, this novel, a quiver full of fables of pilgrims and pilgrimages." The Shortlist considers cookbooks that define belonging. The paper also reviews two books that "Expose the Fracturing of the American Nuclear Family, From Midcentury to Today."

The Washington Post reviews Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century by Nate Chinen (Pantheon: Random House): "a terrific book about the shape of contemporary jazz."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault Newman (Gallery: S. & S.), giving it a D+ and calling it "the logical next step in our collective, steep, seemingly endless descent toward disgrace."

NPR reviews His Favorites by Kate Walbert (Scribner): "fueled by gorgeous writing as well as moral outrage ... heartbreaking and galvanizing." Also The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser (Riverhead): "an engaging and nuanced introduction to the ways sand has shaped the world."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly writes about Karin Slaughter and the movies.

As a heads up, Book Riot picks "10 October New Releases To Put on Hold at the Library Right Now."

Slate has a story about an Instagram book exchange, kind of like a literary chain letter.

After ruling the nonfiction bestseller list for over a year, Neil deGrasse Tyson has a next book coming out next month: Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (co-authored by Avis Lang, W.W. Norton). Signature points out that Courtney B. Vance will read the book on audio, who, Tyson says, has the "gravitas, intensity, and precision" the book requires.

Hannah Gadsby is writing a book, Ten Steps to Nanette (Ballantine). Expect it sometime next year. The NYT broke the news.

Shondalandfeatures poet Jos Charles, feeld (Milkweed).

Entertainment Weeklyinterviews YA author Ally Carter, Dear Ally (Scholastic).

The Atlantic considers "The Lie of Little Women."

In England, citizens are suing, and winning, to keep libraries. The Guardian has a report.

Authors on Air

Meet the stars of HBO's My Brilliant Friend. Vogue has the details.

Vultureinterviews Lana Condor, the star of Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before.

Entertainment Weekly writes about how The Wife became a movie.

Castle Rock gets season two.

My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry (Penguin) is optioned for TV, The Bookseller reports.

The adaptation of Jessie Burton's novel The Miniaturist (Ecco: Harper) will premiere on Sept. 9 on PBS's Masterpiece. Here is the trailer. Town & Country has a story on the upcoming 3-part series.

PBS NewsHourfeatures poet Ada Limón, The Carrying: Poems (Milkweed; LJ starred review).

PBS books is going to livestream the National Book Festival, starting on Sept. 1.

The Guardian podcast features Matt Haig, How To Stop Time (Viking: Penguin) and Christina Dalcher, Vox (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review).

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