Remembering Gail Sheehy | Book Pulse

Gail Sheehy, author of books about life’s key experiences, has died. More forthcoming books make news, including two about the Trumps. There are also more booklists for the week, from International Crime to the Multiverse. New adaptations of Stephen King’s The Stand and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple head to the screen.

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Gail Sheehy has died. She is the author of Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life (Ballantine: Random House), Daring: My Passages: A Memoir (William Morrow: Harper), and other books about life’s key experiences. The NYT also has a tribute. The L.A. Times has an obituary, as does Vanity Fair and USA Today.


The NYT reviews The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions): “suspenseful and propulsive; in style and theme, a sibling to her previous books. But it’s also a more vulnerable performance, less tightly woven and deliberately plotted, even turning uncharacteristically jagged at points as it explores some of the writer.”

The Washington Post reviews Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth by Brian Stelter (Atria/One Signal Publishers: S. & S.): “I doubt [it] will convince die-hard Fox fans of the error of their ways, but it should reach those unaware of the network’s dangerous, complicit slide into demagoguery. Stelter’s critique goes beyond salacious tidbits about extramarital affairs (though there are plenty of those) to expose a collusion that threatens the pillars of our democracy.” Also, The Royal Governess: A Novel of Queen Elizabeth II's Childhood by Wendy Holden (Berkley: Penguin): “Once [it] gets to the Windsors, it takes off like a grand parade. Holden obviously relishes bringing to life her famous cast of characters.”

The L. A. Times reviews Having and Being Had by Eula Biss (Riverhead: Penguin): “Loose in its greater arc but always tethered to an awareness of the insidious influence of capitalism, each essay originates in conversation or personal observation. This allows her to explore the candid ways we reveal our own biases around money, class.” Also, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante (Europa Editions): “I’m delighted by the idea of a bildungsroman that doesn’t automatically launch its protagonist into an adult life of wisdom and serenity.”

NPR reviews His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham (Random House): “well worth reading, especially for readers with an abiding interest in the intersection of religion and progressive politics, but it's not the comprehensive portrait of the American hero for which many might be hoping. Nonetheless, it's an inspiring book that comes at a time when the world desperately needs inspiration.” Also, Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Riverhead: Penguin): “chilly little sliver of a novel.”

Datebook reviews Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden (Ecco: Harper): “Wholly satisfying, the novel builds to a violent, action-packed denouement, leaving space for a sequel.”

Briefly Noted

In forthcoming book news, The Guardian writes about Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff (Gallery: S. & S.), including that the author has tapes of Melania Trump “making derogatory remarks about Donald and Ivanka.” The paper also has an interview with Samantha Cristoforetti, Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut (Allen Lane) which comes out in December.

Vanity Fair has a piece about Michael Cohen and his forthcoming Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump (Skyhorse: S. & S.).

USA Today spotlights Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

People writes about the upcoming Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son by Madeleine Dean, Harry Cunnane (Convergent Books: Random House).

BuzzFeed writes about the forthcoming Essentially Charli: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping It Real by Charli D'Amelio (Amulet: Abrams).

Lit Hub picks 20 books for the week.

Bitch Media gathers “15 Books Feminists Should Read in August.”

CrimeReads has “5 International Crime Novels You Should Read This August.”

AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of August, as listed on Lit Hub. Here are the August Earphone Award winners.

The Washington Post suggests fourteen newly released paperbacks.

Book Riot offers “10 Books That Explore the Multiverse.”

BuzzFeed has a list of “15 YA Books That Let You Travel The World From Your Couch.”

Electric Lit offers “7 Books About Being Young and Messy in New York.”

Datebook suggests “3 books with lovely views of nature.”

The Christopher Award winners are announced.

USA Today features Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It by Erin Brockovich (Pantheon: Random House).

Mental Floss highlights the new illustrated Tarot by Jessica Hundley, Johannes Fiebig, Marcella Kroll, and Thunderwin (TASCHEN).

Lit Hub writes about Fauja Singh Keeps Going : The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrated by Baljinder Kaur (Kokila: Penguin). SLJ has an interview with the author.

Christina Baker Kline, The Exiles (Custom House: Harper; LJ starred review), answers Entertainment Weekly’sWhat’s in a Page” questions.

Salon interviews Jill Filipovic, OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind (Atria/One Signal: S. & S.). excerpts Night Shine by Tessa Gratton (Margaret K. McElderry Books: S. & S.).

Vogue writes about the Liberation Library.

The Guardian reports that Kuwait eases its book censorship laws.

LifeHacker suggests “Alternatives to Goodreads.”

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Brian Stelter, Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth (Atria/One Signal Publishers: S. & S.).

The L.A. Times showcases a conversation between Carla Hall and Brit Bennett talking about The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin). reports that “the adaptation of Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers has just got a bit more momentum: Lionsgate Television will produce the event series, and has brought in The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara to serve as showrunner.”

The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand will debut on CBS All Access on Dec. 17.  The musical version of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is headed to the movies with Blitz Bazawule to direct. The forthcoming graphic novel Unikorn by Don Handfield and Joshua Malkin is set for the movies. Deadline has some details on all.

Enola Holmes gets another trailer. It starts on Netflix on Sept. 23 and is based on The Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer.

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