Entertainment Weekly Names 'The Glass Hotel' Best Book of 2020 | Book Pulse

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel tops Entertainment Weekly's list of the 10 best books of the year. More 2020 best-of lists are out from Vanity Fair, Goodreads, Smithsonian magazine, and more. The 2020 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant winners are announced. Bob Woodward is working on another book about the Trump presidency. Plus, the filmmaker behind The Queen's Gambit has several adaptations in the works, including Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov.

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The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review) tops Entertainment Weekly's "10 best books of 2020."

Vanity Fair lists its top 15 books of the year.

The best books of the year according to the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Smithsonian magazine has its annual best-of lists by genre.

Electric Lit chooses the top nonfiction of the year.

The NYT lists "The Best Historical Fiction of 2020."

Shondaland recommends "24 of the Best LGBTQ-Authored Books of 2020."

Kirkus teams with Rolling Stone to pick the "Best Music Books 2020."

BuzzFeed rounds up "30 Of The Best YA Speculative Fiction Novels Of 2020."

Amazon lists the best mysteries and thrillers out this month.

BookPage recommends new poetry books that act as a balm.

Tor.com has "The 30 Most Anticipated SFF Books of 2021."

The 2020 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant winners are announced.

Simon & Schuster will publish an as-yet untitled second book about the Trump presidency by Bob Woodward, with Robert Costa. The L.A. Times reports.


The Washington Post reviews Tomorrow Will Be Better by Betty Smith (Harper Perennial Modern Classics): "published in 1948, [it] turns out to be one of those rare cases of a forgotten novel that really does deserve to be recovered."

The NYT reviews The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention by Simon Baron-Cohen (Basic: Hachette): "about the idea of using autism as a key to unlock the mystery of human cognition, and on this front, it’s less convincing."

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror of 2020."

Briefly Noted 

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci's Italy by Laura Morelli (William Morrow). The buyer's pick is The Last Days of John Lennon by James Patterson with Casey Sherman (Little Brown: Hachette). 

Chris Colfer shares his favorite books of the year with Amazon

Tor.com excerpts Vortex by Catherine Coulter (William Morrow: HarperCollins). It's due out July 2021. Entertainment Weekly has a Q&A with Farrah Rochon, plus a cover reveal of The Dating Playbook (Forever: Hachette), which is due out Aug. 2021. Also, an interview with Lisa Taddeo, whose book Animal (Avid Reader: S. & S.) will be out June 2021.

Lauren Martin, The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life (Grand Central: Hachette), talks about women and moodiness with Shondaland.

Sarah Smarsh talks about She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs (Scribner: S. & S) with the NYT.

USA Today interviews celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, Blowing My Way to the Top: How to Break the Rules, Find Your Purpose, and Create the Life and Career You Deserve (Harper Wave).

The Lit Hub "Questionnaire" goes to Andrew DuBois, Emily Gould, An Yu, and more.

Guernica talks with Barbara Demick, Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town (Random House), about the challenges of being a reporter in Tibet.

The NYT talks with cartoonist Berkeley Breathed on the 40th anniversary of Bloom County.

On the anniversary of John Lennon's death, Fox News talks with Kenneth Womack, John Lennon 1980 (Omnibus), about his final days. 

Janet Evanovich, Fortune and Glory (Atria: S. & S.) does a brief Q&A with CrimeReads.

In The Missouri Review, via Lit Hub, an exploration of the popularity of Kurt Vonnegut in men's Tinder profiles

The Guardian reports that an annual award that pokes fun at bad sex scenes in fiction is taking 2020 off because people have "been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well.” 

The NYT Magazine's "Letter of Recommendation" takes on libraries: "The library can (in fact it frequently does) deliver satisfaction, but it is an autumnal satisfaction, one that looks beyond the mirage of permanent ownership."

Book Riot looks at the impacts a community reading program can have.

Authors on Air

James Raffan discusses Ice Walker: A Polar Bear's Journey Through the Fragile Arctic (S. & S.) with the CBC's Quirks and Quarks

Ayad Akhtar, Homeland Elegies (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review), is on Slate's Working podcast.

The Keen On podcast talks with Peter Osnos about the Simon & Schuster sale.

There's a new Wonder Woman 1984 trailer.

The filmmaker behind The Queen's Gambit will be adapting The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell and Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov, plus another film featuring The Maltese Falcon character Sam Spade. The Playlist reports.

NBC is developing a drama based on No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson (Pinnacle: Random House). Deadline reports.

The Guardian profiles author Alex Wheatle, who is the inspiration for the Small Axe film of the same name by Steve McQueen.

The CBC speaks with Shyam Selvadurai about adapting his book Funny Boy into a film.

Erin Brockovich, Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It (Pantheon: Random House), is on The Drew Barrymore Show today.

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