Jenna Bush Hager Picks 'Black Buck' for January Book Club | Book Pulse

January book club picks are out: The Read With Jenna selection is Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour, the GMA book club title is The Push by Ashley Audrain, and for Reese Witherspoon's book club, it's Outlawed by Anna North. Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Book Marks, Entertainment Weekly, and others preview some of the most anticipated books of 2021. Read memorials for author Eric Jerome Dickey, who has died at age 59. His final book, The Son of Mr. Suleman, is due out April 20. Plus, Vulture has an in-depth feature on the pre- and post-publication controversies of American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.

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January Book Clubs

The January 2021 Read With Jenna book club pick is Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (HMH).

This month's GMA book club selection is The Push by Ashley Audrain (Pamela Dorman: Penguin). 

For Reese Witherspoon's book club, it's Outlawed by Anna North (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

See discussion questions for Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Random House; LJ starred review), this month's PBS NewsHour/NYT book club title.

BookPage suggests four books that offer several talking points for book clubs.


The L.A. Times reviews Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel (Riverhead: Penguin): "Loedel continually works to erase the notion that only the evil commit evil acts, which adds to the horror. How do “ordinary men” become instruments of a repressive state?"

The Washington Post reviews The Fortunate Ones by Ed Tarkington (Algonquin: Workman): "Although 'The Fortunate Ones' has some narrative flaws, uneven pacing chief among them, Tarkington’s insight into the meaning of home rings true."

The NYT reviews The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams (Doubleday: Random House): "It’s a celebration of the people who compile dictionaries, even if they’re driven out of their minds in the process."

NPR also reviews reviews The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams (Doubleday: Random House): " audacious, idiosyncratic dual love story about how language and people intersect and connect, and about how far we'll go to save what we're passionate about."

Briefly Noted

Lit Hub selects the "Most Anticipated Books of 2021."

Electric Lit suggests "44 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2021."

Book Marks has a preview of the best SFF books coming this year.

Amazon previews promising sci-fi and fantasy books out this winter.

Entertainment Weekly offers "Page-turning winter books you won't be able to put down."

BuzzFeed rounds up "25 LGBTQ+ YA Books You'll Want To Curl Up With This Winter," plus new books out this week.

Lambda Literary lists "January’s Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books."

Bustle looks at the most anticipated books of the month.

The AV Club picks five new January releases.

From Library Journal, 2020's best audiobooks, documentaries, and feature videos.

Locus lists "Speculative Fiction in Translation: Novels, Collections, and Short Stories 2020."

NYPL looks at the best baseball books of 2020.

CrimeReads spotlights 10 crime novels that are now in the public domain.

Peter Ho Davies, A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself (HMH), picks "Top 10 books about the unknowable" for The Guardian.

Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and more of the most popular books on TikTok, via Book Riot. has an excerpt of Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard (Tordotcom; LJ starred review), due out Feb. 9.

Vulture has an in-depth feature on how American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, "one of publishing’s most hyped books, became its biggest horror story — and still ended up a best seller."

Lifehacker's "How I Work" column features Melinda Wenner Moyer, How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes: Science-based Strategies for Better Parenting—From Tots to Teens (GP Putnam's Sons: Penguin).

Sci-fi authors including Nnedi Okorafor and Alastair Reynolds discuss worldbuilding with The Guardian.

"For Concrete Rose, that was a '90s hip-hop playlist all the way through," Angie Thomas tells Bustle of the music that fueled her writing.

Jenn Shapland, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House: W. W. Norton), does the "Questionnaire" for Book Marks.

Rachel Cruze, Know Yourself, Know Your Money (Ramsey), offers tips for meeting financial goals in Parade

Ann Patchett shares memorable reads with Elle

Jennifer Robson, Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War (William Morrow: HarperCollins), shares some influential books with Entertainment Weekly.

Vox’s "Ask a Book Critic" column provides reader advisory on "books that find joy in everyday life." 

Author Eric Jerome Dickey has died at age 59. There are memorials in Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Essence, and the Associated Press. His final book, The Son of Mr. Suleman (Dutton: Penguin), is due out April 20.

Authors on Air 

Kai Strittmatter discusses We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China’s Surveillance State (Custom House: HarperCollins; LJ starred review) with NPR's Fresh Air.

NBC is developing the series Ties That Bind, adapted from the book and play Secret Bridesmaids’ Business by Elizabeth Coleman. Deadline reports.

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