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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is the December Read with Jenna pick, honoring the 50th anniversary of its publication. AudioFile’s December Earphone Award winners are up. More lists of the year's best books are out. Journalist John Heilemann is writing a book on Joe Biden's campaigns, and screen rights have already been acquired by Showtime. The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish will be adapted as well. Ben Bova, the prolific sci-fi author and editor, has passed away.

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage: Penguin) is the December Read with Jenna pick, honoring the 50th anniversary of its publication.

Library Journal selects the best books of the year.

Shelf Awareness also lists its best books of 2020, as does Book Riot.

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour has the best sci-fi and fantasy books of 2020, while io9 lists the best sci-fi and fantasy books out this month.

AudioFile’s December Earphone Award winners are up.

The Millions launches its 2020 "Year in Reading" series, in which contributors share what they've read this year.


The Washington Post reviews Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton (Chronicle): "...excellent new memoir-slash-song-primer." Also, Nights When Nothing Happened by Simon Han (Riverhead: Penguin): "Han builds the tension in this story slowly, but he builds it with exquisite care, and it’s entirely worth the investment." Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley (Knopf: Random House): "...it's a noble experiment." Plus, a brief look at five recent thrillers.

The NYT reviews Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal: Hachette: LJ starred review): "For many, this book will appear to be a closed fist, but for the keen eye, it is an open hand." Also, Ordesa by Manuel Vilas (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): "It’s a book of deep reckoning — of the meaningful and mundane — but written with an airy, even whimsical touch." Dissipatio H.G.: The Vanishing by Guido Morselli (NYRB Classics): "Caustic, lonely and obsessive, the novel offers a richly speculative portrait of early Anthropocene resignation." Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy by Leslie Brody (Seal: Hachette): "...an expansive and revealing new biography." A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers (The Unnamed Press; LJ starred review): "...one of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory." The "Group Text" column features Dancing in the Mosque: An Afghan Mother's Letter to Her Son by Homeira Qaderi (Harper): "...heartbreaking, but it’s also alive with curiosity and subversive joy." "The "Book of the Times" column features The Babur Nama by Babur (Everyman's Library): "...the reason 'The Babur Nama' speaks intimately across the centuries — the reason this book has been compared to the diaries of Samuel Pepys — is how intelligent, humane, self-critical and even light-souled it is.

Briefly Noted

Bustle picks the best new releases of the week.

"10 books to read in December" via The Washington Post.

BookPage offers recent audiobook and cookbook recommendations.

CrimeReads suggests thrillers to read this winter.

Kathie Lee Gifford shares her favorite books of the year with Amazon.

The NYT's "New & Noteworthy" column looks at books "From Cheese to Player Two."

Simon & Schuster will publish a book on Joe Biden's campaigns by journalist John Heilemann, with screen rights already acquired by Showtime. The Associated Press has details.

The New Yorker features Valzhyna Mort, Music for the Dead and Resurrected (FSG: Macmillan).

Guernica has a Q&A with Alex Ross, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music (FSG: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

A conversation between Gilly Macmillan, To Tell You the Truth (William Morrow: HarperCollins), and Susan Lewis, My Lies, Your Lies (William Morrow: HarperCollins), is up at CrimeReads.

Jen Sincero talks with USA Today about Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick (Penguin Life).

The Library of Congress opens its Citizen DJ project to the public, with tons of free sounds available for remixing.

BTW has a look at some of the many new imprints announced this year

Staff of Verso Books have joined a union. Lit Hub talks with them about the process.

The Chicago Tribune speaks to Illinois librarians about their systems' decisions to keep buildings open or to close them as COVID-19 rules in the state shutter other public venues.

Ben Bova, the prolific sci-fi author and editor, has passed away. Tor.com has a memorial.

Authors on Air

Variety reports The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Atria: S. & S.) will be adapted into a film. The book is due out in the U.S. in July 2021.

NPR's Morning Edition interviews Peter Guralnick, Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review). Also, a discussion on what the pandemic has revealed in the U.S. with John Micklethwait, co-editor of The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It (HarperVia).

Neal Gabler discusses Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975 (Crown: Random House) on NPR's Fresh Air.

NPR's It's Been a Minute features Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (One World: Random House).

Megan Rapinoe, One Life (Penguin), appears on The Sunday Magazine at the CBC. And on Tapestry, Robin Wall Kimmerer explains ways to look at nature as a model for patience.

It’s Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life by Kathie Lee Gifford (Thomas Nelson: Harper Collins Christian) is featured on the Today Show. Also, Gifford is on with Kelly Clarkson today, while her former Today co-host Hoda Kotb, This Just Speaks to Me: Words to Live By Every Day (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), is a guest of Drew Barrymore. Andrew Cuomo, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Crown: Random House), appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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