Kathy Wang's 'Impostor Syndrome' Gets Buzz As Summer Must-Read | Book Pulse

Kathy Wang's Impostor Syndrome gets buzz as a summer must-read. Emilia Clarke wrote a comic book and signs on to Marvel’s Secret Invasion at Disney+. Simon & Schuster refuses to cancel Pence memoir despite worker protests. Alyssa Collins is awarded the Octavia E. Butler Fellowship. George W. Bush speaks on his new book Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter kicks off the inaugural series "THR Talks" with Roxanne Gay and Andra Day in conversation.

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Buzzy Book News

Entertainment Weekly interviews Kathy Wang and previews her upcoming novel Impostor Syndrome (Custom House), touting it as a summer must-read.

"Simon & Schuster workers are protesting their employer’s publishing decisions," LitHub reports.  The Guardian reports "Mike Pence’s publisher refuses to cancel memoir after staff protest."

Dakota Johnson will star in Netflix’s film adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. The Hollywood Reporter has the story.


NPR reviews At the End of the World, Turn Left by Zhanna Slor (Agora): "It's rare to find a debut mystery crafted with such elegance and authenticity, let alone in a place that has been so neglected as a literary location. Slor's next novel will be one to anticipate." Also, We Are Bridges : A Memoir by Cassandra Lane (The Feminist Press at CUNY): "With this debut volume, Lane has written Burt Bridges into history. We Are Bridges makes a stunning contribution to what must become our collective memory."

The NYT reviews Terminal Boredom : Stories by Izumi Suzuki (Verso): “Whether Earth is colonizing new planets or humans are getting chips implanted in their skulls, each story hinges on a rejection or adherence to the conventions born of technofascism.”First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human by Jeremy DeSilva (Harper; LJ Starred Review): “DeSilva is a genial companion on this stroll through the deep origins of walking.” 'Books of the Times' features Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side by Simon McCarthy-Jones (Basic): “a highly entertaining book that should be read more as an illuminating examination of an under-discussed topic than as a prescription for how to behave.” Plus, Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri (Knopf: LJ starred review): “‘The incredible detail of her observational writing that is classic Jhumpa Lahiri is not in Whereabouts’, Giammei said. ‘If, in English, Lahiri is an eye’, he added, ‘in Italian, she’s an ear.’” The Washington Post also reviews : “In place of a traditional plot, we’re given vignettes of quiet despair or anecdotes of minor irritation all distilled into a syrup of poisonous self-absorption.”

The LA Times reviews The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand (Farrar): "Underlying his project is an earnest romantic belief that the world of the boomers, though shadowed by the anxieties and hypocrisies of the Cold War, was somehow freer than the present, its ideas brighter, its promises more promising."

Tordotcom has a review of Water Horse by Melissa Scott (Candlemark and Gleam): “Deft and atmospheric, with Scott’s trademark elegant prose, Water Horse is an engaging delight.”

Briefly Noted

The LA Times has a piece on Lady Joker, Volume 1 by Kaoru Takamura (Soho Crime) and how it was finally translated into English.

Locus reports that Alyssa Collins, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, received the year-long Octavia E. Butler Fellowship.

Eater talks with Laurie Woolever, Anthony Bourdain’s longtime assistant, about World Travel: An Irreverent Guide (Ecco: HarperCollins; LJ starred review) and “how she made his new book a reality.”

Vogue asks "Can Michaela Coel’s New Book End My Pandemic-Incited Reading Hiatus?”

The Bookseller reports that HarperCollins will publish A Class Act by comedian Rob Beckett, “a “funny and candid” attempt to reconcile his working-class childhood with the way he lives now.” The book is slated to arrive October 14th, 2021.

Electric Lit has “8 Literary Books That Are Technically Fanfiction.”

Booklist Reader has a list of the best new books of the week.

Buzzfeed has 12 New Books for the week, 30 LGBTQ+ Young Adult Books, and also highlights Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin; LJ starred review) as its Book Club May Pick.

The Washington Post gives a snapshot of this week's bestselling paperbacks.

USA Today lists "10 books to read after you've binge-watched the shows, including 'Shadow and Bone' and 'Lupin'."

Authors On Air

NPR’s Morning Edition has an interview with George W. Bush, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants (Crown).

Lauren Hough talks with NPR’s Fresh Air about her memoir Leaving Isn’t the Hardest Thing (Vintage: Random House; LJ starred review).

George W. Bush, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants (Crown) will be on Jimmy Kimmel tonight and Susan Page Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Twelve) will be on Colbert.

Emilia Clarke joins the cast of Marvel’s Secret Invasion at Disney+. Variety has the report. Plus, Clarke just wrote a comic book!  Entertainment Weekly has a story and preview.  

Slate interviews Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart (Knopf), asking “How Far is Too Far for a Memoir About Losing One’s Mother?” Salon also chatted with Zauner.

Barry Jenkins talks to Vanity Fair about adapting Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Anchor: Penguin) for HBO.

The Hollywood Reporter kicks off the inaugural  series "THR Talks" with Roxanne Gay and Andra Day in conversation about "Suffering in Art and Racism in Addiction."

Truly Original will adapt The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket by Benjamin Lorr (Avery) for the small screen, Deadline reports.

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