Kid Cudi to Produce and Star in 'Real Life' Adaptation | Book Pulse

Kid Cudi is producing and will star in the adaptation of Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker tops People's best books of the year list, and The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio tops Vulture's list of 10 best books of the year. Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man by Dav Pilkey is the only new bestseller this week. "Muslim" by Zahia Rahmani, translated by Matt Reeck, wins the 2020 Albertine Prize. Vanity Fair hosts a conversation between Jesmyn Ward and Barack Obama. Kellyanne Conway has received a multi-million dollar deal for an upcoming memoir. Melville House's Dennis Johnson calls for the Department of Justice to stop the consolidation of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster.

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Book Lists 

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review) tops People's best books of the year list.

The Wall Street Journal picks "The 10 Best Books of 2020."

The Undocumented Americans: A Homecoming by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (One World: Random House) tops Vulture's list of 10 best books of the year.

Slate's book critic Laura Miller picks the best books of the year, and Dan Kois picks the best books for escaping.

Electric Lit chooses the top novels of the year.

The "Best Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2020" list is out from Tor.com.

Here are the "Most Read books of 2020," according to Amazon Charts data.

Shelf Awareness looks at books coming out next week.

BuzzFeed recommends 14 holiday romances.

Tor.com gathers the science fiction books coming out this month.

BookPage suggests some romances and celebrity memoirs.

Book Riot looks at "The Most Popular Under-the-Radar Books in U.S. Libraries: July–September 2020."

Sabaa Tahir shares her favorite books of the year with Amazon.

Bestsellers

New Title Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers | NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | USA Today Best-Selling Books

Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man by Dav Pilkey (Graphix: Scholastic) is the only new book on either of the bestsellers lists this week. The first of this new graphic novel series, which celebrates creativity, friendship, optimism, and hope, starts at No. 2 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list.

Antiracist Bestsellers

Links for the week: NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers | NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review): No. 4 on the NYT Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House): No. 5 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (Beacon): No. 8 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (One World: Random House): No. 9 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): No. 13 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau: Random House; LJ starred review): No. 15 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list.

Reviews

The Guardian reviews Daddy: Stories by Emma Cline (Random House): "In Daddy, Cline captures unflinchingly the rocky recalibrations at work in sexual culture. What saves the book from the pitfalls of the generic – from being a series of exercises on contemporary life – is her remarkable ability to plunge us, suddenly, into a world so finely contoured, so throbbing with specificity, that it swells and obliquely speaks volumes."

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Essay Collections of 2020."

Briefly Noted

"Muslim" by Zahia Rahmani and translated by Matt Reeck (Deep Vellum) wins the 2020 Albertine Prize.

The 2020 Mythopoeic Awards finalists are out.

John Freeman, Executive Editor of Lit Hub, is headed to Knopf as an Executive Editor. Deadline reports.

The Daily Mail reports Kellyanne Conway has received a multi-million dollar deal for an upcoming memoir.

Tor.com has an excerpt of Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom).

Fox News has an interview with its own Dana Perino, whose book Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman) (Twelve: Hachette) is due out March 2021.

Entertainment Weekly talks to actress Casey Wilson about her forthcoming book of essays, The Wreckage of My Presence (Harper). 

Vanity Fair has a conversation between Jesmyn Ward and Barack Obama, A Promised Land (Crown: Random House).

Michel Rabagliati, Paul at Home (Drawn and Quarterly), tells Slate that "Comic Sans is pretty when used for the proper purpose."

The Washington Post speaks with Kitty O’Meara about how And the People Stayed Home (Tra: S. & S.) came to be.

Jerry Seinfeld, Is This Anything? (S. & S.) is the NYT's “By the Book” column feature author. The paper's “Inside the List” column features Cassandra Campbell, narrator of the audiobook version of Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Penguin Audio), which has been on the best-seller list for audio fiction for 27 months.

Lit Hub interviews The Witcher series' Andrzej Sapkowski.

For the Vox book club, an interview with Susan Choi, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

After a California school district took five books that deal with race and racism off a mandatory reading list, a conservative youth group offers the books to students for free. The L.A. Times reports.

In The Atlantic, Melville House's Dennis Johnson says "the DOJ needs to stop the consolidation" of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, or we'll face a book future that's more bland and less democratic.

The Guardian looks into why so many comics creators are going to Kickstarter instead of publishers.

Authors on Air

Kid Cudi is producing and will star in the adaptation of Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Riverhead: Penguin). Netflix has picked up the rights to Edward Berger’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. The Hollywood Reporter has all the details.

George Clooney will direct and Ben Affleck will star in the feature film adaptation of The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer. Phoenix Pictures is developing a TV series based on F*ck Feelings by Michael and Sarah Bennett. Arrow Media has optioned both Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad by Nicole Weisensee Egan and The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski by Samantha Geimer. Amazon is developing "an unscripted docuseries," while its IMDb TV is working on a scripted series, both based on Jessica Simpson's memoir Open Book (Dey Street: HarperCollins). Deadline reports on all.

NPR's Fresh Air discusses the criminal legal system with Brittany K Barnett, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour has an interview with Ling Ma about this month's book club selection, Severance (FSG: Macmillan).

The Longform podcast speaks with Wright Thompson, Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last (Penguin). 

Mauro F. Guillen, 2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything (St. Martin's: Macmillan), talks about what an expanded "sharing economy" could mean on the Keen On podcast.

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