Oprah Picks "Caste" by Isabel Wilkerson As Her Next Book Club Title | Book Pulse

Oprah picks Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson as her next book club title. Many more August booklists arrive. Raven Leilani and Luster get more buzzy coverage. Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest-edit the September issue of Vanity Fair. Disney is taking the live-action Mulan to Disney+ rather than theaters, but subscribers will still have to pay extra to watch it. Ratched gets a trailer.

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Book Club Picks

Oprah picks Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review) as her next book club title. USA Today has a report and CBS News has the announcement. O: The Oprah Magazine has an interview and a review. HuffPost also has a piece on the book.

Moira’s Book Club pick for The Seattle Times is The Sea by John Banville (Vintage).

Reviews

NPR reviews Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms (Sourcebooks Landmark): “This book hurts. The detailed author's note in the frontmatter only reinforces the fact that Every Bone a Prayer is a difficult, important, and beautifully rendered story of generational trauma, survival, and healing.” Also, The Book of Atlantis Black by Grace Bonner (Tin House: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): “a haunting, heartbreaking, frustrating read.”

The NYT reviews Luster by Raven Leilani (FSG: Macmillan): “It’s a book that has been so feverishly praised for its boldness, humor and sexual frankness that I was a little crushed to find instead a perfectly agreeable if uneven first novel — brisk and pleasantly pulpy, hobbled occasionally by some seriously mangled prose and pat psychology.” Also, The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes (Oneworld: S. &  S.): “There’s a darkness to this novel that makes it worthy of attention and the juxtaposition of isolation with eccentricity works well.” Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle (Algonquin: Workman): “dreamier and more interior than that of McCorkle’s previous novel.” The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing by Betsy Bonner (Tin House: W. W. Norton): “[a] haunting, mind-bending memoir.”

The L. A. Times reviews The Living Dead by George A. Romero, Daniel Kraus (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “it’s a brisk 656 pages, filled with the gore, the tension and the social commentary of Romero classics like Night of the Living Dead. It’s also, accidentally, a timely saga about a mismanaged pandemic and the societal collapse that follows.”

Tor.com reviews Prelude for Lost Souls by Helene Dunbar (Sourcebooks): “a quiet story full of small-town intrigue, intimate relationships, and personal grief. It has the feel of a gothic story and the hook of a haunted house, but Helene Dunbar uses these as a way to explore the way trauma and loss break and reshape our lives.”

Vox reviews Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “I loved Harrow the Ninth, loved it with my whole heart: its lush and velvety sentences, its wicked sense of humor, its sprawling cosmic world-building, the tragic love story at the center of it all.”

USA Today reviews Lobizona by Romina Garber (Wednesday Books: Macmillan), giving it 3 stars and writing it is “a young-adult fantasy novel of Argentinian folklore that doesn’t pull punches highlighting the plight of many undocumented immigrants in the United States.” 

Briefly Noted

O: The Oprah Magazine picks “the Best Books to Pick Up Before Summer Ends.”

Shondaland picks “The 5 Best Books for August.”

Lit Hub picks 23 books for the week and eight for the month.

Popsugar picks 26 titles for the month and spotlights 11 romance titles for August.

The CBC showcases “24 Canadian writers on the rise in 2020.”

Entertainment Weekly runs its Hot Stuff romance column.

Apartment Therapy suggests The Death of Vivek Oji byAkwaeke Emezi (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review) as its one book to read in August.

USA Today lists “6 things to know about Midnight Sun.” The L.A. Times has fan reaction.

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports on Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page (Twelve: Hachette).

In buzzy book coverage, Entertainment Weekly profiles Raven Leilani, Luster (FSG: Macmillan). O: The Oprah Magazine has a piece as well. Vulture also has coverage and The Cut has an excerpt. BuzzFeed weighs in too, as does Datebook.

O: The Oprah Magazine interviews Claudia Rankine, Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Shondaland interviews Allison Winn Scotch, Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing (Lake Union: Amazon).

Electric Lit interviews Ingrid Persaud, Love After Love (One World: Random House).

Amazon interviews Taye Diggs, Mixed Me! (Square Fish: Macmillan), “on why representation matters in kids' books.”

Bustle interviews Stephenie Meyer, Midnight Sun (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette). More here too.

The Hollywood Reporter features A Map to the Sun  by Sloane Leong (First Second: Macmillan).

O: The Oprah Magazine showcases The Butterfly Lampshade by Aimee Bender (Doubleday: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Harper).

Bitch Media interviews Seyward Darby, Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Vox interviews Curtis Sittenfeld, Rodham (Random House).

Shaun Hamill, A Cosmology of Monsters (Pantheon), answers the Book Marks Questionnaire.

Tor.com excerpts Why Visit America: Stories by Matthew Baker (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and also has an excerpt of The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk (Erewhon: Workman).

Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest-edit the September issue of Vanity Fair.

Locus has a summary of the Locus Awards Online.

Gizmodo has a report on George R.R. Martin’s response to the Hugo ceremony fallout.

Lit Hub reports on a library video ad promoting curbside service.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Random House; LJ starred review). Also, NPR interviews Lauren Beukes, Afterland (Muholland Books: Hachette).

Disney is taking the live-action Mulan to Disney+ rather than theaters, but subscribers will still have to pay extra to watch it. Variety reports.

AMC options Sorcerers co-written by Maurice Broaddus and Otis Whitaker, with art by Jim Mahfood. Plans are in the works for a series. Maximillian Potter’s Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine is headed to the small screen with Noah Wyle and Judith Light to star. Deadline has details.

Ratched gets a trailer. It airs on Netflix on Sept. 18 and draws from the villain of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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