The Buzz of Shonda Rhimes's 'Bridgerton' | Book Pulse

Will the popularity of the new Shonda Rhimes's Bridgerton series eliminate some of the obstacles that have kept more mass-market romance books from being adapted into TV shows and movies? Lit Hub highlights some of the best but lesser-hyped books of 2020, while AARP and Bustle preview books that will be released in the months ahead. Nurturing Healing Love by Scarlett Lewis, a memoir about the loss of her son in the Sandy Hook massacre, is set to be adapted as a TV movie.

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The Bridgerton Bump

With the popularity of the new Bridgerton series, the NYT looks at the obstacles that have kept more mass-market romance books from being adapted into TV shows and movies.

"We have to change how the genre has been framed for decades." Elle on how "chick-lit" may be ready to receive the credit it's due.

Author Julia Quinn talks with People about the adaptation of her books

Vulture recommends "10 Romance Novels to Read After Binging Bridgerton."

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Nick by Michael Farris Smith (Little, Brown: Hachette): "Smith, the author of several Southern Gothic novels, is a talented writer who approaches Fitzgerald’s work with reverence and close attention to detail." Also, The Story of Contemporary Art by Tony Godfrey (MIT): "Godfrey writes in an accessible and blessedly jargon-free manner, and he ranges widely, featuring contemporary artists from all corners of the globe."

The NYT reviews In the Land of the Cyclops by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago: Random House): "These are minor essays, earnest and sawdust-filled." Also, Wild Minds: The Artists and Rivalries That Inspired the Golden Age of Animation by Reid Mitenbuler (Atlantic Monthly): "a highly readable overview, perhaps most useful in animation scholarship for sending readers to the memoirs and biographies it is largely based on, and of course to the cartoons themselves."

Briefly Noted

Lit Hub rounds up "The Best Books of 2020 You Might Have Missed."

AARP suggests "16 New Nonfiction Books for Winter."

Bustle looks at the best new releases in the coming months.

Michael Connelly and Robyn Conley Downs share their favorite books of the year with Amazon.

The NYT spotlights books that are "New & Noteworthy, From Sex to Murder."

Angela Davis and other radical reading suggestions from Autostraddle

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Random House; LJ starred review) is the PBS NewsHour/NYT book club choice for January.

The Guardian interviews Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The New Yorker features The Jefferson Bible: A Biography by Peter Manseau (Princeton).

Vogue takes a look at how The Idea of You by Robinne Lee (St. Martin's Griffin: Macmillan) has attracted increasing attention and sales since its publication in 2017.

2020 was a particularly good year for the book business. The NYT reports.

Authors on Air 

Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother's Journey of Hope and Forgiveness by Scarlett Lewis (Hay House: Penguin) is set to be adapted as a TV movie. Kevin Wooten has sued the creators of the show Outer Banks for copyright infringement of his YA novel, Pennywise: The Hunt For Blackbeard’s Treasure. Deadline reports.

Clint Smith discusses How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown: Hachette) on NPR's Fresh Air.

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