'The Four Winds' by Kristin Hannah Tops February LibraryReads List | Book Pulse

The February LibraryReads list is announced, and the top choice is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. The Gotham Book Prize announces the finalists for its first $50,000 award, which honors New York City-based books. After becoming friends with fellow stutterer Joe Biden, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington now has a book deal, with the picture book Brayden Speaks Up due out in Aug. See the trailer for The Luminaries, based on the book by Eleanor Catton, which premiers Feb. 14. Books set for TV and film adaptations include The Whistler by John Grisham, Libra by Don DeLillo, The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, and more.

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The February LibraryReads list is announced. The top choice is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

The Gotham Book Prize announces the finalists for its first $50,000 award, which honors New York City-based books.

Library Journal’s ALA Midwinter galley and events guide, which covers offerings at the virtual booths of key publishers, is now ready.

BookPage previews the best books of 2021.

BuzzFeed selects this week's 10 best new releases.

BookList Reader rounds up the best books of the week.

Bustle also has a list of this week's best titles.

Amazon looks at some anticipated cookbooks.

PopSugar recommends several self-help books by Latinx writers.

Book Riot offers "15 cozy mysteries" due out early this year.

Reviews 

The Washington Post reviews Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Overlook: Abrams): "...a work of extraordinary insight, courage and sophistication." Also, Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith by Richard Bradford (Bloomsbury Caravel: Macmillan): "There is something compelling about a person so totally indifferent to social norms, but can you make readers care about her? Bradford doesn’t."

The NYT reviews Breath Taking: The Power, Fragility, and Future of Our Extraordinary Lungs by Michael J. Stephen (Atlantic Monthly): "'Breath Taking' is not quite advocacy, not quite pop science exploration, but something of an anthology of tidbits on the theme of lungs." Also, The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen and translated by Tiina Nunnally (FSG: Macmillan): "They exert a particular fascination, these books. It’s like watching something burn. The language is plain, unadorned, almost masklike…"

Entertainment Weekly reviews Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion (Knopf: Random House): "...the subjects of the slim but satisfying Let Me Tell You do tend to tread, in the unforgiving canon of Joan, comparatively lightly on dread."

Briefly Noted 

Ibram X. Kendi lists "The 10 Best Political Books of 2020 by Black Women" for The Atlantic.

After becoming friends with fellow stutterer Joe Biden, 13-year-old Brayden Harrington now has a book deal. Brayden Speaks Up (HarperCollins) is due out in Aug., with a middle-grade book to follow next year. The Associated Press reports.

Tor.com has an excerpt from All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace (Imprint: Macmillan).

Image Comics will publish six issues of the new anthology series The Old Guard: Tales Through Time beginning in April. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Electric Lit speaks with Koa Beck about White Feminism: From the Suffragettes to Influencers and Who They Leave Behind (Atria: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Camilla Bruce, In the Garden of Spite (Berkley: Penguin), does the "Questionnaire" for Book Marks.

Emily Rapp Black, Sanctuary (Random House), talks with the L.A. Times about life's parallel tracks of grief and joy.

Alix E. Harrow, The Once and Future Witches (Redhook: Hachette; LJ starred review), talks with Locus about childhood influences.

The Rumpus interviews Yxta Maya Murray, Art Is Everything (Triquarterly: Northwestern).

Jia Tolentino discusses this month's PBS NewsHour/NYT book club title Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by (Random House; LJ starred review).

Charles Yu, Lauren Oyler, Olivia Laing, and other authors ponder "Life After Trump" for Harper's.

Dr. Maya Angelou has been memorialized as a Barbie doll

Authors on Air 

See the trailer for The Luminaries, based on the book by Eleanor Catton. The series premiers on Starz Feb. 14. 

Wonka, a prequel based on the books by Roald Dahl, will be released March 17, 2023. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

TNT is developing a series based on The Whistler by John Grisham. Variety reports.

Author Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy (Random House), is adapting Libra by Don DeLillo (Penguin) as a limited series. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) will be adapted as a feature film. Netflix is adapting the graphic novel series Heartstopper by Alice Oseman as a series. Deadline has the news.

James R. Jones, The Last Plantation: Racism in the Halls of Congress (Princeton), talks with NPR's Code Switch about segregation at the Capitol.

NPR's Morning Edition talks with Tyler Stovall, White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea (Princeton). 

NPR's Fresh Air interviews Janice P. Nimura, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review).

The Reading Women podcast features Rebecca F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War series.

Tom Bergin, Free Lunch Thinking (Cornerstone: Penguin), discusses minimum wage with the Keen On podcast.

The Thresholds podcast speaks with Catherine Lacey, Pew (FSG: Macmillan).

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