'The Lost Apothecary' by Sarah Penner Tops March Library Reads List | Book Pulse

The March Library Reads list is up, and the top pick is The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. Nazima Abdillahi shares why she founded Muslim Voices in Publishing. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has a new four-hour series premiering tonight on PBS that's based on his book The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song. Plus, Reese Witherspoon is expanding her book club with a four-episode cooking show called Eat the Book. It will feature Reese's Book Club pick authors, including Tembi Locke and Delia Owens, and premiers Feb. 18 on YouTube.

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Reviews

The NYT reviews Tom Stoppard: A Life by Hermione Lee (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review): "...astute and authoritative." Also, The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Penguin): "Gates writes here as a historian, and the historian can chronicle progress, assess its origins and commemorate its course while noting its incompleteness." Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment by Theo Padnos (Scribner: S. & S.): "...an acutely observed account that is deeply moving in places." Cowboy Graves: Three Novellas by Roberto Bolaño and translated by Natasha Wimmer (Penguin): "...these drafts 'are in no way abandoned or forgotten,' an afterword to Natasha Wimmer’s sterling translation insists. 'We must speak of puzzle pieces rather than fragments.' Must we? I’m not so sure." The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed by Wendy Lower (HMH; LJ starred review): "She also hopes to recreate the details of that day in Miropol and thus reveal the networks of complicity that made the Holocaust possible. Here, she succeeds with a vengeance." All Girls by Emily Layden (St. Martin's: Macmillan): "The novel reaches for nuance, though for some readers the situation may be too straightforward for ambiguity: A teacher raped a student and the school covered it up." Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at '60 Minutes' by Ira Rosen (St. Martin's: Macmillan): "How reliable a guide is he to '60 Minutes'? Although he acknowledges the toxicity of its workplace, he devotes space late in the book to castigating journalists at The Washington Post who were reporting on sexual harassment at the show." Calhoun: American Heretic by Robert Elder (Basic: Hachette; LJ starred review): "...an illuminating account of the life of the notorious white supremacist as well as his complex afterlife in American political culture." No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead: Penguin): "The chief virtue of the novel is how it transforms all that is ugly and cheap about online culture — the obsession with junk media; the fragmentary and jerked presentation of content; the mockery, the snark; the postures, the polemics — into an experience of sublimity." 

USA Today reviews Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story by Talib Kweli (MCD: Macmillan), which earns 3 stars: "Overall, 'Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story' shows how hip-hop inspires alternative education."

The L.A. Times reviews Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad (Random House; LJ starred review): "...what we get is a young person wrestling with a situation she would have once considered unimaginable, until it became the substance of her life."

Briefly Noted

The March Library Reads list is up. The top pick is The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner (Park Row: HarperCollins).

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The NYT looks at "recent visual books of interest."

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Retired U.S. Navy admiral William McRaven is adapting Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World into Make Your Bed With Skipper the Seal (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), aimed toward younger readers. It's due out Oct. 12. USA Today has details.

Kirkus has a Q&A with Bill Gates, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need (Knopf: Random House).

The Rumpus interviews Cortney Lamar Charleston, Doppelgangbanger (Haymarket).

Emily St. John Mandel, The Glass Hotel (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review), does the Book Marks "Questionnaire."

Electric Lit speaks with Cherie Jones about How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Nazima Abdillahi writes about why she founded Muslim Voices in Publishing, "a network for Muslims publishing professionals," in The Bookseller

SFF author Jason Sanford looks into the discussion forum Baen’s Bar, run by publisher Baen Books, and comments posted there advocating "extremist political violence."

With four ebook price-fixing cases in progress against Amazon and the Big Five publishers, lawyers have asked a federal judge to consolidate them. Publishers Weekly has details.

"Our jobs are essential, but we are not," a Chicago librarian said about not being eligible for Covid vaccinations despite being expected to work in person. See more at Block Club Chicago.

Authors on Air 

Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (Penguin), has a new four-hour series based on the book that premieres on PBS tonight. Ahead of that, he'll be on The View today. 

Reese Witherspoon is expanding her book club with a four-episode cooking show called Eat the Book. It will feature Reese's Book Club pick authors, including Tembi Locke and Delia Owens, and premiers Feb. 18 on YouTube. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

The Good Mothers by Alex Perry will be adapted as a six-part series for Disney+’s international streaming service Star. Deadline reports.

The New Books Network podcast interviews Molly Greeley, The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh (William Morrow: HarperCollins; LJ starred review).

Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (One World: Random House) appears on the The Ezra Klein Show.

Raja Rajamannar discusses Quantum Marketing (HarperCollins Leadership) on the Keen On podcast.

Te-Ping Chen talks with the First Draft podcast about Land of Big Numbers: Stories (Mariner: HMH).

The Today Show features Come On Over!: Southern Delicious for Every Day and Every Occasion by Elizabeth Heiskell (HMH).

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