'The Umbrella Academy,' Ann Rule, & Martha Stewart on Screen This Weekend | Book Pulse

The Umbrella Academy, Ann Rule, and Martha Stewart feature in this week’s bookish screen offerings. The 1945 Retro Hugo Awards Winners are announced. The L.A. Times features Dana Canedy and Lisa Lucas as they take on their new roles at the top of the publishing hierarchy. Emma Straub discusses the future of indie bookstores. Amazon and other big tech companies appear on Capitol Hill.

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July 31:

The Umbrella Academy, based on the comics of the same name, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabria Bà. Netflix. Reviews | Trailer

The Secret: Dare to Dream, based on The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Atria: S. & S.). Streaming. Reviews | Trailer

Words on Bathroom Walls, based on Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (Random House Books for Young Readers). Limited theatrical release. No reviews | Trailer

Martha Knows Best, featuring the author Martha Stewart. HGTV. No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 1:

Ann Rule's Sleeping With Danger, inspired by Ann Rule's Mortal Danger and Other True Cases (Pocket: S. & S.). Lifetime. No reviews | Trailer

Seeing America with Megan Rapione, featuring the author and soccer champion. HBO. No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 2:

Ann Rule's A Murder to Remember, inspired by Ann Rule's Empty Promises (Pocket: S. & S.) Lifetime. No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 6:

An American Pickle, based on the short story “Sell Out” by Simon Rich. HBO Max. No reviews | Trailer

Star Trek: Lower Decks, continuing the Star Trek stories. CBS All Access. No reviews | Trailer

There is more adaptation and Authors on Air news for the day:

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Robert P. Jones, The End of White Christian America (S. & S.).

The NYT has a “The Reading List Behind ‘Nice White Parents’.” The podcast is here.

The GLAAD Media Awards are out. Tales of the City wins for Outstanding Limited Series. Deadline has a report.

PBS NewsHour reports on a new documentary about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Deadline reports that Kevin Smith plans a The Green Hornet animated series. Also, Irvine Welsh is adapting his novel Crime for BritBox. Annapurna Pictures has bought the rights to Rachel Yoder’s debut novel Nightbitch. Amy Adams will star. Sony Pictures Television makes a deal with author and historian Dan Jones to develop adaptations of his books.


NPR reviews The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (HarperVia): “there's nothing canned about this story, which has the allure of a feminist fractured fairy tale.” Also, Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession, edited by Sarah Weinman (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review): “works as both a superb collection of true crime writing and a text that looks at the nuances of our collective obsession with horrific murders, con men and serial killers in a historical and cultural context.”

Tor.com reviews Afterland by Lauren Beukes (Muholland Books: Hachette): “Writers all over the world may be scrabbling to get the next big pandemic book written this year, but Beukes is ahead of her time.”

Vox reviews Or What You Will by Jo Walton (Tor: Macmillan): “a playful book about breaking through constraints and expanding past your limits.”

The Washington Post reviews  True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday: Random House): “So much has already been written on this period that stretches of Toobin’s book feel like a smart recap of the past four years, punctuated by insider details about the investigations and Toobin’s judgments on the lawyering skills and ethics of various players.” Also, The Washington Post reviews Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review): “riveting.” Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House; LJ starred review): a powerful, illuminating and heartfelt account of how hierarchy reproduces itself." Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All by Suzanne Nossel (Dey Street Books: Harper): “a warning and a steady voice of experience and erudition on how to preserve and expand free expression.” The Hunting of Hillary: The Forty-Year Campaign to Destroy Hillary Clinton by Michael D'Antonio (Thomas Dunne Books: Macmillan):  “his aim is simple: to lay out, in detail, the often lunatic 40-year campaign to destroy Hillary Clinton.” The Language of Butterflies: How Thieves, Hoarders, Scientists, and Other Obsessives Unlocked the Secrets of the World's Favorite Insect by Wendy Williams (S. & S.): “glorious and exuberant.” Lastly, a consideration of books about “The long fights — and hasty decisions — that shape immigration policy.”


Book Marks picks the “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Briefly Noted

The 1945 Retro Hugo Awards Winners are announced. Locus has the list.

The L.A. Times features Dana Canedy and Lisa Lucas as they take on their new roles at the top of the publishing hierarchy.

CrimeReads picks “10 Novels You Should Read This August.”

Book Riot suggests “5 Contemporary Afro-Latinx Authors You Should Know.” Also, a reading pathway for James Baldwin.

The NYT picks twelve books for the week.

BookPage picks “The best romance novels of 2020 (so far!).”

The NYT's “Shortlist” looks at “New Books Take You Through the Microscope to the World of Pathogens.”

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports that Randy Rainbow is writing a memoir, Playing With Myself (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

The NYT features Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Random House) in its “By the Book” column.

The Guardian spotlights Robin Stevens, The Guggenheim Mystery (Yearling: Random House).

The NYT showcases Raven Leilani, Luster (FSG).

The Guardian writes about Irish women writers and how the world is now finally listening to them.

Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex 2 (FSG Originals: Macmillan), answers The Guardian’s “Books that made me” column.

Bitch Media offers “Haunted HousewifeThe Horror—and the Humor—of Shirley Jackson.”

Electric Lit has an interview with Emma Straub “on the Future of Indie Bookstores.” Her newest book is All Adults Here (Riverhead: Penguin).

Vanity Fair writes about Meghan and Harry: The Real Story by Lady Colin Campbell (Pegasus: S. & S.).

Michael Cohen will be allowed to publish a book and do media interviews prior to the election while remaining in home confinement. HuffPost reports.

Lit Hub has a brief outtake of the congressional hearing on big tech, focused on Amazon. The NYT reports on the hearings as well.

The Country Gazette reports that “William Wordsworth's former Somerset home Alfoxton Park sold to Buddhist charity.” There are a couple of pictures of the poet’s house.

Lit Hub has a new piece on literary face masks, this time masks that are actually books.

Politician and author Herman Cain has died. The NYT has an obituary.

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