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Details and revelations make the news as copies of Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man reach newsrooms. The NYT begins the Decameron Project. A collection of early stories by Terry Pratchett is on its way. A long list of writers and artists have an open letter in Harper’s calling for “Justice and Open Debate”; a swift and mostly negative reaction followed. Want by Lynn Steger Strong gets buzz.

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Too Much and Never Enough

The Washington Post has a copy Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (S. & S.) and writes that it “describes a family riven by a series of traumas, exacerbated by a daunting patriarch who “destroyed” Donald Trump.” The NYT also has a copy and writes it "addresses why Donald Trump has 'twisted behaviors' — attributes like seeing other people in 'monetary terms' and practicing 'cheating as a way of life.'” The article also runs through some of the highlight revelations. The Intelligencer has a report as well, as does NPR.


NPR reviews Want by Lynn Steger Strong (Henry Holt: Macmillan): “this is a story about mundane middle-class precariousness; about people who work a lot and owe even more. And it's a story about wanting, always wanting, something else.” Also, Antkind by Charlie Kaufman (Random House): “strange, disjointed, and obsessive … an entertaining, unapologetic book that never steers clear of — well, anything. And watching Kaufman recklessly throw himself at everything with a backpack full of words is a sight to behold.”

The Washington Post reviews American Follies by Norman Lock (Bellevue Literary; LJ starred review): “dazzling … Lock’s supple, elegantly plain-spoken prose captures the generosity of the American spirit in addition to its moral failures, and his passionate engagement with our literary heritage evinces pride in its unique character possibly equal to his chagrin over our bloodstained past.” Also, the paper has a dual review of “Two new horror novels make sense of our current dystopian reality.”

The L. A. Times reviews The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Neil Smith (Knopf): “in some ways her most personal thriller, even if its putative feminism leaves something to be desired.”

The NYT reviews Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession by Marjorie Garber (FSG: Macmillan): “I have a high tolerance for rapid, associative, hunch-based writing, but I began to crave an argument, or at least a more explicit examination of the roots and consequences of character’s evolution.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT begins The Decameron Project, with work by Rivers Solomon, Paolo Giordano, Matthew Baker and many more.

In forthcoming book news, a collection of early stories by Terry Pratchett, “written while the Discworld creator was a young reporter,” is due out this September. It will be called The Time-travelling Caveman, and include stories about “a steam-powered rocket’s flight to Mars [and] a Welsh shepherd’s discovery of the resting place of King Arthur.” The Guardian has details and a short excerpt.

Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish are writing a book called Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other. Thus far it does not have a US publisher. Town & Country reports.

Also, a book written by the late Sargent Shriver in the 1960s has been rediscovered. It is called We Called It a War. It is due out in January from S. & S.. USA Today has that news.

A long list of writers and artists have an open letter in Harper’s calling for “Justice and Open Debate,” writing “this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second.” Among the signers are Margaret Atwood, Reginald Dwayne Betts, John Banville, Jeffery Eugenides, Malcolm Gladwell, J.K. Rowling, and Salman Rushdie. The NYT has a report on the swift and often negative reaction to the letter. So does The Guardian.

Linton Kwesi Johnson wins the UK PEN Pinter prize. The Guardian reports.

The CrimeFest awards are announced.

The Guardian’s book club title for July is White Teeth by Zadie Smith (Vintage: Random House).

Barnes and Noble picks Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland (S. & S.) as its July book club title.

Book Marks gathers “The Best Reviewed Books of 2020 (So Far).”

The AV Club names “7 books from the first half of 2020 that more people should read.”

The NYT has a new “New & Noteworthy” list out.

Lit Hub offers “20 new books to fuel your summer reading.” There is also “Climate Crisis Reading: Five Books to Check Out in July.” offers a “Tour Through the History of Black Science Fiction.” Also, “Five SFF Books Set in Contemporary African Locales.”

Electric Lit lists “7 Books About New York City’s Drastic Economic Divide.”

Book Riot suggest some updates to required reading lists.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Toni Morrison: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations, with an introduction by Nikki Giovanni (Melville House: Random House). Also, EW has a feature on Want by Lynn Steger Strong (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Electric Lit has an interview with Lynn Steger Strong.

The NYT features Colin Jost, A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir (Crown: Random House).

The Atlantic showcases Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly spotlights Jim Carrey, Memoirs and Misinformation (Knopf).

HuffPost writes “Who’s To Blame For The Failure Of The Girlboss Dream?” The piece considers Self Care by Leigh Stein (Penguin) and The Herd by Andrea Bartz (Ballantine: Random House).

Amazon has an essay by Abi Daré, The Girl with the Louding Voice (Dutton: Penguin).

HuffPost interviews Zerlina Maxwell, The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide (Hachette). has “A Conversation With C.L. Polk and Alyssa Cole.”

USA Today excerpts Malorie by Josh Malerman (Del Rey: Ballantine). excerpts The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (Ace: Berkley: Penguin).

Salon excerpts Citizenship by Dimitry Kochenov (MIT). There is also an interview with Jennifer Mercieca, Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump (Texas A&M).

Ellie Goulding offers a “My Ten” list for the NYT. It includes some books.

Travel writer Rick Steves has a short piece about “Visiting Europe’s Great Libraries.”

The artist retreat MacDowell Colony is dropping the word ‘Colony.” The NYT reports the center has hosted James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, Audre Lorde, and Meredith Monk among others.

The New Yorker cartoonist Henry Martin has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Larry Tye, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy (HMH).

NPR’s Goats and Soda interviews Adam Kucharski, The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread--And Why They Stop (Basic: Hachette).

PBS NewsHour has discussion questions for Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press: Macmillan), its July book club title.

Deadline reports that James Corden and Ben Winston are adapting Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald, illustrated by Ben Wood for Nickelodeon. The Last Kingdom gets season number five. Disney plans a live-action adaptation of Peter Pan. Jude Law might play Captain Hook.

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