'Too Much and Never Enough' Breaks Sales Records | Book Pulse

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump sells nearly 1 million copies across all formats. Michelle Obama is starting a podcast. Big forthcoming book news: Seanan McGuire has a new book on the way, Seasonal Fears, the sequel to the Locus award-winning Middlegame. Paul Tremblay has a new three-book deal with William Morrow. James Patterson is starting a new series of books featuring the character The Shadow. Munroe Bergdorf is writing a manifesto. More critical looks at Robin DiAngelo and White Fragility land as well.

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July 17:

Cursed, based on Cursed by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler (S. & S. Books for Young Readers). Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

A Nice Girl Like You, based on Pornology by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey (Running Press: Hachette). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Dirt Music, based on Dirt Music by Tim Winton (Scribner: S. & S.). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

The Painted Bird, based on The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski (Grove Atlantic). Limited Theatrical Release. Reviews | Trailer

The Sunlit Night, based on The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight (Bloomsbury: Macmillan). VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Carmilla, based on Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu (Lanternfish Press). Virtual Theatres. Reviews | Trailer

Flannery, based on the life of Flannery O’Connor. Virtual Theatres. Reviews | Trailer

July 19:

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, based on The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr (Ballantine Books: Random House). TNT. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer


NPR reviews The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Saga: S. & S.; LJ starred review): “Jones is one of the best writers working today regardless of genre, and this gritty, heartbreaking novel might just be his best yet.”

The Washington Post also reviews The Only Good Indians: “splashed with the requisite amounts of blood and gore, but there’s much more to it than that.” Also, A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Two Dollar Radio): “shows tenderness for his own experience as he explores his destructive impulse.”

The NYT reviews Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review), headlining “A Roaring, Full-Throttle Thriller, Crackling With Tension and Charm.” Also, Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (One World: Random House): “Great books about love, like this one, feel like precious and impossible gifts.” Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Knopf): “an exploration of marriage and grief written into the silent opacities of a life that is at once extremely famous and profoundly obscure.” The Voyage of the Morning Light by Marina Endicott (W.W. Norton): “exhilarating.” Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West by Catherine Belton (FSG: Macmillan): “to read this book is to wonder whether a cynicism has embedded itself so deeply into the Anglo-American political classes that even the incriminating information it documents won’t make an actionable difference.” The “Shortlist” considers “New Books About Honey and Bees.” The “Graphic Content” column is out, looking at “New Work From Two Masters of the Graphic Novel.”

The Washington Post reviews The Hour of Fate: Theodore Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and the Battle to Transform American Capitalism by Susan Berfield (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review): “wonderfully detailed.” Also, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (Crown: Random House): “a groundbreaking and informative guide to Baldwin and his era, even as it remains an uncertain map of our own.” Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party by Julian E. Zelizer, (Penguin): “provides an engaging, unsettling and, alas, timely look at the torch that Gingrich took to our system.” The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism by Thomas Frank (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan): “takes pains to look at populism through a broad lens.” Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America by Jim Rasenberger (Scribner: S. & S.): “lively and balanced.” Tornado God: American Religion and Violent Weather by Peter J. Thuesen (Oxford): “insightful and deeply researched.”

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

Briefly Noted

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump (S. & S.) has sold nearly 1 million copies across all formats. That is a record for the publisher. USA Today reports on the sales and some of Mary Trump's new interview statements.

The Scribe Awards are announced.

The 2020 Thriller Awards are announced. Adrian McKinty, The Chain (Mulholland Books: Hachette), wins for best hardcover novel.

The Ladies of Horror Fiction Award nominees are announced.

The BBC offers “The best early novels you’ve never heard of.”

The NYT recommends ten new books for the week.

BuzzFeed suggests “24 Completed Series For You To Binge Read While Stuck Inside.”

Tor.com has “8 Amazing Novels About Female Superheroes.”

Jenna Bush Hager has summer reading for Amazon.

Tor.com excerpts It Came from the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti (Sourcebooks Fire).

Electric Lit has “How Fantasy Literature Helped Create the 21st Century,” which is an excerpt from The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Silence by Don DeLillo (Scribner: S. & S.) and there is also an excerpt of The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore (Atria Books: S. & S.)

The Atlantic runs a new short story by Marisa Silver, “The Memory Wing.” Also, an interview with Silver.

Charlie Kaufman, Antkind (Random House), answers the NYT’s “By the Book” questions.

Following the NYT profile, Intelligencer has a critical look at Robin DiAngelo and White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People To Talk About Racism (Beacon). The Atlantic also has a story.

The NYT showcases Alex Trebek, The Answer Is . . . : Reflections on My Life (S. & S.)

Vogue features Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy by Margaret Sullivan (Columbia Global Reports).

O: The Oprah Magazine has an essay by author Alexandra Fuller on why she will never fly again.

Seanan McGuire has a new book on the way, Seasonal Fears, the sequel to the Locus award-winning Middlegame. It will publish spring 2022 from Tor. Tor.com reports.

Paul Tremblay has a new three-book deal with William Morrow: Harper. Deadline reports. The first of the three will be The Pallbearer’s Club, out in summer 2022. The deal includes another novel and a collection of short stories. Deadline reports.

James Patterson and Condé Nast plan a new series of books featuring the “vintage crime fighter The Shadow.” An adaptation is also in the works. Little, Brown will publish the books, starting in fall 2021. Deadline reports.

The Guardian writes “The first book by Munroe Bergdorf, a manifesto on gender by the black transgender activist and model, has been bought for a six-figure sum after a bidding war between 11 publishers.” It will come out in the UK in 2021.

Datebook offers “Hunter S. Thompson’s longtime editor ponders Fear and Loathing in 2020.”

Variety looks at the falling sales for J.R. Rowling.

Christopher Dickey has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Leila Slimani, Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World (Penguin). Also, on Fresh Air, an interview with Christine Montross, Waiting for an Echo : The Madness of American Incarceration (Penguin). Goats and Soda, interviews with Pam Fessler, Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice (Liveright: W.W. Norton).

Michelle Obama is starting a podcast on Spotify, to be called “The Michelle Obama Podcast.” The first episode will air on July 29. Variety reports.

Laurence Yep's The Tiger's Apprentice is headed to the movies as an animated adaptation. Henry Golding is attached to star. Entertainment Weekly reports.

HBO is adapting the Quinn Colson novels by Ace Atkins. Variety reports.

The Washington Post has a piece on how the pandemic will change Hollywood forever. One of the predictions is the rise of body horror and paranoid thrillers.

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