'What's Mine and Yours' by Naima Coster Is the March 'Read With Jenna' Pick | Book Pulse

What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster is getting a lot of buzz this week—it's the March Read With Jenna pick, the NYT has a favorable review, and Coster is interviewed by several media outlets. The Barnes & Noble Book Club selection is Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan, and its YA Book Club pick is Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. The PBS NewsHour/NYT book club selects Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Lots of lists are up highlighting the best books of March. There's forthcoming book news on You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi and You Can't Be Serious by Kal Penn. Plus, the documentary Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, about the comic book artist known for creating Hellboy, is in the works.

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Book Clubs and Buzzy Books

What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster (Grand Central: Hachette) is the March Read With Jenna pick.

The Barnes & Noble Book Club selection for the month is Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan (Atria: S. & S.). Its YA Book Club pick is Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Denene Millner: S. & S.).

The PBS NewsHour/NYT book club selects Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (W. W. Norton; LJ starred review) for March.

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery: S. & S.). The Buyer’s Pick is Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out by Giada De Laurentiis (Rodale: Random House) . Plus, a look at the Book Bus, a refurbished truck that doubles as a book store, with proceeds going to fund school libraries and more.

The Millions picks the best books out this week.

Entertainment Weekly selects the 20 best books of March.

O: The Oprah Magazine has "20 of the Best Books to Pick Up This March."

PopSugar lists "the 25 Best New Books of March 2021," as well as the best new romances out this month

Bustle also picks its favorites of the month.

io9 selects the best sci-fi and fantasy books of the month.

PopSugar has the best mysteries and thrillers and the best YA books of March.

BookPage spotlights six new memoirs, along with Q&As with all the authors.

The March 2021 Earphones Award Winners are up at AudioFile.

The NYT picks "New & Noteworthy Poetry, From Beethoven to Armageddon."

ALA's Reference and User Services Association recommends the best recent cookbooks

Entertainment Weekly highlights 5 romance novels from the past month.


The L.A. Times reviews Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal (W. W. Norton): "The book’s power comes from its slow progress and occasional reversals, so a summary feels unfair, but her basic thesis is that culture is situated in its moment."

The NYT reviews What's Mine and Yours by Naima Coster (Grand Central: Hachette): "Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality." Also, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir by Sherry Turkle (Penguin): "...intellectually ambitious." Helen Macdonald reviews Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "...important, necessary, urgent and phenomenally interesting." Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer by Jamie Figueroa (Catapult: Penguin): "Even those of us who resist magical realism might accept, maybe even celebrate it in this beautifully crafted, poetic book." AMORALMAN: A True Story and Other Lies by Derek DelGaudio (Knopf: Random House): "...masterly memoiristic account of lying and self-deception." The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider's Guide to Changing the World by Severine Autesserre (Oxford): "Autesserre’s portrayal of the aid industry is vivid and damning." Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Overlook: Abrams): "Avni Doshi isn’t just a talented writer, she is an artist." The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles M. Blow (Harper): "A strength of 'The Devil You Know' is its affirmation of Black Americans as a formidable political bloc with whom the nation must reckon." Foregone by Russell Banks (Ecco: HarperCollins): "...a character, a novel and a writer determined not to go gentle into that good night." The Barbizon: The Hotel That Set Women Free by Paulina Bren (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "...touching in its loyalty to these women, the ones who arrived with suitcases and dreams in the Barbizon’s grand lobby."An I-Novel by Minae Mizumura and translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter (Columbia): "In an age of so many books about identity, 'An I-Novel' stands out for the tough questions it poses." Plus, brief reviews of new thrillers, books on "Shady Gold Traders, Illegal Gun Traffickers and Government Lies," and four debuts that "Follow Strivers and Survivors."

NPR reviews Slough House by Mick Herron (Soho Crime): "He juggles multiple plot lines and reveals character in sharp, sardonic strokes." Also, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review): "Again and again, Ishiguro asks: What does it mean to be human?"

Briefly Noted

The NYT speaks with Ponte Milvio about his YA Italian romance trilogy, which are immensely popular internationally but are only just being published in English starting this week with the first book, One Step to You (Grand Central: Hachette).

On Twitter Akwaeke Emezi announced her forthcoming debut romance novel, You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty (Atria: S. & S.), a title inspired by Florence + The Machine. It's due out in 2022.

Actor Kal Penn will publish You Can't Be Serious (Gallery: S. & S.), a memoir and essay collection, on Nov. 2. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Stephen King speaks with USA Today about Later (Hard Case Crime: Random House).

The Rumpus interviews Georgina Lawton, Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong (Harper Perennial).

USA Today interviews Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual (Penguin Life).

"I thought that there would be a sweet spot for readers who would be willing to grapple with serious ideas and be entertained at the same time," Viet Thanh Nguyen says of The Committed (Grove) in an interview with the L.A. Times.

Ann Beattie has a conversation with Carol Edgarian, Vera (Scribner: S. & S.), at Lit Hub.

Shondaland speaks with Hari Ziyad about Black Boy Out of Time: A Memoir (Little A: Amazon).

BuzzFeed profiles Jeremy Atherton Lin, Gay Bar: Why We Went Out (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Entertainment Weekly's "What's in a Page" column features Naima Coster, What's Mine and Yours (Grand Central: Hachette).

The Seattle Times talks with Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun (Knopf: Random House; LJ starred review).

Ebony looks at "Fiction’s New School of Black Woman Heroines."

Lambda Literary interviews Bernard L. Lumpkin, subject of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (D.A.P.).

Poet Keston Sutherland discusses Scherzos Benjyosos (The Last Books) with BOMB.

"We get so enamored with what machines can do that we forget what only people can do," says Sherry Turkle, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir (Penguin), in a Q&A with Wired.

Forsyth Harmon discusses her illustrated novel Justine (Tin House: W. W. Norton) with Electric Lit.

"The books America cooked from during 2020 will stand as cultural artifacts of the year when a virus forced an entire nation into the kitchen." The NYT on the rise of cookbooks over the past year.

The Guardian investigates the question: "Why are Lewis Carroll misquotes so common online?"

Six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published "because of racist and insensitive imagery," according to the Associated Press.

Following criticism of the publisher for not selecting a Black translator, white author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has chosen not to translate The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman (Viking: Penguin) into Dutch. The Guardian has details.

Authors on Air

The documentary Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, about the comic book artist known for creating Hellboy, is in the works. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

NPR's All Things Considered speaks with Naima Coster, What's Mine and Yours (Grand Central: Hachette). The book is also featured on the Today Show this morning.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (National Geographic: Hachette; LJ starred review), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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