Apple Takes The Stage (And Screen), Mar. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

Apple makes a splash and so does Oprah. Colson Whitehead has new work out, and a new book on the way. The NYT explores the Trump tell-all book business.

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Apple (and Oprah) On Air

Deadline Hollywood covers the Apple streaming service rollout, including a list of forthcoming shows, some of which are book based, the news that Oprah will create author programming as part of "a revamped version of her successful Book Club", and Apple's sizzle reel.

The NYT and Vox also have reports on the new service, and what is known and not known.

Vulture and O magazine have more details on the book club.

Macworld has the full list of forthcoming shows.

LJ earlier covered Apple's new News+ service.


The NYT reviews The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review): "audacious ... an intimate, brainy, gleaming epic ... this is a supremely confident literary performance." Also, The Promise of Elsewhere by Brad Leithauser (Knopf): "uses the ordinary as a prism, splitting the tropes with which it plays into a surprising spectrum of colors." Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt (S. & S.): "the ending manages to be quite moving and unconvincing at the same time, a recapitulation of the tonal contradiction that pervades this sometimes incisive, sometimes sentimental novel, or memoir, or whatever we decide to call it."

NPR reviews The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (Tim Duggan Books: Random House) and Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich (MCD: Macmillan): "both books offer valuable perspectives if we're committed to being adult enough to face the future."

The Washington Post reviews The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Pantheon: Random House): "a searching exploration of the lives of several individuals with whom mainstream American society has a vexed relationship." Also, by Nathan Englander (Knopf): "What a rare blessing to find a smart and witty novel about the unexpected ways religious commitment can fracture a life — and restore it."

Briefly Noted

The L.A. Times gathers "7 highly anticipated debut novels to check out this spring."

The Washington Post picks April books.

Prepub Alert surveys October titles.

The New Yorker has new work by Colson Whitehead. The Nickel Boys (Doubleday: Random House) publishes in July.

The NYT has a feature story on the Trump tell-all book business. And related, Melville House is going to publish the Muller report as a mass market paperback. Publishers Weekly notes it is the first mass market Melivlle House has issued.

Elle features Sally Rooney.

The New Yorker features Amy Hempel.

Salon interviews Harlan Coben.

io9 excerpts The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood, Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly considers Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics.

The NYT interviews Damon Young, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays (Ecco: Harper).

Bustle interviews Sarah Dessen, The Rest of the Story (Balzer + Bray: Harper).

The Atlantic features Carolyn Forché, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Tara Conklin, The Last Romantics by (William Morrow: Harper).

The NYT features Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb (HMH).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a massive J.R.R. Tolkien oral history project.

Authors on Air

Deadline Hollywood reports that Louise Candlish's Our House is headed to TV. Also, the newest The Secret Garden film will air in the US.

NPR interviews J. M. Berger, Extremism (MIT Press).

Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart's Grilling: 125+ Recipes for Gatherings Large and Small by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living (Clarkson Potter), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight. James Corden invites Kobe Bryant, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp created by Kobe Bryant, Wesley King (Granity Studios).

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Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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