Awards and Lost Books, Apr. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Man Booker International Prize shortlist is out. Essayists consider "women's fiction." The NYT picks the best cookbooks of spring. A new literary discovery reveals books that no longer exist.

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Man Booker International And More Awards







The Man Booker International shortlist is out. It is a record year for women, The Guardian reports.

In other award news:

The finalists for the 2019 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature are out.

The Christopher Award Winners are announced.


The NYT reviews Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (Random House; LJ starred review): "poignant and hilarious." Also, Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing by Robert A. Caro (Knopf; LJ starred review): "Small and charming ... a quick spritz instead of a deep dive." The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide by Julián Herbert (Graywolf Press: Macmillan): "His books are mash-ups of memory, investigation and fictional ornamentation, marked with a fond disrespect for genre."

The Washington Post reviews Metropolis by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin): "consummately told tale with lashings of vice and horror that works either as a gripping stand-alone in the Chandler mode or as the keystone of a 14-book arch with a deeper, more troubling flavor, and it’s a perfect goodbye — and first hello — to its hero." Also, Naamah by Sarah Blake (Riverhead: Penguin): "Blasphemous, carnal and committed to exaltation ... delivers its truths in a torrent of heresies." The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes (Penguin): "Moyes has tons of material. Perhaps in her next novel she’ll use it to more satisfying effect." Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger (Knopf): "a gorgeous literary novel about loss and human limitations."

NPR reviews Normal People by Sally Rooney (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review): "a nuanced and flinty love story ... She's that good and that singular a writer."  Also, All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir by Erin Lee Carr (Ballantine: Random House): "[a] beautifully constructed tribute." American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation by Adam Morris (Liveright: W.W. Norton): "His writing is sharp and the story is entertaining." Lastly, three YA novels "featuring girls who realize they must take a stand against unjust establishments, regardless of the personal cost."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan), giving it an A- and calling it "a gonzo literary performance."

Briefly Noted

The NYT lists "The 12 Best Cookbooks of Spring 2019."

BitchMedia gathers "15 Nonfiction Books Feminist Should Read This Spring."

Entertainment Weekly has "12 brilliant new collections to read this National Poetry Month."

CrimeReads picks "The Best Historical Fiction of 2019 (So Far)."

Barnes & Noble announces that Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (Random House) will be its April national book club pick.

The Belletrist book for April is The Ash Family by Molly Dektar (S. & S.).

LitHub offers six essays selected by Rachel Howard, The Risk of Us (HMH), that explore "the gendering of books" in a piece titled "What Do We Really Mean By 'Women's Fiction'?"

Entertainment Weekly interviews Chanel Cleeton, When We Left Cuba (Berkley: Penguin).

USA Today interviews Chelsea Handler, Life Will Be the Death of Me: . . . and you too! (Spiegel & Grau: Random House).

Vogue interviews Erin Lee Carr, All That You Leave Behind: A Memoir (Ballantine: Random House).

BitchMedia interviews Megan K. Stack, Women's Work: A Reckoning with Work and Home (Doubleday: Random House).

The Guardian interviews Molly Case, How to Treat People: A Nurse's Notes (W.W. Norton).

The NYT features Tonne Goodman, Point of View: Four Decades of Fashion (Harry N. Abrams). Also, the paper spotlights Abby Wambach, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (Celadon Books: Macmillan).

Bustle features Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller (Henry Holt: Macmillan) and also The Risk of Us by Rachel Howard (HMH).

Paste showcases Naamah by Sarah Blake (Riverhead: Penguin).

Time excerpts A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin) and features France in the World: A New Global History edited by Patrick Boucheron and Stéphane Gerson (Other Press: Random House).

The Atlantic features This searing light, the sun and everything else: Joy Division: The Oral History by Jon Savage (Faber & Faber). Also, a look at two books that "reckon with a walled border."

The NYT writes about the launch of the new Angel comic book series.

The Guardian reports on a book, "untouched for more than 350 years" that contains "thousands of summaries of books from 500 years ago, many of which no longer exist."

Authors on Air

NPR interviews Susan Choi, Trust Exercise (Henry Holt: Macmillan): "Book groups, meet your next selection."

Deadline Hollywood reports that Jonathan Maberry's Rot & Ruin is headed to the movies. The comic Hadrian’s Wall is as well . R.J. Palacio's Wonder is set for Broadway.

Oprah Winfrey, The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Path and Purpose (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), will be on The Daily Show tonight.

The Addams Family gets a trailer. Tales of the City gets a trailer.

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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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