Awards and Top Picks, Jul. 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir by Yrsa Daley-Ward wins the PEN Ackerley Prize. Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the Caine Prize for African Writing. Tor.com announces its top books of the year so far. George R.R. Martin says that the Starks, direwolves, and White Walkers will all be part of the new Game of Thrones spin-off series on HBO.

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Awards and Top Picks

The Bookseller reports that The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir by Yrsa Daley-Ward (Penguin) wins the PEN Ackerley Prize. Here is the shortlist.

Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Issue 53, took the prize. Here is the shortlist. Readers will know Arimah for her book of stories, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

Tor.com announces “Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2019—So Far."

Reviews

NPR reviews Monstress Book One by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda (Image Comics): “chilling, puzzling, engaging and enraging … so assured, elegant and beautifully drawn that it practically compels acclaim.” Also, For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball by Bud Selig (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review): “charming, informative and even entertaining ... about the best memoir you can hope to read from a powerful professional sports insider.” The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip by Jeff Guinn (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “filled with riveting accounts of megalomania and hypocrisy, but always explained away or promptly countered by some glowing description.” Copperhead by Alexi Zentner (Viking: Penguin): “a smart, propulsive story about racism, class and the limits of individual possibility.” The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson (Penguin): “Immensely enjoyable, piercingly clever, and satisfyingly soulful … an exquisite little talisman of a book.”

The NYT reviews The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Mulholland: Hachette): “Beneath its surface of high-speed thrills, “The Chain” is clearly the work of the philosophical thinker McKinty has always been.” The Casket of Time by Andri Snær Magnason, translated by Björg Arnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery (Restless Books: S. & S.): “Greed hurts us; power ruins us; and time has never been our enemy.” American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta (Harper): “a fascinating look at a Republican Party that initially scoffed at the incursion of a philandering reality-TV star with zero political experience and now readily accommodates him.”

USA Today weighs in on The Chain as well, giving it a perfect four stars and calling it “a big, unputdownable thriller.”

The Washington Post reviews The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “what a deeply troubling novel this is. It shreds our easy confidence in the triumph of goodness and leaves in its place a hard and bitter truth about the ongoing American experiment.” Also, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Berkley: Penguin): “Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and “Bookish” lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.” The Need by Helen Phillips (S. & S.): "[proves] a book so smart and brave about motherhood can also be very funny.”

Entertainment Weekly also reviews The Need by Helen Phillips (S. & S.), giving it an A- and writing that it is a “spare, eerie marvel of novel.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT calls beach books “the cool aunts of the literary world.”

Entertainment Weekly features Lisa Taddeo, and calls her book, Three Women (Avid Reader: S. & S.), “the hottest book of the summer.” It has just been named the Belletrist book for July as well.

Bitch Media spotlights I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House). Vulture has an interview with Nussbaum.

USA Today has details on The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump's Ascent as Told by Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated by Allen Salkin, Aaron Short (All Points Books: Macmillan).

BuzzFeed has a list of favorite memoirs as selected by readers.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly reports that Michael Eric Dyson is writing a book about Jay-Z’s cultural impact. It is titled JAY-Z: Made in America (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan) and will publish in November. Also, DC is launching “a new Hellblazer comic as part of its ongoing Sandman Universe line.” The Associated Press reports that Senator Jeff Merkley has a book on the way, America Is Better Than This: Trump's War Against Migrant Families (Twelve: Hachette). Tor.com announces The City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick to arrive summer 2020.

Electric Lit interviews Karen Dukess, The Last Book Party (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Lauren Mechling, How Could She (Viking: Penguin), fills out Entertainment Weekly’s “What’s In a Page.”

Book Marks interviews Ann Kjellberg of Book Post.

The Strategist asks Laura Lippman, Lady in the Lake, what she cannot live without.

Sofka Zinovieff, Putney (Harper Perennial), writes about millennials and cancel culture for The Guardian.

Electric Lit looks at the differences between hardcover and paperback book cover designs.

Slate has a story on the continuing turmoil surrounding The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World by Alex Malarkey, Kevin Malarkey (Tyndale Momentum).

The Guardian reports that in the U.K. much of the public library system in Essex has been saved based on “sustained public protests.” The plan had been to close 24 of its 74 branches.

Authors on Air

George R.R. Martin tells Entertainment Weekly that the Starks, direwolves, and White Walkers will all be part of the new Game of Thrones spin-off series on HBO.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the Wilde/Chase book series by Andy McDermott has been optioned for the movies. Also, HBO releases a first look photo from My Brilliant Friend, season 2.

Bustle has a reading list for fans of Veronica Mars.

Book Riot has a reading list for fans of Stranger Things.

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