Becoming Set To Become Best-Selling Memoir Ever, Mar. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

Becoming by Michelle Obama is on pace to become the best-selling memoir, ever. No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny is getting buzz. Nnedi Okorafor is part of a team adapting Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler for Amazon.

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Becoming Soars

The Washington Post reports that Becoming by Michelle Obama (Crown: Random House) could "become the best-selling memoir ever."


The Washington Post reviews Inspection by Josh Malerman (Del Rey: Random House): "rich with dread." Also, Save Me from Dangerous Men by S. A. Lelchuk (Flatiron: Macmillan): "While his book lacks plausibility and narrative grab, Lelchuk writes in clean, punchy sentences. He also has a fine gift for description."  The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review): "vibrant, intellectually rich ... clear-eyed, energetic and richly entertaining."

NPR reviews What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young (Ecco: Harper): "Young is a talented writer and sharp cultural critic. He created something special with this timely and powerful book. It, like the work of bell hooks and Roxane Gay, should be required reading." Who Killed My Father by Edouard Louis, translated by Lorin Stein (New Directions: W.W. Norton): "a brief, poetic telling of the myriad ways societal contempt, homophobia, and poverty can kill a man."

The NYT reviews Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights by Doug Jones (All Points: Macmillan): "a valuable addition to the historical record of Alabama’s role as the battleground state of the civil rights revolution." Also, Hold Fast Your Crown by Yannick Haenel, translated by Teresa Fagan (Other: Random House): "a story of madness, art, alcohol and creativity ... How much readers enjoy it will depend on whether they are charmed or irritated by its narrator’s aversion to the practicalities of daily life, and how far they are prepared to go in admiring the drunken vicissitudes of his busy, elusive and allusive intellect." The Women's War by Jenna Glass (Del Rey: Random House): "It gives us a nuanced portrayal of grown women dealing with a wretchedly unfair society."

Briefly Noted counts "All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in April."

LitHub surveys the "17 Best Book Covers of March."

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Night Country by Melissa Albert (Flatiron: Macmillan).

Bustle excerpts The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette).

Eater excerpts Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi, Joshua David Stein (Knopf).

Vogue showcases No Happy Endings: A Memoir by Nora McInerny (Dey Street: Harper). Salon does as well and the StarTribune also weighs in.

Electric Lit interviews Nathan Englander, (Knopf) as well as Dave Eggers, The Parade (Knopf).

USA Today features Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom by Elisabeth Hasselbeck (WaterBook: Random House).

Paste highlights The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Pantheon: Random House).

The Washington Post spotlights A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Grove).

Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy (Random House), talks money with The Cut.

Bustle showcases Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD (Viking: Penguin). Also getting a feature, Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA (Ballantine: Random House).

In forthcoming book news, the StarTribune reports that Claudia Rankine is working on a new book, to be published in 2020. Paste spotlights Begin the Begin: R.E.M.'s Early Years by Robert Dean Lurie (Verse Chorus).

Publishing Perspectives explains the European Parliament vote on Europe’s new copyright directive.

A number of books saw huge gains on Amazon overnight, lead by Unfreedom of the Press by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions: S. & S.).

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Marvel's War of the Realms comic is getting theme music.

Authors on Air

Sally Rooney talks about books on The Cut podcast.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Nnedi Okorafor is adapting Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler for Amazon. Viola Davis is behind the project. The Princess Bride might become a musical, bound for Broadway. Carrie and Me by Carol Burnett is set for the movies, and Tina Fey is involved. Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time is headed to TV.

Avengers Endgame has a new featurette.

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