Best Books of the Decade, Year, Month, & More, Nov. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

More lists come out naming the best of the decade, even as end-of-the-year accountings start to accumulate. The Dublin Literary Award Longlist is announced. Judd Apatow's It's Garry Shandling's Book gets the buzz. Disney+ launches today.

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Best Books of the Decade, Year, Month, and More







Time names its “10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s.”

LitHub picks the “10 Best Translated Novels of the Decade.”

O: The Oprah Magazine names the best books of 2019.

Kirkus picks the best fiction of 2019. They are releasing lists by category, fiction is first. Here is the release list in date order. Reveals will run until Dec. 16.

Town and Country picks the best books of November.

Bustle collects books to help host Friendsgiving.

Eater has “The 10 Best Cookbooks to Give Beginner Home Cooks.”

USA Today gathers a list of “10 best-selling military books.” has “5 Books About War and Military Culture.”

LJ runs Prepub Alert, updated through May 2020.


The NYT reviews The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts by Karen Armstrong (Knopf): “magisterial … argues that Scripture is flexible, evolving, contextual and more like performance art than a book.” Also, It's Garry Shandling's Book by Judd Apatow (Random House): “what a scrapbook! … Hard-core fans of Garry Shandling … will not need to be told that this cornucopia of Shandlingiana is worth their time. More casual fans, while they may be intimidated by the flood of minutiae, will find it worth the plunge.” Essays One: Reading and Writing by Lydia Davis (FSG: Macmillan): “At their best, Davis’s essays resemble her celebrated short stories.” Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography by Charles Moore (Knopf): “with ethical and scholarly discipline … a scrupulously evenhanded work.” Busted in New York and Other Essays by Darryl Pinckney (FSG: Macmillan): “he reveals himself to be a skillful chronicler of black experience in literary criticism, reportage and biography.” There is also a dual review of books that “explore the persistence of religious feeling.” The Shortlist considers culinary narratives. The Graphic Content column looks at literary classics. The paper spotlights two children’s audiobooks, one read by Meryl Streep and one read by Samira Wiley. Also getting attention, the audiobook of The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff, read by a full cast.

The Washington Post reviews The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton, Daniel H. Wilson (Harper): “a fairly ingenious adventure.” Also, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin): “Her plain-spoken, affectionate new memoir … confirms most of what tabloids had alleged and fans had already guessed.”

Briefly Noted

The Dublin Literary Award Longlist is announced.

The winner of the National Translation Award in Prose is out. As are the awards for poetry, the Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize, and Italian Prose in Translation. On a related note, Publishers Weekly reports on the role Amazon plays in translated lit.

George R.R. Martin has won the 2019 Sir Arthur Clarke Imagination Award. Locus reports.

Michael Chabon has a new piece in The New Yorker.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Dean Koontz’s Nameless, an Amazon Original story.

USA Today features Judd Apatow's It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House). Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt. Also, USA Today showcases Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan).

NPR highlights Women on Food: Charlotte Druckman and 115 Writers, Chefs, Critics, Television Stars, and Eaters by Charlotte Druckman (Abrams).

Gizmodo focuses on A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away: My Fifty Years Editing Hollywood Hits—Star Wars, Carrie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mission: Impossible, and More by Paul Hirsch (Chicago Review Press).

Entertainment Weekly showcases We All Want Something Beautiful by Randall Slavin (Mascot Books).

People has more stories on A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin) (here and here too). Also, pieces on I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, Jason "Rachel" Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed (Henry Holt: Macmillan) (here too).

Salon interviews Mo Rocca, Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving (S. & S.).

LitHub interviews Susannah Cahalan, Jaquira Díaz, JP Gritton, Shannon Pufahl, and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Also, a feature on the books that influenced Deirdre Bair, Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir (Nan A. Talese: Random House).

The Washington Post interviews the Astro Poets, Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov, Dorothea Lasky (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

Poisoned Pen Press will begin a new line called the Haunted Library of Horror Classics, focused on classics of the genre introduced by authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Joe Lansdale, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. Locus has details.

Zondervan is starting Zondervan Thrive, a nonfiction imprint.

Letters between Ian Fleming and his wife Ann are getting auctioned. The Guardian reports.

Sandi Toksvig, one of the hosts of The Great British Bake Off, has written a book, Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus. It is not out in the U.S. yet, but the Guardian has details.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Judd Apatow, It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House). Also on NPR, an interview with Kimberly Sue, Getting Wrecked : Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis (Univ. California).

The Washington Post offers a list of books for fans of The Crown, to “further their royal education.”

Deadline reports that season two of You will premiere on Dec. 26. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson has sold screen rights. There are new details about Amazon’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six, including a showrunner and that it will be a 12-episode musical/drama. Titans gets a season 3, which will debut in the fall of 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter has a story about The Mandalorian. So does Vanity Fair. And on that note, Disney+ launches today. The NYT has suggestions of the “50 Best Things to Watch.”

The Today show featured A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin).

Judd Apatow, It's Garry Shandling's Book (Random House), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight. Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on with James Corden.

Scoob gets a trailer. It is not based on a book but there are associated titles.

There is a teaser for Crisis On Infinite Earths, which Deadline calls “the mega-crossover event that begins Dec. 8 on The CW and unties the entire Arrowverse family of franchises: Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman.”

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