Bill Gates and PBS NewsHour Offer Reading Lists

Bill Gates suggests 2019 books. The readers at PBS NewsHour do, too. And so does Nancy Pearl,  and many more. LitHub calculates that On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong is the most popular “Best of Year” title. Michael Chabon's Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is headed to Showtime.

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Bill Gates and PBS NewsHour Have Reading Lists, As Do Others

Bill Gates talks about the 2019 books he read and suggests others read as well. Time has the list. It is also on Gates Notes and on youtube.

PBS NewsHour suggests 29 books to readers.

Electric Lit names its “15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019.” Also, a list of the “15 Best Short Story Collections of 2019.”

LitHub names “The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Poetry” and “The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Sci-Fi and Fantasy.”

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin: LJ starred review) tops the 2019 best of lists, as calculated by LitHub in their annual The Ultimate Best Books of 2019 List.

Popsugar selects “15 of the Best Books of 2019 — All Written By Females.”

Bitch Media selects “The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019.”

USA Today offers a winter reading guide.

O: The Oprah Magazine suggests “11 Books to Read if You're Alone for the Holidays This Year.”

Reviews

NYT reviews Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos by Peter Bergen (Penguin): “raises, even if it does not address deeply, some important questions.” Also, Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump by Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch (Random House): “able guides to a byzantine world.” Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer by Carol Sklenicka (Scribner: S. & S.): “prudent and appreciative in her assessment of Adams’s work.”

The Washington Post reviews The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counterpoint): “explores ... unspoken tensions brilliantly.” Also, Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos by Peter Bergen (Penguin): “put this craziness in perspective and lays out the stakes for the future.”

USA Today reviews The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan, translated by N Kalyan Raman (Grove Press: Black Cat), giving it 3.5 stars and writing “Murugan’s elegant new novel is indeed a joy.”

Briefly Noted

Time interviews Minda Harts, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table (Seal Press: Hachette; LJ starred review).

O: The Oprah Magazine features Nick White, Sweet and Low: Stories (Blue Rider Press: Penguin) in their “Coming Out” series.

The Guardian has a story about the poem Neil Gaiman wrote for refugees, from 1,000 tweets.

BBC Culture writes “How reading has changed in the 2010s.”

The Library of Congress adds 25 films to the National Film Registry. Deadline Hollywood has the list. Shadow and Act names the “Top 60 Black Films Of The Decade,” a number are based on books.

Here is the Nobel Lecture by Olga Tokarczuk, the 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The NYT has a piece on Peter Handke, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Guardian has a report on the protests around his win, as does Time.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly reports that Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is headed to Showtime. Paul McCartney's book High in the Clouds is set for Netflix as an animated feature.

The NYT has a report on the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Vulture writes “Little Women Was Always Big.”

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Peter Bergen, Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos (Penguin).

Nancy Pearl interviews James R. Benn, who writes the Billy Boyle mysteries, the newest of which is When Hell Struck Twelve (Soho Crime: Random House). Also, for NPR, Nancy Pearl picks works for the end of 2019.

Deadline reports that Larry Watson’s Let Him Go is set for the movies, with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane to star. Paradise Found by Bill Plaschke sells film and TV rights. Also, Marvel TV is shutting down.

TVline.com reports that Hulu’s documentary on author Hillary Clinton will air in March. They also have the trailer. It will feature first at the Sundance Film Festival in January, reports Variety.

Lupita Nyong'o, Sulwe (S. & S. Books for Young Readers), will be on the Daily Show tonight. She will also be on The View today.

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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 nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com

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