NPR’s Book Concierge Returns, Dec. 4, 2019 | Book Pulse

NPR’s Book Concierge returns for 2019 with more than 2,000 titles broken into 34 categories. LitHub suggests “26 Books From the Last Decade that More People Should Read.” Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl is the December "Read with Jenna" book selection. Circe by Madeline Miller is the PBS NewsHour-NYT book club pick for December. The winners of the Reading Women’s Award are announced. Black Widow gets a trailer.

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The Book Concierge Returns, and More Best Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

NPR’s Book Concierge returns for 2019 with more than 2,000 titles broken into 34 categories.

NPR’s Maureen Corrigan picks “Favorite Books Of 2019: Here Are 10 Unputdownable Reads.”

Slate names its 10 best books of the year (from the books editor) and its list of top 10 books (from its book critic).

The NYT selects "the Best Baking Cookbooks of 2019.”

The Washington Post offers “The best books to read — and gift — in December.”

Book Marks picks the “10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Must-Reads From the 2010s.”

LitHub suggests “26 Books From the Last Decade that More People Should Read.”

Reviews

Entertainment Weekly reviews Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove Press, Black Cat), giving it an A- and writing “deserves every accolade, and more: Her sixth novel is a creative and technical marvel.”

The NYT reviews The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison by Ralph Ellison (Random House): “An essential new book.” Also, The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle edited by Saskia Hamilton (FSG: Macmillan): “brings to life one of literary history’s most famous scandals.” Great Society: A New History by Amity Shlaes (Harper): “a deeply flawed contribution.” Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug by Leandra Ruth Zarnow (Harvard Univ.): “this was a woman who was hard to discourage.”

The Washington Post reviews The Revisionaries by A.R. Moxon (Melville House: Random House): “I was baffled, dazzled, angered and awed. In between bouts of hating it, I adored it. “The Revisionaries” is a self-indulgent muddle; it’s a modern-day classic.”

NPR reviews Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition by Buddy Levy (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan): “an engaging, superbly written, and meticulously researched chronicle.”

USA Today reviews The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson (Ecco: Harper), giving it 2.5 stars and calling it “chilly.”

Briefly Noted

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions) is the December Read with Jenna book selection.

Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown: Hachette) is the PBS NewsHour-NYT book club pick for December. As a closing event for the November pick, Richard Powers, The Overstory (W.W. Norton) answers readers’ questions.

The winners of the Reading Women’s Award are announced.

Entertainment Weekly showcases “Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love.”

Time interviews Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

Esquire interviews Jeff VanderMeer, Dead Astronauts (MCD: Macmillan).

The Washington Post interviews Alexander McCall Smith, The Peppermint Tea Chronicles: 44 Scotland Street Series (13) (Anchor: Random House).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Jimmy Kimmel, The Serious Goose (Random House Books for Young Readers). People has a feature too. Sales are soaring.

Electric Lit interviews Carolina De Robertis, Cantoras (Knopf).

The Guardian interviews Barbara Taylor Bradford, Master of His Fate (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

LitHub interviews Sean Brock, South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations (Artisan: Workman; LJ starred review).

The Washington Post has created The Mueller Report Illustrated: The Obstruction Investigation with illustrations by Jan Feindt (Scribner: S. & S.). It is getting front page coverage in the paper with a digital series as well.

B&N's SFF blog offers a guide to the new canon of Star Wars books and comics.

Popsugar selects “12 Romantic Comedy Books That Will Give You the Warm-and-Fuzzies” as well as “8 Quirky Nonfiction Books That Will Make Perfect Holiday Gifts.”

LJ offers a collection development focus on Immigration.

Book Riot posts its 2020 Reading Log form.

Milan Kundera's gets his Czech citizenship back after 40 years. NPR has the story.

Locus has a report on the World Fantasy convention.

The Penguin Hotline returns for the holidays, offering book recommendations.

Joe Hammond has died. The Guardian has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The book-based The Irishman is named Best Picture by the National Board of Review. Fortune has details.

Black Widow gets a trailer. It debuts May 1, 2020.

Deadline reports that AMC plans to turn to Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne universe novels into a TV series. Also on the way to TV screens is Max Seeck’s The Faithful Reader. So too is Robert Dugoni’s The Eighth Sister. The comic Kill Whitey Donovan might head to the movies. Erlend Loe’s Norwegian novel Muleum is set for HBO. Mano Bouzamour’s Bestseller Boy is in development at CBS. Sony is working on an adaptation of Lost In Shangri La by Mitch Zuckoff. Focus Features nabs When I Was You, based on the forthcoming book by Amber Garza. In the works as well is Peter James’s Perfect People. Lastly, while no U.S. air date has been announced, BBC will air the gory 3-part Dracula adaptation in the UK on Jan. 1.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Slow Dancing, a Wattpad work, is getting adapted.

NPR interviews BJ Miller, MD, A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death (S. & S.). Sales are soaring.

KGOU has an interview with Ralph Ellison’s literary executor, one of the editors of The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison by Ralph Ellison (Random House).

Bustle offers “7 Royal Books By UK Authors To Read When You've Finished The Crown.”

The Today show features The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner (National Geographic), Can't Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race against Time by Ida Keeling, with Anita Diggs (Zondervan: Harper), and Unselfish Kids by Paul D. Parkinson and Sammie Parkinson (Unselfish Stories).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class (Metropolitan Books: Macmillan), will be on The Tonight Show. Michael Eric Dyson, Jay-Z: Made in America (St. Martin’s: Macmillan; LJ starred review), will be on The View.

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