Richard Wright's 'The Man Who Lived Underground' Finally Gets Uncut Release | Book Pulse

The uncut version of Richard Wright's The Man Who Lived Underground finally gets a release and reviews. The LA Festival of Books continues this week. Dutton releases a posthumous interview with Eric Jerome Dickey for the release of his final novel The Son of Mr. SulemanKatherine Heiny shines with Early Morning Riser and Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart continues to get attention. Elizabeth Acevedo will release her first novel for adults in 2023 while Michaela Coel will publish debut novelin September. Downton Abbey 2 will hit theaters in December. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gets a new trio of directors at the helm, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a new trailer. Plus, a reported $2M book deal for Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

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Buzzy Book News

The LA Times has a feature on The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright (Library of America), saying it “offers a timely depiction of police brutality.” The NYT reviews, writing it: “shows us that even when we survive those interactions, ducking the immediate dangers of incarceration or death, we can find ourselves bewilderingly stuck reliving the moment, struggling to find our freedom.”

Entertainment Weekly shares a posthumous interview with Eric Jerome Dickey by his publisher Dutton for the release of his final novel The Son of Mr. Sulemanout this week.

LitHub reports that Elizabeth Acevedo will release her first novel for adults in 2023, to be published by Ecco:HarperCollins in both English and Spanish.

The Hollywood Reporter announces Michaela Coel will release a debut novel, Misfits: A Personal Manifesto, to be published in September by Ebury.

"Justice Amy Coney Barrett receives reported $2m advance for book deal" reports The Independent

Reviews

The NYT reviews Why Didn’t You Just Do What You Were Told?: Essays by Jenny Diski (Bloomsbury): “Diski’s first-person voice is like no other, selectively intimate but not overbearingly egotistic, like, say, Norman Mailer’s.” Also, Popisho by Leone Ross (Farrar LJ starred review): “Ross is like a thoughtful hostess — she’s always at your side, pointing out the best dishes, explaining the customs, introducing you to friends and enemies even as she whispers a few juicy bits of gossip about each of them. Much of it will be extraordinary and overwhelming to the senses, but you’ll find your way, and when everyone gets up to dance, you might end up tapping your foot along with the beat.”Paris Without Her by Gregory Curtis (Knopf): “when Curtis brings his private mourning rites and memories to Paris to mix them with newfound commitments and hopes, it’s a matter of life and death.”  And, I Am a Girl from Africa by Elizabeth Nyamayaro (Scribner): “Tracing her path from the barren fields of her small village to Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, to immigrant life and higher education in London, Nyamayaro tells the rich story of building a career in the dizzying world of international NGOs.”  Plus, Hot Stew by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin; LJ starred review): “so precise and granular in its evocation of London that it made me thoroughly homesick while reading it. And Mozley is very good on the degree to which circumstance shapes interior life.” USA Today also reviews, giving it 3 out of 4 stars: "But if the book feels, at times, unfocused, it is also enjoyable and impressive on every page." Plus,  two short reviews on two short reviews of Novels of Our Common Humanity.

The LA Times reviews Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power by Susan Page (Twelve): “Page has the room, and in many places in the book, it's the smallest, best-chosen details that tell the biggest stories about Pelosi as a master legislator.” The Washington Post also has a review: "A reader won’t walk away from this biography feeling intimately acquainted with Nancy Pelosi. But they will put it down with a much deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the work it takes for a woman to harness, maintain and wield authority that was once reserved exclusively for men."

NPR reviews Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Knopf): “stood out to me as a representation of grief that I could relate to — one that doesn't reach for silver linings, but illuminates the unending nature of loss.”

The Washington Post reviews Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny (Knopf; LJ starred review): “may be this year’s funniest novel. There are not enough women authors on the Best Comic Novel lists, and she deserves a place on all of them, stat.”

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Kiley Reid about her Booker nominated novel, Such A Fun Age (Putnam; LJ starred review) which gets its paperback release this week.

“Black love pervades and inspires four authors on a panel” at the LA Festival of Books, which continues this week.

The NYT offers New & Noteworthy poetry and suggests “The Essential Philip Roth.”

The Washington Post re-reads Judy Blume with an adult eye and also has an interview with Michelle Zauner, Crying in H Mart (Knopf).

Shondaland interviews Jonny Sun about his new book, Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations (Harper Perennial; LJ starred review), “writing process, building community, and whether or not he’s able to really slow down.”

ElectricLit has an interview with Fiona Mozley about her novel, Hot Stew (Algonquin; LJ starred review) and “how there are no ethical choices in capitalism.” Also, a piece on how Vegas writers view Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 50 years later.

The Rumpus Book Club chats with Melissa Febos about her book Girlhood (Bloomsbury).

"Terry Pratchett's debut turns 50" and The Guardian takes a look.

Marvel comics on eBay feels the Falcon and Winter Soldier effect, seeing a bump in sales, EW reports.

Authors On Air

NPR’s Morning Edition features World Travel: An Irreverent Guide by Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever (Ecco: HarperCollins; LJ starred review).

On Wednesday: Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable (Pamela Dorman Books: Penguin) will be on Kelly Clarkson and Margaret Josephs, Caviar Dreams, Tuna Fish Budget (Gallery: S. & S.), will be on with Wendy Williams.

Ricki Lee Jones, Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour (Grove), will be on The View on Wednesday.

‘Downton Abbey 2’ with associated titles, will hit theaters in December with the original cast returning, Variety reports. Also ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ gets a new trio of directors at the helm, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings gets a new trailer.

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