Looking at the Decade, Dec. 26, 2019 | Book Pulse

As the year draws to a close, there are looks back at the decade, this year in books, and a peek ahead to 2020. PW names Dav Pilkey its Person of the Year. EarlyWord posts the Dec. 2019 GalleyChat roundup. Carrie by Stephen King is getting adapted into a limited series at FX. Premiere dates are out for midseason/winter shows.

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Looking at the Decade

The Washington Post lists “11 trends that changed the way we read this decade.”

Vox has a detailed story entitled “The 2010s were supposed to bring the ebook revolution. It never quite came.”

Elle names “The 15 Books That Defined the 2010s.”

The Guardian also has a piece on the books that defined the decade.

LitHub has decade lists too, here are fiction and nonfiction, but follow the links at the bottom for more categories.

Note: There are no new bestsellers this week.


The NYT reviews Doppelgänger by Daša Drndić, translated by S.D. Curtis and Celia Hawkesworth (New Directions): “Her books are contraptions intended to produce a series of psychological and somatic responses in her readers. In short: panic, pity, shame, nausea, exhilaration — and then, the bewildering desire to experience these very emotions again.” Also, a notable book of early 2020, “the first [translation] in any modern language by a female scholar” of the classic The Art of War: A New Translation by Michael Nylan by Sun Tzu, translated by Michael Nylan (W.W. Norton): “marvelously pointy and plainspoken. Each sentence is a struck match.” The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life: A Library of America Special Publication edited by Andrew Blauner (Library of America; LJ starred review): "charming, searching.” “The Shortlist” reviews “Three New Books … Take You to Places You’ve Never Gone Before.” “Inside the List” considers how sex sells.

Briefly Noted

Vogue has a list of “10 Authors on The Best Books They Read This Year.”

LitHub asks booksellers what books stayed with them this year, here is part one.

Lambda Literary writes about “The Year That Was: A Queer Literary 2019 in Review.”

The Atlantic names “The 15 Best Books of 2019.” BBC Culture has a list of its best of the year too.

Entertainment Weekly picks “The 10 best romance novels of 2019.”

USA Today lists “20 celebrity books readers loved in 2019.”

Slate selects the best audiobooks of the year.

The Washington Post suggests “The best YA fantasy to read now.”

The NYT has “8 Comic Books to Get You to Spring.”

The Washington Post lists “What to read in 2020 based on the books you loved in 2019.”

Popsugar offers “34 Promising New YA Books to Look Out For in 2020.”

EarlyWord posts the Dec. 2019 GalleyChat roundup.

The Washington Post issues its bestseller list.

The NYT by interviews Elif Shafak 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Bloomsbury: Macmillan; LJ starred review) via its “By the Book” questionnaire.

The Guardian has “The Observer Christmas puzzles special: literary picture quiz.”

The BBC Culture site has a story about a missing portrait of Charles Dickens.

The NYT has a report on the issues surrounding getting Walt Whitman’s home designated as a landmark.

PW names Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) (Graphix: Scholastic), its Person of the Year

HuffPost features Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship by Marie Kondo (Crown Books for Young Readers: Random House).

Johanna Lindsey has died. The NYT has an obituary, as does Entertainment Weekly. USA Today has a tribute by Fabio, the man who featured on so many of her book covers.

Elizabeth Spencer has died. Baba Ram Dass has died. The NYT has obituaries. The paper also has a look back at the artists who died in 2019.

Da Chen has died. The L.A. Times has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Collider reports that Carrie by Stephen King is getting adapted into a limited series at FX.

Deadline reports that Gal Gadot is adapting the novel Borderlife, "known in English as All the Rivers... [by]Dorit Rabinian.” Amazon is planning an adaptation of Evan Ratliff’s The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.

NPR’s Fresh Air has critic John Powers consider “The Books, TV, Music And Movies He Didn't Get To In 2019.”

The L.A. Times explores “the places that inspired Little Women.” NPR has a story on the characters in the film via an interview with producer Amy Pascal.

The NYT has a report of getting Elizabeth Strout’s character Lucy Barton on stage.          

Bustle writes about season two of You.

Deadline has the midseason/winter premiere dates for broadcast, cable, and streaming. Some of the book-related shows with dates include: Dr. Pimple Popper (Jan. 2), Stumptown (Jan. 8), Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (Jan. 10), The Outsider (Jan. 12), Nancy Drew (Jan. 15), Batwoman (Jan. 19), Supergirl (Jan. 19), The Adventures of Paddington (Jan. 20), Arrow (Jan. 21), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Jan. 21), Riverdale (Jan. 22), Star Trek: Picard (Jan. 23), The Flash (Feb. 4), Katy Keen (Feb. 6), Locke and Key (Feb. 7), Agatha Raisin (Feb. 10), High Fidelity (Feb. 14), Outlander (Feb. 16), War of the Worlds (Feb. 16), The Plot Against America (March 16), and Little Fires Everywhere (March 18).

The Today show features Who Do You Say I Am?: Daily Reflections on the Bible, the Saints, and the Answer That Is Christ by Timothy M. Dolan (Image: Random House).

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