Fallout, Jun. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

A new book about R. Kelly is dominating the conversation today. Linda Fairstein is also in the news, facing fallout in the wake of a new documentary about the Central Park Five. More booklists arrive, for summer, June, and on assorted subjects. Ocean Vuong, Elizabeth Gilbert,and Nicole Dennis-Benn are winning the week in book coverage.

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A new book and a documentary are driving the media conversation and creating fallout for both R. Kelly and Linda Fairstein:

USA Today reports on R. Kelly and Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly by Jim DeRogatis (Abrams).

The Washington Post reports on the story as well, as does Vulture (and here too).

NPR interviews Derogatis.

Shadow and Act surveys the repercussions for author Linda Fairstein in the wake of When They See Us.


The NYT reviews Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie (Tim Duggan Books: Random House): "makes clear that the appeasement policies of the 1930s were a spectacular failure, strategically and morally." This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto by Suketu Mehta (FSG: Macmillan): "offers a meticulously researched and deeply felt corrective to the public narrative of who today’s migrants are, why they are coming, and what economic and historical forces have propelled them from their homes into faraway lands." Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff (Yale): "the stories behind Grossman’s stories, particularly of censors’ efforts to alter and limit them, are fascinating." Lastly, the Crime column is out.

NPR reviews Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright: W. W. Norton; LJ starred review): "Dennis-Benn is quickly becoming an indispensable novelist, and Patsy is a brave, brilliant triumph of a book." Also, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin; LJ starred review): "a writer whose language some of us readers could happily drown in." City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Riverhead: Penguin): "a breezy, entertaining read — and really, something better: a lively, effervescent, and sexy portrait of a woman living in a golden time."

The L.A. Times reviews Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review): "wide-ranging but uneven ... It’s a worthy project, going deep, making the space beneath us come alive, and it’s one Macfarlane seems uniquely suited to dispatch with aplomb."

Book Lists







BuzzFeed chooses its books of the summer.

Entertainment Weekly picks "The 10 best books of 2019 ... so far."

The Guardian selects the best books of the year, so far.

Vulture names "7 New Books You Should Read This June."

Bustle has "30 New Books Coming Out In June2019 To Look Forward To Reading This Summer." Also, "24 Fantasy Authors On The Books That Made Them Fall In Love With The Genre."

Tor.com publishes the B&N "Bookseller's Picks for June."

O magazine offers "50 Unapologetically Queer Authors Share the Best LGBTQ Books of All Time."

BookMarks collects "Every Women's Prize for Fiction Winner of the 21st Century."

ElectricLit showcases "7 Poetry Collections by Muslim Writers."

Briefly Noted

The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Announces 2019 shortlist.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (William Morrow) is the Belletrist book for June.

Bustle's June book club pick is Ash by Malinda Lo (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

USA Today features Naturally Tan: A Memoir by Tan France (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan).

HuffPost spotlights Tim Murphy, Correspondents (Grove Press).

Bustle showcases This Is 18 by Jessica Bennett, New York Times (Amulet: Abrams) and Home Remedies: Stories by Xuan Juliana Wang (Hogarth: Random House).

USA Today features Randy Travis and his memoir, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life (Thomas Nelson: Harper).

Vulture profiles Kristen Arnett, Mostly Dead Things (Tin House Books: W.W. Norton) also, Pam Grossman, Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power (Gallery Books: S. & S.; LJ starred review). Vulture calls her "the Terry Gross of Witches."

Paste spotlights Amanda Montell, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language (Harper Wave).

The Atlantic profiles Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin; LJ starred review). Vanity Fair has an interview.

Deadline Hollywood showcases comics writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips.

Wired considers Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred reviewed), as does Slate.

NPR interviews Amber Scorah, Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life (Viking: Penguin).

BookMarks interviews Annie Bostrom of Booklist.

The Intelligencer interviews Michael Wolff. The L.A. Times features Wolff as well.

In forthcoming books, USA Today writes about Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla by John Cena, illustrated by Howard McWilliam (Random House Books for Young Readers).

The NYT writes about a publisher's attempts in Hong Kong to "Document Tiananmen's Carnage."

The Washington Post writes about long subtitles.

The NYT reports that Jane Eyre is now a ballet.

Authors On Air

PBS NewsHour interviews William H. McRaven, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations (Grand Central: Hachette) and also features author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi.

Deadline Hollywood reports that film rights have sold for Richard Brautigan’s The Hawkline Monster. Also, Jurassic World, the animated series, heads to Netflix.

Town & Country has first photo images from Belgravia.

The Rook gets a trailer.

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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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