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The Guardian considers a "new" genre, "Up Lit." Books on royal gossip make news as do two documentaries on famous authors. And speaking of news, the bunny bout is on.

Genres Making News

Call it “Up Lit.” The Guardian has a story on the new genre of “uplifting stories about kindness and community.”

The paper also reports on the lack of diversity in romance.

The group behind LitHub has launched CrimeReads. Here is a sample post, “The Essential Crime Podcasts of Spring 2018.”

Reviews

Dava Sobel reviews two books about women in science for the NYT. Also reviewed are Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (Little, Brown: Hachette): “bristling, funny and ultimately savage;” Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television by Joy Press (Atria: S. & S.: LJ starred review): “at times feels a little bereft of urgency;” Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain (Nation: Hachette): “Norman is a terrific storyteller [and her book is] an important addition to a long tradition of pain memoirs;” Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri (Grand Central: Hachette): “She has plenty of vivid anecdotes” [but her] bumper-sticker self-help can jolt the reader out of an otherwise enticing story;” and Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley by Emily Chang (Portfolio: Penguin): “To read this book in 2018, in the midst of a vast cultural reckoning around sexual harassment, is to be reminded of just how accepted this boys’ club has long been.” The paper also considers Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (S. & S.): “It’s a confident and substantial book that’s nearly as sleek as a Christopher Nolan movie … exhilarating, depressing, tawdry and moving in almost equal measure.” There is a piece on how the show Dear Evan Hansen was adapted into a forthcoming novel by Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul: Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (Poppy: ISBN 978-0316420235, Oct. 9, 2018). Finally, the paper wonders if James Comey’s upcoming memoir will sell as well as Fire & Fury, noting the early overlapping signs.

USA Today reviews Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen (Random House), giving it three out of four stars but not completely happy to trade Quindlen’s “trademark warmth in depicting family life” for “its sharp social commentary and characters with “first-world” problems [that] reads like a metaphor for our divisive times.” The paper also counts down the gossip in Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower – FYI it is only being published in the UK for now, and as the paper puts it “It’s not clear whether the book will be released in the USA.” A royal book that is publishing here: Harry: Life, Loss, and Love by Katie Nicholl (Hachette), with perfect timing ahead of the Harry and Meghan Markle wedding. Vanity Fair has an excerpt. Nicholl was on Good Morning America today.

Awards

The Audie finalists for Audiobook of the Year are out. LJ has the full list.

The Wellcome book prize shortlist is out. The award considers books that “illuminate the breadth and depth of our relationship with health, medicine and illness.”

Briefly Noted

The Atlantic considers Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”.

Refinery 29 forecasts “The Best Books of 2018 We Can’t Wait To Read This Year.”

Lena Dunham is exploring interactive fiction reports Entertainment Weekly. Starting today she will launch Daughter, First. Run in seven segments (the first is up), each section will be written by a different female author. The story will appear on Glamour.com and LennyLetter.com. In choose-your-own-adventure style readers will be able to shape the story as it unfolds.

Checking in with what is buzzing abroad, The Guardian interviews Benedict Wells, author of The End of Loneliness which is “taking Europe by storm.”

Time interviews Mitch Landrieu, In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History (Viking: Penguin).

Vulture profiles Leslie Jamison, The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian has a short piece on Sean Penn‘s Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (Atria: S. & S.).

What is up with the bunny? The vice president’s family have a pet bunny named Marlon Bundo and in the tradition of past national leaders, have written a book about their pet, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence, illustrated by Karen Pence (Regnery Kids). John Oliver commissioned a children’s book about the same bunny, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twist and Marlon Bundo, illustrated by EG Keller (Chronicle). Needless to say they tell very different stories. The Twist/Oliver book is currently #1 on Amazon and the NYT reports an initial print run of 450,000 copies. NPR has the story too, with photos of the bunny.

Authors on Air

Electric Lit writes about the documentary Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez; it is on Netflix.

The Atlantic has a story on the HBO documentary on Arthur Miller, calling it “an intimate look at a ferocious talent.”

PBS NewsHour features Aminatta Forna, Happiness (Atlantic Monthly).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Jonathan Weisman, (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump (St. Martin’s: Macmillan). Bart Ehrman, The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (S. & S.) will be on today.

Town&Country runs down some tidbits about season 4 of Outlander.

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