Best Book Picks, Mar. 5, 2019 | Book Pulse

March best book lists arrive. The Audie Awards are announced. The Nobel Prize in Literature makes its two awards in 2019 stance official.

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The Audie Awards have been announced. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read by Bahni Turpin (Macmillan Young Listeners) wins Audiobook of the Year. The finalists are listed here.

The UK Romantic Novel Awards are out as well.


The NYT reviews Solitary by Albert Woodfox (Grove Press): "uncommonly powerful." Also, Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine: Random House): "easily her most sophisticated and ambitious novel ... Presented almost entirely as an oral history, the novel reads like the transcript of a particularly juicy episode of VH1’s 'Behind the Music.'” NYT reviews The Wall by John Lanchester (W.W. Norton): "The novel gathers momentum as it goes, and few readers will stop until they reach its final page."

The Washington Post also reviews The Wall by  John Lanchester (W.W. Norton), offering a completely take: "As a parable, this is all highly relevant. As a novel, it’s fairly dull."

NPR reviews Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): "extraordinary." Also, A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle (Pegasus: W.W. Norton): "Part Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and part Mario Puzzo's La Mamma ... a funny, gritty, touching narrative about the strength of three New York women caught in a world of abusive men, broken families, and mob violence."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

EW also has an excerpt from A Tale of Magic ...  by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown: Hachette).

The Guardian reports on the Nobel Prize in Literature, updating what has long been understood, that the Swedish Academy will issue two prizes in literature this year. There is also news on the new make-up of the selection committee.

In Costco Connection, Pennie Clark Ianniciello picks I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon (Doubleday: Random House).

USA Today interviews Karamo Brown, Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope (Gallery Books: S. & S.).

NPR interviews Anthony Abraham Jack, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students (Harvard).

Vogue tries out The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health, and Incandescent Happiness by Bryan Kozlowski, Jane Austen (Turner).

Bustle's book club pick for March is Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik (Scribner: S. & S.).

Deadline Hollywood writes about The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Renee Nault (Nan A. Talese: Random House) and has preview images.

Vanity Fair gathers "10 Coffee-Table Books That Look a Style from Every Angle."

Vulture spotlights "10 Women Writers Share Their Must-Read Books for Women's History Month."

And in bookish New York City news, The NYC One Book, One New York is gearing up, letting citizens vote on a list of five nominees. Vulture has details. Also, The Guardian writes about how high rents are forcing the closure of NYC bookstores.

Authors on Air

NPR interviews W. Thomas Boyce MD, The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Dev Patel might star in an adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Morgan Llywelyn’s Lion of Ireland is headed to TV. Rami Malek joins the stars reading to children on Storytime Online. Deadline Hollywood has details.

PBS NewsHour posts discussion questions for The Power, their March book club pick.

Amber Tamblyn, Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution (Crown Archetype: Random House) will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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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

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