Monthly Best Books, May 1, 2019 | Book Pulse

Monthly best books lists start to arrive and new book group picks are announced. The Obama's Netflix plans get specific, including two adaptations. What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate gets some buzz.

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Reviews

The NYT reviews How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (Melville House): "a complex, smart and ambitious book that at first reads like a self-help manual, then blossoms into a wide-ranging political manifesto." Also, So Much Longing in So Little Space: The Art of Edvard Munch by Karl Ove Knausgaard (Penguin): "never underestimates the painter’s labor and study, and this book stands as a sincere, often lyrical and penetrating attempt to enter the world of another artist."

The Atlantic has a dual review of SF novels that are concerned with privacy: The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell (Hogarth: Random House; LJ starred review) and Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac, translated by Roy Kesey (Soho Press).

Entertainment Weekly reviews The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer (Knopf): "it’s classic storytelling through a transgressive lens. Portfolio offers a testament to something nicely old-fashioned, though, too: the enduring transformative power of art, and love, in any form. A-."

NPR reviews What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate (S. & S.; LJ starred review): "Reading the book is to take the sacred mother-child ideal down from its pedestal and inspect it, dissect it, run tests on it, muck it up a bit. At its broadest level, this book is about the soul-rattling realization that despite often having the astronomically best of intentions, our mothers still mess up — sometimes in life-altering ways." Also, Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria (Melville House): "a powerful mix of biography, exploration of mental illness, and fragments of a nightmare journal of the space between girlhood and womanhood."

Briefly Noted

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn (Knopf; LJ starred review) is the May bookclub pick from PBS NewsHour and the NYT.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Grand Central: Hachette) is the Emma Watson/Our Shared Shelf book for May/June.

Entertainment Weekly issues its April Romance column.

The Millions selects "Ten Essential Graphic Novels and Memoirs About Queer Women."

LitHub and Reading Women offer "What to Read for Asian Pacific Heritage Month."

Glamour offers its list of the best books of 2019 (so far).

CrimeReads hosts a conversation with the Agatha Award winners about the cozy.

NPR offers interviews with three poets, Hanif Abdurraqib, Yanyi, and Franny Choi.

PBS NewsHour interviews Emily Chang, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley (Portfolio: Penguin), the book club pick for April.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Helen Hoang, The Bride Test (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The HuffPost features The Gulf by Belle Boggs (Graywolf: Macmillan).

Bustle spotlights What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate (S. & S.; LJ starred review). Also getting attention in Bustle is Park Avenue Summer by Renée Rosen (Berkley: Penguin).

BuzzFeed excerpts What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence edited by Michele Filgate (S. & S.; LJ starred review).

Audible is releasing all of The Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin, read by Elle Fanning. The L.A. Times has details.

LitHub features some great designs from University Press Books.

CrimeReads considers the author behind Encyclopedia Brown.

Martin Kilson has died. The NYT has the obituary.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly covers the slate of programs the Obamas will present on Netflix. Two are book-based: a series based on Michael Lewis’s Fifth Risk and a feature film of David W. Blight’s Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.

Stay Up with Hugo Best by Erin Somers (Scribner: S. & S.) gets optioned. Deadline Hollywood reports.

The Tony Award nominations are out. A few are book based. Variety has the list.

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Neal Wyatt

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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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