More Best Books, Nov. 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

More lists counting the best of the decade and of the year arrive. Barnes & Noble launches a new award for book of the year. A Warning by Anonymous is breaking in-house presale records. The Turkish police have rearrested Ahmet Altan.

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Best Books

Barnes & Noble announces the finalists for its inaugural Barnes & Noble Book of the Year award. The winner is voted on by the booksellers and given to the book they are most proud to be selling.

Amazon names the Best Books of 2019. The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; LJ starred review) tops the list.

Time names the “10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s.”

LitHub names “The 10 Best Translated Novels of the Decade.”

O: The Oprah Magazine picks the “23 Best LGBTQ Books of 2019.”

Paste selects “The Best Young Adult Novels of November 2019.”

The Strategist names “41 of the Year’s Most Giftable Coffee-Table Books.”


NPR reviews Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now by Andre Perry (Two Dollar Radio): “a raw chunk of life sliced into essays packed with truths, devastating realizations, music, failed coping mechanisms, a constant search for the self, and a lot of booze.” Also, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "With grace, a keen eye for detail, [and] an interesting cast of characters." Mama Hissa's Mice by Saud Alsanousi, translated by Sawad Hussain (Amazon Crossing): “beautiful, affecting.”

The NYT reviews Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir by Deirdre Bair (Nan A. Talese: Random House): “an itemized receipt of the costs of female ambition.” Also, a series of reviews about patient care and a piece on Dungeons & Dragons.

Briefly Noted

A Warning by Anonymous (Twelve Books: Hachette) is selling. Its publisher announced that to date, it “has garnered more preorders than any other nonfiction book at any imprint in the history of Hachette Book Group.” USA Today has the story, as well as some the details revealed in the book.

The Turkish police have rearrested Ahmet Altan. The Guardian reports.

Wired has a story on N.K. Jemisin, “World-Building Is a Lesson in Oppression.”

Entertainment Weekly explores the movies that influenced The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman (Quirk Books: Random House).

Vanity Fair has more from A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston by Robyn Crawford (Dutton: Penguin). So does O: The Oprah Magazine.

Fortune considers The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review).

Shondaland features Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution by Jennifer Block (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media showcases All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg (HMH; LJ starred review).

People highlights Chasing the Bright Side : Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story by Jess Ekstrom (Thomas Nelson: Harper). Also, a story from Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends by Ash Carter, Sam Kashner (Henry Holt: Macmillan). Lastly, there is a story on Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again by Andrea Barber (Citadel: Random House).

Vulture features It's Garry Shandling's Book by Judd Apatow (Random House) and has an interview with Isa Mazzei, Camgirl (Rare Bird Books). Lastly, an excerpt of Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan).

Electric Lit interviews Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Revisioners (Counterpoint).

Vanity Fair interviews Geoff Dyer about D.H. Lawrence, The Bad Side of Books: Selected Essays of D.H. Lawrence by D.H. Lawrence, edited and introduced by Geoff Dyer (NYRB Classics: Random House).

Book Marks interviews Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State (Picador: Macmillan; LJ starred review).

In advance of next week’s announcement of the National Book Award winners, LitHub interviews many of the finalists.

Bustle picks “9 Books About Life For Women On The Campaign Trail.” reports that Yoon Ha Lee, Max Gladstone, Sarah Gailey, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Vail, Frank Wilde, Curtis C. Chen all have new projects with Serial Box.

Laura Dern is set to read Audible’s edition of Little Women, a work that will be an original dramatization. Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt.

A public service to honor the life of Toni Morrison will take place on Nov. 21 in NYC at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Oprah Winfrey, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Kevin Young, Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, and Michael Ondaatje are among the speakers. LitHub has more details.

Zadie Smith is writing a play, about Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Tale. The Guardian reports.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s venture into bookselling, with the Drama Book Shop he saved as it was closing, is getting set to re-open in March. The NYT has details. Deadline has a drawing of the shop. The NYT also reports that a literary nonprofit has bought Elizabeth Bishop’s house in Key West.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Andrew Marantz, Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (Viking: Penguin).

Deadline reports that Shrine by James Herbert is set for the movies, and has cast news.

Collider writes that a sequel to Doctor Sleep was in the works, but might be scrapped based on the dismal box office of the first film.

Variety reports that the Disney+ launch was technically problematic. On the other hand, NPR glowed over the content. Also from Variety, HBO Max is adapting the Point Horror books by R.L Stine.

DC Universe releases a trailer for Harley Quinn, its animated series premiering Nov. 29.

The Today show features Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush's Sisters First (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette) and With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace by Nikki R. Haley (St. Martin’s: Macmillan).

HBO releases its promo trailer for what is coming in 2020. Part of the quick clips include looks at the adaptations Lovecraft Country, Perry Mason, The Plot Against America, I Know This Much Is True, and My Brilliant Friend.

Rachel Maddow, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown: Random House; LJ starred review), will be on with Jimmy Fallon. Jenny Slate, Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette), will be on with Conan.

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