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Four adaptations open today or over the weekend, none have pleased critics. Nancy Pearl picks books for summer reading. Terrance Hayes offers "Visual Verse."

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Four adaptations premiere this weekend; none are warmly received by critics. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, based on the Michael Crichton novels. The NYT is not entertained: "Sense is a thing this movie doesn’t have much interest in making. Which is far from the worst that can be said about it." The Catcher Was a Spy, based on the book by the same name. NPR says it "Barely Singles." Brain on Fire, based on the book by the same name. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "wearisome." Luke Cage, based on the Marvel comics. Rolling Stone gives it 2 stars and complains about its pacing. To work ahead for tie-ins and displays, EarlyWord keeps an up-to-date list of forthcoming adaptations.

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox (Harper): "By the time Fox gets to some serious conclusions about the Trump children, there have been so many reports of raw rumor that it’s hard to know what to believe." Also All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin (Ballantine: Random), writing it offers "style and substance" and is "a worthy addition to your summer reading stack." The paper has a story with interview about Diane Guerrero's forthcoming My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero, Erica Moroz (Holt). Further reviews circle back to Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall – and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steven Brill (Knopf) and to The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli (Riverhead). It is a book-heavy Friday for the paper, find more reviews here. NPR reviews two books about "The American Landscape" and glows about Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams (Riverhead): "It is sci-fi in its most perfect expression — no robots, no explosions, no car chases. Reading it is like having a lucid dream of six years from next week, filled with people you don't know, but will." In The New York Times both the SF and Fantasy column, "Otherworldly," and the Crime column are out. "The Shortlist" considers works "That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective." In children's books the paper looks at titles featuring grandparents. In single title reviews, The Comedown by Rebekah Frumkin (Henry Holt): "This is not a book about a drug deal gone wrong, or a briefcase full of cash. Rather, it’s a book about crests and troughs, highs and comedowns, joys and brutalities — about how easily our lives are wrecked, but also how powerfully we’re able to survive and rebuild." Also Yeah, No by Jane Gregory (The Song Cave): "invites you in by slowly teaching you its codes." The paper also features reviews on works addressing Woodrow Wilson, hunting, and writers tied to "Their Caribbean Past." It is a busy day for the paper and there are still more reviews but to wrap up, Terrance Hayes offers "Visual Verse."

Briefly Noted

Nancy Pearl picks books for summer reading for NPR. NPR's Horror poll has closed so now meet the experts who will select the final list from the 6,000 plus suggested titles. Key author alert for RA librarians, each is a name to know in the genre. Steve Brusatte, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World (William Morrow; LJ starred review), lists the best dinosaur movies. Entertainment Weekly features American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures edited by America Ferrera (Gallery) which will include pieces by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, and more. The LA Times interviews actress and author Amber Tamblyn, Any Man (Harper).

Authors on Air

Netflix issues its first trailer for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before based on the book by Jenny Han.

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