Page to Screen, Jan. 11, 2019 | Book Pulse

EarlyWord updates its diversity title list. There is also a spreadsheet. Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samanta Schweblin gets a glowing review. A Discovery of Witches, the TV series, starts its run on Thursday and some book critics are not happy with Marie Kondo.

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Four films debut today, followed by a run of additional adaptations through the week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, Jan. 11

The Upside, based on You Changed My Life by Abdel Sellou (Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

A Dog's Way Home, based on A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge Books: Macmillan). Reviews | Trailer

Ashes in the Snow, based on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel: Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

The Aspern Papers, based on the story by Henry James. Reviews | Trailer

Monday, Jan. 14

The Passage, based on The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Flash, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

Roswell, New Mexico, based on the series by Melinda Metz. Reviews | Trailer

Wednesday, Jan. 16

Deadly Class, based on the comics of the same name. Reviews | Trailer

Riverdale, based on the Archie comics. No reviews | Trailer

Thursday, Jan. 17

A Discovery of Witches, based on A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Penguin). Reviews | Trailer

Reviews

NYT reviews A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein (Balzer + Bray: Haper): "Young adult readers are going to appreciate it: a powerful tale about real women who waged war against the Nazis, and won." Also, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (FSG: Macmillan): "eerie ... a compact, riveting book." The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg (HMH): "just the sort of easy-reading tale that will inspire readers to pull up a comfy chair to the fire, grab a mug of cocoa and a box of tissues and get hygge with it." Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra, translated by Achy Obejas (Melville House; LJ starred review): "a novel of the self, of an artist contending with her own vanishing." Sugar Run by Mesha Maren (Algonquin: Workman; LJ starred review): "The literary lineages here are hard-boiled fiction and film noir, but on every page of her debut novel, Mesha Maren creates bold new takes on those venerable genres, a much needed refresh of worn tropes and clichés." Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married by Abby Ellin (PublicAffairs: Hachette): "gave me occasion to second-guess even gentler deceptions; it may actually have made me a (slightly) better person. Which is more than I can say for many a better book." We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers: Hachette): "a stirring and timely book that strips the political baggage from the words 'migrant' and 'refugee'." The Shortlist looks at "Three Books of Fiction by Acclaimed Japanese Writers." Finally, the paper runs an excerpt of its original review of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.

In a glowing review, NPR considers Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review): "ethereal and bizarre ... proves that Schweblin is a master of elegant and uncanny fiction ... Fans of literature that looks at the world from a skewed point of view will find much to love in Schweblin's book, and so will anyone who appreciates originality and bold risk-taking. Mouthful of Birds is a stunning achievement from a writer whose potential is beginning to seem limitless."

The Washington Post reviews The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Doubleday: Random House): "seamlessly weaves together the themes of Shakespeare ... with the very modern issue of toxic masculinity." The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll by Ian S. Port (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "lively and vivid." Also, How to Love the Universe: A Scientist’s Odes to the Hidden Beauty Behind the Visible World by Stefan Klein (The Experiment: Workman): "Eager to astonish, Klein prizes mystery over solution." The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer (Crown Forum: Random House): "I find Krauthammer frustrating, a smart man and expert craftsman who lacked the intellectual grit to push at, or through, his own defenses and premises." Finally, Laurie Halse Anderson recommends books about rape culture.

Briefly Noted

EarlyWord updates its diversity title list. There is also a spreadsheet.

The NYT considers serial memoirists and features Astounding Stories in a piece by Alec Nevala-Lee, Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Book Riot offers a reading pathway for Nnedi Okorafor.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.). Roupenian writes about "What It Felt Like When "Cat Person" Went Viral" in The New Yorker.

Shondaland interviews the poet Aja Monet.

LitHub interviews David Mitchell.

Deadline Hollywood reports on the comic Fight Club 3, which has a trailer out.

Time features Chigozie Obioma, An Orchestra of Minorities (Little, Brown: Hachette; LJ starred review). Also, a story on 99 Nights in Logar by Jamil Jan Kochai (Viking: Penguin).

Paste features Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead: Penguin; LJ starred review).

The L.A. Times features A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement by Kent Blansett (Yale Univ.)

The Guardian considers the rise of poetry in India.

The NYT writes about a literary dinner party, in which book reviewer and subject (and a news host from MSNBC) meet and there is a literary-lineage menu based on Good Food by Daniel Halpern.

Speaking of reviews, The Ringer has a story on the subject of bad ones.

Forthcoming book news: Entertainment Weekly writes about Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery (S. & S.).

Authors on Air

USA Today interviews Marie Kondo just as several book review sources complain about her tips about decluttering books and her own book rises on the NYT bestseller list again.

Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone and her Six of Crows books are going to Netflix in a new series that will draw upon both. Entertainment Weekly has details, as does Deadline Hollywood.

Marvel's The Punisher gets another trailer. Deadline Hollywood has details on it and other Marvel series.

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