Page To Screen, Jan. 18, 2019 | Book Pulse

The poet Mary Oliver has died. Min Jin Lee recommends 5 books by women. The 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year is announced. Deborah Harkness is featured in the NYT.

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Page to Screen

Jan. 18

Who Will Write Our History, based on Who Will Write Our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto by Samuel D. Kassow (Vintage: Random House) Reviews | Trailer.

Don't Come Back from the Moon, based on Please Don't Come Back from the Moon by Dean Bakopoulos (Mariner: HMH). Reviews | Trailer

Carmen Sandiego, based on the video/book series of the same name. Reviews | Trailer

Marvel's The Punisher, based on the Marvel comics. Reviews | Trailer

Jan. 20

Supergirl, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

Jan. 21

Arrow, based on the Marvel comics. No reviews | Trailer

Black Lightning, based on the DC comics. No reviews | Trailer

Jan. 23

The Magicians, based on the book series by Lev Grossman. No reviews | Trailer

Jan. 24

Legacies, set in the same world as The Vampire Diaries. No reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews Hark by Sam Lipsyte (S. & S.): "a Christ allegory tucked inside a satire," Also, Unquiet by Linn Ullmann (W.W. Norton): "the book feels closer to memoir than fiction ... finding drama and pathos in its own search for an adequate form and turning its failures into something fascinating and rich." Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers by Preston Lauterbach (W.W. Norton): "may not get to Withers’s inner life, but it is not without pleasure." Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis (Hanover Square Press: Harper): "noirish." For a second day in a row, the paper reviews The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (PublicAffairs: Hachette): "a doorstop of a book, an intensively researched, engagingly written chronicle of surveillance capitalism’s origins and its deleterious prospects for our society ." The NYT Shortlist looks at authors who "Consider Contemporary Politics, Anxiously." The new Crime column is out, as is the new Children's Books column.

The Washington Post reviews Help Me! by Marianne Power (Grove Press): "had me at hello ... [with] a wry, cheeky style that should appeal to self-help skeptics." Also, Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes (Dutton: Penguin): "riveting." The paper features Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison—Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out by Jason Rezaian (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco: Harper).

NPR reviews You Know You Want This: "Cat Person" and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.): "very good ... blunt, fun, evocative writing ... By any metric — craftsmanship, intelligence, addictiveness — Roupenian's stories are excellent. Her blood lust will take her far." If you are getting whiplash from the varying takes, Book Marks has a summary of the few raves, more pans, and mixed middle reviews .

Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring by Josh Rosenblatt (Ecco: Harper): "a fascinating story ... a highly lucid, very personal meditation on selfhood, but it's also replete with a wide array of engaging literary and historical excursions."

Briefly Noted

Poet Mary Oliver has died. NYT, The Guardian, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, and NPR all have stories. LitHub has an appreciation.

The NYT features Deborah Harkness.

The 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year is announced, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas (Knopf).

Forthcoming books: Entertainment Weekly excerpts Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake (William Morrow: Harper). USA Today has a story on Abby Wambach's next book, WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach (Celadon Books: Macmillan). Wambach has an Instagram announcement too.

The Guardian interviews Chigozie Obioma and Margaret Drabble answers the "Books that made me" questions.

Min Jin Lee recommends 5 books by women for Electric Lit.

The Washington Post suggests audiobooks "to stave off the winter blues."

The Verge suggests "10 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in January."

The Vulture Spoiler Book Club considers Friday Black: Stories by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner: HMH).

The NYT reports on the Grolier Club, its collections, history, and members.

Shelf Awareness has a story on how a bookseller chooses what to read next.

Authors on Air

The Fox Searchlight biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien will debut on May 10. Entertainment Weekly has some story and cast details.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette gets pushed back to August, moving five months from its expected March release. NBC will air a new drama series based on Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme books, to be called Lincoln. The Glorias: A Life on the Road, based on Gloria Steinem's memoir, adds more names to its cast. Deadline Hollywood has details on each story.

Martha Stewart, The Martha Manual (HMH), will be on with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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Neal Wyatt

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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