Page to Screen, Nov. 22, 2019 | Book Pulse

Frozen returns to the movies and The Irishman finally opens in wide release. The Washington Post picks the best books of the year. There are reports on the public memorial for Toni Morrison.

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Page to Screen

More Christmas films arrive, as does a second Frozen story. The Irishman finally opens in wide release.







Nov. 22:

Frozen 2, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen.” Reviews | Trailer

Christmas Under the Stars, based on The Christmas Tree Lot by Rikk Dunlap (unpublished). No reviews | Trailer

The Feed, based on The Feed by Nick Clark Windo (William Morrow: Harper). No reviews | Trailer

Holly Hobbie, season two, based on the fictional character. No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 23:

Picture a Perfect Christmas, based on A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed (Howard Books: S. & S.). No reviews | Trailer

Nov. 27:

The Irishman, based on I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt (Steerforth Press). Reviews | Trailer

Nov. 28:

Levius, based on the manga. No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth by Jack Goldsmith (FSG: Macmillan): “emotionally powerful and utterly compelling.” One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America by Gene Weingarten (Blue Rider Press: Penguin): “full of scenes and wordsmithing that can make a reader elbow her partner in the ribs and  force him to listen to a read-aloud. That’s the hallmark of memorable feature writing. More, please.” Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant by Anne Gardiner Perkins (Sourcebooks; LJ starred review): “offers intriguing insights.” Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits by James D. Zirin (All Points Books: Macmillan): “a valuable guide to Trump’s mind-set and a good primer for the months ahead as a series of investigations close in on the president.” Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business by Pamela Newkirk (Bold Type: Hachette): “Simply by reminding readers of the stories of people … may do more to help advance the cause of workplace conclusion than any canned bias-training program ever could. Artificial You : AI and the Future of Your Mind by Susan Schneider (Princeton): “a sure-footed and witty guide to slippery ethical terrain.” Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson (Knopf): “At some point, the author’s deft use of local color becomes merely clutter, and the reader wishes a 600-page book had been trimmed to about 300. If one cut the speculation and digressions, that could probably be reduced to about 150 pages. But at their best, those pages are, well, damn good.”

NPR reviews Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin (Knopf): “You will need tissues by the end of this book, but I promise it will be okay. Because, just as the title promises, you will also be Laughing.”

Briefly Noted

The Washington Post is out with its best of the year lists: The 10 Best Books of 2019, 50 Notable Works of Fiction, 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction, best thrillers and mysteries, best romance novels, best graphic novels, memoirs, and story collections, best poetry collections, best SFF, and best audiobooks.

The L.A. Times picks “5 of the best new music books.”

The NYT recommends twelve books for the week.

The Washington Post writes about the biggest book news stories of the year.

Continuing its Best of the Decade lists, Entertainment Weekly picks the best comics.

CrimeReads picks the Crime fiction series that defined the decade.

Jenny Offill picks her “10 favorite books of the decade.”

LitHub picks the best book covers of November. Also, the best reviewed books of the week.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly excerpts Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia forthcoming from Del Rey June 30, 2020. USA Today writes that James Taylor will publish an audio memoir on Audible in early 2020. It will be called Break Shot. Barbara Taylor Bradford is writing a prequel to A Woman of Substance. It will be titled Blackie and Emma and come out next year. The Guardian reports.

The L.A. Times features Tommy Orange, with news he is working on his second novel.

Bustle interviews Kara Jackson, the United States Youth Poet Laureate.

The Millions interviews Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir (S. & S.; LJ starred review).        

Ann Patchett answers the Guardian’s “Books that Made Me” questionnaire.

The Washington Post spotlights The Beatles from A to Zed : An Alphabetical Mystery Tour by Peter Asher (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

 Jezebel highlights The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care by Anne Boyer (FSG: Macmillan).

Bitch Media features That's Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill by Amanda Rosenberg (Turner).

USA Today reports on the public memorial for Toni Morrison. Here are images. The NYT also has a report. Vulture reprints Oprah Winfrey’s eulogy.

Fox News has details of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal award ceremony. James Patterson was among the award recipients.

Vanity Fair writes “A New Generation Emerges at the National Book Awards.”

Open Culture writes about “How Blade Runner Captured the Imagination of a Generation of Electronic Musicians.”

A rare, in near-mint condition, copy of the first Marvel comic sells for 1.26 million at auction. USA Today has details.

Marie Kondo opens an online store. The NYT reports.

The NYT reports that the “R.N.C. Spent Nearly $100,000 on Copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s Book” helping it onto bestseller lists.

Tom Spurgeon has died. William Loren Katz has died. The NYT has obituaries.

Authors on Air

Deadline reports that Ben Affleck will direct an adaptation of King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee is headed to HBO Max. People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd and My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows are both headed to TV. Stargirl will head to the CW after it debuts on DC Universe. Netflix is working with Tonko House to create an animated series based on Japanese folklore, ONI. Brian Masters’s Killing For Company is getting adapted with David Tennant to star.

The Hollywood Reporter considers “The Stakes of Star Trek 4.” Also, a story about Etch, a new kids graphic novel imprint from Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media.

The director of Joker says the reports yesterday that there will be a sequel are “anticipatory at best.” IndieWire has the interview.

The Today show featured Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Susan Rice (S. & S.).

Julie Andrews, Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years (Hachette; LJ starred review), will be on The Talk today.

Emma gets a teaser trailer.

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