Page to Screen, May 10, 2019 | Book Pulse

It, chapter 2 gets a trailer. It is already trending. Meanwhile, Tolkien and Shakespeare hit screens today as news comes that new versions of Rebecca and A Christmas Carol are on the horizon.

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Shakespeare and Tolkien are conjured on screen and adaptations based on comics and nonfiction debut:

May 10:

Tolkien: A Life of Love, Courage, & Fellowship, based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Reviews | Trailer

The Professor and the Madman, based on the book by Simon Winchester. Reviews | Trailer

All is True, featuring Kenneth Branagh playing William Shakespeare. Reviews | Trailer

Charlie Says, based on The Family by Ed Sanders (Da Capo: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.EL.D., based on the comics characters. Reviews | Trailer

The Society, "unoffically inspired" by Lord of the Flies. Reviews | Trailer

Gente que viene y bah (People There and Bah), based on the novel by Laura Norton. Reviews | Trailer

May 16:

Good Sam, based on Good Sam by Dete Meserve (Lake Union: Amazon). No Reviews | Trailer


The NYT reviews The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Knopf; LJ starred review): "a paean to both cultural diffusion and difference." Also, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg (Scribner: S. & S.): "The story unfolds, cleverly, through an imaginary (and, it has to be said, highly improbable) museum catalog." Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis (Little, Brown Spark: Hachette): "Saturated with information, Christakis’s book is well, if not tightly, made."

NPR reviews This Land Is My Land: A Graphic History of Big Dreams, Micronations, and Other Self-Made States by Andy Warner, Sofie Louise Dam (Chronicle): "Bubbling with madcap energy ... slaps the eye with sunshine colors and seduces with doodly lines." Also, Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang (Knopf): "Chiang is telling the stories of consequences."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (Knopf; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing "rarely has a novel so fully brought to life a place most couldn’t pretend to know."

The Washington Post reviews The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Berkley: Penguin; LJ starred review): "Hoang has once again shown readers the importance of representation in literature, while also creating a sexy, compassionate story about the power of love and the enduring American Dream." Also, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames (Ecco: Harper): "achieves what no sweeping history lesson about American immigrants could: It brings to life a woman that time and history would have ignored. That doesn’t quite split the world open, but it creates a big enough fissure to let the light in."

USA Today reviews The Farm by Joanne Ramos (Random House), giving it three stars and writing "Its very plausibility is a warning shot."

Briefly Noted

Entertainment Weekly has "16 perfect mother-daughter book pairings for Mother's Day."

The NYT recommends 9 books for the week. Also, the Children's Books column is out.

Book Marks highlights the best reviewed books of the week.

CrimeReads picks the "Best Crime Non-Fiction Books of May."

NPR interviews John Paul Stevens, The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years  (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Book Riot has a Q&A with Sonali Dev and Meg Donohue.

Glamour interviews Danielle Steel.

Entertainment Weekly excerpts American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron: Macmillan) also getting excerpted, Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use by Amanda Seales (Abrams).

The Atlantic features Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Henry Holt: Macmillan).

The L.A.Times considers the literature of Arizona.

The Washington Post considers the importance of Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter.

Ann Patchett writes about mothers for The Washington Post.

The NYT has an essay about Pinocchio.

Chris Albertson has died. Chuck Kinder has died. The NYT has obituaries for both men.

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Deadline Hollywood reports that Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is headed to Netflix. Also, Michael Johnston's Soleri gets optioned. A Christmas Carol is getting a new re-make.

PBS NewsHour explores To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway.

It, chapter 2 gets a trailer.

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