Page to Screen, Jul. 12, 2019 | Book Pulse

Four bookish films/TV shows hit screens today and through next week. New booklists survey great audiobooks, action thrillers, and foodie titles. Libraries are told to destroy copies of Naomi Wolf’s Outrages.

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Page to Screen

Series return, Frankenstein is evoked in yet another iteration, and a YA novel hits the big screen (in limited release).

July 12:

Saving Zoë, based on the novel by Alyson Noël (St. Martin’s Griffin: Macmillan). Reviews | Trailer

July 14:

Grantchester, season 4, based on the series by James Runcie (Bloomsbury). Reviews | Trailer (the series just got renewed for season 5; Deadline Hollywood reports).

Sweetbitter, season 2, based on the novel by Stephanie Danler (Knopf). Reviews | Trailer

July 16:

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, a mockumentary drawing on the Frankenstein story. Reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reivews They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Top Shelf Productions: Random House): “riveting.” Also, Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It by Jamil Jivani (All Points Books: Macmillan): “Jivani is a good writer, dissecting the dissonances of his youth and combining thoughtful inquiry with firsthand experience. The book is less successful in discussing what to do about young men and violence.”

USA Today reviews Supper Club by Lara Williams (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: Penguin), giving it 3 stars and writing it “fascinates as an unflinching embrace of women and their many appetites and smashes the patriarchy with heaping plates of pasta.”

NPR reviews The Cuban Comedy by Pablo Medina (The Unnamed Press): “walks a fine line between poetry and political satire.” Also, Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki, translated by Karen Van Dyck (NYBR Classics: Random House): “weaves a dreamy, cinematic tapestry of Greek village life.”

Briefly Noted

Book Marks has “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

The NYT recommends “10 New Books” for the week. And surveys this week’s bestseller list.

CrimeReads gathers “July's Best New Action Thrillers.”

Entertainment Weekly gathers “7 amazing, mouth-watering new food memoirs for summer reading (and cookout inspiration).”

The Guardian selects “The best audiobooks of 2019 – so far.”

Vanity Fair spotlights American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump by Tim Alberta (Harper), in particular focusing on Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House.

Time features Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin).

The Guardian interviews Cressida Cowell about “how to get kids reading and why we need space to make mistakes.”

Mark Haddon talks about “the magic of audiobooks" with The Guardian.

The NYT runs an essay by Jessica Francis Kane, Rules for Visiting (Penguin; LJ starred review), titled “Beware the Writer as Houseguest.”

In forthcoming book news, Jessica Simpson announces she is writing a memoir, to be published by Dey Street Books (Harper) in Feb. 2020. USA Today has details. Also, Metallica plans a kid’s book, The ABCs of Metallica by Metallica, Howie Abrams, illustrated by Michael "Kaves" McLeer (Permuted Press: S. & S.) due out in November. has a guide to the “Literary Panels at San Diego Comic Con.” It is useful to read through the topics that attract fans (Dystopia and Darkness), the authors in attendance (and their newest works – Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea), and the range of a genre (The Fantastic Flavors of Fantasy). Also the Eisner Awards will be announced during the conference, on July 19. Here is a list of the nominees.

Mental Floss starts a book club. It will debut with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice next week and cover six books by the end of September.

B&T sends libraries email notice of HMH’s recall of Naomi Wolf’s Outrages. The publisher requests copies be destroyed. The book is already in the systems of some libraries, with holds.

HarperCollins Children’s Books is starting a new graphic novel imprint, HarperAlley. Publishers Weekly has details.

The Washington Post has a look at the new poster for the 2019 National Book Festival. A high-resolution download is here.

The Guardian reports that items (such as a stereo and a patio suite) from Philip Roth’s estate are getting auctioned this month.

Author and historian Colin Palmer has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth is headed to the movies. Malamander by Thomas Taylor is too. The Flintstones is going to be turned into a new animated show, aimed at adult audiences. Netflix plans an anime series based on Norse mythology. Deadline Hollywood reports.

The NYT has a review of the BalletX adaption of The Little Prince.

PBS NewsHour interviews Hector Cantú, the creator of the Baldo comic strip.

Senator Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Penguin), will be on The View today.

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