Page to Screen, Jul. 19, 2019 | Book Pulse

Three adaptations or bookish shows air today. Some buzzy trailers debut. Stephen King reviews Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman. Alan Moore is retiring.

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Three adaptations or book-ish shows air today.

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, season three, based on the books by Dav Pilkey. No reviews | Trailer.

Queer Eye, season four. Many of the lead presenters have books out and there is a collaborative book as well. No reviews | Trailer.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, based on the manga series. No reviews | Trailer.


Stephen King reviews Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper) for the NYT, calling it “haunting … special, even extraordinary” and writing that Lippman is “the closest writer America has to Ruth Rendell .” Also, fittingly, the Crime column is out.

NPR reviews Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin): “a mash-up of 34 short-short stories that stretch from the vaguely science fictional to the vaguely thriller-y to the vaguely vague. And that's not an insult. That's design. That's deliberate, this sense of disconnection. Of extreme oddity cloaked in muffling banality.”

The Washington Post reviews The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century by Clay Risen (Scribner: S. & S.): “His more ambitious goal is to show how Roosevelt’s volunteer regiment was an important catalyst in the emergence of a new understanding of America’s place in the world.” Also, The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future by Jon Gertner (Random House): “writes with verve and acuity.” A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past by Lewis Hyde (FSG: Macmillan): “When you turn your attention to forgetting, does that mean you are in fact remembering? This question runs through Hyde’s beautiful prose like a bright red thread, or perhaps a string tied around your finger.” Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West by John Taliaferro (Liveright: W.W. Norton): “strapping.” The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America by Aram Goudsouzian (Univ. North Carolina): “takes us into a political world different from today’s — a vanishing world where a candidate’s nomination was influenced but not determined by the primaries.” Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus by John R. Blakinger (MIT Press): “Blakinger’s attitude toward his subject is ambivalent. At one moment, he seems to regard Kepes as a romantic revolutionary, attempting to bring modern art to the masses. At others, he portrays Kepes as an academic apparatchik fruitlessly trying to hobnob with his (scientific) betters.”

Briefly Noted

Alan Moore is retiring. The Guardian reports.

The Eisner awards will be announced tonight. Here is the list of nominees.

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

CrimeReads offers “Patricia Moyes: A Crime Reader's Guide to the Classics.” Also, a list of “10 Thrillers Featuring a Dance of Girlfriends and Deception.”

The NYTInside the List” feature is out, highlighting two books with long runs.

Time features Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead: Penguin) and Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (William Morrow: Harper). Also a piece by Rachel DeLoache Williams, My Friend Anna: The True Story of a Fake Heiress (Galley Books: S. & S.).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, Dirty Letters (Montlake Romance: Brilliance).

Time interviews Richard Russo, Chances Are . . . (Knopf). Russo also has a piece in Lit Hub.

The Guardian interviews Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic: Poems (Graywolf: Macmillan).

Chuck Klosterman, Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction (Penguin), offers answers to the NYT “By the Book” column. Also, in The Atlantic, he contributes to the “By Heart” series.

Peter Orner, Maggie Brown & Others: Stories (Little, Brown: Hachette) appreciates Wright Morris in the NYT.

Book Riot has a “Reading Pathways” for David Levithan.

Mira Jacob, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations (One World: Random House), “Recommends 5 Inspiring Books That Aren’t By Men” for Electric Lit.

Vulture is “Against Style Guides – Sort Of.”

BuzzFeed offers “21 Bookstores And Libraries In Asia That Book Lovers Must See Before They Die.”

The NYT follows Audre Lorde’s footsteps in Berlin.

The Guardian writes about a newly re-discovered portrait of Charles Dickens.

An arson attack kills thirty-three people at the Kyoto Animation Studio. The NYT has details.

Audible is working on developing audio captions. GoodEReader writes that they will roll out in “the next few months.”

Authors on Air

It: Chapter Two gets a trailer.

Cats gets a trailer too.

His Dark Materials also unveils a new trailer.

Big Little Lies has a promo for the finale of season two.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. will end after season 7. The graphic novel Stumptown by Greg Rucka is set for ABC. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage is getting adapted for the stage. The Guardian has details.

Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family by Tracy Pollan, et al (Harper Wave) is soaring on Amazon after a feature on the Rachel Ray show. CNN gives a boost to Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay (Dey Street: Harper).

Joe Namath, All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters (Little, Brown: Hachette) will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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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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