Page to Screen, Aug. 23, 2019 | Book Pulse

A controversial series and fascinating women lead adaptations this week. A bevy of booklists are out, including those addressing science, poetry, and music. Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is headed to the movies. Motherless Brooklyn gets a trailer.

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Page to Screen

A controversial series and fascinating women lead adaptations this week.

Aug. 23:

13 Reasons Why, based on 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Razorbill: Penguin). No reviews | Trailer

Vita & Virginia, based on the lives of authors Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Opening in limited release. Reviews | Trailer

Official Secrets, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell (William Collins: Harper). Opening in limited release on Aug. 23, and wide release on Aug. 30. Reviews | Trailer

Aug. 24:

Web of Dreams, based on Web of Dreams by V.C. Andrews (Pocket Books). No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 25:

Good Eats: The Return. Host Alton Brown has a series of Good Eats cookbooks (and more beyond). No reviews | Trailer

Aug. 29

Kardec. Netflix reports is it based on a book and Kardec himself wrote several. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Milkweed Editions): “a perfect book to read in the summer. Renkl scatters short autobiographical essays in between short nature pieces, so that her life story and her life's passion intertwine, like a fence post and a trumpet vine.” Also, The Trojan War Museum: and Other Stories by Ayse Papatya Bucak (W.W. Norton): “astonishing illumination.” Going Dutch by James Gregor (S. & S.): “charming and well-observed.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman (Little, Brown: Hachette), giving it a B+ and noting “she writes about the clash of cultures and ideals here with clean-lined, eye-level empathy.”

The Washington Post reviews In the Country of Women: A Memoir by Susan Straight (Catapult): “What a welcome it is. Straight’s skillful ability to take us from the intimacy of family history to the wider considerations of America’s legacy is a wonder.” Also, Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks (Scribner: S. & S.): “a singular, enigmatic connection.” The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light by Jean Edward Smith (S. & S.): “brisk new recounting … terse, authoritative, unsentimental.”

Briefly Noted

The NYT recommends 10 books for the week. Also, the paper has a column on adulting titles and back to school books.

O: The Oprah Magazine gathers “28 of the Best Romance Novels of 2019 That'll Instantly Have You Addicted.”

Paste offers a “2019 Fall Music Book Preview.”

Barbara Hoffert looks at Fall Poetry collections for LJ.

Lit Hub ’s Fall 2019 Nonfiction Preview covers science and technology.

Bustle has “5 Books By Women In Translation You Should Read This August.”

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

Time features Quichotte by Salman Rushdie (Random House; LJ starred review), also The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (Ballantine Books: Random House; LJ starred review).

The NYT spotlights Malaka Gharib, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir (Clarkson Potter: Random House).

Time interviews Joy Harjo, An American Sunrise: Poems (W.W. Norton).

Electric Lit has an interview with Rajia Hassib, A Pure Heart (Viking: Penguin). Also, an interview with Téa Obreht, Inland (Random House; LJ starred review). The NYT also has a brief interview with Obreht.

CrimeReads interviews Rachel Monroe, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession (Scribner: S. & S.).

Paste excerpts A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (Gallery/Saga Press: S. & S.). excerpts Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson (FSG: Macmillan).

Entertainment Weekly showcases Avan Jogia, Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories (Andrews McMeel Publishing: S. & S.).

The Guardian writes about Address Unknown, “the great, forgotten anti-Nazi book everyone must read” by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor.

CrimeReads offers “Rex Stout: A Crime Reader’s Guide to the Classics.”

Bustle considers “The Fascinating Psychological Reason People Love Watching Videos About Reading.”

The New Republic is reporting that a literary agent is part of the Jeffrey Epstein story.

Meet Thatcher Wine, a “celebrity bibliophile” who works with Gwyneth Paltrow. Town and Country has a report. The Guardian has something to say too. There is a forthcoming book, For the Love of Books: Designing and Curating a Home Library by Thatcher Wine, Elizabeth Lane (Gibbs Smith).

Authors on Air

Variety writes Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is headed to the movies.

The Book of Enchantments TV series at Disney is not going forward after all, it was to be based on the Villains book series. Marita Golden’s The Wide Circumference of Love is set for TV. Sarah Michelle Gellar is likely to star in a TV adaptation of Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman. The Universal remake of The Invisible Man is getting bumped up to Feb. 28, 2020, two weeks earlier than expected. The short story “The Bridgewater Triangle” by Brian Miller is set for FX. Deadline Hollywood has details on all.

The NYT writes about a podcast focused on The American Girl books and dolls.

Motherless Brooklyn gets a trailer.

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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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