Page to Screen, Aug. 30, 2019

More fall and September books lists arrive. The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott gets the buzz, as does The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather, Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness, and Genius Foods by Max Lugavere, Paul Grewal, M.D. Outlander returns to TV in Feb. 2020.


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Two adapations air today and on Saturday:

Aug. 30:

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 wide release. Reviews | Trailer

Aug. 31:

Maigret, based on the books by Georges Simenon. No reviews | Trailer


NPR reviews Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat (Knopf): “a stunning collection that features some of the best writing of Danticat's brilliant career.” NPR also as an interview with Danticat.

The Wall Street Journal reviews Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization by John Browne (Pegasus: W.W. Norton): “despite the compelling events it describes, offers a rather flat read, with the feel of a meticulously organized consulting report punched up by a senior partner.”

The Washington Post reviews The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong (Viking: Penguin): “marvelous.” Also, See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics by Caitlin Moscatello (Dutton: Penguin): “smartly weaves the stories of four inspiring candidates from the 2018 election cycle, illustrative tales of aspirants with startling statistics demonstrating a ground-shifting election.” Father's Day by Matthew Zapruder (Copper Canyon Press; LJ starred review): “his poems manifest, or perhaps presuppose, the intimacy of friendship, written in the voice of someone you know and trust who has let his guard down in an attempt to unburden himself or describe his experience.” The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little (Harmony: Random House): “aims to answer the question, 'How screwed are we' in our search for a way to feed an ever-growing population? Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses by Michael S. Roth (Yale): “a timely book on a fascinating topic.” Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria by Sam Dagher (Little, Brown: Hachette): “a vivid and powerful account of the roots and course of the conflict.”

The NYT reviews The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine (Sarah Crichton Books: Macmillan): “delightful.” Also, Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, Bing West (Random House): “provides a tour through Mattis’s four decades of service in the Marine Corps.” Douglas Preston reviews Cold Storage by David Koepp (Ecco: Harper) writing that “On every level [it is] pure, unadulterated entertainment.” Also reviewed, “Four Books About the C.I.A.’s Exploits and Secrets.” The Crime column is out, as is “Graphic Content.”

The L.A. Times reviews I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum (Random House): “Nussbaum is one of the best, if not the best, critic writing about TV today.”

Briefly Noted

BuzzFeed selects the “33 Books You’ve Got To Read This Autumn.” collects “All The New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in September.”

Bustle picks “35 New Books Out In September 2019 For The Cozy Days Of Fall Ahead.” Also, “15 Labor Day 2019 Books To Help You Finish Off Your Summer Reading With A Bang” and “7 Books Out In The UK In September 2019 That You Won't Stop Talking About For Weeks.”

Electric Lit offers “20 Small Press Books You Might Have Missed.”

The Washington Post names the “best audiobooks for summer’s end.”

NPR has a list of dragon books.

BookMarks picks “The Best Reviewed Books of the Week.”

Entertainment Weekly previews The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette). Also, a look at the artwork by Jim Lee for DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes.

The NYT helps readers get ready for Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Nan A. Talese: Random House).

In buzzy book news, Glenn Beck gives a strong boost to The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather (Custom House: Harper). Jonathan Van Ness promotes his forthcoming book, Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love (HarperOne), on Instagram, sending it soaring. People has a story featuring Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere, Paul Grewal, M.D. (HarperWave). It too jumps in sales.

Also making the scene is The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott (Knopf; LJ starred review). The Wall Street Journal has a review; The NYT has a profile; Vulture spotlights as well. Sales have jumped.

The NYT profiles Malcolm Gladwell, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Bustle features The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (Crown: Random House). excerpts Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff (Flatiron Books: Macmillan).

Electric Lit considers the choose your own adventure story.

The Guardian interviews Nell Zink, Doxology (Ecco: Harper). Also, an interview with Chigozie Obioma about important books.

Gizmodo reports on a joint talk by Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz.

The Atlantic features “The Paradox of Peanuts.”

In the Guardian, Alan Moore writes about William Blake.

CrimeReads highlights the best book covers of the month.

The Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship winners are announced.

PW writes that Audible has decided to “exclude publishers’ works from [its] captions program” at least for now but the lawsuit remains active.

Authors on Air

Outlander, season five, will return to Starz on Feb. 16, 2020. Entertainment Weekly has details.

Daniel Handler is creating an animated documentary about Edward Gorey. Open Culture reports and has a teaser. has news that the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series “will be set 8 years after Revenge of the Sith.”

Vanity Fair writes about “The Unlikely, Uplifting Message of It: Chapter Two.”

IndieWire lists “The 11 Books You Need to Read to Keep Up With Fall Movie Season.”

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