Page to Screen, Sept. 13, 2019 | Book Pulse

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden starts getting attention. So does Demi Moore, Inside Out: A Memoir. The Goldfinch opens today. John Green reads poetry. His Dark Materials adaptation debuts Monday, November 4 on HBO.

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Long awaited and long running stories open today and through the weekend.

Sept. 13:

The Goldfinch, based on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown). Reviews | Trailer

Can You Keep a Secret? based on Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (Dial Press). Reviews | Trailer

Also, Unbelievable, which has a tie-in Unbelievable: The Story of Two Detectives' Relentless Search for the Truth by T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong (Broadway Books) and while based on an article, also has authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman invovled. Reviews | Trailer

Sept. 14:

LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar, spinning off on the Jurassic Park series by Michael Crichton. No reviews | Trailer

Maigret, based on the books by Georges Simenon. | Trailer


The NYT reviews Permanent Record by Edward Snowden (Metropolitan Books): “a riveting account and a curious artifact. The book is unlikely to change anyone’s mind about Snowden, but when it comes to privacy and speech and the Constitution, his story clarifies the stakes.” Also, The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple (Bloomsbury): “superb.” The crime column is out.

Entertainment Weekly reviews Akin by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown), giving it a B, and writing “Donoghue draws a vivid picture, but Akin never quite gels, either in its central relationship or its underdrawn mystery.” Also, The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (S. & S.), giving it a B-, and writing “in this milieu her heavy hand shows: From the first scene (a grim near-rape), contrasts of good and evil are too bluntly drawn, and her inspiring heroines lack dimension.” Also, Entertainment Weekly ’s YA column is out.

The Washington Post reviews The Hollywood Book Club: (Portrait Photography Books, Coffee Table Books, Hollywood History, Old Hollywood Glamour, Celebrity Photography) by Steven Rea (Chronicle Books): “a striking collectible, a delight for bibliophiles and cinephiles. The glitz and glamour are palpable.” Also, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch (Riverhead): “what makes her enthusiasm so catching is her linguist’s conviction that all types of speaking (and texting and tweeting) are inherently valuable.” Author Jeremy A. Greene reviews Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban (Ecco): “The book paints an uneven picture for readers, who should know that the willingness of pharmaceutical companies to promote substandard and potentially harmful agents is not limited to Indian or Chinese firms; it can be found just as readily among European and North American brand-name manufacturers.” The Outlaw Ocean Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina (Knopf): “A lesser writer might have been daunted by the technicalities. But Urbina deftly reveals complicated ideas through his stories.”

Briefly Noted

Demi Moore, Inside Out: A Memoir (Harper), is getting buzz, from a Bazaar cover shoot, and from the NYT and USA Today.

Entertainment Weekly has a “guide to the ending of Stephen King’s The Institute (Scribner).

In forthcoming book news, USA Today reports on a new Jackie Kennedy book, coming out in 2021: Camera Girl: How Miss Bouvier Used Imagination & Subversion To Invent Jackie Kennedy by Carl Sferrazza Anthony (Gallery Books). The Guardian reports that Ian McEwan is publishing a Brexit satire, The Cockroach. It will come out on Sept. 27th in the UK, from Jonathan Cape.

Book Marks showcases the best reviewed books of the week.

Amazon posts Fall Reading picks.

The NYT looks at the “Big Fashion Books of Fall.”

Grub Street features “Fall’s Best New Cookbooks.”

Electric Lit offers “10 Books About Being Queer in a Country Where It’s Illegal.”

O, The Oprah Magazine interviews Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin).

John Green reads poetry for Ours Poetica. Here is more about the program.

People features Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) by Sarah Hurwitz (Spiegel & Grau).

Vogue showcases For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity by Liz Plank (St. Martin’s). Also, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Random House; LJ starred review), and “10 Great Novels About Complicated Female Friendships.”

Electric Lit interviews Bassey Ikpi, I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays (Harper).

Daniel Markovits, The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite (Penguin), writes a column for Time, “American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?

The NYT has “An Interview With Caroline Calloway’s Ghostwriter, Natalie Beach.”

The Washington Post appreciates Andrea Camilleri, The Other End of the Line (Penguin).

The Bookseller reports on the behind the scenes whirl and rules surrounding the release of The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese: Random House; LJ starred review).

ALA launches The Libraries Transform Book Pick, a new ebook book club that partners with Overdrive. The first book is After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (William Morrow). It is, in part, a response to the Macmillan embargo. Slate has more on that.

The Bookseller reports on the EU court considerations of the resale of ebooks.

PEN America launches “Literature Locked Up.”

J.K Rowling gives $18.8 million for MS research. USA Today reports.

Authors on Air

Entertainment Weekly writes about the His Dark Materials adaptation. It will debut Monday, November 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

The NYT considers Little Women with an “An Oral History of the 1994 Adaptation.”

Deadline reports that Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble is set for a limited series at FX. Also, Hulu is adapting The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Deadline also writes that HBO is planning another prequel series for GOT, based on Martin’s Fire & Blood.

NPR interviews Edward Snowden, Permanent Record (Metropolitan Books). Also, Samantha Power, The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (Dey Street).

Fox News spotlights I am Walt Disney by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos (Dial Books: Penguin), also To Build a Better World: Choices to End the Cold War and Create a Global Commonwealth by Philip Zelikow, Condoleezza Rice (Twelve). The latter was also on the Today show. CNN writes about Renia's Diary: A Holocaust Journal by Renia Spiegel (St. Martin’s Press: Macmillan), as does the New York Post.

Looking for Alaska gets a trailer.

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