Page to Screen and Summer Reads, May 24, 2019 | Book Pulse

This week Game of Thrones offers one more look, a terrifying book gets a new adaptation, and a Disney movie gets its live-action remake. Summer reading lists make thier annual appearance, with plenty of side stories, too. Time picks the best fiction and nonfiction of the year, so far.

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Page to Screen

This week Game of Thrones offers one more look, a terrifying book gets a new adaptation, and a Disney movie gets its live-action remake.

May 24:

Aladdin, based on a story in The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights translated by Richard Burton (Modern Library: Random House). Reviews | Trailer

The Poison Rose, based on The Poison Rose by Richard Salvatore and Jay Brandon (Independently published). No reviews | Trailer

May 26:

Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, a documentary on the making of HBO's adaptation of Game of Thrones. No reviews | Trailer

May 27:

Hot Zone, based on The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston (Anchor: Random House). Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Summer Reading







The NYT starts its summer reading coverage with a list of "75 of the latest and greatest books to keep you company as temperatures climb and days grow long." The paper also asks booksellers to define a 'beach read.'"

Entertainment Weekly picks "This season's 35 hottest reads," and "The summer's hottest debut authors discuss all thing literary."

Vulture has "12 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer."

The Washington Post selects its "20 Books To Read This Summer." The paper also talks with authors. Also, guidance for parents hoping to help kids keep reading through the summer and Ron Charles writes an essay on how summer reading "shouldn't be a chore."


The NYT reviews How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender  by Mike Chase (Atria Books : S. & S.): "when it comes to goofy legislation, the amplification beyond Tweet length actually benefits the comedy because context and extrapolation are the funniest parts." Also, A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell (Viking: Penguin): "excellent ... This book is as riveting as any thriller, and as hard to put down." Additionally, there is  joint review of two L.G.B.T.Q. memoirs and a column entitled "Fresh Narratives of Familiar Wars." The Children's book column is out, featuring books about babies.

USA Today reviews Biloxi by Mary Miller (Liveright), giving it 3 stars and writing, it "has a stronger mood than it does a narrative arc ... an engrossing character study."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf), giving it a B and writing "uniquely, frustratingly confronts a long-incomplete story by telling an incomplete story of its own."

NPR reviews The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin (Little, Brown: Hachette): "The Queen isn't about trying to exonerate Taylor; it's an attempt to put her in the proper context."

Briefly Noted

Time names "The 11 Best Fiction Books of 2019 So Far" and "The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 So Far."

USA Today lists "10 best-selling military books for Memorial Day."

The NYT features its picks for books of the week. The "Inside the List" column leads with Howard Stern Comes Again by Howard Stern (S. & S.).

Book Marks gathers "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

PBS NewsHour suggests 8 good books to read.

The Forward Prizes for Poetry announces its shortlist.

The Washington Post has a story on fiction podcasts, with suggestions. The paper also has "Audiobooks for your summer travels" and highlights "genre-bending romance series." Finally, a piece on the legacy of being read to.

Fernando A. Flores, Tears of the Trufflepig (MCD x FSG Original: Macmillan), suggests "5 Books by Women" for Electric Lit.

Chicago Tribune features Nnedi Okorafor.

BitchMedia spotlights Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir by Cherríe Moraga (FSG: Macmillan).

The Washington Post showcases John Urschel, Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football (Penguin).

The Guardian interviews Neil Gaiman and Tayari Jones fills out the book-ish questionaire.

Time excerpts Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell (Harper Wave).

The authors of Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won't Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It (Oxford UP) write about the "inequality ... baked into our food system" for NPR.

The NYT features John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (FSG: Macmillan).

Vanity Fair has a story on how the NYT "has become a book-deal factory."

Book Riot has a guide to reading comics.

Authors on Air

The Guardian Books podcast focuses on the life of Alexander von Humboldt and author Andrea Wulf.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Queen Latifah will star and executive produce the adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s The Tiger Rising. Also, 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston is off to the movies. The book hits shelves in October.

FX is adapting Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater. Variety has the details.

Star Trek: Picard gets a teaser trailer.

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Neal Wyatt

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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