PEN/Faulkner & More Monthly Picks, Mar. 6, 2019 | Book Pulse

Awards and March best books make news. Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell Jackson get buzzy, as does A.N. Devers. Game of Thrones has a full trailer for season 8.

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Awards

The PEN/Faulkner Award finalists are announced. The winner will be named on April 29.

The RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction is also announced.

Reviews

The NYT reviews Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell Jackson (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "Exuberant maximalism is his mode." Also, The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal by Evan Ratliff (Random House): "unique, so strange and so compelling, it is almost better left to float alone in its cloud of 'adjacent reality'.” The Case for Trump by Victor Davis Hanson (Basic: Hachette): "has some genuine merit and originality." El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson (Atlantic Monthly): "the book that Americans, Anglo and Hispanic, should read as an education on their own American place or role."

NPR has a much stronger take on Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell Jackson (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review), calling it "a spellbinding narrative" in a glowing review. Also, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir by T Kira Madden (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "The ones who value seeing the mess that is childhood, the volatility of desire, the madness of girlhood and what is expected of it? They may well wear out the book's covers with fervid rereading." Man-Eaters Volume 1 by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Lia Miternique (Image Comics): "a remarkable comic."

Entertainment Weekly reviews Lovely War by Julie Berry (Viking Books for Young Readers; SLJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing it is "a compelling take on fate, loss, and hope."

USA Today reviews The River by Peter Heller (Knopf), giving it 3 stars and writing it is "full of rushing life and profound consequences." Also, Little Faith by Nickolas Butler (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review), giving it 3 stars as well and writing, "questions of faith are not just posed but prodded and probed." A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum (Harper; LJ starred review) also gets 3 out of 4 stars and is called a "heartfelt and piercing debut."

The Washington Post reviews Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia (G.P. Putnam's Sons: Penguin) "candid, unapologetic ... thought-provoking."

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Briefly Noted

The Belletrist March book pick is Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead: Penguin).

Salon interviews Mitchell Jackson, Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review). So does the San Francisco Chronicle. BuzzFeed has an excerpt.

Entertainment Weekly highlights "three thrillers bringing diversity to crime fiction."

LJ posts its audiobook preview. Also, new Prepub Alert forecasts are posted.

The New Yorker looks at two debuts that "Explore How To Be Good."

NPR reports on the Nobel Foundations changes for the Literature Prize. So does the NYT.

In forthcoming book news, Entertainment Weekly writes that rapper Rick Ross will publish a memoir in September, Hurricanes (Hanover Square Press). Also, Francis Ford Coppola writes a new introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of The Godfather novel. Finally, Jenny Slate is writing Little Weirds (Little, Brown: Hachette). USA Today reports that Rachael Denhollader will publish both a memoir and children's book about her abuse at the hands of Larry Nassar. Also, rocker Pete Townshend is writing The Age of Anxiety (Hachette).

Time excerpts Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion by Fern Riddell (Quercus: Hachette). Also getting an excerpt, Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine by Thomas Hager (Abrams). Finally, Time has an excerpt of Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss (S. & S.).

Time profiles A.N. Devers, feminist book dealer and bookstore owner.

Electric Lit interviews Amber Tamblyn, Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution (Crown Archetype: Random House).

Paste features The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life by Mark Synnott (Dutton: Penguin). Related, New Hampshire Public Radio has an interview with Synnott and his reading recommendations.

The Guardian writes about book piracy.

Mental Floss reports on Wordery's bestselling book tool.

OCLC offers The Library 100, books "found in thousands of libraries around the world," which OCLC is calling "the top 100 novels of all time." The list runs to classics.

Authors on Air

Game of Thrones season 8 gets a full trailer. The series begins again on April 14.

Netflix is adapting Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. The NYT has details.

The Washington Post appreciates the differences between book and film in regards to Killing Eve.

Vanity Fair writes about the two Captain Marvels.

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