Details of Michael's Wolff's Siege Appear & Tony Horwitz Has Died, May 29, 2019 | Book Pulse

Details of Michael Wolff's Siege: Trump Under Fire are out. Tony Horwitz has died. June "best of" lists start to arrive. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong continues to get glowing reviews.

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Siege Arrives

Details of Michael Wolff's Siege: Trump Under Fire (Henry Holt: Macmillan) have broken. The NYT has a review, writing that it "reads like a 300-page taunt of the president."

NPR reviews as well, writing “Wolff has performed a kind of service in Siege by taking us back over this rocky ground and reminding us what a long strange trip it has already been.” 

The Guardian prints some explosive details.

The book publishes on June 4.


The NYT reviews Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Tin House: W.W. Norton): "this cabinet of wonders." Also, Assad or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria by Sam Dagher (Little, Brown: Hachette): "Dagher is at his most convincing when drawing up the charge sheet against the Assads." Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas by Stephen Budiansky (W.W. Norton): "a lively, accessible book." This America: The Case for the Nation by Jill Lepore (Liveright: W.W. Norton): "a thoughtful and passionate defense of her vision of American patriotism as a purified liberalism." How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper (G.P. Putnam's Sons): "Roper’s unbridled compassion for his characters is the book’s greatest strength." Last Day by Domenica Ruta (Spiegel & Grau: Random House): "deeply sympathizes with the damaged and their worlds." Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World by Oliver Bullough (St. Martin's Press: Macmillan): "strong on passion." The Shortlist collects debut short story collections. The Romance column is out.

The Washington Post reviews On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Penguin): "a lyrical work of self-discovery that’s shockingly intimate and insistently universal."

USA Today reviews The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary (Flatiron Books: Macmillan; LJ starred review), giving it 3.5 stars and writing it is "a 21st-century rom-com that will please hopeless romantics."

NPR reviews The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins (Harper): "[an] intricate gothic." Also, The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (Text Publishing; LJ starred review): “Once you pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, the bubbly effervescence lasts only so long.” Lastly, a joint review of "4 Classic Asian American Novels."

Briefly Noted

Tony Horwitz has died. NPR, NYT, and PBS NewsHour have obituaries. He had just published a new book, Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide (Penguin), and was on book tour.

The Washington Post picks books to read in June. highlights "All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in June."

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis is writing a book. He says it will not be a Trump tell-all. USA Today reports.

The Jonas Brothers are writing a memoir, Blood, to publish in November. Entertainment Weekly has the story.

Paste reports that Mindy Kaling will publish a collection of essays via Amazon Original Stories in 2020.

BitchMedia features No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

Electric Lit showcases Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria (Melville House).

The Atlantic excerpts The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language by Peter Martin (Princeton Univ.).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Stephen Chbosky, Imaginary Friend (Grand Central: Hachette).

The NYT profiles Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey (W.W. Norton; LJ starred review).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Sasha Pieterse, Sasha in Good Taste: Recipes for Bites, Feasts, Sips & Celebrations (Dey Street Books: Harper).

Han Kang turns in her manuscript to the future library. It will remain unseen until 2114. The Guardian reports.

Author, and the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Lonnie Bunch, has been named secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the first time an African American has held the post. The NYT has a report.

NPR writes about tea and fiction.

Authors on Air

USA Today has photos of the Goldfinch movie.

NPR interviews Dr. B. Janet Hibbs and Dr. Anthony Rostain, The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years (St. Martin's: Macmillan).

Jess Phillips's Everywoman: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth is headed to TV. Deadline Hollywood reports.

Dr. Jill Biden, Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself (Flatiron Books: Macmillan), will be on the Daily Show tonight.

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