Spring Reads & More Picks, Mar. 20, 2019 | Book Pulse

Tommy Orange wins the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award, spring picks start to arrive, and the Michelle Obama book tour comes to YouTube.

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Spring Picks and More Lists

BuzzFeed picks "37 Amazing New Books To Add To Your Spring Reading List."

NPR posts its March romance column.

O magazine picks "10 of the Best Young Adult Books You'll Love in 2019 (So Far)."

The StarTribune selects "3 great audiobooks to distract you from the news."

CrimeReads picks "March's Best Debut Thrillers and Crime Novels."


The NYT reviews The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power by David Shields (Mad Creek): "the focus is narrow, personal — and frank." Also, The Silk Road by Kathryn Davis (Graywolf: Macmillan): "Her writing exists outside of genre and trends and time ...  Her eighth novel is even more metaphysical and experimental than its predecessors." Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family by Mitchell Jackson (Scribner: S. & S.; LJ starred review): "a keen attentiveness to the social contexts shaping the lives of his family, offering nuanced depictions that upend the stereotypes that often cage us in."

NPR reviews Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Yuval Taylor (W.W. Norton): "Writing in a vivid anecdotal style, Taylor's book carries readers along on the giddy, and ultimately, very bumpy ride that was Hurston and Hughes' friendship."

USA Today reviews Save Me from Dangerous Men by S. A. Lelchuk (Flatiron: Macmillan): "If you are looking for a new literary heroine who does not fit any of the stereotypical P.I. molds, and breaks a couple of them while she's at it [this] should be at the top of your reading list."  3.5 stars (out of 4).

Briefly Noted

Tommy Orange wins the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award.

The Lukas Prize winners are announced.

Bill O'Reilly is writing a book about the president, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America (Henry Holt), due out this fall. USA Today has details.

In more book deal news, Anderson Cooper has signed a two-book deal with Harper. He plans to collaborate with Katherine Howe (The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane). The Associated Press has the story.

Vulture says "Let's Celebrate the Stinky Heroines of Repulsive Realist Fiction," calling it a "trendlet."

Time features Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (Gallery/Scout: S. & S.).

O magazine spotlights Jasmine Guillory, The Proposal (Berkley: Penguin).

Vulture highlights Funny Man: Mel Brooks by Patrick McGilligan (Harper).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review). Also, an interview with G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward about their new SF comic.

Google announces a video game streaming service. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

Rachel Ingalls has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The first YouTube short with Michelle Obama is up.

The NYT has a feature on "Why Tim O'Brien Agreed to Write for This Is Us."

NPR interviews Halle Butler, The New Me (Penguin). Also, an interview with Frans de Waal, Mama's Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions (W.W. Norton). NPR further features Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Little Boy (Doubleday: Random House).

Deadline Hollywood reports that The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis is headed to Netflix.

The Guardian's Books podcast considers the key titles of the London book fair.

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