The Man Booker Longlist Is Out and Julia Quinn Will Be Adapted for Netflix, July 24, 2018 | Book Pulse

History is made with the Man Booker longlist. Romance favorite Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books will be adapted for Netflix. Jane Austen's first buyer was likely a man she loathed.


The Man Booker longlist is out. It includes the comic Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (Drawn and Quarterly: Macmillan; LJ starred review), which the NYT reports is the first comic ever to receive the honorThe Guardian has a full report as well and considers how the list "overturns expectations."


The NYT reviews Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Grove Press): "a small, elegant and deadpan novel ... a woman senses that society finds her strange, so she culls herself from the herd before anyone else can do it." Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity by James Walvin (Pegasus: Norton): "Sugar ... is a blood-soaked product that has brought havoc to millions and environmental devastation to large parts of the planet." Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky (Bloomsbury: Macmillan): "often fascinating ...sometimes ... and occasionally weird ... new book, which can be seen as nothing less than an attempt to tell the history of the world via what is, let’s face it, a bodily fluid. "The "Newsbook" column has titles about "Putin and Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections."

The Washington Post reviews The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon (Riverhead: Penguin): "a sharp, little novel as hard to ignore as a splinter in your eye."

USA Today reviews America for Beginners by Leah Franqui (William Morrow: Harper; LJ starred review), giving it 3.4 out of four stars and writing: "Franqui's novel resonates as a strong contemporary story about cross-cultural alliances, the bonds of family and what it means to 'learn America'.”

NPR reviews Hits and Misses: Stories by Simon Rich (Little, Brown: Hachette): "laugh-out-loud funny." Also, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President by Sean Spicer (Regnery): exhibits "a punny plainness."  Most reviews are negative. Vanity Fair looks at Spicer's questionable fortunes.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reports on Jane Austen's first buyer, a man she "likely...hated." The paper also reports on a new interpretation of Dr. Seuss's The Lorax. The Washington Post has the story too.

The Guardian once again offers readers a chance to nominate and vote on the "Not the Booker Prize."

Atheneum Books for Young Readers (S. & S.) is publishing a book about the Thai cave rescueRising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue by Marc Aronson. Entertainment Weekly reports "The book will feature original interviews and research, in addition to a glossary and timeline rendering the story accessible and compelling for a young audience." It is due out March 19.

USA Today surveys next week's books and picks five not to miss.

PBS picks the books of the summer and NPR is back with some more choices.

USA Today lists "5 surprising things we learn about Parker Posey in her new memoir."

The Guardian interviews Chuck Palahniuk.

Forbes has removed the essay it ran calling for Amazon to replace libraries. The comments, which lit up social media, forced the magazine to write "This article was outside of this contributor’s specific area of expertise, and has since been removed.”

Meanwhile, China is investing millions in its bookstores.

Author and food critic Jonathan Gold has died. The NYT considers his influence.

Authors on Air

Julia Quinn's Bridgerton romance series is going to be adapted by Netflix, as part of the Shonda Rhimes deal. So are some other big names. 

NPR's A1 interviews Michael ChertoffExploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly Press; LJ starred review).

Fresh Air interviews Michael ArceneauxI Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé (Atria/37 Ink: S. & S.). Over at The Rumpus, Samantha Irby has an interview as well.

We the Animals, the film based on Justin Torres’ debut novel, has won the Outfest U.S. Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize. Deadline Hollywood reports the film will release later this year.

 Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Holt: Macmillan), will be on The Tonight Show this evening. Her novel is the show's summer reading pick.

PBS NewsHour features Nell PainterOld In Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over (Counterpoint).

LeVar Burton Reads podcast has a new episode featuring a story by Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning, Saga Press: S. & S.; LJ starred review).

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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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