Jean-Baptiste Andrea Wins Prix Goncourt | Book Pulse

Jean-Baptiste Andrea wins France’s Prix Goncourt for his novel Watching Over Her. Finalists for the Barnes & Noble Book of the Year are announced. The 2022 Endeavour Award shortlist is announced. Barbra Streisand’s memoir, My Name Is Barbra, gets reviews and buzz. Interviews arrive with Stephanie Land, Shannon Sanders, Philip Norman, and Sigrid Nunez. Entertainment Weekly shares an excerpt from Stephen King’s forthcoming story collection, You Like It Darker, due out in May. And Wall Street Journal stops publishing its best seller lists.

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Awards & News

Jean-Baptiste Andrea wins Prix Goncourt for his novel Watching Over Her (not yet published in English). NYT has the story. 

Finalists for the Barnes & Noble Book of the Year are announced. The winner will be named on Monday, November 13.

The 2022 Endeavour Award shortlist is announced.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows is being sued by his publisher, All Seasons Press, for breach of contract. AP reports. 

Wall Street Journal stops running its best seller lists; will not renew its Circana BookScan contract. Publishers Weekly reports. 

Kirk Cameron launches SkyTree Book Fairs “as a direct challenge” to Scholastic Book Fairs. FoxNews reports. 

Poet Rupi Kaur declines an invitation from the White House. LitHub reports. 

Publishing Perspectives provides analysis of Circana BookScan’s October report, showing U.S. print book market gaining momentum. 


NYT reviews Sins of the Shovel: Looting, Murder, and the Evolution of American Archaeology by Rachel Morgan (Univ. of Chicago; LJ starred review): “Morgan tells the story with passion, indignation and a dash of suspense—though her narrative sometimes bogs down in archaeological arcana and an overload of bureaucratic detail”; The Future by Naomi Alderman (S. & S.): “The book’s most impressive quality is its vivid, tactile imagination of our ultra-computerized future”; Again and Again by Jonathan Evison (Dutton): “The story sometimes lacks depth as it favors chase scenes over history, and it skates over tragic difficulties that should provide the novel’s tension. But hiding underneath it all is a yearning meditation on the nature of love, fate and how our past(s) might determine our future”; The Fund: Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend by Rob Copeland (St. Martin’s): “For anyone who has had an awful boss, The Fund is the perfect rage-read”; and My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand (Viking): “There are just so many scintillating Streisands to contemplate over so many years: singer, actress, director, producer, philanthropist, activist, lover, mother, wife, friend, autobiographer.” NPR also reviews: “In a society that tends to value women’s passivity while lauding their accomplishments in hindsight, it’s a distinct pleasure to look back with My Name Is Barbra and marvel at how the real she came to be.”

Washington Post reviews The Darcy Myth: Jane Austen, Literary Heartthrobs, and the Monsters They Taught Us To Love by Rachel Feder (Quirk; LJ starred review): “Janeites might not walk away from Feder’s book convinced that their beloved hero is, in fact, a monster, but they will enjoy the ride. Feder is an entertaining writer who excels at speaking to a mainstream audience, not just an academic one.”

NPR reviews three new poetry collections: English as a Second Language and Other Poems by Jaswinder Bolina (Copper Canyon Pr.), The Kingdom of Surfaces: Poems by Sally Wen Mao (Graywolf), and Pig: Poems by Sam Sax (Scribner). 

LA Times reviews Same Bed Different Dreams by Ed Park (Random; LJ starred review): “Although Same Bed Different Dreams is one of the most circuitously structured novels in recent memory, the reader is never confused about what’s happening in the practical sense.”

Star Tribune reviews Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown): “Yes, I know they're just fictional characters, but the late Tina Turner was wrong. We can always use another hero.”
Briefly Noted

Stephanie Land talks with Seattle Times about her new book, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education (Atria: One Signal). 

Shannon Sanders discusses her new book, Company: Stories (Graywolf), with ElectricLit.

NPR’s “Main Character of the Day” highlights The Golden Screen: The Movies That Made Asian America by Jeff Yang (Black Dog & Leventhal; LJ starred review). 

NPR’s Planet Money delves into Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative by Jennifer Burns (Farrar; LJ starred review), due out next week.

USA Today shares an excerpt from The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their Power by Courtney B. Vance & Dr. Robin L. Smith (Balance).

Philip Norman chats with FoxNews Digital about his new book, George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle (Scribner), calling the George Harrison-Eric Clapton love triangle “like an arranged marriage.”

People shares details from Barbra Streisand’s long-awaited memoir, My Name Is Barbra (Viking).

Vogue shares 5 takeaways from Erotic Vagrancy: Everything About Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor by Roger Lewis (Mobius).

PopSugar has details about Megan Fox’s new book of poetry, Pretty Boys Are Poisonous (Gallery), out now. People has an interview with Fox.

People highlights the new book CBK: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy: A Life in Fashion by Sunita Kumar Nair (Abrams) and shares an excerpt.

At CrimeReads, author Lee Goldberg writes about Westerns and crime novels and “writing a genre mash-up.”

BBC looks at two new reimaginings of George Orwell’s classic books.

Entertainment Weekly shares an excerpt from Stephen King’s forthcoming story collection, You Like It Darker, due out from Scribner in May.

LitHub suggests 24 new releases

BookRiot highlights new books for the week

Tor shares “All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in November.”

BookRiot has 10 read-alikes for David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Authors on Air

Sigrid Nunez discusses her 9th and latest novel The Vulnerables (Riverhead) with NPR’s Morning Edition

Vulture lists “All the Books With 2023 Screen Adaptations.”



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