Newly Released Summer Reads | Book Pulse

More summer reading picks arrive. There are author interviews with Chelsea T. Hicks, Jenny Mollen, Ottessa Moshfegh, Michelle Huneven. Adaptation news is out for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Númenor and the Archie comic Jake Chang. Plus, page to screen.

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Hot New Summer Reads

Shondaland provides “10 Unexpected Beach Reads.”

The Root’s It’s Lit! Lists “9 Books by Black Authors We Can’t Wait to Read This July.”

CBC gives “45 cool books to read while the weather heats up.”

Entertainment Weekly shares “the best new books of June 2022.”

Parade has “36 Books You’ll Want to Pick Up This Summer.”

USA Today explores the "summertime bestsellers."

Book Riot reports on “current bookish trends.”

Lit Hub shares "Queer Readings for Pride Month" and "A Queer Nonfiction Reading List."

Page to Screen

June 24:

The Black Phone, based on a short story by Joe Hill. Universal Pictures. Reviews | Trailer

June 27:

Café Minamdang, based on the web novel Minamdang: Case Note by Jung Jae-ha. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

June 30:

Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy, based on the manga series by Kazushi Hagiwara. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer


Autostraddle reviews Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour (Flatiron): “sits at a unique point in LaCour’s body of work with both the freshness of an artistic departure and also the refinement of a triumphant mid-career masterpiece.”

NYT shares four short reviews of short fiction books including: Droll Tales by Ira Smyles (Turtle Point), A Blind Corner by Caitlin Macy (Little, Brown), Sleeping Alone by Ru Freeman (Greywolf), and Fruiting Bodies by Kathryn Harlan (Norton).

The Washington Post reviews Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939-1945 by Halik Kochanski (Liveright: Norton): "A nuanced and dispassionate study, “Resistance” nonetheless pays tribute to those who “were determined to thwart the designs of the Germans, to harass them, to deny them the opportunity to ever assert total control over the peoples of Europe.”" Also, Internet for the People by Ben Tarnoff (Verso): "doesn’t offer solutions for all the internet’s problems in its 180 pages, or even in its 60 pages of citations, nor does it need to. Instead, it presents a paradigm shift for reform." Plus, Inspired: Understanding Creativity: A Journey Through Art, Science, and the Soul by Matt Richtel (Mariner): "What distinguishes “Inspired” is its expansive range and conversational tone, as well as Richtel’s ability to synthesize a lot of complex research, simplifying without oversimplifying. He’s clearly done his homework, weeding through many dry scientific papers and distilling their essence." And, Rough Draft by Katy Tur (One Signal): "a painful read in many parts, laced with humor in others, embellished with reflections on journalism."

Locus Magazine reviews Poguemahone by Patrick McCabe (Biblioasis): “a stunning novel, one of those exceedingly rare books that deserve to be described as a masterpiece.”

Book Marks has "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week."

Briefly Noted

Chelsea T. Hicks discusses “stories about young Native women navigating modern-day struggles” in her collection of stories, A Calm and Normal Heart (The Unnamed Press) with Electric Lit

Shondaland interviews Jenny Mollen about the “sharp, witty social commentary” in her new book City of Likes (NacelleBooks: Ingram). Also on the site, a feature on Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Lapvona (Penguin Pr.; LJ starred review).

Michelle Huneven, Search (Penguin Pr.), talks to The Rumpus about “sermons, restaurant criticism, writing rituals, obstacles, and so much more.”

PEN America interviews Leila Mottley, author of Nightcrawling (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You (Picador) speaks to Andrew Sciallo of Lit Hub about "sex, freedom, cruising, and consent." provides an excerpt of Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid (Harper Voyager). 

Electric Lit has books “that reimagine classic tales of magic.”

CrimeReads gives "23 (More) Horror Novels to Look Out for in 2022."

Book Riot lists “10 of the Most Innovative Audiobooks to Listen to.”

NYT recommends 10 new books this week and shares "New in Paperback."

Authors on Air

Gizmodo reports on a new adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Númenor (Morrow) by Prime Video.

The CW is developing the Archie comic Jake Chang into a television series, according to Deadline.

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