What To Read in 2022 | Book Pulse

More 2022 reading lists arrive. The best reviewed books of the week and award news. Cookbook author Alison Roman gets a show on CNN Plus. Interviews abound with the viewpoints of Judith Gurewich about the Eduardo Arroyo illustrated Ulysses, Maggie Shipstead of Great Circle, Brené Brown of Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Lindsey Vonn of Rise, Dave Housley of The Other Ones, Masha Rumer of Parenting With an Accent, Matt Gabriele of The Bright Ages, Xochitl Gonzalez of Olga Dies Dreaming, and Sharon Gless of Apparently There Were Complaints.

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Buzzy Book News & Looking Aheads

Good Morning America provides “January books [that] can get us through anything.”

CrimeReads shares “The Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2022.”

Popsugar has “35 Must-Read Thrillers and Mystery Books to Keep You Chasing Clues in 2022.”

Vulture gives “49 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2022.”

Book Riot shares “10 of the Most Exciting 2022 Debuts to Preorder Now."

Shondaland has “The Best Books for January 2022.”

Town & Country shares “The Best Book to Read This January.”

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announces its book award winners.

The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize for 2021 announces its contender list. The Bookseller reports.

Page to Screen

January 7:

The Reason I Jump, based on the book by Naoki Higashida. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

El Deafo, based on the graphic novel by Cece Bell. Apple TV+. No reviews | Trailer

Nancy Drew, based on the book series by Edward L. Stratemeyer. CW. Reviews | Trailer

The Tender Bar, based on the book by J. R. Moehringer. Prime Video. Reviews | Trailer

January 8:

A Discovery of Witches, based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Sundance Now. Reviews | Trailer

January 9:

All Creatures Great and Small, based on the books series by James Herriot. PBS. Reviews | Trailer

January 11:

Naomi, based on the comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker. CW. No reviews | Trailer

Superman & Lois, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

January 12:

Lupin III: The First, based on the Lupin the Third franchise by Monkey Punch. VOD. Reviews | Trailer

Batwoman, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, based on associated titles. CW. Reviews | Trailer

January 13:

Brazen, based on Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts. Netflix. No reviews | Trailer

Peacemaker, based on associated titles. HBO Max. Reviews | Trailer

Lit Hub shares a "2022 Literary Film and TV Preview."


Oprah Daily reviews The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan (S. & S.; LJ starred review): “The scariest thing about The School for Good Mothers isn’t that government overreach could allow the state to terminate parental rights based on one mistake; it’s that your worst mistake could turn out to be something you’d never think you were capable of.”

Dateline reviews 30 Things I Love About Myself by Radhika Sanghani (Berkley): ““30 Things I Love About Myself” is a timely read at the beginning of the new year when resolutions are abundant. It also can be laugh-out-loud funny.”

The Washington Post reviews two books about the events that happened on January 6, 2020 in America with The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It by Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague (Atlantic Monthly Pr.) and How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them by Barbara F. Walter (Crown).

NYT reviews Chasing History by Carl Bernstein (Holt): "But people still do value the connection between a newspaper and its readers and want journalists to be knowledgeable about the communities they cover. Carl Bernstein’s book, which is ultimately a eulogy for print newspapers, is a passionate reminder of exactly what is being lost." Also, To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday): "This ambitious novel tackles major American questions and answers them in an original, engrossing way. It has a major feel. But it is finally in such minor moments that Yanagihara shows greatness."

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

Briefly Noted

Judith Gurewich, publisher of the Other Press, speaks with The Millions about her collaboration with Galaxia Gutenburg and the late illustrator Eduardo Arroyo of James Joyce’s Ulysses (Random).

Oprah Daily discusses the journey Maggie Shipstead took to write her book Great Circle (Knopf; LJ starred review) and also features an interview with Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience (Random House) about “the power of being able to name your emotions.”

Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn talks about her “decades-long battle with depression - and the tactics she uses to stay on top” in her book Rise (Dey St) and in an interview with People

Dave Housley, author of The Other Ones (Alan Squire), speaks about “bringing my regular bullshit to it” with The Rumpus.

Datebook chats with Masha Rumer about her book Parenting With an Accent (Beacon) and how she found “motherhood reawakens the roots of her identity.”

Matt Gabriele, co-author of The Bright Ages (Harper), talks to Salon about how “Trumpism is rooted in twisted visions of medieval Europe.”

Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other (Grove), takes the Shelf Life literary survey from Elle.

Slate features an article on two new books that retell The Great Gatsby, showcasing The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (Tor: Macmillan) and Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor (Harper).

Bustle provides “21 Sad Books to Read When You Need a Good Cry,” “20 Books About the Past & Future of Cities,” and “30 Books About (& Inspired By) Greek Mythology.”

Electric Lit lists “8 Novels About Surviving in the Wilderness.”

NYPL Blog gives “10 Novels by Playwrights (And 3 Novels by Actors).”

The Seattle Times lists “6 fresh paperbacks” and four audiobooks about starting over.

Book Riot shares “Queer Books from 2021 You Might Have Missed” and “25 Best Book Club Books for 2022 Reading.” 

NYT provides "10 New Books We Recommend This Week" and features new in paperback including The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Morrow) and My Broken Language by Quiara Alergía Hudes (One World), among others.

Authors on Air

Xochitl Gonzalez, Olga Dies Dreaming (Flatiron), speaks to “the emotional toll of success” with Maris Kreizman on The Maris Review podcast.

Sharon Gless, Apparently There Were Complaints (S. & S), talks about her “life’s ups and downs” with NPR’s Book of the Day.

Cookbook author Alison Roman gets a show on CNN PlusVariety reports.

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