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Reese Witherspoon picks Ann Patchett’s This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Harper: HarperCollins) as her November book club pick.

Attention grows for Kevin Young. The NYT runs a profile as he takes up his post as the poetry editor for The New Yorker. He is the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of poetry collections such as Blue Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1995-2015 (Knopf: Random House) and, most recently, the nonfiction book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf: Macmillan).

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The NYT gives a glowing review to A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo (Hachette), writing it is a “rich and urgently necessary book.”

Differing opinions for Matthew Weiner’s Heather, the Totality (Little, Brown and Company: Hachette). USA Today reviews, writing it “is creepy, unsettling, strange, violent, and queasily seductive.” They give it 3 our of 4 stars. Entertainment Weekly gives it a D+, calling it a “misfire” and writing “Weiner’s style is neither comic nor empathic nor particularly insightful; the narrative plods forward with simplistic characterizations that grow tiresome, and flabby sentences mistaken as artfully unformed.”

USA Today also reviews The Revolution of Marina M. by Janet Fitch (Little, Brown: Hachette), writing it is “sprawling, immersive, and heavily researched.”

NPR reviews Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald (Riverhead: Penguin), calling it “thoroughly delightful and entertaining” and writing it is ”part travelogue, part memoir, part deep-dive (literally) into the world of jellyfish.”

Still more November reading lists arrive: from Vulture and Paste. The NYT offers a look at the week.

A change at Marvel, and for DC Comics.

The winner of France’s Prix Goncourt is Éric Vuillard for L’Ordre du Jour (Actes Sud). It will be published in the U.S. next November under the title The Order of the Day (Other Press).

AMC is adapting Dietland by Sarai Walker (Mariner: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Julianna Margulies will star. The 10-episode first season is expected in 2018. LJ starred when the book first published in 2015.

The film Call Me by Your Name based on the novel by André Aciman (Picador: Macmillan) premieres November 23. Vulture is starting a book club to discuss the novel, leading up to the film’s debut.

Hunter S. Thompson’s The Curse of Lono (Taschen) is becoming a movie.

The film Forever My Girl, based on the first novel in The Beaumont Series by Heidi McLaughlin gets its trailer. Deadline Hollywood has more of the story.

Authors on Air: Tonight, Hillary Rodham Clinton will be on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Pete Souza, Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs (Little, Brown: Hachette), was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday. Lawrence O’Donnell is making the rounds of morning shows (Morning Joe) and late night (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), giving his new book, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics (Penguin), a boost. David Ignatius, The Quantum Spy: A Thriller (Norton) was also on Morning Joe and on NPR, giving his book a big push as well.

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