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NPR’s Morning Edition provides a huge boost to Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman (Simon & Schuster). Susan Stamberg interviews Eyman about the actors’ approach to work, how fighting in World War II changed them, and their deep, abiding friendship.

Charlie Rose lifts Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn (Scribner: Simon & Schuster).

The wall-to-wall promotion by Chris Matthews is paying off. His book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster), released yesterday and just became the #1 selling book on Amazon.

Briefly Noted

UNESCO designates Seattle as a City of Literature.

A team of experts search for the person who betrayed Anne Frank.

Cynthia Nixon will host the National Book Awards on November 15th.

Slate‘s Audio Book Club returns with a discussion of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened (Simon & Schuster). In November the conversation will center on Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner: Simon & Schuster).

The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians (Anchor: Random House) gets its premiere date: August 17, 2018.

The NYT runs a list of books on impeachment. The author of the column says “impeachment is a challenging and arcane subject—the Finnegans Wake of constitutional law.” One of the books listed is by Gordon S. Wood, whose newest book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (Penguin) also gets reviewed in the paper. (LJ starred)

The Wall Street Journal reviews Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin (Penguin), writing, “There have been many other biographies of Stalin, but none matches the range of information and analysis that animates Mr. Kotkin’s ambitious project.”

USA Today reviews Jeff Goodell’s The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World (Little, Brown: Hachette), giving it three stars out of four and saying, “After a prologue titled “Atlantis” that creates a new literary genre of speculative nonfiction, Goodell dives into a wonky, but vivid mix of science, history and sociology.”

The Guardian reviews Matthew Weiner’s Heather, the Totality (Little, Brown: Hachette), writing, “it packs an impressive amount of drama and excitement into its 138 pages. A bleakly elegant tale of ennui and class envy.”

Two biographies of woman reluctant to be the subject of biographies have recently gotten attention. Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife by Pamela Bannos (University of Chicago Press) makes the NYT and Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend by Cristina De Stefano and translated by Marina Harss (Other Press) is reviewed in the LA Times.

NPR offers a very early review of Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët’s graphic novel Satania (NBM) and The Chicago Tribune runs an early review of Janet Fitch’s The Revolution of Marina M (Little, Brown: Hachette).

Bob Dylan’s Nobel lecture is out in book form: The Nobel Lecture (Simon & Schuster).

Ron Charles offers a video review of Gregory Maguire’s of Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (William Morrow: HarperCollins) and writes, “Don’t look for the passion and color of Tchaikovsky here; this is a novel with its own palette of darker, woodland tones.”

Authors on Air: Hillary Clinton, What Happened (Simon & Schuster), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Chris Matthews, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster) will be on the 11th Hour with Brian Williams.

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