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Black Panther

Black Panther opens on Feb. 16. The reviews are glowing (AV Club has more on that) and the early box office numbers are breaking all records (see Variety, CNBC, and Vanity Fair). Twitter has gone wild.The Washington Post has a primer, CBS This Morning Saturday has a list of things to know, Time has a feature, and even more sites have stories including the NYT, Rolling Stone, io9, and The Cut. As for the comics, the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog, The Geek Twins, FSR, IGN, and Vulture have reading guides.

Books Getting Buzz

The book of the day has to be Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (Lee Boudreaux: Little, Brown), which is getting a swirl of reviews and features. Entertainment Weekly says it is a great next read for Big Little Lies fans, and NPR writes “Macy builds a collision course of a plot involving the obscenities of ruthless ambition and extreme wealth, date rape, and insider trading.” USA Today calls it “a solid read, more entertaining than enlightening.” Town and Country features the author.

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire® by Jonathan Abrams (Crown Archetype: Random) also gets focused attention with excerpts in GQ and New York Magazine and a feature on Paste.

Writer on the Road

Karl Ove Knausgård leads a literary road trip into Russia for the NYT Magazine, writing “My whole view of Russia was based on myths and romantic imagery. What kind of hubris made me believe that I would be capable of saying something about the real Russia after a nine-day trip through one tiny corner of this vast country?”

Briefly Noted

Michael Pollan reviews Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat by Jonathan Kauffman (William Morrow: HarperCollins) for the NYT, calling it “briskly entertaining” and writing “the big hippie idea about food — that our eating has moral, ethical and political implications — has lost none of its power, and continues to feed a movement.” NPR’s The Salt weighed in earlier.

The paper also reviews Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower by Roseann Lake (W.W. Norton) and The Heart Is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock (Harper), writing that both underscore that “Marriage is changing because women are changing.” The ShortList features “3 Books to Help You Understand Millennials and Beyond” and the paper appreciates Alistair MacLean and what use to be called “Male Romance.”

Sarah MacLean picks the best romance novels for February for The Washington Post and Michael Dirda says of Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of ZendaAdventure and romance don’t come any better.”

USA Today reviews Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Dial: Random House), writing it is “an unexpected and wholly satisfying payoff for the devoted Kinsella fan.”

Shondaland has an interview with Kim Fu, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

V.E. Schwab will write a comic book, using the format for a prequel to the “Shades of Magic” series. The first issue will publish October 8, reports Entertainment Weekly, and will be titled Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (Titan Comics). Schwab says it will be “the story of the Steel Prince, the Blood Coast, and the Pirate Queen.” There are first-look images of the art by Andrea Olimpieri accompanying the story.

The Guardian has books on South Korea.

Authors on Air:

NPR’s Fresh Air featured Joshua Green, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency (Penguin), giving it a boost.

Time has a feature on Jessica Jones season 2.

The siblings Duplass (The Mindy Project, Transparent) are writing a book: Like Brothers by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass (Ballantine: Random House).

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (now just called Guernsey), based on the novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial: Random House), gets a trailer, bringing some of the Downton Abbey cast back together. Alas, the U.S. debut has yet to be announced. It opens on April 20 in the UK.

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