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Reese Witherspoon has announced her book club pick, The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (G.P. Putnam: Penguin), saying it is about love “the kind that engulfs you like a wildfire and the kind that keeps you warm like a hearth fire … This book kept me up at night, turning the pages … the ending did not disappoint.” Bustle points out it has been a busy reading year for Witherspoon, she has recommended over a dozen books in 2018.

Keeping the attention on the Oprah pick, author Stephanie Powell Watts reviews An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Algonquin: Workman: LJ stars) for the NYT, calling it “wise and compassionate … beautifully written” and writing “the novel gives us a quiet, volutionary statement about black innocence.” USA Today has a review as well: “brilliant and heartbreaking.” Entertainment Weekly has an interview with Jones.

PBS posts discussion questions for Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Random) their new Now Read This book club pick.

Briefly Noted

Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to “write and produce an entire series of new Star Wars films,” reports Vanity Fair, saying they will serve “as the potential brain trust behind the future of the franchise.” Here is the take from The Hollywood Reporter.

Writing that it is “scorchingly intelligent” and a novel of “abundant pleasures,” the NYT reviews Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (S. & S.: LJ stars). Straying by Molly McCloskey (Scribner: S. & S.) gets reviewed as well, calling it a “wise, discomfiting novel [that] brings a hyper-lucid wistfulness to the genre [of adultery novels]. In nonfiction is Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction by Erica Garza (S. & S.). The paper calls it “affecting” “kinky” and “appealingly no-frills and accessible.”

Ron Charles reviews The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s) in The Washington Post, writing its weaknesses “are usually camouflaged by its dramatic and often emotional plot. It all skates along quickly, but slow down and you’re liable to crack through the thin patches of Hannah’s style … But who cares? By the end, I was surrounded by snow drifts of tissues damp with my tears.” USA Today has an interview with Hannah.

NPR reviews How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Viking: Penguin), saying it “plays like a meditation on the tick and tock of time and mortality.”

Many of the Audie finalists are out. The rest, including the Audiobook of the Year finalists, will be announced on March 19. The winners will be announced on May 31. In related audiobook news, Dennis Quaid is reading The Right Stuff for Audible. It marks his first audiobook and the first time the novel has been issued as a digital audio, reports EW. Also, Scribd has announced it is moving to an unlimited subscription model, which will include ebooks, audio, and magazines.

Deborah Harkness is writing a new book in her All Souls universe, this one centering on the story line of Marcus and Phoebe: Time’s Convert (Viking: Penguin). Based on the publisher description it will feature characters from the earlier novels too. Also forthcoming is a guide to the entire series, The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life (Viking: Penguin). The TV adaptation is expected sometime this year.

Tyra Banks has a new book on the way, Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss by Tyra Banks and Carolyn London (TarcherPerigee: Penguin).

The Kelly bump? Michele Rigby Assad was on Megyn Kelly TODAY and the segment sent her book, Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For (Tyndale Momentum), soaring up the Amazon charts.

Also moving a book is the PBT podcast (that is Pro Basketball Talk for those not in the know). Sports writer Jonathan Abrams was on, talking about his new book All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire® (Crown Archetype: Random). The book is also excerpted on The Ringer. It is not just getting nods from sports sites, Paste names it to their list of “10 of the Best Books of February.”

The Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) selects Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink as the inaugural winner of their Jewish Fiction Award. Related, the Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature will be announced at ALA Midwinter this weekend. If you are heading to Denver make time to review LJ‘s Midwinter Galley Roundup one more time.
Bustle profiles Maggie O’Farrell, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death (Knopf: Random House) and NPR reviews. Related, Entertainment Weekly wonders why “stories of crisis are so hot right now.”

Central American poet Claribel Alegría has died; she was 93.

Authors on Air:

Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone, The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes (PublicAffairs: Hachette), will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tonight and on The View this afternoon.

Van Jones, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (Ballantine: Random House), will be on Conan.

Whitney Cummings, I’m Fine…And Other Lies (G.P. Putnam: Penguin), will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan and Watch What Happens Live.

Steve Coll, Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Penguin), featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. The Atlantic also has an interview. NPR’s Morning Edition talks with Francisco Cantú, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border (Riverhead Books).

The Washington Post has a rundown of books about to become movies.

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