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YA author Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray: HarperCollins), featured on Here and Now yesterday, in an interview that brought down the house.

Fahrenheit 451 gets a teaser and is the #1 trending video on YouTube:

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue by Ryan Holiday (Portfolio: Penguin), calling it “one helluva page-turner.” It is a buzzy book, with stories on it or the topic stacking  up. Also reviewed are Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press; LJ stars), calling it a “remarkable and daring debut,” and Daphne by Will Boast (Liveright: W.W. Norton), writing it is “a reverse evolution” of the Daphne and Apollo myth. The Alaska From Scratch Cookbook by Maya Wilson (Rodale) gets the “smeared-page award” and includes a recipe for “one of the best flourless chocolate cakes” food writer Florence Fabricant has “ever made.” In an early review, the paper calls A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir by Ian Buruma (Penguin) “fond and artful if sometimes remote… [an] intellectual and sexual coming-of-age.” Finally, the paper catches up with The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead), judging “that it’s hard to comprehend the border from books. This one challenges the reader to find the meaning, or some sense, in its loosely strung episodes.”

The Washington Post reviews The Château by Paul Goldberg (Picador: Macmillan), writing the novel “feels like the movie Michael Bay would make out of Beckett.” The paper also reviews A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr (W.W. Norton), writing that “the book is revolutionary—despite its stodgy title—because it shows readers how to turn an occasional, burning impulse into a lifelong pleasure.”

USA Today reviews Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir by Mark Weinberg: “a sentimental meander through a simpler time, which the author frames with his rose-colored viewfinder.” Also, the paper offers a great RA description of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (Harper): “a dark page-turner.” Check your holds on this one. The story is buzzing and reserves in some systems are taking off.

Time features Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (co-written with Asha Bandele) (St. Martin’s; LJ starred review) and explores Mary Wollstonecraft’s influence on her daughter’s creation of Frankenstein.

The Guardian interviews Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (Viking), on the paper’s Books podcast.

Elle features The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan (Holt: Macmillan).

Terry Goodkind does not like the cover of his newest book, calling it “laughably bad.” After a social media backlash, he apologized to the artist.

Bitchmedia has a list of “5 Black Sci-Fi Writers You Should Know.”

A censorship push in Orange City, IA, makes national news.

Authors on Air:

ABC News features Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons (Harper) and sales jump.

Fresh Air interviews Tim Kreider, I Wrote This Book Because I Love You: Essays (S. & S.) and Maureen Corrigan reviews Eat the Apple by Matt Young (Bloomsbury USA: Macmillan; LJ starred review); both soar on Amazon as a result.

John McWhorter, Words on the Move: Why English Won’t—and Can’t —Sit Still (Like, Literally) (Holt: Macmillan) will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

A Wrinkle in Time is getting “mixed at best” early reviews on Twitter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Casey Sherman’s 2013 true crime novel Animal: The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob’s Most Feared Assassin (Northeastern: Univ. of New England) is being adapted for a feature film.

Based on Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Jay-Z and Paramount will create an unscripted show called Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

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