March Reading Lists Bloom | Book Pulse

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A number of reading lists mark the start of the month, including those by All About Romance, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Journal, Loan Stars March Picks, POPSUGAR, Paste, Signature, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Unbound Worlds, and The Verge.

Briefly Noted

The NYT reviews Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (Viking) calling it “a profoundly maddening book…. a spirited and exasperated rebuke to anyone who refuses to concede that the world is becoming a better place…a jarring blend of chipper triumphalism and unfeeling sang froid.” Also Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations by Amy Chua (Penguin): “A lot of the interest…comes from the strong sense it emanates of an author arguing with herself.”

USA Today reviews 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), giving it 3 stars and writing that it “shows parents, educators and girls what it means to try to achieve at almost any cost—amplified by social media.”

The Washington Post reviews Census by Jesse Ball (Ecco: HarperCollins), writing, though it “reads, at times, like a protracted parable, it eschews tidy lessons. The result is an understated feat, a book that says more than enough simply by saying, ‘Look, this is how some people are.’”

NPR reviews Green Sun by Kent Anderson (Mulholland Books: Hachette), calling it “a stunning book… [it] succeeds on so many levels, it’s hard to keep count.”

38 Nobel laureates, including authors, send an open letter to the president of Turkey addressing that country’s “unlawful detention and wrongful conviction of writers and thinkers.” Yesterday, the NYT published an essay by Ahmet Altan, an author jailed in Turkey for life.

The Guardian has a story on five against-the-odds libraries.

The Library of Congress and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library join forces for a “monthly reading program for young readers …  Each story time will feature a reading of a book for children up to age 5, music and special guests.” The programs will be live in the library, livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page and on its YouTube site. Parton has donated 100 million books to children around the world through Imagination Library. NPR’s All Things Considered talks with Parton about her program.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is going to start writing the Captain America comics.

Jennifer Egan is named the new president of PEN America.

The Guardian asks does it matter “if authors make up their memoirs?

Ready Made Display: USA Today has a long list of book adaptations that won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Authors on Air:

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, And The Fight For Trans Equality (Crown Archetype: Random; LJ starred review).

Time has background reading on The Looming Tower. LitHub has a guide for Consider Phlebas.

A flurry of books might be headed to the silver screen. Black Hole by Charles Burns is being adapted. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt W. Beyer (MIT) is as well. So might be J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Also the Irish bestselling novel Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

The Jorn Lier Horst Scandinavian thrillers are being adapted for a 10-part series.

Krysten Ritter, Bonfire (Crown Archetype: Random), will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

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