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Dwight Garner reviews The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown: Hachette) for the NYT, not liking the first half at all, “I would have dropped this book gently behind the sofa if I weren’t contractually obligated to finish it” but finding the second half “close to magnificent, and genuinely moving. This is that rare addiction memoir that gets better after sobriety takes hold.” The NYT circles around to Movie Nights with the Reagans: A Memoir by Mark Weinberg (S. & S.), calling it “amiable … fluffed with a loyalist’s nostalgia.” Reviewed as well is Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen (Random House), which the paper finds “exquisitely rendered.”

USA Today features the embargoed Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton (Grand Central: Hachette), gleaning she wants to be “Princess Diana 2.0.” Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson (S. & S.; LJ starred review) gets 3 stars: “exhaustive … down to the smallest spaceship details and the most petty business decisions.” The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead: Penguin: LJ starred review) gets 3.5 stars: a topical book of “surety and sharpness.”

Briefly Noted

Costco April book picks are out. Pennie Clark Ianniciello, the store’s influential book buyer, selects Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper; LJ starred review) as her April title, helping secure its position as a sure bet and writing “it’s hard to go wrong with this book.” The staff book pick for the month is Varina by Charles Frazier (Ecco: Harper; LJ starred review) and The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White (Berkley: Penguin) is the new book club selection.

Emma Roberts features Cecile Richards’s Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story (Touchstone: S. & S).

Reese Witherspoon has a teaser up for her April Book Pick—it will be a memoir by a playwright and theater artist. Expect the title announcement soon.

Time has a list of “6 Books to Read in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death.”

Discussion questions are up for the PBS/NYT Now Read This book club, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton).

The Guardian interviews Viv Albertine, To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoir (Faber & Faber Social). The paper also interviews Colm Tóibín while Mary Beard features on the podcast.

Time interviews Tracy K. Smith, Wade in the Water: Poems (Graywolf Press: Macmillan).

Salon interviews Leesa Cross-Smith, Whiskey & Ribbons (Hub City Press).

LitHub hosts a conversation between Leslie Jamison and Jamie Quatro.

The Guardian posts a list of authors to watch; the “most exciting voices” in literature today.

Paste offers “10 Audiobooks for Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

BookRiot has a list of “25 Books Like Ready Player One.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper (of CNN fame), calling it “a splashy, swampy page-turner.”

The Man Booker gets pressured by China.

Shakespeare scholars tussle.

Authors on Air

NPR’s Fresh Air features an interview with Yunte Huang, Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History (Liveright: W. W. Norton).

Here & Now features Steve Almond‘s Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country (Red Hen Press), sending it soaring on Amazon.

The forthcoming The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson (Tim Duggan Books: Random House) is headed to TV, reports Deadline Hollywood.

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