Bill Gates’s Summer Reading Picks | Book Pulse

Bill Gates, with the help of some very cute dogs, issues his summer reading list, sending most of his picks soaring on Amazon.


Victor Lavalle reviews The Outsider by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.) for the NYT, opening with “The first time I wrote a short story I ripped off Stephen King.” Stephen McCauley reviews Property: Stories Between Two Novellas by Lionel Shriver (Harper), opening with “It’s hard to imagine anyone accusing Lionel Shriver of being a timid writer.”  Also reviewed Kudos by Rachel Cusk (FSG) and The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham (Random).

USA Today reviews The Outsider by Stephen King (Scribner: S. & S.) as well, calling it “creepy-good.” The paper gives 3.5 stars to The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home by Patrick K. O’Donnell (Atlantic Monthly Press).

Ron Charles says “Don’t be too quick to dismiss Book Club — or fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.” Karin Slaughter reviews The Outsider for The Washington Post: “Reading a Stephen King novel is like climbing behind the wheel of a classic, unrepentantly American-made car.” Author Alice Feeney, Sometimes I Lie (Flatiron), writes about unreliable narrators.

NPR reviews Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence by James R. Clapper, Trey Brown (Viking: Penguin). He will be on The View today.

Briefly Noted

Paste features Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro by Rachel Slade (Ecco: HarperCollins) and the NYT features it in their Book Review podcast.

The Christian Science Monitor writes about diversity in the fantasy genre.

The Man Booker International Prize will be announced today. Here is the shortlist.

Entertainment Weekly posts links to their “Must List.”

LJ offers a checklist of the big Pop Fiction books of Fall.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authors of Undying (Disney-Hyperion), the follow-up to Unearthed. There is also a cover reveal.

The Guardian interviews Alicia Kopf, Brother in Ice (And Other Stories).

Salon interviews Franchesca Ramsey, Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist (Grand Central: Hachette) and features David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber (S. & S.).

Authors on Air

Vulture runs down the best summer TV shows, several are book based.

PBS’s The Great American Read begins its 8 episode run tonight with a two-hour kickoff.

Authors Michelle and Barack Obama just inked a massive deal with Netflix. No news yet on just what they will be doing beyond “produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” according to a press release.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed Michael Chabon, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces (Harper; LJ starred review).

The Expanse, based on the books by James S. A. Corey, might be headed to Amazon, after Syfy cancelled the show.

Lucifer, which was cancelled as well and has not yet been rescued, will air two “bonus” episodes, planned for a fourth season but airing back to back this coming Monday.

Jake Gyllenhaal might play the villain in the next Spider-Man film, starring as Mysterio. The Hollywood Reporter has some background reading.

Shadow and Act has more on She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Authors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson will be fictionalized a bit for a new Charlize Theron film about Roger Ailes.

Vanity Fair speculates on a third season of 13 Reasons Why.

A trailer is out for City of Lies, based on Randall Sullivan’s nonfiction book LAbyrinth (Grove).

Another live-action/CG version of The Jungle Book is forthcoming Oct 19. Mowgli will be, says the Hollywood Reporter, a “gritty” consideration of “the journey for Mowgli as a outsider, as an other, trying to find his identity.” The trailer is currently the #1 trending item on YouTube.

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