Literary Road Trip | Book Pulse

Bookstores To Plan a Trip Around

Lonely Planet offers a literary travel guide for readers; a list of destination bookstores across the country selected by authors. They had a list of children’s bookstores last month. The list is part of a trend; there is even one about bookstore cats.

Speaking of planning a trip for books, LJ‘s Galley Guide for BookExpo is available via email sign-up.


Daily reviewer Dwight Garner considers Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf) for the NYT, writing “It hooks you in ways that make its quiet storm of bombast … almost possible to bear.” (NPR reviews as well) Author Jessie Burton reviews Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Ballantine; LJ starred review): “McLain does an excellent job portraying a woman with dreams who isn’t afraid to make them real.” Author Alexis Okeowo reviews The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil (Crown: Random; LJ starred review), calling it “sharp, moving” and author Ian Black reviews Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer (Basic: Hachette): “insightful and readable.” James Gleick reviews What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker (Basic: Hachette).

Author Tayari Jones reviews Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo by Zora Neale Hurston (Amistad: Harper) for The Washington Post, calling it a “stunning addition to several overlapping canons of American literature … it joins a small body of firsthand accounts of the transatlantic slave trade while providing a new glimpse into the life of Hurston as an anthropologist. Also reviewed is Robin by Dave Itzkoff (Holt: Macmillan; LJ starred review) “immersive, intimate and incredibly detailed … a revealing, warts-and-all portrait.” USA Today features the title, listing its revelations.

Also in USA Today, Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn (S. & S.) gets a perfect grade: “a straight-shooting tour de force.” The paper gives Like Brothers by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass (Ballantine: Random) 3 out of 4 stars, writing “the book playfully darts between personal essays, pop-culture tributes and self-help tips.”

Briefly Noted

Shondaland has “12 New Books To Add to Your Reading List This May.”

Electric Lit explores “What Does It Mean To Be a Disabled Writer.”

Mark Kurlansky writes about Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas (Bloomsbury: Macmillan) for Time.

Vogue interviews Rumaan Alam, That Kind of Mother (Ecco).

Time has a feature on Ayn Rand‘s The Fountainhead (Signet: Penguin). Signature does as well.

The NYT has a guide on “How To Tap Your Inner Reader.” You have to be a subscriber to access it.

Ebony has a piece on Charlamagne Tha God’s second book, Shook One (Touchstone, Oct, 2018; ISBN 9781501193255).

Entertainment Weekly excerpts Roshani Chokshi’s new fantasy series, The Gilded Wolves (Wednesday Books; ISBN 9781250144546; Jan. 2019).

A children’s librarian is among the judges for the 2018 National Book Awards.

Entertainment Weekly offers a cover reveal of Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories: The Ultimate Book Hugger’s Guide (Little, Brown Book for Young Readers; Oct. 16, 2018) which “alternately works as a travel guide, encyclopedia, and definitive fan compendium.”

Ian McEwan is not very good at school exams.

Edwin G. Burrows, who shared the Pulitzer Prize for the book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (Oxford Univ.), has died.

Authors on Air

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food (Knopf), was on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday. The appearance gave a strong boost to her book. The show also included a review of The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Scribner: S. & S.), “this smart, sharply written, sometimes funny novel sucks you [in].”

NPR’s Morning Edition interviews Jon Klassen and Mac Barnettare, Square (Candlewick; SLJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour has a report on Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo (Amistad: Harper). Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir (Random; LJ starred review), talks about writing on the show as well.

Fox and Friends and Rush Limbaugh give a big push to The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics by Salena Zito, Brad Todd (Crown: Random).

Jon Meacham The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (Random) will be on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah tonight while Gabrielle Union, We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True (Dey Street: HarperCollins), will be on The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon tonight and on The View today.

North American screen rights have been sold for Bel Canto, the adaptation of Ann Patchett’s novel. The planned premiere date will be in September.

Reaching far ahead, Sherlock Holmes 3 gets its premiere date: Christmas 2020.

The Hollywood Reporter details the films at Cannes that are heating up. Several are based on books.

Adrift gets its final trailer. It will be in theaters June 1.

CLICK HERE to receive daily Book Pulse alerts in your inbox

SELF-eLearn More
SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. Finally, a simple and effective way to catalog and provide access to ebooks by local authors and build a community around indie writing!
Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ's reader's advisory columnist. She writes The Reader's Shelf, RA Crossroads, Book Pulse, and Wyatt's World columns. She is currently revising The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2018). Contact her at

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  4. Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media, per our Terms of Use.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind