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Summer Reading

Summer readings list are starting to appear. Janet Maslin picks 17 page-turners for the New York Times (although not largely the kind of page-turners one might expect). Other lists are out as well from:

BuzzFeed | CBS | Elle | Esquire | Parade | POPSUGAR | Town & Country

Reviews

The NYT reviews It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics by David Faris (Melville House): a “short, bracing book … [arguing] that Democrats should immediately use every lever they have to gum up the works in Washington, to ensure they win full control of government in 2020. Then, they should set about unrigging the system.” Also Lorrie Moore’s See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary (Knopf; LJ starred review) “Moore undeniably gave these pieces the same loving attention and quirky perspective that she gives her fiction. Indeed, I found myself nestling into the book the way one does with the most gripping of novels.” The paper has more audiobook reviews (here and here too). “The Short List” considers Italian fiction. In children’s books the paper highlights “Four new picture books … [that] tell stories for kids living modern, computer-saturated childhoods.” There are a number of additional reviews today as well.

The Washington Post reviews Star of the North by D. B. John (Crown: Random; LJ starred review): “a cool-eyed portrait [that] builds to a gripping climax.” Also, John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted: Collages and Poems by John Ashbery (Rizzoli Electa): “does readers the great favor of letting us peer into Ashbery’s second, less known artistic career.”

NPR reviews Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney (Fantagraphics: Norton): “Her writing is unpretentious, occasionally goofy and manifestly replete with love for her fellow humans. Her art is full of love, too; her rich, swooping line seems to cradle the reader’s eye.”

Briefly Noted

The L.A. Times has an interview with Elena Ferrante, a rare occurrence. In it she says what she most appreciates in her own reading is “Unexpected events, meaningful contradictions, sudden swerves in the language, in the psychology of the characters.”

The NYT spotlights R.O. Kwon, Judy Blundell, Masih Alinejad and James A. McLaughlin.

Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of Alyssa Cole‘s A Duke by Default (Avon: Harper).

Entertainment Weekly sets up a conversation between Elisabeth Cohen, The Glitch (Doubleday: Random) and Eliza Kennedy, Do This For Me (Crown: Random) And one between David Levithan, Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers) and Will Walton, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain (Push: Scholastic; SLJ starred review).

The Guardian interviews Emma Healey, Whistle in the Dark (Harper) and Jen Sincero,
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (Running Pr.: Hachette).

In a timely list, Bustle has 11 books for brides.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis (little bee books: S. & S.) arrives right on time too. It is “the inaugural effort in a new partnership between GLAAD and Bonnier Publishing USA [which] includes the release of at least four new queer-inclusive works across genres and formats for children up to the age of 14 each year.”

Book Riot offers counter-programming with “10 Books for Single Women During Wedding Season.”

The Guardian has “Top 10 books to understand happiness” and “five books about royal marriages.” The paper also as a guide to Chesil Beach, the locale in Dorset, England.

The NYT offers “6 Noteworthy Works by Ian McEwan.”

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin) is heading to Broadway.

Authors On Air

Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio might be teaming up to adapt Ron Chernow’s Grant.

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Michael Ondaatje, Warlight (Knopf).

Will Schwalbe interviewed Louise Penny on his podcast, But That’s Another Story.

The NYT reviews Dietland, based on Sarai Walker novel, calling it “Violent, Disruptive and Surreal. And Funny.”

Adaptations Opening Today and Over the Weekend:

13 Reasons Why, season 2. Don’t expect much. Deadline Hollywood writes it “has run out of gas and source material” and USA Today calls it “insufferable.”

Deadpool 2. Forbes says it “Impossibly Recaptures Lighting In a Bottle,” and Rolling Stone calls it a “superior sequel.”

Fahrenheit 451. The NYT says it “Has Fire and Fury but Sheds Little Light,” while The Guardian writes it “feels both on-the-button and oddly off-pace.”

On Chesil Beach. The Guardian calls it “a muted elegy to emotional waste” and The Wrap writes “a sharp, shocking moment, On Chesil Beach becomes something darker, tougher and more tragic, and yanks it well out of the sex-comedy arena into an uncertain new place.”

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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 nwyatt@mediasourceinc.com.

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