Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 91 – The Book of Common Prayer (1662) – The Guardian

Monday, October 30, 2017

In anticipation of English prose after the Commonwealth, I had initially found the temptation to include Robert Hooke’s extraordinary Micrographia (1665) next in this sequence almost overwhelming. This, after all, was a Restoration publishing sensation described by Samuel Pepys as “the most ingenious book that I ever read in my life”. But, with this series approaching its conclusion, space is at a premium and Hooke must join my list of…

12 classic books that won’t put your kid to sleep – Salon

Monday, October 30, 2017

If you think “classic” equals dusty and fusty, think again. When it comes to kids’ books, classic means that the stories and characters are so engaging and compelling, readers have loved them for generations. Consider “The Hobbit”, a tale so epic it spawned three movies! Or “To Kill a Mockingbird”, whose suspense-filled courtroom drama has been keeping kids up past their bedtimes for decades. These and other classic books share timeless themes, page-turning pacing,…

Meet the 12-year-old trailblazer fighting for equality in kids’ books – Salon

Monday, October 30, 2017

“I thought that was a very big problem,” she says of being assigned books that featured mainly white men and boys, “because kids don’t experience the same thing.” Kathleen Horning, the director of Cooperative Children’s Book Center, which documents the number of books by and about people of color, found in 2013 that of the 650 young adult fiction books it tracked that year about humans, only 36 featured people…

NASCAR: Busch books place in championship race – Press Herald

Monday, October 30, 2017

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Chase Elliott could have won Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Same for Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, too. It was Kyle Busch, though, who punched his ticket into NASCAR’s championship race with the victory. Busch moved Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin out of his way in overtime and will be one of the final four drivers eligible for the championship for the third consecutive year. He won the…

The Campbells Play a Huge (and Scary) Role in the the Outlander Books – POPSUGAR

Monday, October 30, 2017

With Claire firmly back in Jamie’s arms on Outlander, the next order of business is Claire returning to her 18th-century role as a healer (one so “powerful” that people there sometimes think she’s a witch). This time, Claire comes armed with her 20th-century medical school training, which she promptly puts to use attempting to save the life of the man who attacks her and providing a diagnosis for a woman…

5 new books you don’t want to miss this week, including Michael Connelly – USA TODAY

Monday, October 30, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa. USA TODAY ‘Two Kinds of Truth’ by Michael Connelly(Photo: Little, Brown) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Two…

5 new books you don’t want to miss this week, including Michael Connelly – USA TODAY

Monday, October 30, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa. USA TODAY ‘Two Kinds of Truth’ by Michael Connelly(Photo: Little, Brown) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Two…

Roundup of new children’s books – SFGate

Monday, October 30, 2017

Caption Close It’s not often that a tree serves as the narrator of a novel. Bay Area Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate pulls off the challenge with natural grace and grand purpose. Her red oak is old, wise and optimistic; home to many; observer and occasional agent; historian and storyteller with humans usually off limits. By tradition each May, local folk hang their wishes on branches, and one is from a…

Zimbabwe Hyperinflates Again, Entering the Record Books For A Second Time In Less Than A Decade – Forbes

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WILFRED KAJESE/AFP/Getty Images In 2008, Zimbabwe suffered the second most severe episode of hyperinflation in recorded history. Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate peaked in November 2008, reaching 89.7 sextillion (10^23) percent. Well, Zimbabwe is experiencing hyperinflation again today. Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate is currently at 348%. Zimbabwe has officially experienced the 58th verified episode of hyperinflation on record. This episode has been added to the Hanke-Krus World Hyperinflation Table, which first appeared in…

5 new books you don’t want to miss this week, including Michael Connelly – USA TODAY

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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These are New Yorkers’ favorite books to check out – New York Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a city by its favorite books. Psychological thriller “Into the Water,” by bestselling author Paula Hawkins, was the most popular book throughout the New York Public Library’s 88 branches in August — with 1,568 checkouts total, data obtained by The Post show. No. 2 was the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, with 1,011…

Donald Bain, ghostwriter of dozens of books under other people’s names, dies at 82 – Washington Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Donald Bain, a little-known but versatile writer who sold millions of books, most of them published under other people’s names, died Oct. 21 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his literary agent, Bob Diforio. Considered one of the pre-eminent ghost writers in the publishing world, Mr. Bain wrote more than 100 books, including most of the best-selling “Capital Crime”…

5 new books you don’t want to miss this week, including Michael Connelly – USA TODAY

Sunday, October 29, 2017

x Embed x Share CLOSE When the weather turns brisk and fall is in the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve picked 10 new releases that will captivate your imagination while you sip on some hot cocoa. USA TODAY ‘Two Kinds of Truth’ by Michael Connelly(Photo: Little, Brown) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Two…

Donald Bain, ghostwriter of dozens of books under other people’s names, dies at 82 – Washington Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Donald Bain, a little-known but versatile writer who sold millions of books, most of them published under other people’s names, died Oct. 21 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his literary agent, Bob Diforio. Considered one of the pre-eminent ghost writers in the publishing world, Mr. Bain wrote more than 100 books, including most of the best-selling “Capital Crime”…

Donald Bain, ghostwriter of dozens of books under other people’s names, dies at 82 – Washington Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Donald Bain, a little-known but versatile writer who sold millions of books, most of them published under other people’s names, died Oct. 21 at a hospital in White Plains, N.Y. He was 82. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his literary agent, Bob Diforio. Considered one of the pre-eminent ghost writers in the publishing world, Mr. Bain wrote more than 100 books, including most of the best-selling “Capital Crime”…

These are New Yorkers’ favorite books to check out – New York Post

Sunday, October 29, 2017

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a city by its favorite books. Psychological thriller “Into the Water,” by bestselling author Paula Hawkins, was the most popular book throughout the New York Public Library’s 88 branches in August — with 1,568 checkouts total, data obtained by The Post show. No. 2 was the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead, with 1,011…

How the ghost of Christopher Marlowe haunts English literature – Vox

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of October 22, 2017. Chrome has a new Library Extension that will pop up if you’re looking at a book on Amazon or Goodreads and tell you if your local library has a copy. Yay libraries!…

Do we need literary festivals? They’re an escape from Emojiland – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Three dates of importance in the history of Cliveden House. 1666: George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham, acquires estate to build a house for mistress. Wife not too pleased. 1961: John Profumo meets and begins affair with Christine Keeler. Wife not too pleased. 2017: I attend inaugural Cliveden Literary Festival. Wife delighted. I have loved literary festivals from the first time I went to Hay-on-Wye in the 1980s and sat in…

Children’s books roundup: the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Ghoulish goodies abound for picture-book fans this Halloween, including I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien (Walker). Asked what sort of story he’d like to be in, Little Monster demands a scary one. But a spooky forest and haunted house prove too perturbing – and he wants to be the one doing the scaring … This is beautifully structured for reading aloud; a vibrant, viewpoint-flipping picture book that…

Now we know what the writers of Star Wars: Rogue One were really thinking – Ars Technica

Friday, October 27, 2017

reader comments 30 Rarely do you get to sit down with one of the writers of a blockbuster movie and ask, “So, what were you guys thinking when you wrote this?” But that’s what Ars editor Cyrus Farivar and I (and a bunch of Ars readers) got to do last week at Ars Technica Live with our guest Gary Whitta. He’s best known as the co-author of Star Wars: Rogue…