Literature

Kids can pack these books for the beach – USA TODAY

Sunday, June 21, 2015

‘In the Waves’ by Lennon and Maisy Stella(Photo: .) Summer’s here and it’s time to get out into the sun. That doesn’t mean reading has to take a break, though, especially if the books whisk young readers away to the sand and the waves. Eliot Schrefer looks at four new picture books perfect for vacation. In the Waves Written by Lennon and Maisy Stella, illustrated by Steve Björkman HarperCollins, 40…

Goodreads Picks the Hottest Books of the 2015 Summer – Daily Beast

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June 21 is officially the start of summer, which means that it’s time to stock up on books that will keep you entertained (as well as informed) while achieving that perfect golden tan. Tapping into its network of 40 million readers, Goodreads has put together a list of summer books that are just starting to break out as well as others that are already clear favorites—including one thrilling adult novel…

Selfies, sex and body image – the revolution in books for teenage girls – The Guardian

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The idea for her first book came to Louise O’Neill in a cafe in New York on a cold January morning in 2011. Then 26, O’Neill was working at Elle magazine in Manhattan and had recently started to relapse back into the anorexia she first suffered from at the age of 14. “I was really very, very thin at this point,” she says. “The weather was really bad and I…

10 books to read at the beach this summer – The Week Magazine

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud The Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud, is a sorely underrated entry in the modern fantasy fiction genre. It concerns the djinni Bartimaeus, his young magician master Nathaniel, and an alternate history in which a magically assisted Britain is the world’s most powerful empire. It has a very cynical view of magicians, who have no power except that which they can wring out of enslaved spirits…

Game of Thrones’ Deadly Differences: The Show vs. The Books – Vocativ

Saturday, June 20, 2015

All men must die. Any good Game of Thrones fan knows that. But lately more and more men—and women—seem to be dying sooner than George R. R. Martin might have originally intended. HBO’s Game of Thrones series had already diverged from the books upon which they were based in important ways. But lately it seems that, especially with the publication date of the sixth book in the saga still unknown…

Best Summer Books: 2015 – WBUR

Friday, June 19, 2015

“The Fall of the Princes,” “Eileen,” “Hold Still,” — we’re talking best summer reads of 2015. A collection of our guests’ picks for the best books of summer 2015. (Courtesy the Publishers) Summertime — if you’re lucky, if you’re determined, if your book bag doesn’t get soaked at the lake, the beach, the pool, the hydrant — is a great time for reading. Lose yourself in a great story. Let…

Book review: ‘Finders Keepers’ by Stephen King – Boston Globe

Friday, June 19, 2015

The cover of Stephen King’s new novel, “Finders Keepers,” features a blood-spattered leather notebook opened to facing pages of handwritten text smudged and streaked with red. The image is a good distillation of the entire novel; both are lurid and intriguing, bookish and bloody, and neither is terribly subtle. The story opens by introducing an iconic and reclusive American writer named John Rothstein who, in the venerable tradition of Salinger…

Readers recommend: songs about books – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

“So many books, so little time.” – Frank Zappa. The voracious reader, the ebullient book fan, the edgy eccentric, the pithy polymath – what better characteristics are there for the process of songwriting? It was just over 20 years this week that I was lucky enough to be present at a recording, in the old BBC TV Centre, of an early edition of BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland, now of…

5 things we learned from the new ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ book – USA TODAY

Thursday, June 18, 2015

(Vintage Books) Get your red rooms of pain ready guys, because Christian Grey is back. A new book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy hits bookstores and your Kindles at midnight on Thursday. We got an advanced sneak peek at Grey, which tells the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s perspective (the original books are told from Anastasia’s first-person point of view), and it’s chock-full of new information about the enigmatic billionaire. Here are…

Best Personal Finance Books For All Ages – Forbes

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading while you’re catching rays at the beach or relaxing by the pool. It’s also a great time to learn something new, like tai chi or, just a suggestion, more about your personal finances. If you invest a few hours each week this summer, by the fall, you’ll be better equipped and in control of your money. There are lots…

Emma-Lee Moss: How books took me on a journey back to China – The Guardian (blog)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Last week, a book arrived in my mailbox. On the back was a Chinese proverb: “It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.” But at least, as the book’s blurb put it, daughters, like geese, “know the obligation to return home”. The book was called Loop of Jade, and it’s a first collection of poems by Sarah Howe. Like me, she’s half-English and half-Chinese, but I know better than…

Acad̩mie Fran̤aise Honor Highlights Fluid National Allegiances Among Writers РNew York Times

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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Is Self-Loathing a Requirement for Writers? – New York Times

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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College student wants graphic novels banned: “I expected Batman and Robin … – Boing Boing

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tara Shultz, 20, of Yucaipa, CA along with her parents and friends are protesting the inclusion of four award-winning graphic novels that are taught in an English class at Crafton Hills College because they feel they are too violent and pornographic to be read by college students. On Thursday they assembled outside the campus administration building to express their outrage. The four graphic novels are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel;…

‘Game of Thrones’ will play its own often-gory hand as series catches up with … – New York Daily News

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO Lena Headey, center, as Cersei Lannister, before her revealing “walk of atonement” in the season finale. courtesy of HBO Emilia Clarke, as iconic “Game of Thrones” Queen Daenerys Targaryen, is on her own amid a strange new group. courtesy of HBO Maisie Williams faces new peril as apprentice assassin Arya Stark. Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO Gwendoline Christie, as Brienne of Tarth, had a fatal run-in…

10 Most Hilariously Unfaithful TV Shows Based On Books – io9

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You think Game of Thrones is taking liberties with George R.R. Martin’s books? That’s nothing. All too often, when people adapt books for television, they basically treat the source material as a series of suggestions. Here are the 10 science fiction and fantasy shows that veered farthest from their book origins. 1) Beauty and the Beast (CW) Mysteriously renewed, not just for its third season, which premiered last week, but…

All for the love of books – Charleston Post Courier

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

If you’re one who thinks real books will be displaced by electronic books, think again. When’s the last time you saw 5,318 Kindles toppled domino-style? Never. But in January in the United Kingdom, 5,318 copies of the Guinness World Records 2015 edition toppled just as planned by United Biscuits. It took two minutes and 27 seconds. Now some in Gifu City, Japan, are excitedly…

Rush Limbaugh Is Selling His Childrens Books in Spanish Now – Daily Beast

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A few months ago, an editor asked me incredulously: “Why do you listen to Rush Limbaugh?” For the columns, of course. I’ve listened to Rush for 25 years. As a columnist, my 100 percent foolproof guarantee of full lifetime employment is that I write about politicians, celebrities, public figures and media elites who say and do dumb things.   For instance, how do you say “hypocrite” in Spanish?  I don’t…

7 (Fairly) New Books Every Middle-Aged Person Should Read This Summer – Huffington Post

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Now that nearly everyone in the world has finished The Goldfinch, we need some other book recommendations to get us through the summer. Huff/Post50 turned to its Facebook community to find out what middle-aged readers have piled up on their bedside tables. Here are seven books that come highly recommended. 1 Simon & Schuster 2 Algonquin Books 3 Simon & Schuster 4 Fourth Estate Ltd. 5 Penguin Books 6 Broadway…