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Citizen Reading: 23 January 2017

Citizen Reading: 16 January 2016.

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

Here is the least shocking headline of the new year: Oprah's cookbook is a bestseller.

There's a plan underway to turn "public housing into book-rich environments."

Two books for lovers of Sherlock Holmes.

God, how I love Melville House. Here we have a thoroughly great article on why Milos Yiannopoulos is being published...because of course, everything is always about money.

Amazon's Alexa: best friend of six-year-olds everywhere. (Related: Amazon: still poised to take over the world?)

What is crime fiction really about?

Barnes & Noble missed its holiday sales goals, but they collected a lot of books for charity.

Black History Month: On the screen.

John Le Carre's "The Spy Who Came In from the Cold" to be adapted by AMC and the BBC.

Print book sales were up for the third year running!

William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist): Obituary.

Oh, don't tease us, George R. R. Martin, you minx. (Related: So just when will "Game of Thrones" return in 2017?)

YA author Caroline Cooney: starting 2017 as a picture book author.

Nancy Pearl on NPR.

Rebecca Solnit: on Trump. Full disclosure: I haven't actually read this one yet, but I want to. I don't always agree with her but I always find Rebecca Solnit worth reading.

Ayelet Waldman on LSD.

Nancy Grace has launched a crime news website.

Terry Pratchett documentary to air on the BBC next month.

Can I get an AMEN from the choir? It's time to rethink the algorithm. Although I might say it a bit differently: namely: "fuck algorithms."

You've gotta love somebody they call the "Basil Fawlty of booksellers."

Oh, God, now we have to endure "The Shack" in movie form.

I really like living in Wisconsin.

Sydney Taylor and National Jewish Book Awards: Winners.

NONFICTION BOOK NEWS

The book Hidden Figures, on which the new movie is based, is this year's first "it book," so it seems.

A biography about the author of Goodnight, Moon.

New York Times: a different take on Edward Snowden; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on two books about Islam; a new biography of Henry David Thoreau; Michael Eric Dyson on race.

BOOK LISTS

Library Reads: February 2017.

IndieBound: Bestsellers, the week of Jan. 2.

Amazon: Best books of January 2017.

USA Today: Top 100 books of 2016.

The 16 most anticipated horror books of 2017.

Personal Finance books for 2017.

The 10 best book covers of 2016.

MY READING NOTES

I'm taking Thomas Tryon's horror novel The Other back to the library; I saw it on a whole bunch of lists last year and was curious. Each time I picked it up it creeped me out and seemed very good...and yet I never seemed to go back to it long enough to complete it. Has anyone else read it?

It hurts me, but I started Michael Lewis's The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, and just never went back to that one either, a completely foreign experience to me as far as Michael Lewis is concerned. I'll get it back sometime.

I read a bit of Robert Gottlieb's Avid Reader. This one was on a lot of "Best of 2016" lists, but I found it dull and seemingly just a long account filled with name-dropping.

The eldest CRjr and I are reading The Little House in the Big Woods right now. I forgot how awesome the Laura Ingalls Little House books are.

AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN POST

Unruly Reader gives us a nice review of Gaiman's audiobook The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction. Thanks, Unruly!

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