A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
HarperCollins celebrates 200 years in the biz.
Costco's new "Pennie's Pick:" Adriana Trigiani's novel Kiss Carlo.
10 things you never knew about Harry Potter.
Thank God for MobyLives, reminding us of all the ways Jeff Bezos is evil.
Wow, Facebook and Google pull in 50% of all online ad dollars.
I'm not a big Philip Pullman fan, so this news doesn't mean a whole lot to me, but wow, this story is like the only big literary story this week: the cover of his new book has been revealed.
Oh, the creator of Paddington Bear (Michael Bond): has died. We just checked out a Paddington book from the library, but didn't get it read yet.
J.D. Vance embarks on a "different kind of author tour."
Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy to be adapted for TV.
Here's an interesting discussion topic for librarians: when helping them with tech, do you ever touch a patron's device?
How a teen librarian addressed 13 Reasons Why in her community.
Pew Report: Millennials are stellar at using the library!
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Milo Yiannopoulos's book "sells 65k in pre-orders."
New professional development titles on young adult reading, reluctant readers, and diverse populations.
Is there really a formula to fall in love with anyone?
Bustle: Best new nonfiction books coming in July. Okay, you know I'm going to have to look at the Regretting Motherhood title; can you call that a "parenting" title?
New York Times: On increasing economic segregation in American cities;on the origins of the New York Police Department; a history/examination of flags; the story of DARPA (the military agency responsible for, among other things, the Internet) in Imagineers of War (which I have home right now).
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of June 22.
Christian Science Monitor: Best Books of June. You know I'm totally going to have to get The Essex Serpent, right?
Harpers Bazaar: Best new books of July.
Forbes: 10 business books every freelancer should read.
Entertainment Weekly: Patriotic books to read for the 4th of July.
Five nonfiction books to "stave off the summer slide."
Nancy Pearl's summer reading list.
Cuba, Then and Now: Collection Development.
MY READING NOTES
I've been re-reading Debra Ginsberg's memoir Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, which, for my money, is one of the best memoirs ever written AND one of the best insider looks at restaurant work to boot. Go read it. (Incidentally, only 3.5 stars at GoodReads? I don't know why I linked there. I think GoodReads blows.) I also read and reviewed a great book about British TV over at my Great British TV site.
The eldest CRjr has already discovered sports statistics books. Sigh. I'm no sports fan, but he loves them SO MUCH. So I'm listening to sports statistics.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
He shows up in this article that asks, "Can science fiction really, realistically help build better futures?"
Happy 4th of July, all, and have a good week.