A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Well, this is going to smack of shameless self-promotion, but I can't help myself. I got an essay published at The Millions last week! It's about my Dad, who was, among many other things, a reader. A reader I miss very much.
Now: back to the books!
So: are you finding your perfect summer reads?
The New York Times's chief book critic, Michiko Kakutani, "is stepping down."
Jesus Christ, Steve Jobs's widow just bought a controlling interest in The Atlantic magazine. I weary of tech types and their spouses and their endless money and their buying media companies. Oh, incidentally? Jeff Bezos has officially passed Bill Gates to become the world's richest man.
What's the hot trend in cover colors this summer? Evidently, it's millennial pink.
8 simple ways to "instill a love of reading in your kids."
13 tips for teaching news and information literacy.
Yeah, mainly I'm going to have to agree with the headline of this piece: "No, Richard Dawkins is not the most influential science writer of all time." (Related: Dawkins just lost himself an author event at Berkeley.)
Historian Thomas Fleming: Obituary.
The Bodleian Library is planning to publish a collection of Jane Austen's letters this fall.
What is Philippa Gregory (she of the Tudor-era novels) working on next?
George R. R. Martin teases a release date for the next book in his Song of Ice and Fire series.
Margaret Atwood is hot hot hot: here's a trailer for the Netflix adaptation of her Alias Grace.
Starz to adapt Stephenie Meyer's supernatural spy thriller The Rook.
Leonardo DiCaprio is working on adapting Tom Wolfe's 1979 nonfiction classic The Right Stuff (about test pilots and astronauts) for the National Geographic network.
The 2017 Romance Writers of America Rita Awards: Winners.
Arthur C. Clarke Award winner: Colson Whitehead.
Man Booker Prize: Longlist.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
I'm biased, because I love almost all nonfiction, but wow, there were a lot of interesting new nonfiction titles in the news this week.
Edward VII really liked the ladies, according to this new biography.
A book about how the white working class "resents professionals but admires the rich." I'm not in the mood for political reading lately but I might have to check this one out.
New True Crime (kind of): The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder.
New TV programs about Princess Diana (marking the 20th anniversary of her death) and a list of nonfiction about her.
Dying: A Memoir, is one woman's story of life after her terminal cancer diagnosis.
New nonfiction about what causes "the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and above all the Department of Justice to flounder in their efforts to hold not only the government, but America's financial institutions, accountable for their crimes."
School Library Journal: New nonfiction for kids.
New York Times: Is the tradition of liberty "under mortal threat"?; a memoir on a woman's struggle with self-harming;three new books on how to "confront and reform racist policing"; "new details from Hillary Clinton's forthcoming memoir revealed"; why has English poet A.E. Housman never gone out of print?
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of July 22.
Christian Science Monitor: Best Books of July. I MUST have Jane Austen at Home. When the English Fall looks good too; a post-apocalyptic novel featuring an Amish character. But then, my favorite thing to say to Mr. CR when he leaves the house is, "You be careful out among the English." (If you don't get that reference, then you have not seen the movie Witness. Stop reading this and GO WATCH IT NOW. A Harrison Ford classic.)
Booklist: Best new books the week of July 31.
Harpers Bazaar: 7 new books to read in August. God helped me, I placed three books from this list on hold at the library. I will NEVER get all those books read.
Paste Magazine: The Best YA books of 2017 (so far).
The Millions: "In praise of short books."
Entertainment Weekly: 11 novels you can read in a day. LOVE the Shirley Jackson and S. E. Hinton suggestions here!
YA books that "take place in a day."
What to read this summer, a list compiled by "radio's biggest bookworms" (in the UK).
A look at some of the best out-of-print genre books.
MY READING NOTES
Not much else got done around here last week as I got involved re-reading the Poldark series. I am helpless against the saga of Ross and Demelza Poldark.
I also spent a lot of time with a book titled Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, by Steven Hill. It's good but it's taking me a long time to read.
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Guess who's on board to help Neil deGrasse Tyson create his new video game "Space Odyssey"?