A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
The "boom" in books about boredom.
RA for All: Book Display Ideas. In general, check out Becky's RA for All posts from the last couple of weeks. There's tons of good info and news there, including news about Rebecca Vnuk's new book review magazine IndiePicks Magazine!
Free webinar: Engaging Reluctant Readers in Your Library.
Cultivate your readers' advisory superpower!
The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. "Here's why it matters."
A new app from OverDrive aims to make signing up for a library card easier. and signing up for a library card.
Nine student needs academic librarians need to know.
Bless EarlyWord, they're still updating their list of book/movie adaptations.
How to talk to kids about death, according to picture books.
John Green has a new book out!
Novelist Maggie O'Farrell has a new memoir out--even though she wasn't quite comfortable writing about real people (herself and others).
Interview with Jeannette Walls, about her memoir The Glass Castle being made into a movie.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recommending the best of Stephen King.
Ken Baker's novel How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly In Love to be adapted as a movie.
The fall TV outlook for the networks doesn't look good.
In a British bookshop, and looking for some V. C. Andrews? Look for Virginia Andrews instead!
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Ann Hood's new book Morningstar is about growing up with books.
I'd like to see this new book of essays: what has and hasn't changed for women in five decades of pop culture.
New comic book: The illustrated tweets of President Trump.
A physician has written a book about the ethics of "using medical assistance to hasten death."
OOOoooohhh...this one looks like fun...The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.
There's a new biography of Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War, now available.
There's a new book out about the Kellogg brothers and their cereal beginnings.
New York Times: A biography of Washington Roebling, the man who built the Brooklyn Bridge; novelist Jami Attenberg reviews a new memoir about an unhappy marriage; "assessing the value of Buddhism"; a study of 1922, the "year that transformed literature"; what is it really like to die (new nonfiction from Edwidge Danticat).
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of August 10.
September's LibraryReads list. There's only one nonfiction title on it, but at least it's one that looks interesting.
School Library Journal: Best new math books.
The Guardian: The best recent thrillers.
Adult Books 4 Teens: 8 coming-of-age tales.
Best business books to read for those starting a small business.
Ten business books to read to understand how capitalism works now.
MY READING NOTES
I hammered through a new Elinor Lipman novel, On Turpentine Lane, that I actually liked better than anything else I've ever read by Elinor Lipman. Some of it was genuinely funny and it was a nice light book for summer reading, but I think I still prefer a novelist like Anne Tyler.
Last week I wrote about D. Watkins's The Beast Side, about Baltimore, and this week I see he's written an article about how many murders have taken place in Baltimore already this year.
I read a lot of depressing nonfiction last week (reviews to come) and it was AWESOME. Autumn must be coming...I'm starting to feel more like myself, and myself likes my depressing nonfiction!
The eldest CRjr completed his first Summer Library Program. He was entered in a prize drawing and got a free book and pass to a local swim club. We had to go home and recover from all the excitement. I'm not kidding. My definition of "over-scheduled" around here is when we have more than one place to be per week (ah, parenting while introverted, it's not for pansies), so two prizes and a sweepstakes entry blew his mind. In the best possible way.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN LINK
Starz plans to keep "American Gods" going "for years."