A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
Happy Labor Day! On Wednesday I'll post all the labor-related books I read last year.
What are the options for "remote librarianship"?
13 tips for plowing through long books.
Choosing nonfiction for developing readers.
From the ALA: Here's how you can help Texas libraries.
Self-help author/mogul Louise Hay has died, at age 90.
Poet John Ashbery: has died.
Novelist Elaine Ford: Obituary.
Bernard Pomerance (author of The Elephant Man): has died.
What did British author Terry Pratchett dictate be done with his unfinished books after he died? That they be steamrolled, of course.
This is for all you J.R.R. Tolkien lovers out there: 15 Fantastic J.R.R. Tolkienisms to Live By.
The Wrap: Fall Movie Preview.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
I must see this new collection, titled Tales of Two Americas. Although I'm not sure how I feel about this review. It hits all the right notes--"does this book about sometimes marginalized voices include any truly marginalized voices?"--but offers little in the way of concrete suggestions for the anthology's editors to FIND such writers.
This article at MobyLives is about Joel Osteen refusing to open up his shiny huge church in Houston to refugees, but it references a book I'd like to check out: Chris Lehmann's The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream.
New York Times: A new book all about Nora Ephron's rom-coms; two new books about Walt Whitman; on the "erotic pull of rock n' roll"; a journalist reports on American power worldwide; a new history of Warner Brothers (both the family and the studio).
Indiebound: Bestselling books the week of Aug. 31.
Bustle: Best Novels for Fall; Best Nonfiction for Fall. Their fiction list doesn't do anything at all for me, but the first book on the nonfiction list is Tales of Two Americas. It might be shaping up to be the "it" title of the fall; I'll have to look at it.
Library Journal's Editors' Fall Picks. This is a great list, with a lot of nonfiction, but sadly...I'm not finding a whole lot there I want to read. You?
Today.com: "6 must-read books for fall."
9 nonfiction series for back-to-school reading.
8 fantasy novels to read while you wait for the next season of "Game of Thrones."
Three "compelling" science books.
MY READING NOTES
I continue to re-read True Crime books, which is starting to freak Mr. CR out, I think.
The CRjrs and I took back all their books to the public library, as the eldest goes back to school this week and I wanted to start things off in a tidy way. I know he needs his education and all but we will miss him.
AND NOW, YOUR OBLIGATORY NEIL GAIMAN POST
The TV adaptation of Gaiman's "Likely Stories" is now available on something called Shudder. I don't actually understand any part of that sentence, I'm just passing along the news to you.