A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
November/December Book Buzz Monthly.
Yes, a lot of great authors were published in Playboy. I still think Hefner was a pig.
Romance readers are not in love with the New York Times. Please note: alert CR reader Lynne told us about the Times's sloppy genre reporting last week in the comments. It's such a pleasure to know people who really know their genres!
Actress and author Anne Wiazemsky: Obituary.
Bill O'Reilly isn't selling quite as many books as he used to!
A one-day "choose your own RA adventure"!
At a Library Writer's Blog: 2017 Best book proposal contest for the Beta Phi Mu Scholars series.
The Nobel Prize for Literature winner: Kazuo Ishiguro.
Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Winners.
Thurber Prize Winner: Trevor Noah.
National Book Award: Finalists.
Food memoir Sweetbitter being adapted for television.
Okay, this has nothing to do with books, but did you know another season of the X-Files is coming? Of course Gillian Anderson is still beautiful, but geez, I wish she would just let her hair be its natural color, even if it is grey by now. I think she would be even more beautiful.
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
Are you a fan of Muhammad Ali? There's a new biography of him out.
Leonard Cohen will publish a new book (of poetry, song lyrics, illustrations, etc.) in 2018. Well, "will publish, posthumously," I should say.
Ta-Nehesi Coates has a new book out.
Tech veteran Ellen Ullman: "There's no hope for gender equality."
The lessons of a botched book review? https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/sexual-assault-on-campus-and-the-lessons-of-a-botched-book-review
Oh good Lord, so now we have to keep hearing about Milo Yiannopoulos and his ongoing lawsuit against Simon & Schuster.
New York Times: Yet another book about being a doctor; three books on guns in America (including Sue Klebold's memoir A Mother's Reckoning); the year that set the course for US-China relationships (1949); learning about women by examining the foods they ate; what's it really like living in post-Communist Russia?; the book source for the new movie Victoria and Abdul; a new cultural history of Adam and Eve and the book of Genesis, by Stephen Greenblatt; a memoir of the author's book club experience (The Futilitarians, which I started, but was not in the mood for at the time); a memoir by a survivor of Auschwitz.
IndieBound: Bestselling books the week of Oct. 5.
Paste Magazine: 10 most anticipated books of October.
Amazon: Best Books of October.
PopCrush: 10 most anticipated YA books of October.
Top 10 human-animal relationships in literature.
MY READING NOTES
I finished Michael Lewis's Boomerang (thanks, Vivian, excellent choice) and was both confused and amused by it. More to come.
Am in the middle of Rachel Pearson's memoir of becoming a doctor, No Apparent Distress, and it is very interesting, although I can't quite decide how I feel about it so far. I hate doctors, and I don't think I hate her, so that's an odd sensation.
I just requested a chapter book titled Raccoon Rampage to read to the CRjrs, and with a title like that, I think it's going to be awesome.
I continue to try and (re-learn) Spanish, so I keep checking out kids' books in Spanish, and every week my tutor tells me, "Um, yeah, I think you need to get an easier one." I'm in picture books now so let's see what she has to say about that!
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