A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.
The New Yorker's "Most read fiction [short stories] of 2017."
The latest Booklist: Starred reviews 2017.
School libraries are "evolving and expanding" with ebooks.
Spy and author Aline Griffith: Obituary.
Where did J.K. Rowling first write down her ideas for the Hogwarts house names?
The Ayn Rand Institute: now giving away its four millionth book.
Former Facebook executive says "his kids aren't allowed to use that s**t" (meaning Facebook). I'm sure he'll be giving away all the money he made at Facebook to atone for helping unleash Facebook.
Filmmaker and author Morgan Spurlock confesses "he is part of the problem."
Market chain Eataly has pulled all of Mario Batali's cookbooks.
A lot of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's archive is now freely available online.
Have you heard of the "Irish Bridget Jones"?
"A Prairie Home Companion" has become "Live from Here."
NONFICTION BOOK NEWS
A nonfiction author on how to "rethink fidelity." I happened to catch most of this interview and it was REALLY interesting. I might give the book a try.
A new collection of Sylvia Plath's letters has been published.
The New York Times has a new nonfiction book critic.
A new book about "Americans on the move."
A new history about the tumultuous year of 1968.
Tina Turner is writing a second memoir.
New York Times: a memoir by illustrator Cullen Murphy;on John Hodgman's Vacationland; two new books on wildfires; on the importance of government; a former hostage has written a book about captive negotiations; on bloodshed (and horse racing) in the continuing war on drugs.
Booklist: Best new books week of Dec. 11.
USA Today: 5 books you won't want to miss this week, including one by Pope Francis. I MUST get the Queen Victoria's Matchmaking book.
Vox magazine: Best books of 2017. This is a VERY interesting nonfiction list.
Minnesota Public Radio: Best nonfiction 2017. Another interesting list.
Sports Illustrated: Best sports books of 2017.
Maureen Corrigan's best of 2017.
Booklist Reader: 2017's most excellent YA nonfiction.
LibraryReads: January 2018. New year, same old boring list.
Ten books about "women, work, and power."
6 book suggestions for the "young and weird at heart."
The Mary Sue: 10 books everyone will want to read in 2018.
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