A new piece of nonfiction I'm very excited to tell you about.
First great read of the new year: Prairie Fires.

Citizen Reading: 8 January 2018

A weekly selection of reading and book news, sometimes with completely inappropriate commentary.

Major CPU security flaw: What libraries need to know.

Children's publishing "reckons with sexual harassment in its ranks."

Are fiction sales falling because we're all busy with television?

Like cheesy horror from the 1980s? You're going to love We Read Dead People.

Costa Awards: Winners.

Aharon Appelfeld: Obituary.

Fred Bass, the owner of Strand Books, in NYC, has died.

Elizabeth Gilbert's (author of Eat, Pray, Love) partner, Rayya Elias, has died.

There's a new book club in town, co-sponsored by the New York Times and PBS NewsHour.

Golden Globes 2018: Winners list.

Game of Thrones will return to HBO in 2019. (Related: A different George R.R. Martin book, Nightflyers, will be adapted by the SyFy network.)

"Our favorite children's books made into movies."

Ten books to read before they become movies in 2018.

"It's still white and male behind the cameras."


Go figure: The new "anti-Trump book" (Fire and Fury) has been really popular.

Oh God, can I handle reading another book on the "toxic bro culture" of Silicon Valley?

Lots of great books by women, about women, are on the way in 2018.

Should we all do parenting the way Germans do? (And here's an article about free-range children by the author of this book as well. Normally I want to support free-range parenting, although I'm crap at doing it myself. But lately I've noticed that two little girls are walking home by themselves from the same school where the junior CRjr and I are walking the elder CRjr back from school, and these girls are giving me a heart attack. The other day one of them was walking backwards and continued that way into the road, without looking, where a car had to stop for her. I yelled at her to get back to the sidewalk, and her older sister then informed me, "The cars always stop." Jesus. If you're going to send your small children out alone PLEASE teach them how to look for traffic first.)

On being an independent single woman in the 1930s.

All things medical mostly make my skin crawl, but I find the subject of anesthesia fascinating. Lucky for me there's a new book out that's all about it!

New York Times: two new books about Istanbul; from the "here's a surprise" files, this author doesn't hold out a lot of hope for any kind of resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue; how has literature shaped the human experience?; a history of Texas, from an author whose family has lived there a LONG time; another political book about an election, only this one is about the election in 1968.


Booklist: Best new books the week of Jan. 1.

Forbes: Best Tech Books of 2017.

USA Today's list of 2017's 100 best-sellers. Also from USA Today: Five books you won't want to miss this week.

LitReactor: 15 most anticipated horror books of 2018.

The AV Club: 10 books we can't wait to read in 2018.

2018 Carnegie Medal Read-alikes.

February Buzz Books Monthly.


I posted about this on Friday, but I am still so pumped that I had an essay published at Parent Co. that I am linking to it again here: The Tiny Blue Stocking I Pack Away Each Holiday Season.


In sad news, the woman whose appearance inspired Gaiman's "Death" character in his Sandman series, has died.