Books
Into the wild: Alaska becomes star of family survival tale ‘The Great Alone’
Andy Alligator’s to host annual children’s book drive
30 children's books your kids will love
Sherlock Gnomes Book Reading Event at St. Louis Science Center
Oprah Winfrey picks novel ‘An American Marriage’ for book club
New Anchorage indie bookstore aims to boost sales by offering food, wine, beer
Local author honored for children’s book series
Washington and Lincoln were great presidents. But only one was a great poet.
2018-02-19 22:46:35 When it comes to ranking the presidents, there are only two contenders for the top spot: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They had a few things in common: Both lost a parent as a child, both had a serious demeanor, and both dabbled with writing poetry. But only one was any good at poetry. Consider this declaration of love from 15-year-old Washington, written in his expedition journal while he was surveying Virginia’s Northern Neck   Read More ...
A Pulpy New Novel and Juiceless Old Essays From Mario Vargas Llosa
2018-02-19 18:36:59 The indispensable crime writer John D. MacDonald, in one of his Travis McGee novels, remarked that “an austere orgy is no orgy at all.” The event that drives Mario Vargas Llosa’s new novel, “The Neighborhood,” is an orgy that’s a character assassination. An influential Peruvian industrialist named Enrique is photographed in flagrante amid a heap of slatternly prostitutes. He’s a decent man set up by his enemies   Read More ...
An Irish Flâneur, Greeting the Past on His Present Wanderings
2018-02-19 11:05:52 Nonfiction An Irish Flâneur, Greeting the Past on His Present Wanderings John Banville’s “Time Pieces” takes the acclaimed novelist back to the Dublin of his youth, recalling people and places that still live in his memory.   Read More ...
Into the wild: Alaska becomes star of family survival tale ‘The Great Alone’
2018-02-18 18:56:11 “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press, 440 pp., $28.99 The real star of Kristin Hannah’s new novel, “The Great Alone,” is Alaska: a remote corner of the vast wilderness where the troubled Allbright family moves to make a new start. It’s the post-Vietnam 1970s, and the damaged, unstable ex-POW Ernt decides to head north with his wife, Cora, and their 13-year-old daughter Leni to live “off the grid” in a wilderness cabin that Ernt inherited   Read More ...
Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Inside the Fevered Minds of Sports Fans
2018-02-18 17:05:18 What’s the most surprising thing you learned while writing it? I talked to Susan Harter, a renowned child psychologist, about how kids receive their parents’ fandom. She told me that we shouldn’t be introducing our kids to fandom until adolescence. This runs contrary to what we do. We put a baby in a Green Bay Packers onesie. This is what we see all the time, and we celebrate it, posting pictures of it and saying how cute it is   Read More ...
Chicago Reader editor out after controversial cover
2018-02-18 14:03:20 The Sun-Times Media Group has parted ways with Chicago Reader executive editor Mark Konkol after the alt-weekly publication ran cover art that was widely condemned as racist. The departure was announced Saturday night in a statement from Sun-Times Media CEO Edwin Eisendrath that said the cover of this week’s Chicago Reader “was not in line with either our vision for the Reader or that storied history   Read More ...
Lerone Bennett Jr., 89, former editor of Ebony magazine
2018-02-18 04:00:40 CHICAGO — Lerone Bennett Jr., an African-American history author and former editor of Ebony magazine, died Tuesday at age 89. The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday called Mr. Bennett an ‘‘activist historian’’ and said ‘‘a global force for justice he was, a mighty pen he had.’’ Mr. Bennett grew up in Jackson, Miss., and worked on his high school newspaper and edited the student newspaper at Morehouse College, where he went to school with Martin Luther King Jr   Read More ...
Andy Alligator’s to host annual children’s book drive
2018-02-17 19:42:53 NORMAN, Okla. – Andy Alligator’s Fun Park & Water Park will be hosting a book drive in March in celebration of Read Across America Day. All books collected during March 1-4 will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Norman. Guests who donate a new teen, pre-teen or children’s book will receive a Winter Fun Pass, a $19.99 value, for only $10! The Winter Fun Pass includes a $3 game card, plus unlimited laser tag, bumper cars, frog hopper, kids zone and rock wall   Read More ...
Thrillers Roundup: Chandler lives in the best of mystery writers
2018-02-17 12:18:17 The latest issue of Strand Magazine includes a superb, previously unpublished story by Raymond Chandler that’s a must-read for all mystery fans. Giving it a read myself made me think of the incredible influence writers like Chandler have had on the genre. By Jon LandSpecial to The Journal The latest issue of Strand Magazine includes a superb, previously unpublished story by Raymond Chandler that’s a must-read for all mystery fans   Read More ...
A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.
2018-02-17 12:09:16 In the summer of 2016, Curtis Dawkins, a felon who is serving a life sentence in Michigan for murdering a man during a botched robbery, got some unexpected good news. Scribner, one of the top literary publishing houses in the United States, wanted to publish his debut collection of short stories, and offered him $150,000. Mr. Dawkins was stunned. He’d been incarcerated for nearly 12 years, and had been writing fiction as a form of escape, but never anticipated that a major publisher would take him on   Read More ...
We asked several black writers: What book should all white Americans read? Here’s what they said
2018-02-17 03:00:38 This nation has always been riven when it comes to race. Recall that disagreements over slavery and inequality ran so deep that the Founding Fathers decided to just look the other way, pretty sure that otherwise no union would be possible — and hope some future generation would find an answer. Fast-forward to police-shooting deaths, income inequality, widespread incarceration, and a president who looks at a torch-bearing procession of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va   Read More ...
Lisa Halliday on ‘Asymmetry’
2018-02-16 22:08:29 Book Review Lisa Halliday on ‘Asymmetry’ Halliday discusses her debut novel, and Naomi Novik and Gerald Jonas remember the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin. In The New York Times Book Review, Alice Gregory reviews Lisa Halliday’s debut novel, “Asymmetry.” Gregory writes: Halliday’s novel is so strange and startlingly smart that its mere existence seems like commentary on the state of fiction   Read More ...
The problem with metrics is us, and other takeaways from The Tyranny of Metrics
2018-02-16 20:07:47 You might remember when Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill made better baseball through math. They were, of course, portraying the Oakland Athletics’ Billy Beane and John DePodesta in Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis’s bestselling book. The rise of sabermetrics in baseball has corresponded to the exaltation of metrics across many other fields (e.g. Nate Silver’s Five-Thirty-Eight in politics; or the “numbers” person in your mathematically challenged office who just got promoted way past you)   Read More ...
A hidden chapter in FDR’s White House
2018-02-16 18:01:10 Novelist Amy Bloom is no stranger to historical fiction, but it usually takes the form of rough, rollicking picaresque odysseys. Her 2007 novel, “Away,” featured a 1920s adventuress fleeing the pogroms of Russia to reinvent herself raffishly in the New World, while “Lucky Us” (2014) told the tale of two parentless half-sisters from small-town Ohio who try their luck in 1940s Hollywood, London, and other locales   Read More ...
How Does a Political Reporter Write a Memoir? First, Read Books. A Lot of Books.
2018-02-16 17:38:02 When I first mentioned my idea of writing a memoir to David Carr, he told me that I needed to “visit a foreign land where writers live.” “That bag of tricks of journalism — anecdote, blah bidy blah, flick of the smarty pants here and there, juicy quote, more blah bidy blah, which you and I own and know, is no help here,” The Times’s beloved media columnist emailed me weeks before he died   Read More ...
Great New Books for a Child Just Learning to Read
2018-02-16 11:36:05 The creators of early reader books face a daunting task: They must appeal to the more sophisticated sensibilities and humor of kids old enough to start reading on their own, while still using language simple enough to be read by them. It helps if the book is bursting with rich art and nuanced story lines, like these three new ones — all gems of the genre   Read More ...
After Setting Her Hair on Fire, Lisa Gardner Decided to Become a Writer
2018-02-16 11:06:35 GIRL ON FIRE: Lisa Gardner committed to her writing career after setting her hair on fire. She was waitressing, it was the ’80s “and there was a lot of Aqua Net involved,” she recalls. “I had to serve an appetizer involving flaming cheese. Except I kind of poured the brandy down my arm, meaning when I lit the match, the fire raced up my limb and melted my highly permed and poofed bangs   Read More ...
What Would It Be Like to Be 400 Years Old?
2018-02-16 11:06:28 OW TO STOP TIME By Matt Haig 325 pp. Viking. $26. The first thing we discover about Tom Hazard, the protagonist of Matt Haig’s new novel, “How to Stop Time,” is that he is very, very old. He is old, he tells us, “in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam, or a Renaissance painting is old.” Born in France in 1581, he is fast approaching his 440th birthday   Read More ...
One Part Fantasy, One Part Reality Is a Child’s Perfect Formula
2018-02-16 11:06:20 Many series for fledgling readers feature mischievous girls and their grade-school exploits: Ramona Quimby, Junie B. Jones and Clementine, to name a few. Others, like the Magic Treehouse books, send children on fantasy adventures. Abby Hanlon’s marvelous Dory Fantasmagory series, featuring the plucky heroine Dory, also known as Rascal, combines the two. As Dory herself puts it: “My two worlds swirl together like a chocolate and vanilla ice cream cone   Read More ...
Two Novels Trace Parallels Between Past and Present, or Create Them
2018-02-16 11:05:55 Of the other stories, most are in the first person and written as notebooks or journals; the best is by Henry James, who did in fact live in Newport as a young man. Smith’s portrait of James is at times excellent, rivaling that of Colm Toibin in “The Master.” We follow James, a self-described “budding novelist,” as he strikes up an acquaintance with a young woman, a friendship that goes terribly wrong when she mistakes it for courtship and, to his horror, asks him to marry her   Read More ...
9 Books to Read for Black History Month, According to Scholars
2018-02-15 22:48:04 Black History Month is a moment to look backwards, but also to assess how what’s come before influences where we are now. For proof that the past lives in the present, look no further than the news earlier this year that prisons in Florida, North Carolina and other states had banned inmates from reading Michelle Alexander’s influential book about race and the evolution of mass incarcerationThough some bans were overturned, it goes to show that history can be a powerful thing — so powerful that some would have knowledge restricted   Read More ...
Kristin Hannah: By the Book
2018-02-15 11:07:28 What books might we be surprised to find on your bookshelves? “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “The Paper Bag Princess.” I love choosing which books to give to the newest members of our family. There’s nothing better than watching a child fall in love with reading. Also my son is working on a comic book, so there’s that. Take a moment to praise a few unheralded writers   Read More ...
Was It the Perfect Crime or a Paranoid Fantasy?
2018-02-15 11:07:16 IN BLACK AND WHITE. By Junichiro Tanizaki Translated by Phyllis I. Lyons 238 pp. Columbia University Press. Cloth, $60. Paper, $20. I want to be fair to the dead. Some readers think fiction writers garnish the truth with a sprig of parsley and pass it off as a story entrée. I’ve heard it all. Fiction is roman à clef. A first novel is always autobiographical   Read More ...
'Our Native Bees' gives insight into vital pollinators
2018-02-15 03:03:58 Seattle writer Paige Embry did not begin her scientific life immersed in the study of bees. Her first love was geology, which she studied at Duke University. She came to Missoula and the University of Montana, “a place where one can see the rocks so much better than in the Deep South,” to continue those studies as a graduate student. Ultimately landing in Seattle, Embry took up gardening, and that is what led her to a multi-year obsession with bees   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-15 00:30:26 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-15 00:02:39 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-14 23:43:53 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
Want to work out like the ‘Notorious RBG’? Come meet her trainer
2018-02-14 23:41:44 For a while, the working title of Bryant Johnson’s book was “How I Saved The Country One Push-Up at Time.” It would have worked. As the personal trainer of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Johnson is working to keep one of the oldest and most liberal voices on the court in fighting shape through the Trump presidency. “People tell me, ‘You have to keep her alive for four more years,’ and I’m thinking, ‘Why four? Why not six or eight or 10?'” And why not help those who don’t get to wear a robe to work? Last fall, Johnson published “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong … And You Can, Too!”, a whimsical-yet-serious little volume (just 128 pages) that includes illustrations of Ginsburg, 84, demonstrating the moves Johnson has put her through twice a week for the last 20 years   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-14 23:36:43 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-14 23:36:02 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-14 23:33:10 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
30 children's books your kids will love
2018-02-14 23:33:00 These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books. . 30 children's books your kids will love These latest titles prove 2018 is one of the best years for Children's books These books are filled with lessons and wonder to expand your young reader's world. From sleeping in mom and dad's bed to shaking up the world, this list covers just about every topic you can think of   Read More ...
Providence sets goal of getting 33% of students reading proficiently by 2021
2018-02-14 22:11:31 Related Coverage The district wants 33% of its students to be reading proficiently and 25% of them to be doing math at grade level by 2021, a goal the mayor said “will take a lot of hard work and a lot of innovation” to reach. Only 20% of Providence students were proficient in English language arts and 14% were proficient in math during the 2015-16 school year   Read More ...
Fil-Am writer wins top U.S. prize for children’s novel
2018-02-14 20:22:36 NEW YORK – A Filipino American writer won the prestigious John Newbery Medal, one of the top literary prizes given out at the American Library Association’s awards for young adult and children’s literature. Erin Entrada Kelly’s middle grade novel “Hello, Universe,” about the bond that forms between a Filipino American boy, a Japanese American girl and a deaf girl after a shocking act by a neighborhood bully, won for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature, according to a report by the New York Times   Read More ...
Bookmarks: 4 Portland authors win American Library Association awards
2018-02-14 18:38:41 The American Library Association also recognized the children’s book “ Silent Days, Silent Dreams,” written and illustrated by Portland’s Allen Say, a two-time Caldecott Medal winner, with the Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. The book tells the story of James Castle, born prematurely and with deafness, muteness and autism, who grew up to become a respected artist   Read More ...
The most romantic novel you’ve never read
2018-02-14 12:46:57 Valentine’s Day celebrates romance, but it’s easy to forget that “romance” can refer to more than courtship and sweet nothings. Up until the 20th century, and sometimes still, fiction was regularly divided into two categories: Novels were realistic accounts of contemporary life and manner, often focusing on love and marriage, while romances were adventure stories, characterized by heroic exploits, derring-do and, usually, a certain amount of fantasy   Read More ...
How Do You Read The Times, and What Does It Say About You?
2018-02-14 11:05:06 But our colleagues who design the newspaper don’t always put stories in their assigned sections, like International or Sports. When a news event generates individual stories for multiple sections, the designers sometimes group those stories in a collection to publish them side-by-side. “When the stock market turmoil occurred in recent days and stories came in from our Washington, National, Business and Upshot desks, we put them alltogether in one place in the paper, rather than in the sections that generated the stories, as used to be our practice,” Tom wrote   Read More ...
Albuquerque Kicks Off ‘Read to Me’ Book Drive
2018-02-14 02:00:21 The city of Albuquerque wants more kids in the metro to experience the joy of reading. The city’s 16th annual Read to Me Book Drive kicked off Tuesday. Each year it aims to build a foundation for developing literacy skills by donating books to elementary school students in low income families. The city-wide drive runs from Tuesday, Feb. 13 through the end of March   Read More ...
UNM student athletes volunteer to read to second graders
2018-02-14 01:00:06 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Lobo student athletes took a break from the baseball diamond to help local students read. The EWI Albuquerque Chapter teamed up with the Lobos to host a reading rally at Hodgin Elementary School on Tuesday. UNM Baseball players read various books to second graders in the library. They say it was a rewarding experience. “We have a special opportunity here being athletes at the university to give back to the community and really teach these young kids that their education is important,” baseball player Andrew Gillespie said   Read More ...
Lonely Library Dog Now Has Many Wanting To Read Him A Story
2018-02-14 00:11:05 MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a bit like a story from a great children’s book. A dog whose job is to give people some companionship while they read to him at the White Bear Lake Library found himself sitting all alone one night last week. Sting, the dog, was pictured in a social media post last week by the dog’s reported owner   Read More ...