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Archive for February, 2010

Fri, February 26th, 2010
Weeklings: Toyota, James Frey, Charles Bukowski, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Posted by: Keir Graff

Charles Pellegrino’s The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, a grim reexamination of the first wartime use of the atomic bomb, relies extensively on first-person accounts. Unfortunately, according to the New York Times (“Doubts Raised on Book’s Tale of Atom Bomb,” by William J. Broad), one section of the book relies on the […]


Wed, February 24th, 2010
Minority Report: Secrets of the Noble Servant
Posted by: Vanessa Bush

The noble black woman servant who saves the dysfunctional white family is an iconic figure in American culture. It often brings to mind the 1988 movie Clara’s Heart, starring Whoopi Goldberg, with Kathleen Quinlan as the affluent but neglectful mother and Neil Patrick Harris as the emotionally needy son. What I really love about this […]


Tue, February 23rd, 2010
LA Times Announces 2009 Book Prize Finalists
Posted by: Courtney Jones

And the finalists are: Biography The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience, by Kirstin Downey    Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, by Linda Gordon   Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth Century Skeptic, by Michael Scammell   Louis D. […]


Tue, February 23rd, 2010
2010 Washington Book Prize Announces Finalists
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Three books are in line to receive the $50,000 Washington Book Prize: Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, by Richard Beeman The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, by R.B. Bernstein  Abigail & John: Portrait of A Marriage, by Edith B. Gelles The winner will be announced May 20th.


Mon, February 22nd, 2010
2010 Nebula Award Finalists Announced
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America  have announced their Nebula finalists in six categories. For novels, the nominees are: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi   The Love We Share Without Knowing, by Christopher Barzak Flesh and Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman The City & The City, by China Miéville Boneshaker, by Cherie […]


Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Quirk Classics Unveils Android Karenina Cover
Posted by: Keir Graff

You’ve got to hand it to Quirk Classics. The publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters may be riding their one-trick pony into the ground, but they’re doing it with style. Bloggers, this one included, seem constitutionally incapable of not linking to every new development, from the announcement of the newest […]


Fri, February 19th, 2010
Weeklings: Expensive E-books and Unapologetic Plagiarism
Posted by: Keir Graff

While agents and authors cheer Macmillan’s stand against Amazon, some e-book aficionados are angry at authors. In an anecdote-rich but fact-impoverished article in the New York Times, Motoko Rich and Brad Stone quote a bunch of people who are willing to pay a few hundred books for a gizmo — but balk at a few […]


Wed, February 17th, 2010
Dick Francis, R.I.P.
Posted by: Connie Fletcher

Editor’s note: Connie Fletcher has been reviewing mysteries for Booklist for more than 30 years, including many titles by Dick Francis. The day before Dick Francis died, I was in my local bookstore, The Book Stall in Winnetka, Illinois,  and was stopped in my browsing tracks by a tiny display someone had taped to a […]


Tue, February 16th, 2010
Lucille Clifton, R.I.P.: A Poet Sails On
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Messages began to accumulate like snow online over the weekend as the chilling news of poet Lucille Clifton’s death began to travel from one poetry lover to another. I feel bereft as so many others do because Clifton was the sort of poet who spoke to everyone about everything that matters with unfailing clarity, conviction, and […]


Fri, February 12th, 2010
Weeklings: Books Are Elitist, Blogs Are for Old People, and Kirkus Has a New Owner
Posted by: Keir Graff

I finally made time to read Jonathan Mahler’s profile of James Patterson (“James Patterson Inc.” New York Times) — since it was published, two weeks ago, Patterson has already written three more books and signed a contract to publish 38 more. I kid, I kid. But, certainly, this profile of the prolific Patterson’s powerful publishing […]





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