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Tue, September 11th, 2007
Still Waiting for the Definitive 9/11 Novel?
Posted by: Keir Graff

In a brief article in USA Today (“Novels about 9/11 can’t stack up to non-fiction“), Bob Minzesheimer notes that nonfiction about 9/11 outnumbers novels by a staggering ratio: Six years after the twin towers fell, enough non-fiction has been published about Sept. 11, 2001, to fill an entire section of a bookstore: 1,036 titles, according to Books in Print. […]

Thu, August 30th, 2007
The Things They Didn’t Carry
Posted by: Keir Graff

My absence yesterday was not, in fact, because I was tired out from writing my massive Tuesday post – I was home with a sick kid. (Mine, fortunately.) And now today I feel almost to tired to post. But books never rest, and neither do I. (Huh?) From the Guardian (“Alastair Campbell tops poll of discarded books,” […]

Thu, August 9th, 2007
Havoc Wreaked–Cheap
Posted by: Kaite

Di Herald’s kick-ass readalike on Kick Ass Heroines reminded me of why I wanted to play striker for Manchester United and use a meter maid for goal practice this morning. I wasn’t parked more than ten minutes! It wasn’t even 8 a.m.! And she saw me coming to move my car! But the more I think about […]

Mon, July 9th, 2007
Booklist vs. the Tribune
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Chicago Tribune’s Julia Keller offers this year’s thoughts on the Great American Novel (“The Great American Novel was written by:“). And chooses American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis. I’m thinking she was swayed by the fact that the word American is in the title. Last year, Bill Ott asked us to vote for the […]

Mon, June 18th, 2007
Fathers Discover Fatherhood Again
Posted by: Keir Graff

Ever since men first discovered fatherhood (when was that, the Sixties?), they keep on discovering it. Now “cool guys” have discovered it: Alternadad, by Neal Pollack (Pantheon) Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life, by Jim Lindberg (Collins) “No Rules, Just Real Life”? Hey, this parenting manual has attitude — just like me! Awesome! […]

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted by: Keir Graff

My favorite trend in titling continues: Blogistan, by A. Srebeny and G. Khiabany (Holtzbrinck) Richistan, by Robert Frank (Crown) Londonstani, by Gautam Malkani (Penguin) Prisoner of Trebekistan, by Bob Harris (Crown) Dispatches from Blogistan, by Suzanne Stefanac (New Riders) Londonistan, by Melanie Phillips (Encounter) Absurdistan, by Gary Shteyngart (Random) Absurdistan, by R. Lee Wright (Cocolalla) […]

Tue, March 13th, 2007
Children’s Books Not Necessarily Kid Stuff
Posted by: Keir Graff

Reading Read Roger this morning, I found a link to a helpful list of controversial children’s books in The New Yorker (“Inappropriate,” by Paul Rudnick). For example: "The Pretty Little Bunny" Melissa, the pretty little bunny, woke up one morning in May and said, "I think I’ll hop-hop-hop over to the carrot patch. I’m so pretty that all […]

Tue, November 14th, 2006
Misspent Adulthoods
Posted by: Keir Graff

My recent post about McGoorty Day made me think about my other favorite books about pool and billiards. I’ll save the how-to books for another list, but this mix of narrative nonfiction, biography, and fiction should satisfy anyone who wants to steep in the seedy milieu of poolrooms. The Bank Shot and Other Great Robberies, by Minnesota […]

Fri, October 27th, 2006
Trying Not to Be Part of the Problem
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve been lamenting the rise of the celebrity-authored picture book often and loudly enough to have finally realized that I’m part of the problem. Even if I’m only mentioning these books only in order to criticize them, I’m still contributing in a small way–very, very small–to the media hype. Jessmonster was the first to answer […]

Thu, August 24th, 2006
World War, Three
Posted by: Keir Graff

George Eberhart, a senior editor at American Libraries (and an author himself), e-mailed a contribution to the war books project before I went on vacation and, sluggard that I am, I let it sit in my in-box until now. A few of the titles stray from my “wars with American involvement” criterion, but rules were made to […]

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