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  • 10 novels to watch for in 2012

    Here are 10 must-read novels coming at you in early 2012.

  • 7 of the best young adult novels of 2011

    7 of the best young adult novels of 2011

    Young adult fiction, as we have heard and heard and heard, has become the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry, roping in readers of all ages. The books on this list are not necessarily the bestselling books of the year. They are simply good books. Most, at base, are simply highly satisfying realistic novels that describes the world as seen through the eyes of persons who happen to be somewhere between the ages of 12 and 18. – By Amy Benfer, for The Barnes & Noble Review

  • 20 non-fiction books to watch for in 2012

    20 non-fiction books to watch for in 2012

    Oh, the promise of a new year! So many fresh starts and remarkable discoveries lie ahead – including the many that will be made between the pages of a book. For those eager for a preview, here’s a sampling of some of the more promising of the early 2012 titles.

  • George F. Kennan: An American Life

    George F. Kennan: An American Life

    John Lewis Gaddis's biography is an important examination of a man who shaped the current American way of life.

  • Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

    Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark

    Pauline Kael became the voice for a new generation of film-goers.

  • The Apple Lovers Cookbook

    The Apple Lovers Cookbook

    Delicious recipes are paired with an in-depth guide to 59 apple varieties.

  • 2011 fiction quiz: Can you recognize the opening line?

    2011 fiction quiz: Can you recognize the opening line?

    Ten opening lines and not a "dark and stormy night" among them? Sheesh, they don't write them like they used to. Thank goodness. The first pages of the books that made up The Christian Science Monitor's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2011 grab readers and propel them forward. They're set in a room, a taxi, a memory; they dip into childhood, nature and death; they are grabbers. Do you recognize the following opening lines?

  • Celebrity memoir quiz

    Celebrity memoir quiz

    Hooray for childhoods! Without them, we'd have so much less to complain about as adults. And by adults, I'm referring to the only important folks in our world today: You, me, and celebrities. As you and I work on our multi-volume memoirs – you are writing one, yes? – perhaps we can learn a thing from the early lives of the stars. Luckily, several Hollywood types looked back upon their awkward younger days in books published in 2011. Can you match these memories and memoirs?

  • 6 books you should resolve to read in 2012

    6 books you should resolve to read in 2012

    It’s common practice, as the year draws to a close, to reflect on the past twelve months – to think back on what you did, how you spent your time, and who you spent it with. My years, more than anything, are shaped by books so when I look back I’m thinking about what I read. The same goes for thinking about the year to come: When I make my New Year’s resolutions, it’s pretty much just a long list of books that I want to get my hands on. And so, in looking forward to 2012, here are some things that I’ve already gotten my hands on; it would be wise of you to do the same. If what I’m reading (and loving) is any indication, 2012 is going to be a strange and wonderful year.

  • 5 books to keep kids happy on a trip

    5 books to keep kids happy on a trip

    If you're going over the river and through the woods for a holiday trip to relatives, long drives (or plane trips) can make kids a little squirmy once the novelty of that new toy has worn off. Here are five books that are sure to keep them turning pages until you get there. (Just make sure to check out the age ranges listed so you're getting a book that's age-appropriate.)

  • 13 best 2011 author interviews

    13 best 2011 author interviews

    A loose young woman in Nazi-era Berlin. A titanic failure of courage on the Titanic. A Supreme Court justice with a thing for hot blondes. An American president's scandalous love child.  Book authors answered questions about these earthy topics and many more – from sandwiches to Shakespeare – during Monitor interviews with me this year. Here's a baker's dozen of the memorable things that these authors had to say. Click on the links to read the full interviews.

  • Good Living Street

    Good Living Street

    An Australian art critic probes the past of his family – Austrian Jews who enjoyed one of Vienna's grandest eras, only to lose it all in the face of World War II. 

  • Top 10 sports biographies I wish somebody would write

    Top 10 sports biographies I wish somebody would write

    Call this a wish list to publishers. Of course it's true that’s there hardly any major sports star who hasn’t already achieved hardcover immortality a time or two or more. So why check back in with some already familiar sports luminaries? With the passage of time comes fresh perspectives on playing days, teammates, and rivals. And maybe even a little more honesty. So here goes, in no particular order: the Monitor’s Top 10 sports figures we’d put in the publishing on-deck circle.

  • The Best American Poetry 2011

    The Best American Poetry 2011

    This collection of 2011 poetry offers both consolation and honest assessment in the face of a difficult year. 

  • Almost President

    Almost President

    Why some of the candidates who lost the race for president ultimately had a bigger impact than many of those who won.

  • On Conan Doyle

    On Conan Doyle

    Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda offers a love letter to Arthur Conan Doyle, the author he credits with changing his life.

  • 10 book-to-movie adaptations coming this holiday season

    10 book-to-movie adaptations coming this holiday season

    From the ultra-violent 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' to 'Hugo,' Martin Scorsese's love letter to silent films, the movie listings this holiday season are full of films that came from the printed page. Here are some that are already out as well as a few that are yet to be released.

  • HBO makes great TV from books

    HBO makes great TV from books

    How do you compress a complicated novel into a two-hour, cinema-friendly format? The answer, most often, is: you can't. A better solution for many authors is to have their books turned into HBO series. The end result is often an in-depth adaptation – with story and characters intact – that would have been impossible get at the multiplex. Here are some of the best-known books that have been turned into successful HBO series – with many more to come.

  • End to an era at legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company

    Chapter & Verse End to an era at legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company

    George Whitman, longtime owner of the beloved Shakespeare and Company, died in Paris last week.

  • 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' film rights acquired by Universal

    Chapter & Verse 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' film rights acquired by Universal

    'Daughter of Smoke and Bone,' one of 2011's most popular young adult novels, could be adapted into a film by Universal Pictures

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