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  • 10 best fiction books of 2011

    10 best fiction books of 2011

    From an unnamed Balkan landscape to a baseball diamond at a small Midwestern college to an alternate universe, the fiction offerings of 2011 ranged far and wide. Here are the 10 that our Monitor reviewers found to be the most outstanding.

  • 6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    6 perfect gifts for the book lover in your life

    Searching out a gift for a bibliophile? From an annotated Jane Austen novel to an exhaustive plot compendium, one of these six books is sure to please.

  • Liberal vs. liberal in FDR's Supreme Court

    Chapter & Verse Liberal vs. liberal in FDR's Supreme Court

    Harvard University law professor Noah Feldman talks about his book 'Scorpions' and an era when liberal attacked liberal.

  • 5 great gift book ideas: something for everyone

    5 great gift book ideas: something for everyone

    Got a sports fan on your gift list? An Angophile? An art lover? No problem. Here are some gift book ideas that should allow you to please everyone on your shopping list this year.

  • White Truffles in Winter

    White Truffles in Winter

    An opulent novel based on the life of Auguste Escoffier, the 'king of chefs and chef of kings.'

  • Reader recommendation: Mansfield Park

    Reader recommendation: Mansfield Park

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 'Fahrenheit 451' goes digital. Is Ray Bradbury mellowing?

    Chapter & Verse 'Fahrenheit 451' goes digital. Is Ray Bradbury mellowing?

    Ray Bradbury, who has called the Internet a 'meaningless' distraction, is now finally allowing a digital version of 'Fahrenheit 451.'

  • And So It Goes

    And So It Goes

    The first serious biography of counterculture hero Kurt Vonnegut reveals a man wounded by his childhood and full of contradictions as an adult.

  • Reader recommendation: The Mao Case

    Reader recommendation: The Mao Case

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • Tom Hanks may star in Nazi Germany chronicle 'In the Garden of Beasts'

    Chapter & Verse Tom Hanks may star in Nazi Germany chronicle 'In the Garden of Beasts'

    Tom Hanks's Playtone and Universal Pictures have optioned the rights to Erik Larson's bestselling nonfiction book about life in Hitler's Germany.

  • Can you sue over a bad book review?

    Chapter & Verse Can you sue over a bad book review?

    Harvard historian and author Niall Ferguson received a bad review from the London Review of Books and now tells the editor he may take legal action.

  • Bestselling books the week of 12/1/11, according to IndieBound*

    Bestselling books the week of 12/1/11, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • 7 children's picture books we think you'll really like

    7 children's picture books we think you'll really like

    Samuel Johnson once famously noted that a man who is tired of London “is tired of life.” Some of us feel the same way about children’s picture books. While it’s true that many cover familiar ground – animals, the great outdoors, adventures with family and friends – no two ever do so in quite the same way. And the best of them rediscover the world with such a fresh and inspired gaze that they turn even the most adult of us into children all over again. Some of the gems that have arrived in bookstores this season include a couple of classic winter tales, a retold Aesop’s fable, poetry about dogs, a baby penguin, and a chicken awash in blue ink.

  • George Harrison's sister Louise plans a book about the Beatles

    Chapter & Verse George Harrison's sister Louise plans a book about the Beatles

    Louise Harrison's new book will detail the band's rise to fame and offer insight into Harrison's later years.

  • Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    Mark Twain: 10 reasons we love him

    It's the 176th birthday of one of the most iconic of figures in US history. In honor of the day that Samuel Clemens was born, here are 10 reasons why we love the great American author known as Mark Twain.

  • Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    Mark Twain quotes: 10 favorites on his birthday

    William Faulkner called him “…the first truly American writer.” Ernest Hemingway declared that all American writing comes from “Huckleberry Finn,” and “there has been nothing as good since." And Norman Mailer said “Huck Finn” stands up “page for page” to the “best modern American novels.” Wednesday marks the 176th anniversary of the birth of the matchless Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. His genius lay in his distinctive ability to convey profound wisdom and profane wit in the same breath. Here, in tribute to the man Faulkner called the “father of American literature,” are 10 quotes from Mark Twain.

  • 4 excellent adventure books for young readers

    4 excellent adventure books for young readers

    With its whopping 2.5 million-copy print run, “Inheritance” is very likely the fantasy book in which your favorite teen has his or her nose buried this month. The fourth and final installment of Christopher Paolini’s books about Eragon, the orphaned farm boy-turned-dragon rider, offers all the action and answers its fans have waited eight years for. But “Inheritance” is also darker than its predecessors, and its graphic violence includes the prolonged torture of a young woman. Knopf recommends it for ages “12 and up,” and I wouldn’t hand it to anybody younger. For those seeking alternatives, this fall offers four excellent adventure tales for young readers. There are museums, pirates, gods, rodents, runaways, and lots and lots salt water.

  • 5 great books about friendship for tween readers

    5 great books about friendship for tween readers

    A Scrabble match. A new school. Pie recipes. A lost coat. The ballet. For young teens and preteens, life is generally eventful. But nothing matters as much as relationships. With the right friends, everything seems possible. And without them, well – no one wants to go there. This fall’s crop of books aimed at readers from age 8 into the early teens offers an absorbing range of adventures – but none greater than the adventure of finding a true friend.

  • Emily Dickinson birthday bash in Tucson

    Chapter & Verse Emily Dickinson birthday bash in Tucson

    "The Big Read" events include poetry readings, a dance show, and recipes, all inspired by the work of Emily Dickinson.

  • Former Polish first lady Danuta Walesa felt isolated, left to raise children alone

    Chapter & Verse Former Polish first lady Danuta Walesa felt isolated, left to raise children alone

    Walesa says in her new memoir that husband Lech Walesa is "difficult to get to know" and that during his political ascendancy, she was "a mother, a teacher, a cook, a cleaning lady, a nurse."

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