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  • Christopher Hitchens: 10 memorable quotes

    Christopher Hitchens: 10 memorable quotes

    Christopher Hitchens, who passed away this week in Houston at age 62, was remembered for his one-liners and willingness to write or speak about any controversial subject. Over the years, he published books including 'God Is Not Great' and the collection of essays that came out this September, 'Arguably.' He also wrote for Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Slate and the magazine The Nation and often served as a TV commentator. Here are some of his more memorable opinions.

  • Is Slate's Amazon-defending blogger really a 'moron'?

    Chapter & Verse Is Slate's Amazon-defending blogger really a 'moron'?

  • 5 best mysteries of the holiday season

    5 best mysteries of the holiday season

    I've often thought that Ebenezer Scrooge's famous indictment of holiday well-wishers would make a terrific set-up for a mystery. "If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart." Failing that, here are five 2011 mysteries for the suspense lover on your Christmas list. A legend returns, officially; murder pays a visit to Austen; an Old Bailey hack reminds us how much we miss his creator; a Scottish writer returns to old haunts with a new hero; and a freelance journalist stumbles onto murder and Noel Coward impersonators in rural Michigan.

  • 5 of America's best presidential losers

    5 of America's best presidential losers

    Henry Clay. Al Smith. Thomas E. Dewey. Their names probably prompt hazy recollections of high school history class – but not much else. By missing out on the presidency, many would say they lost their place in history, too. But even those who didn't take the oath on Inauguration Day had their impact. Here are five great examples from Scott Farris's new book 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation.'

  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    Jerusalem: The Biography

    Chronicling the world's holiest city

  • Reader recommendation: The Johnstown Flood

    Reader recommendation: The Johnstown Flood

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 'Clockwork Prince': what to read next

    'Clockwork Prince': what to read next

    It's on all the bestseller lists and it is definitely the book of the moment. 'Clockwork Prince' is the second in author Cassandra Clare's projected 'Infernal Devices' trilogy (which is in itself a prequel to Clare's popular 'Mortal Instruments' series). 'Clockword Prince' is set in a Victorian London with angels, vampires, and warlocks where a heroine named Tessa gets caught in the war between the strange Magister and the demon-fighters known as the Shadowhunters. With her companions, the moody Will and frail but kind Jem, Tessa must journey to a manor house that holds secrets of Tessa's past and present-day horrors for all three. But once you've read 'The Clockwork Prince' – what next? Here are a few books to keep you entertained at least until Book No. 3 of 'Infernal Devices" comes along.

  • 10 entrepreneurs who changed the world

    10 entrepreneurs who changed the world

    In his new book 'World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business As We Knew It,' former Fast Company editor-in-chief John A. Byrne offers advice for those who want to be entrepreneurs along with insights from those who have already made it. Here are 10 of the 25 businesspeople that Byrne names in his book as game-changers.

  • Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy

    Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy

    Christmas shopping out of control? "Shiny Objects" may be your next best read.

  • Reader recommendation: The Night Circus

    Reader recommendation: The Night Circus

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • The Litigators

    The Litigators

    The main case in John Grisham's 24th novel fails to offer enough twists and turns to hook this reader.

  • 10 top book headlines of 2011

    10 top book headlines of 2011

    Plenty of bookstores vanished this year, but books sure didn't. More readers discovered the joys of reading them on screens, leaning in to peruse everything from blockbuster bios and zombie adventures to the latest hot novels from the chilly confines of Scandinavia. Here's a look at 10 stories that captivated us as we turned the pages of 2011:

  • Jerry Robinson, cartonist and Batman collaborator: an appreciation

    Chapter & Verse Jerry Robinson, cartonist and Batman collaborator: an appreciation

    Jerry Robinson helped to create Batman's protege Robin the Boy Wonder and may also have been the creator of the Joker, Batman's most memorable nemesis.

  • Kindle Fire: good reviews, but some complaints

    Chapter & Verse Kindle Fire: good reviews, but some complaints

    Many early users give good reviews to the Kindle Fire, but complaints have already prompted a software update for Amazon's tablet.

  • 6 stories that made Christmas what it is today

    6 stories that made Christmas what it is today

    Where would Christmas be today without Ebenezer Scrooge or the Nutcracker? Here are six ways in which literature has given Christmas its groove.

  • 3 great photo books

    3 great photo books

    Each proving that a picture is worth far more than a thousand words, here are three favorite 2011 photo books chosen by the Monitor's photo staff. They offer images that range from the Great Depression to a behind-the-headlines view of Africa to a study of humanity's impact on the Earth.

  • Reader recommendation: The Warmth of Other Suns

    Reader recommendation: The Warmth of Other Suns

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • Writer Beware: the watchdog of the publishing world

    Chapter & Verse Writer Beware: the watchdog of the publishing world

    Massachusetts author Victoria Strauss talks about both the fraud and the opportunity available in today's book world.

  • Dickens' London comes to life in a new app

    Chapter & Verse Dickens' London comes to life in a new app

    A new app created by the Museum of London for their Dickens exhibit lets the user dive into the city that inspired the British author.

  • 5 best books about John Lennon

    5 best books about John Lennon

    John Lennon, killed by a gunman 31 years ago this week, was the subject for many biographers before and after his death. Here are a few of the best books about the Beatle we will never forget.

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