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  • '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.

  • The Food52 Cookbook

    The Food52 Cookbook

    Looking for a cookbook that delivers – in equal shares – rigor, wit, and great recipes? "The Food52 Cookbook" may become your new best friend. 

  • Reader recommendation: The Paper Bag Christmas

    Reader recommendation: The Paper Bag Christmas

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 4 holiday TV classics that came from the printed page

    4 holiday TV classics that came from the printed page

    You've undoubtedly read Dr. Seuss's "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!," but did you know that the Rankin/Bass TV favorite "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (you know, the one with the Snow Miser and the Heat Miser) also began as a children's book? For millions of children today Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without certain beloved TV specials. But here's to remembering that the best of the lot all came from the printed page.

  • 5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    5 famous plagiarism and fraud scandals in the book world

    Everyone has Google on his or her computer these days – and that includes publishers. So why, in this day and age, would any author dare to plagiarize from the work of another? Nevertheless, the accusations continue to fly. Currently, Lenore Hart, author of "The Raven's Bride" is the latest on the hot seat, defending herself against charges that she plagiarized from another novel about Edgar Allan Poe's wife. Her publisher says she's innocent. While the outcome of the Hart incident is still to be determined, here are five high-profile cases in which an author was accused of plagiarism and fraud. Each – in its own way – rocked the book world in its time.

  • Harry Potter comes to Los Angeles

    Chapter & Verse Harry Potter comes to Los Angeles

    A new version of the Harry Potter theme park currently open in Orlando will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.

  • China In Ten Words

    China In Ten Words

    How do you best define a country? Chinese author Yu Hua summarizes his homeland in 10 words.

 
 
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