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.
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.
Louise Harrison's new book will detail the band's rise to fame and offer insight into Harrison's later years.
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.
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.
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.
"The Big Read" events include poetry readings, a dance show, and recipes, all inspired by the work of Emily Dickinson.
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."
Alex Morrow, the female cop at the center of Denise Mina's series, is proof that the literary depiction of woman in police work has come a long way.
Jeffrey Eugenides talks about his novels – and themes of death, suicide, and Detroit.
Michele Bachmann's campaign autobiography tells of a youthful world view shaped by an antipathy to Jimmy Carter and a reverence for Ronald Regan.
Penguin Group – citing security problems – has put a hold on the distribution of new e-books to libraries.