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  • 2 of the best novels of 2011

    2 of the best novels of 2011

    Second-guessing awards is as old as competition. Shortly after the first Greek athlete had a crown of laurel placed on his brow at the first Olympics, there no doubt were murmurings in the stands that “Agathon was robbed.” While Julian Barnes finally took home the Man Booker Prize this month after four nominations, the lineup of finalists thoroughly puzzled – if not infuriated – many. No Hollinghurst? No Ondaatje? Well, after reading five of the six nominees, I can safely say, “No Hollinghurst? No Ondaatje?” Both Booker winners have new novels out this October, both are without question among the finest work they’ve done, and both easily trump finalists Stephen Kelman’s “Pigeon English” and A.D. Miller’s “Snowdrops” (sorry, guys). And I’m not just grading on a snob’s curve. Both “The Cat’s Table” and “The Stranger’s Child” win in terms of that dirty word the judges cited that so enraged pretentious folks: “readability.”

  • 10 magnificent "places to see before you die"

    10 magnificent "places to see before you die"

    Wondering where to go on your next vacation – or just want to read about breathtaking sights from all over the globe? The updated edition of "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" spans the globe to compile a list of inspired destinations for the diehard traveler.

  • Interview with Steven Pinker: Are we getting better?

    Chapter & Verse Interview with Steven Pinker: Are we getting better?

    In "The Better Angels of our Nature," Steven Pinker makes a case for the decreasing violence of the human race.

  • Top children's books for holiday gifts, according to Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs

    Top children's books for holiday gifts, according to Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs

    Whether you're looking for a picture book for a toddler or young adult fiction for a teen, you might want to check out this list by Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs. Here are the titles that Scholastic Book Clubs and Scholastic Book Fairs are highlighting as the most popular of the 2011 holiday season.

  • 'Assassin of Secrets' plagiarism charges: Was Q.R. Markham hiding some secrets of his own?

    Chapter & Verse 'Assassin of Secrets' plagiarism charges: Was Q.R. Markham hiding some secrets of his own?

    Spy thriller 'Assassin of Secrets' got rave reviews – until readers claimed to have discovered plagiarized passages.

  • 10 best books of 2011, according to Amazon

    10 best books of 2011, according to Amazon

    It’s a virtually impossible task, but the little elves at Amazon have done it again – compile a list of the Best Books of 2011. Their list includes works by bestselling veterans, award-winning authors, and debut novelists alike, spanning the gamut of genres from literary fiction to young adult to thriller. Your best bet for a holiday gift or the perfect book to curl up with on a winter evening? Start here, with Amazon’s Top 10 Best Books of 2011.

  • Higher Gossip

    Higher Gossip

    From Soren Kierkegaard to dinosaurs, from Albert Einstein to the mechanics of golf, "Higher Gossip" is a delightful posthumous collection of the late writings of John Updike.

  • Reader recommendation: War Brides

    Reader recommendation: War Brides

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 10 best books of 2011, according to Publishers Weekly

    10 best books of 2011, according to Publishers Weekly

    Who reads more books than the review staff at Publishers Weekly? Hardly anyone, and that's why their year-end "10 best list" always attracts attention. With five fiction titles and five nonfiction, here are the 10 books that most impressed the PW readers in 2011. According to their intro, these are the books that "stayed with us, that we talked up, handed around, and of course argued about among ourselves."

  • Angry Birds will now star in books as well

    Chapter & Verse Angry Birds will now star in books as well

    The popular app Angry Birds will come to the printed page to teach everything from cooking to math.

  • Tantalizing glimpses of 'The Hobbit' in 3-D

    Chapter & Verse Tantalizing glimpses of 'The Hobbit' in 3-D

    A new video from 'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson explains the technical aspects behind filming in 3-D and shows Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, and others in character.

  • Nook Tablet: How does it stand up to Amazon's Kindle Fire?

    Chapter & Verse Nook Tablet: How does it stand up to Amazon's Kindle Fire?

    Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet is lighter, faster, and less restrictive than Amazon's Kindle Fire.

  • Tolstoy: A Russian Life

    Tolstoy: A Russian Life

    Biographer Rosamund Bartlett shies away from examining Tolstoy as a writer – but has some interesting details to offer about Tolstoy the man.

  • Reader recommendation: There Is Power In a Union

    Reader recommendation: There Is Power In a Union

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • Will Robert De Niro play Bernie Madoff for HBO?

    Chapter & Verse Will Robert De Niro play Bernie Madoff for HBO?

    The 'Goodfellas' star is said to be producing “Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family” for HBO – and perhaps starring as Bernie Madoff, the man who defrauded investors of billions.

  • Bill Clinton's "Back to Work" offers plenty of ideas, a few criticisms

    Chapter & Verse Bill Clinton's "Back to Work" offers plenty of ideas, a few criticisms

    Bill Clinton's new book "Back to Work" criticizes Obama for not raising the debt ceiling earlier and complains that his ideas on a midterm election message were disregarded.

  • American Nations

    American Nations

    The United States, says author Colin Woodard, is not a country but an uneasy conglomeration of 11 rival nations.

  • Reader recommendation: Tolkien's Art

    Reader recommendation: Tolkien's Art

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • 5 tales of true love, complete with family complications

    5 tales of true love, complete with family complications

    If their parents weren't at war, would Romeo and Juliet have noticed each another? A good tempest now and then, particularly one thrown up by a family member, has the power to turn what could have been a perfectly nice but short-lived love affair into a commitment capped with vows. All five romances this month reviewed by Eloisa James for The Barnes & Noble Review feature a tempest of one sort or another, brought about by a family member.

  • 5 secrets from the updated 'Kardashian Confidential'

    5 secrets from the updated 'Kardashian Confidential'

    With the latest headlines focused on Kim Kardashian's divorce, the famous family is thrown into the spotlight again – not that they ever really left. Here are a few of the insights into the Kardashian sisters as featured in the new version of their book  'Kardashian Confidential.'

 
 
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