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.”
In "The Better Angels of our Nature," Steven Pinker makes a case for the decreasing violence of the human race.
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.
Spy thriller 'Assassin of Secrets' got rave reviews – until readers claimed to have discovered plagiarized passages.
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.
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."
The popular app Angry Birds will come to the printed page to teach everything from cooking to math.
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.
Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet is lighter, faster, and less restrictive than Amazon's Kindle Fire.
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 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.
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.