Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan review – the reluctant memoirist
Friday, January 19, 2018
The author of The Joy Luck Club revisits her mother’s remarkable story in a book that also uncovers traumatic childhood memories While few books of the kind termed “literary” come quickly or easily into the world, Amy Tan’s autobiography had an especially complicated genesis. Tan calls it an “uni... .. read more..

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey review – a journey into Australia’s past
Friday, January 19, 2018
A joyous car race across 1950s Australia becomes an examination of the nation’s crimes against its Indigenous people I couldn’t have imagined that a car race could be so enthralling. The new novel from double Booker winner Peter Carey is built around the annual Redex Reliability trials in 1950s A... .. read more..

Novel recipes: Italian chocolate cake from Call Me By Your Name
Friday, January 19, 2018
André Aciman’s novel, set during one listless summer on the Italian Riviera, inspires Kate to make a cake that’ll suit bakers working in hot or cold weather Scroll down for the recipe When I looked at my dessert plate and saw the chocolate cake speckled with raspberry juice, it seemed to me that ... .. read more..

Videocracy by Kevin Allocca review – has YouTube really transformed our lives?
Friday, January 19, 2018
The video sharing website has brought us skateboarding dogs and beauty vloggers – what it hasn’t done is create a new world order The most infuriating consequence of broadband internet is that people now consider it acceptable to send each other links to YouTube videos of people talking about thi... .. read more..

Put the kettle on: does a cuppa beat writer’s block?
Friday, January 19, 2018
Research suggestions that drinking tea might help creativity have received endorsement from a number of successful novelists. I’ll drink to that Being British, we have all seized on a report about how drinking tea improves creativity. The researchers – led by Yan Huang, from the Psychological and... .. read more..

Don't Freak Out, But You Should Probably Read These 729 Books
Friday, January 19, 2018
Maybe you'll never find a book better than Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy reading other novels about magic, friendship, and adventure. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now ... .. read more..

Self-help books for a better life in 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
ATLANTA -- In 2018, Americans have overwhelmingly resolved to eat healthier (37 percent), get more exercise (37 percent) and save more money (37 percent), according to a poll of the top New Year's resolutions from YouGov. To a lesser degree, we are ... .. read more..

11 Books-Turned-Movies You Should Read This Awards Season
Thursday, January 18, 2018
As Steve Jobs once paraphrased Picasso, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” While it’s debatable whether the best films are original stories or adaptations, it’s certainly true that Hollywood loves to plunder existing source material when ... .. read more..

Peter Mayle, author of A Year in Provence, dies aged 78
Thursday, January 18, 2018
British author died in a hospital near his home in the south of France, publisher confirms Peter Mayle, the author best known for writing A Year in Provence, has died. His publisher, Alfred A Knopf, announced on Thursday that the British writer died in a hospital near his home in the south of Fra... .. read more..

Annie Ernaux caps a remarkable stretch of unorthodox memoirs with 'The Years'
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Annie Ernaux is ruthless. I mean that as a compliment. Perhaps no other memoirist — if, in fact, memoir-writing is what Ernaux is up to, which both is and isn’t the case — is so willing to interrogate not only the details of her life but also the slippery question of identity. Beginning with her... .. read more..

Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allo...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Dead men tell no tales, but there’s new evidence that somebody aboard the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship harbored books among the booty. In an unusual find, researchers have discovered shreds of paper bearing legible printing that somehow survived three ... .. read more..

Waterstones' annual profits jump 80% as buyers loom
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bookseller reports pre-tax profits of £18m, with sale expected to value business at £200m Waterstones has reported an 80% jump in annual profits, with the bookseller predicting an even brighter future just six years after the rise of the ebook threatened its existence. Sales in 2017 had been buoy... .. read more..

Susan Straight on the powerful connection between memory, photos and the stor...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Since I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with photographs, probably because I’m of the generation between nothing and everything. Our grandparents often left behind so few photographs that we try to excavate their history with words alone. But our children, with smartphones, can document their liv... .. read more..

Elena Ferrante, whoever she is, will be a columnist for the Guardian
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Elena Ferrante, the reclusive, internationally bestselling Italian novelist, will write a weekly column for the Guardian. The tricky part is “Elena Ferrante” isn’t a person — it’s a pen name. The Guardian announced its columnist coup on Thursday . The news seems sure to come as a relief to Ferran... .. read more..

Stop Reading Business Books: The Importance Of Diversifying Your Reading List...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Co-Founder & Principal of ThinkNow, a culturally-integrated market research agency. We’ve all seen the ads: “The average CEO reads (impossible amount) of books a year! Get started today.” The ads are usually to sell the top business books or ... .. read more..

Dallas, a city of books? You can help make that happen at this meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Most of us already know The Wild Detectives as a fine place for imbibing over literary matters, but Wednesday, Jan. 24, might be a better evening to do so than most. "The state of the literary arts" will be the topic of discussion at the Bishop Arts ... .. read more..

10 New Books We Recommend This Week
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Among our recommended works of fiction this week is Ali Smith’s “Winter,” an “insubordinate folk tale” that continues her projected quartet tied to the seasons. Two classic novels, Nella Larsen’s “Passing” (1929) and George S. Schuyler’s ... .. read more..

The best recent crime novels – review roundup
Thursday, January 18, 2018
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld; Dark Pines by Will Dean; Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes; Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan; The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor Set in the snowy mountain forests of Oregon, The Child Finder (W&N, £12.99) is the second novel from bestselling American author Rene Denfeld. N... .. read more..

Devin Booker On Pace to Join Michael Jordan in NBA History Books
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Third-year shooting guard Devin Booker is one of the best guards, if not players, in the league. Nobody notices because the Phoenix Suns are terrible. The scary part is he is only 21 years old. Here is a stat that proves how elite Booker has been this season. .. read more..

Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend's new columnist
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the ‘bold, anxious exercise’ of writing regular pieces for the magazine Elena Ferrante, the bestselling Italian novelist of the highly acclaimed Neapolitan series, is to write her first ever regular newspaper column, i... .. read more..

Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado review – powerful debut coll...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Horror, science fiction and fairytale merge in these short stories from a writer of rare daring “How much to get that extra stitch?” the narrator’s husband asks in the labour room as his wife is sewn up after a difficult birth. “You offer that, right?” “The husband stitch” – the term for an extra... .. read more..

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson review – a self-help book from a cultu...
Thursday, January 18, 2018
The psychologist and internet celebrity with contentious views on gender, political correctness, good and evil, offers hectoring advice on how to live The Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan B Peterson has, in recent years, become an internet celebrity , producing a slew of videos and interview... .. read more..

Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch review – everyday racism and a search for identity
Thursday, January 18, 2018
A powerful hybrid of memoir, reportage and commentary considers so-called racial blindness, the draw of Africa and life as a black woman in Britain ‘England is an island but not I land,” say the Rastas. They may have been born in Birmingham or Bristol but they don’t believe they belong in the UK.... .. read more..

Bill Belichick rewriting the record books for head coaches in playoffs
Thursday, January 18, 2018
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick is in a league of his own when it comes to coaches in the playoffs. His New England Patriots players can explain why. "He does football 24/7, that's it," tight end Rob Gronkowski said with a laugh. "And he's a genius at it. .. read more..

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