What Obama Means

African American Presidential hopeful Barack Obama formally accepted the nomination for Democratic candidate at the Democratic Convention this past Friday in Denver. The historic moment truly touched and inspired people and brought many to tears. Only a handful of generations removed from chattel slavery, many Americans thought it impossible that a … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Kids Books

Got a kid who is dreading going back to school? Maybe they're starting kindrgarden for the first time, or are nervous about returning to middle school. Don't worry. Newtonville Books has got a great selection for easing the fears of kids of all ages. For those starting kindergarten, try "Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner." Annabelle Swift is so … [Read more...]

The Terror Dream redux

Last October, Macmillan's Metropolitan imprint published journalist Susan Faludi's "The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America." The book is Faludi's attempt to make sense of America's response to 9/11, which included so much stick waving and John Wayne style masculine boister. She argues that to understand this reaction we have to … [Read more...]

American Savior by Roland Merullo

In an essay titled "The Great Imaginary President" published on Powells.com, Roland Merullo talks about his amazing new book, American Savior, and why he decided to write about Jesus running for president. Many years ago, in a not very nice bar, I tried to make a joke about Watergate with the bartender, a woman whose body language and tone of … [Read more...]

A Little Birdy Told Me…

August 28 It is the 100th anniversary of Roger Tory Peterson's birth. Houghton Mifflin's new 544-page Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America updates and combines the east/west volumes for the first time. This new soft cover book was released August 1, 2008. Calendar August 24-30 Publisher's Weekly August 24, 2008 … [Read more...]

10 hours of Harry…

Just in case you haven't had your fill of Harry Potter and J.K Rowling, you can now listen to a 10 hour "marathon reading" of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by Rowling herself. To celebrate the novel's 10th anniversary (yes, a special edition of the book with also be available) Scholastic has decided to host the 10 hour reading on … [Read more...]

Book Club Battles

Been reading the new social etiquette column in the New York Times Sunday Styles section? You should be - it's way more fun than that Ethicist tripe from the Magazine. Today, Philip Galanes tackles a surely common book club issue - what to do when a new member is unilaterally added and rubs others wrong. Check it: "My book club’s policy … [Read more...]

During the last presedential election, Jerome Corsi wrote a book entitled "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry." Four years later, Corsi is at it again, this time writing the book "The Obama Nation: Leftist Polotics and the Cult of Personality." The book has been on the bestseller's list since it came out on August … [Read more...]

The Duchess- Read It Before You See It!

Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes will star in The Duchess, coming out in theaters on September 12, 2008. The movie is adapted from The Duchess by Amanda Foreman and it was a New York Times Notable Book when it was published 10 years ago. Lady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as … [Read more...]

Judging a Book By Its Cover?

If you found our "women's backs" blog entry interesting, over at  The Guardian's blog, they have an intriguing post about book covers and marketing.   Diana Shipley points out that many books are using "chick lit" style covers, even when they are not necessarily "chick lit."  Ok, there's a lot going on in this argument (i.e. what is chick lit? … [Read more...]