Leaving the Sea: Stories
Love this cover. Reminds me of The Flame Alphabet, which is his previous book. I loved the writing but couldn’t get into the story (too dark for me as a new sleep-deprived mom, it was about children’s voices killing their parents) so I’m looking forward to reading these short stories instead.
Considered one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, Ben Marcus’s new collection showcases 15 tales of modern anxieties and peculiarities.
Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, and The Flame Alphabet, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Electric Literature, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Conjunctions. He has received the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Posted by Monique at 08:31 AM.
Critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923—the beginning of TIME. And, I’d read whatever Lev tells me to read. I’ve bolded the ones I have read below. I guess this is my new “to-read” list.
See the full article for links and info on how the list was created.
A - B
The Adventures of Augie March
All the King’s Men
An American Tragedy
Appointment in Samarra
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
The Berlin Stories
The Big Sleep
The Blind Assassin
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
C - D
Call It Sleep
The Catcher in the Rye
A Clockwork Orange
The Confessions of Nat Turner
The Crying of Lot 49
A Dance to the Music of Time
The Day of the Locust
Death Comes for the Archbishop
A Death in the Family
The Death of the Heart
F - G
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
The Golden Notebook
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Gone With the Wind
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
H - I
A Handful of Dust
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter
The Heart of the Matter
A House for Mr. Biswas
L - N
Light in August
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Rings
The Man Who Loved Children
Never Let Me Go
O - R
On the Road
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Painted Bird
A Passage to India
Play It As It Lays
The Power and the Glory
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
S - T
The Sheltering Sky
The Sot-Weed Factor
The Sound and the Fury
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Sun Also Rises
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Things Fall Apart
To Kill a Mockingbird
To the Lighthouse
Tropic of Cancer
U - W
Under the Net
Under the Volcano
Wide Sargasso Sea
There are a couple of letters there that need attention.
Read more: TIME.com http://entertainment.time.com/2005/10/16/all-time-100-novels/slide/all/#ixzz2nsdhtOyf
Posted by Monique at 06:31 PM.
Why are book lovers obsessed with bookshelves? Maybe because our imaginations are so vivid that we just like to look at books and spaces for reading those books and are magically transported to other worlds upon viewing interesting shelves. Maybe. Just maybe.
Posted by Monique at 10:06 AM.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love was The Afterword Reading Society book club selection for Nov 26. I stupidly, and for a second time in a row, was not my usual 100% and I missed submitting my information. That said, my untimeliness in no way represents how much I enjoyed this book, nor how much I appreciate receiving a copy of this fine novel.
Alma Whittaker, born Jan 5, 1800, bears witness to the vast changes taking place in science, religion, commerce and class, all without leaving her home White Acre. Ok, she does leave near the end of her life, but what leads her to that point is such a sweeping tale of botany, early childhood education, colonization through cultivation of plants for medicine and food, charity (misplaced or not) and a family lineage that is fearsome in its tenacity. The story is told through Alma’s interactions with a number of visitors who come to White Acre to meet with Alma’s father Henry Whittaker. Henry Whittaker made his fortune travelling the seas as a young lad on behalf of Joseph Banks and the Kew Gardens. He was a swift learner and had few scruples so he quickly used his knowledge of botany and commerce to his advantage. When the time was right, he picked a wife, moved to America, set up a partnership for a profitable pharmaceutical company and continued to add pennies to his pockets through his expeditions.
The story moves from Henry’s travels to London to Peru to Philadelphia, then follows Alma’s trek to Tahiti and Amsterdam. There are beautiful descriptions of orchids, mosses and other botanicals. There’s adventure on the high seas, a retracing of human history, Darwin’s theories of evolution, and the push by abolitionists and adventurers to reconsider the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It reminds me of Anna Pavord’s The Tulip, which was a nonfiction look at the cultural baggage this bulb brings with it. The Signature of All Things: A Novel is The Tulip’s fictional counterpart.
Check it out on ElizabethGilbert.com along with the reading group guide and other goodies, including a Signature of All Things cocktail. Yum.
“Is it bestiality if he turns from a dolphin into a human while they’re having sex?” – October 14, 2013
Kobo COO Michael Tamblyn at FutureBook 2013, “Infinite Shades of Grey: The Promise and Peril of Self-Publishing,” on 9 days of hell.
On October 12th, Kobo had a significant catalogue of self-published titles in the UK. Tens of thousands of authors and hundreds of thousands of titles, a thriving part of our UK business. Living the dream, as they say.
On October 14th, we had zero self-published titles available in the UK from zero authors and our 300-year-old retail partner had suspended their web presence.
For more context please read this first:
Or start with the video and transcript here:
Posted by Monique at 07:49 AM.
Francis Bacon once remarked “some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” Today’s StumbleUpon advent find is this article on How to Read a Book, which looks at the four levels of reading Mortimer Adler wrote about:
In short, the goal of reading determines how you read.
Posted by Monique at 07:32 AM.
BookSeer.com helps you find what to read next.
Posted by Monique at 10:32 AM.
My StumbleUpon advent calendar stumbled upon my cold that laid me up in bed for the last few days. Alors, here we go with an archive photo of a travelling library. This photo reminds me of a similar one in Todd Babiak’s Edmonton Public Library Centennial book.
Posted by Monique at 12:34 PM.
Today’s advent discovery on StumbleUpon is more than 100 literary masterpieces bound in the finest electronic leather.
Posted by Monique at 08:35 AM.
Mark Grambau’s poster series celebrates the form, dynamism, and unique aesthetics of superheroes. Each characters is represented with their iconic color palette, silhouette, and catchphrase or slogan.
See more posters here: http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Superherovillain-posters/194362/?_nospa=true
Posted by Monique at 08:02 AM.
How Kindle’s Paperwhite Technology Works
The Kindle Paperwhite uses a unique lighting system to illuminate its electronic ink display. Rather than using a backlight as on LCD-based tablets, the Paperwhite uses a transparent light guide that directs light from four edge-mounted LEDs down toward the surface of the display. See how it all works!
Posted by Monique at 07:56 AM.
Today’s StumbleUpon Advent find is 13 “Top 100 Books” lists combined and condensed into one master list. That’s 623 books in all!
Notables reads for me within in the top 100:
The Catcher in the Rye
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Posted by Monique at 09:00 AM.
Day 2 of my StumbleUpon advent calendar. This one is beautiful!
照片 189 by Ginger Garden
Posted by Monique at 07:59 AM.
The Christmas spirit has captured me this year so each day I’m going to play with StumbleUpon as a little digital advent calendar. Instead of a paper calendar I’m going to push the StumbleUpon button and see what I get. One a day, leading up to Christmas. I’ll post the reveal here for you to also enjoy.
Posted by Monique at 12:46 PM.
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Todd Babiak’s latest novel about a Canadian family accidentally caught up with mobsters in the south of France needs to be read with the lights on and the doors locked!
This is not earnest Canadiana. Babiak has written a spine-tingling, torture-ridden, political drama about the Kruse family who end up hunted by a Corsican crime family hired by a political party with connections throughout the country and in the gendarmerie.
Christopher and Evelyn Kruse bring their 4-year-old daughter Lily to South France in an attempt to rekindle their love. Instead they are driven apart when their daughter is hit and killed by a drunk driver who happens to be their landlord and the poster-boy candidate for the Front National party, Jean-Francois de Musset. The next morning Jean-Francois and his wife are found brutally murdered, Evelyn is on the run, and Christopher discovers Russian goons hired by a Corsican crime family are hunting his wife. He must draw on his security forces training and own investigative skills to find her before they do.
Come Barbarians is a fantastic thriller where South France is as much a character as Christopher himself; dark, mysterious and desperately seeking some form of stasis.
If you like The Wire tv series, you’ll like Come Barbarians.
I think I also enjoyed this novel because we were in South France last year and visited many of the towns mentioned in the book, including Vaison-la-romaine where the book opens.
Come Barbarians by Todd Babiak
Published by HarperCollins