Books

The most memorable book I read

Here\'s A Nice One on \"The Cat In The Hat\".

\"A rainy day, Mom\'s away, two bored, restless children, a knock at the door, the strangest cat ever enters and the fun begins.\"

What some esteemed writers are reading this summer

Bob Cox points out The National Review has Summer Books, 2002, a list of what some esteemed writers are reading this summer.

A journey and a book are perfect companions

Here\'s A Nice One by Alain de Botton on why books are so nice to have along on a long trip.

He says there can be a perverse pleasure in reading against the grain of places where one is travelling; in reading plainly “inappropriate books”.

\"Ever since the invention of the printing press, those who most love books have been prey to a paradoxical thought; that there are far too many books in the world. In secret moments, these book lovers may even look back with nostalgia to that fortunate scroll-and-scribe era when, a little after middle age, educated people with good libraries and not too many pressing engagements could conceivably reach a point when they had read everything.\"

Thanks to Mefi.

Oprah Wannabes

Lee Hadden writes: \"There are a number of \"Oprah Wannabes\" who want to fill the spot left by
Oprah Winfrey\'s Bookclub. The Wall Street Journal has an article about this
trend:

Would You Be a Member
Of These Book Clubs?

It\'s been three months now since Oprah Winfrey announced she was dropping her
book club as a regular feature, plunging the publishing industry into
mourning over the woman who almost single-handedly made 46 books huge sellers.

Since then, no fewer than five wannabes have rushed in to fill the void --
everyone from the staid business anchor Lou Dobbs to Kelly Ripa, the
soap-opera actress who is sidekick to Regis Philbin.


Read more about it at: wsj.com (subscription required) or on page D1-D2
of the June 26, 2002 issue of the WSJ.\"

Apocalypse Sells.

20020623
\"The
Bible and the Apocalypse:
  The biggest book
of the summer is about the end of the world. It\'s also a sign of our troubled
times.\" (1, 2,
3,
4)
-By Nancy Gibbs
-TIME.com

\"...
among the best-selling fiction books of our times—right up there with Tom
Clancy and Stephen King—is a series about the End Times, written by Tim
F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, based on the Book of Revelation. That part
of the Bible has always held its mysteries, but for millions of people
the code was broken in 1995, when LaHaye and Jenkins published Left
Behind: A Novel of the Earth\'s Last Days. People who haven\'t read the
book and its sequels often haven\'t even heard of them, yet their success
provides new evidence that interest in the End Times is no fringe phenomenon.
Only about half of Left Behind readers are Evangelicals, which suggests
there is a broader audience of people who are having this conversation.\"

Another Day, Another Late Book Story

Salon has an AP Story on A book that was checked out of a library in Williamsport, Pa., 60 years ago that has made it back to the library\'s bookshelves.
The library held a contest to find the longest overdue book last week during its 95th anniversary celebration.

Ladies first Pioneering erotica writers club still at it after 26 years

Bob Cox sent over this SFGate Story on The Kensington Ladies\' Erotica Society. They came together in the wild 1970s in Berkeley, when founder Sedgewick was librarian in charge of the erotic literature collection of Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. She met several of the \"ladies\" at a New Year\'s Eve party and suggested that they start a monthly reading group - for erotica. They\'ve since published a few books, and have a new one on the way.

Signed first edition Dracula book could make 10,000

Charles Davis sent over
This ananova.com Story that says first editions of the Lord of the Rings and Bram Stoker\'s
Dracula are expected to make £10,000 at two separate
auctions this month.

The rare first edition of Dracula is signed by Bram Stoker
and will be auctioned by Sotheby\'s next month.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy date from 1954 and 1955 and is
being auctioned at Dominic Winter Book Auctions, in
Swindon, on Thursday.

Americans pick up books -- but are they reading?

CNN has This One that asks, Are Americans reading more, or do they just want you to think they are? They say sales have been flat in recent years, but praise of books both good and great is on the rise, they don\'t say prices have increased though. President Bush is reportedly studying Aristotle.

\"I\'m not sure bookish people make good presidents, but they like to appear that way, I once asked Gerald Ford what books he read and he told me he was too busy. He presented that as being a real man: Real men don\'t read books. But after I published that (in New York magazine) he was seen carrying books around and they started putting out a list of books he was reading.\"

`Farting Dog\' Authors Experience Sweet Smell Of Success

Here\'s A Short Blurb from Wireless Flash News Service that says the No. 1 book with Canadian kids is \"Walter the Farting Dog.\"

Co-author Glenn Murray says the book was turned down by publishers for 10 years because of the edgy subject matter before Berkeley, California-based North Atlantic Books decided to publish it.
They don\'t say where the \"best selling\" numbers come from.

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