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A Treasure Hunt for Lost Memories

An interesting
NYT article [reg req'd] on recent scholarship concerning Uruguay's Jewish population. From the article: "Uruguay's Jewish population has dwindled from 40,000 after World War II to an unofficial estimate of 15,000 now, primarily because of economic woes in this country of 3.4 million. But it has produced a stream of memoirs, academic treatises, oral histories and novels. The most commercially successful to date, Mauricio Rosencof's autobiographical novel "The Letters That Didn't Come" ("Las Cartas que no Llegaron"), will be released in English translation in the United States in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press."

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Waugh family fury at 'Brideshead' sequel

Charles Davis writes "This story from
The Independent says it is a war, or rather Waugh, of words. One of the 20th century's most popular novels, Evelyn Waugh's
Brideshead Revisited, has been subjected to that controversial literary treatment - the sequel - sparking a
furious feud between a first-time novelist and the Waugh family and trustees.

Michael Johnston, a businessman and writer of radio documentaries, has just published Brideshead Regained,
a follow-up to the story of the doomed aristocratic Catholic family, the Flytes. But in doing so, Mr Johnston has
incurred the wrath of the Waugh estate, which threatened him with legal action over the unauthorised seque"

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20 Books That Changed America

20 Books That Changed America is a teaser from Book Magazine from the complete article "Twenty Books That Changed America" in the July/August issue. The listed selections include Common Sense, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, The Book of Mormon, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Communist Manifesto.

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Book bound with murderer's skin goes on public display

Gary Price spotted a rather gross Little Blurb that says A book bound with a murderer's skin is going on public display for the first time.

John Horwood was hanged on in April 1821 for killing a girl who had spurned his advances.

His body was given to a surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary to be dissected for the benefit of medical students.

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Mr. Sneeze goes to work for Big Pharma

One from The National Post spotted by Bob Cox says Mr. Sneeze, the allergy-ridden protagonist of the Mr. Men children's books, has become an unwitting spokesman for pharmaceutical behemoth GlaxoSmithKline.

The British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which bans the promotion of medicines to children, "is unaware of this book and will investigate urgently," spokesman Steve Ryan said yesterday.

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Bonfire of the Dust Jackets

Should libraries keep dust jackets, or commit them to the flames? Many hardcover
books come wrapped in protective covers that include not just cover art, but also
information about the author and the book (such as the author's biography and
picture with review quotes), and other material not found elsewhere. Some libraries
shelve their books fully intact, but many others (mostly ivory tower types) have
a tradition of disdain for book covers. Read on for a summary of the pros and
cons of hanging on to jackets, and what libraries can do with them.

Illuminating the Renaissance

Bob Cox spotted Illuminating the Renaissance from The Christian Science Monitor on Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe, an exhibition dedicated to books with somewhat shorter publishing runs - specifically, one each, at the Getty Center at the Getty Art Museum in Los Angeles.
The Web Site is quite spiffy!

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To Fox, 'Fair and Balanced' Doesn't Describe Al Franken

The NYTimes Reports, a judge is being asked to decide an important question: who has the right to use the word "fair" and the word "balanced" together, connected by the word "and"?
Lawyers for Fox News Network, part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, News Corporation, contend that Mr. Franken should not be allowed to use those words in the title of his new book due in stores next month, "Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right"

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Dust settles on book market

jen writes "21st century not kind to local stores
Says TheOlympian.com.

War, terrorist attacks and recession make for good drama in the fictional realm, but for real-life book dealers, they've created a predictable outcome -- loss of sales. ...
If patrons want hardcovers, they can buy them much cheaper at Costco, Laclergue said. "The prices at Costco are my wholesale prices.""

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New <i>Miscellany</i> Author Credits Libraries

On NPR's Morning Edition today, UK comic Ben Schott talked to Steve Inskeep about his new 160-page collection of odd factoids, Schott's Original Miscellany. In the interview, Schott credited libraries as the source of most of his information, and the place to go to verify its accuracy. In addition, Inskeep referred a reference question (the correct pronunciation of "miscellany") to the NPR librarians on the air. Let's hear it for Kee Malesky and her gang!

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