I first read Old Glory, by Jonathan Raban, in the early 1980s, as a restless cub reporter in Indiana. Right away, I knew this was the kind of trip I wanted to take.
Old Glory is a travel classic without Himalayan ascents, exotic foods or dangerous encounters in distant lands. Instead, it's a meander through the middle of America, by a bookish man who loiters at shabby taverns in has-been towns.
On NPR: Twin brothers Alex and Brett Harris are on a mission to inspire ambition among their peers. The two political prodigies have released the new book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. Alex and Brett Harris explain their mission to encourage teens to act responsibly, become leaders and change the world.
Book search winding down: "Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever. Born in rural Ethiopia to an illiterate cattle merchant who insisted upon his son's education, Gebregeorgis had seen a few books in school. But it was the experience of having a book of his own that sparked a lifelong commitment.
Today, at 56, Gebregeorgis is establishing libraries and literacy programs to connect Ethiopian children with books.
NPR: A couple of years back, William P. Young wrote a novel as a gift for his kids.
Today, Young's self-published novel ranks sixth on Amazon's list of best-sellers. The Shack has been on USA Today's list of best-selling books for 15 weeks, and it's No. 4 on the Publisher's Weekly list of trade paperback best-sellers.
Opinion piece in the NZ Herald... Tracey Barnett: Thank heavens for the book people who show the way
Book review of: THE AGE OF REAGAN A History, 1974-2008.
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