Friday, February 17, 2017

The Shining, Milo, Trump & other books in the news (Feb 17 2017)

Roots of the problem: the controversial history of Alex Haley's book
Haley’s influential family saga about 18th century slavery is back on TV, but its literary reputation is still tarnished by questions of authenticity

Trump Book Hits New York Times Bestseller List
Despite a major media blackout of a blockbuster new book on the Trump presidency, The New York Times reports that it is debuting at No. 6 on its bestseller list.

Audiobook sales double in five years thanks to downloads and famous faces
Sales of audiobooks have doubled to £10 million since 2011, according to figures from the Publishers Association

Stephen King’s hierarchy of scares remains the best explanation of how horror movies work
The new horror sequel Rings aims for jump-scares, not terror. That’s an important distinction.

Neil Gaiman’s suspenseful and surprising ‘Norse Mythology’

There's Going to Be a Mystery Science Theater 3000 Comic Book

Neil Gaiman picks up Thor’s hammer in 'Norse Mythology'

Why Is Jane Austen So Popular?

7 Fascinating Books That Will Turn You Into a True Crime Junkie

Interview: Phelim McAleer on new book – Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Why did the New York Times Omit ‘Gosnell’ from Best-Seller List?

Book review: Sims investigates the real origins of Sherlock Holmes

MILO’s DANGEROUS Cruises Back To #1 Best Seller Spot On Amazon After Berkeley Riots

Conservative books sell better than liberal books. Why?

Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading?

The dubious art of 'decorating' with books
The beauty of books comes from the fact that the writers come in different shapes, sizes and colors — as well as mind-sets, points of view, background and attitude. 

Sudbury author explores new territory
A new book penned by Sudbury's master of horror has him again delving into the depths of the unknown. But it's a journey atypical of the horror genre.

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

After banning my Book, UCLA explains itself
Two weeks ago, some students and the admin at UCLA Law School tried to ban my book, Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism, from being displayed at a free-speech panel.

What Jane Austen's Mr Darcy would have really looked like
Academics have come up with a historically accurate portrait of Jane Austen's romantic hero - and he was not dark and handsome.

I became a best-selling author on Amazon in five minutes with three dollars

7 Conservative Classics Every American Should Read

Provocateur's free speech memoir gets limited release
"While I am a passionate believer in free speech and would never ban a book, views such as Milo Yiannopoulos should not be allowed to take root in our society."
[My view: If you feel that a book should not be allowed to take root in our society then you are not a "passionate believer in free speech." Free Speech is for the Speech You Hate, Not for the Speech You Like]

Authenticating the oldest book in the Americas
On April 21, 1971, a little-known Maya manuscript — a calendar for calculating the cycles of Venus — went on view at the Grolier Club in Manhattan as part of an exhibition on Maya writing.
“Manuscript Could Change Views on Mayans’ Religion” announced a headline in The New York Times.

Historical, ancient Bible stolen from St. Louis book dealer

PEN World Voices to Focus on Literature in the Age of Trump

New book spurs call for fresh probe of Emmett Till murder

9 Books For True Crime Nuts Who Just Can't Get Enough

The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Stellar nonfiction chosen by the National Book Critics Circle

The best recent crime novels – review roundup

Deaths of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and other rock legends re-imagined in new murder mystery novel

Nine Great Unconventional True Crime Books

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin review – it’s time to get radical
Feminism used to mean a transformed society, a challenge to romance, a new way to live. Now, Crispin argues, it has been rebranded into banality

Scott Greer Talks ‘No Campus For White Men’ On ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ 

The Fascinating Stories Behind Famous True-Crime Books

Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism By Colin Flaherty


The 10 Best True Crime Books

Forty years after its release, Stephen King's novel 'The Shining' still elicits frightening memories

Top Audible books of 2016, from Trevor Noah to Charlotte Brontë

Amazon is finally opening a bookstore in the San Francisco Bay Area

The 5 Least Favourite Books Of The Bible

Todd Starnes Releases New Book: The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again

7 True Crime Books To Read While You Wait For More 'Making a Murderer'

Is This A Sexist Comic Book? Revisiting 'Cherry Poptart' 

Will Free Comic Book Day 2017 Be Smaller Than 2016?

Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than Ebooks and Audiobooks

Now hear this: audiobooks gain in popularity

Did New Paltz’s Mohonk Mountain House inspire The Shining? Thoughts on a local legend

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