Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Gosnell, Diversity Backlash and other Books in the News (April 5 2017)



Stranger than fiction: How forbidden book was smuggled out of N. Korea
'The Accusation' is the first anti-North Korea book written by someone still living inside South Korean activist said Bandi wrote it out of 'love' for North Korea's people

Did the New York Times ignore top-selling book that damns abortionist as serial killer?
It debuted at No. 3 on Amazon’s best seller list, but supporters of the true crime book "Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer" say that the New York Times intentionally kept it off its influential bestseller list

The Mark Steyn Show with Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer on Gosnell

Alt Right Jane: Pride And The Prejudiced
Over at The Chronicle of Higher Education a rather hyper-sensitive blogger seeks to take the Alt Right to task. But not for the usual reasons. You see, this time it has to do with appropriation, no not of internet memes or 80s New Wave bands, instead it focus on a famous English author: Jane Austen. It seems as if The Chronicle blogger has uncovered a nefarious scheme of internet racists who are using Jane Austen to further their “White supremacist” agenda of crafting an “ethnostate”.

How to judge a book by its network
A breakdown of purchasing habits shows where science books fall on the political spectrum.
Mark Twain said an ideal life was good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience. But what if those good friends all read the same good books?


Dave Grohl's Mother Talks New Book on Fellow Rock Moms
Virginia Hanlon Grohl's 'From Cradle to Stage' spotlights the women who raised Miranda Lambert, Rush's Geddy Lee, Beastie Boys' Mike D and more

Too much diversity? Marvel says some comic-book readers are pushing back against its relaunched titles
Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is now a woman. A young Muslim woman has taken up the mantle of Ms. Marvel. A black teenage girl is filling the shoes of white billionaire playboy Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. And Spider-Man is black and Latino.

Marvel exec says readers don’t want “diversity”
"What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales. We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against. That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked."

14 stories about Prince from ex-wife Mayte Garcia's new book
If you’re looking for a book about Prince the musician, this isn’t it: The Most Beautiful — an achingly lovely memoir by Prince’s first wife and longtime muse, Mayte Garcia — is about Prince the man, the friend, the lover, and the husband.

A Graphic Novel based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged
The Ayn Rand Institute reports that Bosch Fawstin and Amy Peikoff are co-authoring a graphic novel based on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The work will be published by New American Library, and is expected to be released in three parts within the next couple of years.


Reading by Numbers
It was only a matter of time before big data came for literature.
Ben Blatt’s new book, “Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve,” slices and dices the texts of classic and contemporary books to generate charts and graphs with titles like: “Use of Exclamation Points per 100,000 Words in Elmore Leonard’s Novels.”

What Islam Can Learn from Jesus
Who is “the Islamic Jesus”? And why could Muslims and Christians both afford to know him and learn from him? These are some of the questions Mustafa Akyol addresses in his book The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims.

Are millennials leading the way in rejecting Gideon Bibles? Los Angeles Times says yes
Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, supplies a Bible and the Book of Mormon in the rooms of every other hotel in the franchise. But the company has recently decided that no religious materials should be offered at two of its newest millennial-oriented hotel brands, Moxy and Edition hotels.

Book returned to New Jersey library 50 years later
The Phillipsburg Free Public Library says its copy of Jules Verne's "Dropped From The Clouds" was left in its book drop on Thursday. It had been checked out on Jan. 5, 1967.

Are Comic Book Movie Origins Overdone?


NZ Salvation Army Removes ‘Offensive’ Classic Books from Store Amid Complaints
A Salvation Army store in Hamilton, New Zealand has removed “offensive” items that were on display in its storefront following complaints by passersby.

YouTube Gets Ad Agencies to Delightfully Cram Classic Books Into Six-Second Videos
Dracula, Hamlet and more promote new ad format

He always judges a book by its binding
“If the book fights you to work with, it’s no fun,” says Paul Parisi, president of Acme Binding in Charlestown, founded in 1821. That makes it the oldest continuously operated book bindery in the world.

New climate skeptic book will set the record straight

Mystery Author Weighs in on eBooks vs. Printed Books Debate
“I prefer eBooks,” said Stevens. “Creating a print version requires more formatting and necessitates complicated measurements to get the width of the cover right.”

‘Communism for Kids,’ the New Book for Revolutionary Youngsters
The book comes amid growing discontent with capitalism among the world's youth.

Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana, to write memoir about their children
Ivana was the president’s first wife and together they have Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric. Her book is going to be released at the beginning of this fall and is going to be entitled “Raising Trump”.

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

New Barnes & Noble in Folsom Serving Alcohol
The Folsom store is one of only three across the nation. Aside from a coffee shop, this store will have the Barnes & Noble Kitchen -- a restaurant with a full bar. Shoppers can also order a glass of wine or a lunch item, and enjoy it anywhere in the store.

What Amazon's physical bookstores say about the future
Amazon's bookstores look ordinary at first glance. But by pulling out a mobile phone with the Amazon app, shoppers can use visual search technology to identify books and objects around them. The search reveals reviews, shipping options and price.

There are no bookstores left in the Bronx. This woman wants to change that.

Financial Times business books of the month: April edition

Joe and Jill Biden get a multi-book deal
Former vice president Joe Biden will write two non-fiction books, while Jill Biden will write one, publisher Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday.

What does your book collection say about you?
You can't judge a book by its cover, as the adage goes, but you may be able to better judge someone by their book collection.

Conservative Bestseller List

New Arrivals in True Crime Books

Amazon's New True Crime Books

17 Of The Most Anticipated Thriller Novels Of 2017

Amazon's New Mystery Books

Free Mystery Books for Kindle

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

Book Recommendations For Horror Movie Fans

Chelsea Clinton unveils new children's book as rumours of future political career persist
Former First Daughter repeats denial that she plans to stand against Donald Trump in 2020

R. L. STINE ANNOUNCES NEW FEAR STREET BOOK HITS APRIL 4TH

Locked up for 16 months: how a British architect discovered Cuba's dark side
In Close But No Cigar, Purvis, a 52-year-old London architect who moved to Cuba in 2000, reveals a rather different side to the Castros’ fiefdom.
His shocking memoir recounts being locked up for more than a year, initially for “spying”, then for “economic crime”, without ever being told the details of the allegations against him. “It’s Alice in Wonderland for sociopathic commies,” he writes.

Is anything real? And if not, whose dream are we in? Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the mystery of consciousness
In his new book From Bacteria to Bach and Back, atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett wonders how human consciousness arose– and what it's for.

Lee Child on Jack Reacher's female fans, Tom Cruise's critics, and why Britain has become a 'nanny state'


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