Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Bible, Amazon, Dan Brown & Other Books in the New (June 28 2017)

'The Strange Death Of Europe' Warns Against Impacts Of Immigration
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.

Why making a dictionary in 2017 totally sucks
“A dictionary,” Stamper writes, “is out of date the minute that it’s done.”

The mystery of Jack the Ripper solved: not one killer but two
Both these men were Eastern European emigrants eventually incarcerated in London lunatic asylums. In my new book I name them and explain their strange history and curious relationship. But they were not lone wolves. The murders they perpetrated were part of a deliberate campaign that involved a range of atrocities designed to create terror and undermine the British state in general and the Royal Family in particular.

New Book Claims Twelve Years A Slave is Fake News From 1853
A new book penned by historical researcher Michelle M. Haas says Twelve Years A Slave is actually a literary fraud, written by a serial fraudster.

New book exposes ‘crooked’ back pain industry
Charlatans and snake-oil salesmen preying on the desperation of millions of back pain sufferers have grown into a $132 billion industry in the United States alone, an explosive new book claims.

Best-Selling Books: 06/25/2017

Studying Comics as Literature CAS course explores ways graphic memoirs convey great themes

TSA considers forcing you to take books out of your carry-on luggage
The new security measure has brought up privacy concerns, with the American Civil Liberties Union saying: "There is a long history of special legal protection for the privacy of one's reading habits in the United States."

Is Amazon getting too big?
Of printed books, about 38% of the 800 million sold in 2016 were sold on Amazon. For ebooks it’s about 75% of the 400 million sold. And for audio books it’s close to 95% of the 50 million sold.

Mark Levin book condemning media, progressives, debuts No. 1 on Amazon
Mark Levin's new book, "Rediscovering Americanism," an assault on the media and progressives and a call for Americans to take back their country, debuts today at No. 1 on Amazon.

New Annotated Version of 'Frankenstein' Explores Science, Engineering, Philosophy
The novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is turning 200 years old in 2018.

Trump promotes Fox News host’s book on Twitter

Alabama public school assigns Ann Coulter and other right-wing pundits as required summer reading
Among the assigned books are titles like Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions; It's OK to Leave the Plantation; Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and their Assault on America; The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Churches, Schools and Military; and Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto.

Canada's new human rights code sparks fear of Bible verse ban from Christian school
One of the Bible passages in question was that of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, which said the "sexually immoral" and men who have sexual relations with men, among many others, cannot inherit God's kingdom.

Understanding Trump: what can we learn from Newt Gingrich's new book?
The latest offering from the former House speaker parses the rise of the president, but ultimately says more about author than subject

Nine books by Singaporean banned for extremist content

Conservative Christians Deny That New Southern Baptist Bible Translation Is 'Gender Neutral'
"In the CSB, there are hundreds of verses that fall within the 'gender-neutral' category condemned in Southern Baptists' own resolutions. Together, they provide an illustrative survey of the kinds of quietly progressive changes that have been inserted into this conservative denomination's Bible translation."

‘Scare Pollution’ a Pulitzer Prize-worthy Piece of Investigative Journalism
Most of the American public is unaware the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with the help of the American Lung Association and radical environmental groups, has nearly succeeded in an attempted takeover of absolutely all industry in the United States.

Cents and sensibility: Jane Austen’s world of risk
Two centuries after her death, the writer is re-emerging as a pioneer whose interests lay far beyond cosy village life

New findings suggest it might be better to read toddlers an e-book than a print book
As any parent knows, toddlers are generally keen on screens. So the finding, from a new study in Frontiers in Psychology, that very young children enjoy e-books more than print picture books, may not come as a huge surprise – but these additional findings might: both parents and toddlers behaved differently when reading electronic vs. print picture books. And the toddlers who read the e-books learned more.

5 Best and Most Accurate Bible Translations According to Scholars
Before we get into any deeper analysis, let’s first make some things clear. There are over hundreds of different translations of Bible to English, and each version can be analyzed through two views of how translation should be.

If you haven’t read Hebrew since the rite-of-passage ceremony known as the bar mitzvah, customarily conducted at the age of 13, then a willfully obscure text of ancient Jewish mysticism is probably not the best means to reacquaint yourself with the language of the Old Testament. Yet there I was in a Northern California synagogue, trying to remember my alefs and daleds, less out of the famous guilt of my tribe than a curiosity about that text—the Zohar—and, more specifically, about the man who has done more than any other alive today to unlock its secrets.

Uganda: Burning Bibles Is Dangerous Ignorance
A pastor in Kampala reportedly burnt Bibles in the backyard of his church, because they have the words "Holy Ghost" and lack certain verses.
I have also come across some die-hard followers of his who have tried to convince me that "ghosts" cannot be holy.

What's changed in the new Luther Bible and how the Scorpions contributed
A new edition of Martin Luther's seminal Bible has been released to mark 500 years of the Protestant Reformation. Theologian Christoph Rösel explains how the text shaped the German language and remains relevant today.

Music Legend Frank Zappa's Brother Bob Zappa To Release Second Book 'Frankie & Bobby: The Rest of Our Story'

Even in the 21st century, H.G. Wells still speaks to our fears and dreams
During the first half of his writing career, H.G. Wells (1866-1946) imagined a machine that would travel through time, the fearsome tripods of Martian invaders, a moon rocket powered by Cavorite, the military tank (in the short story “The Land Ironclads”) and other engineering marvels. But, as Jeremy Withers’s “The War of the Wheels” reminds us, the father of science fiction was also fascinated by the bicycle.

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Publisher reveals details about Dan Brown's new book, 'Origin'
The announcement was accompanied by a YouTube video, which Brown linked to from his Twitter and Facebook accounts. The book trailer flashes the names of Madrid, Seville, Barcelona and Bilbao, with an enigmatic message at the end: “Where do we come from? Where are we going?”

Dan Brown reveals information about his new book "Origin"

Harry Potter at 20: Billions in Box Office Revenue, Millions of Books Sold
Twenty years later, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, the first book in the series, is one of the bestselling books of all time. According to Scholastic, more than 400 million copies of Harry Potter titles have been sold worldwide, and they've been translated into 68 languages. In 2016 author J.K. Rowling released the eighth Harry Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which topped the charts as the bestselling book of the year.

Reagan Rising, Carter Falling: a New Book Offers Lessons for Trump from Two Presidents
“For conservatives, it was their Camelot.”  Those words appear as the epigraph to Craig Shirley’s new book, Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980.  This is the fourth book of Reagan biography from Shirley, a longtime conservative political operative and p.r. maven who has reinvented himself, in the last decade, as a popular but also scholarly author.

FBI investigated Ayn Rand’s stalker who called her ‘mother’ and threatened to murder her
Objectivist author and godmother to the Libertarian movement Ayn Rand had a stalker in the late 1960s considered himself the heir of her philosophy and said that he would “legendize” his love for her by murdering her.

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91
Creator of marmalade-loving bear from Peru, whose last story was published in April, has died after a short illness

New book devoted to Canada's Sherlock Holmes
“Blood Sweat and Fear,” is the latest from historian Eve Lazarus. She is devoting an entire book to Vancouver Police Inspector John Vance, who some have dubbed Canada’s answer to Sherlock Holmes.

Paris Poisoners and a Pioneering Female Detective: Your True Crime Books for the Beach

Tracing the Origins of the New York Police Department

The story behind Sherlock Holmes: New book reveals how Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous series began

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