The height of summer calls to us in many ways: fresh fruits and vegetables, grilling, backyard games and fun, lazy weekends, suntan or sunblock lotions, and reading around the pool, at the mountains, on the beach, or simply in a rocking chair on a porch. We have some ideas for you in terms of those books as well, so do check out our new columns this week.
Can eating be considered a sport? It can, says Pete Croatto, if it involves “accomplishment, coupled with the competitive aspect.” Though he liked his current book, Pete feels the reporter’s eye took second place to his exuberance when a straightforward news approach to the high-spirited eating circuit would have been better as he describes in Hard to Swallow.
How accurate does the history have to be in historical novels in order for the novels to work for readers? Gillian Polack, a historian, ponders the reality of history and the reality of novels when they come together and finds that the narrative of the story serves as the important bridge into the story and its world for readers in History: The Past and Fiction.
A passionate interest in individuals’ stories about World War II leads David Mitchell into a different kind of story—where the soldier “seems to go out of his way to portray himself as less than a hero, and to make his readers understand why sometimes that is okay” in Sometimes a Hero is Not Always Heroic.
Why do some family members have a bibliogene while others are immune? This question came to Lauren Roberts when, after a recent family visit, she realized how odd a home without books really is, especially when that home belongs to a sibling who grew up in the same literary atmosphere but apparently missed the Biblio-DNA.