Issue of November 7, 2010

As we begin to move toward year’s end readers will often look back over their reading for the year. What was good? What was great? What was bad? What would I name as the best book of the year? Maybe in this week’s issue we might have some recommendations that you can use when you make your own list.

Boxing and American history are intertwined, but a dislike for one doesn’t have to mean missing the other. Pete Croatto discovered a fantastic new biography of Joe Louis, not only a great fighter  but a symbol of changing race relations, an icon, an athlete, and “a staggering, eye-opening reminder of how sports can change lives and, perhaps, the course of history” in The (American) History of a Fighter.

Science fiction and fantasy. Sword and sorcery. Pyr is a publisher issuing some of the most forward and best books in the genre today, and Gillian Polack got three of their best authors to join her for an enlightening roundtable discussion in Talking to Pyr.

Preserving the individual stories of those who fought in the battles of World War II is important, says David G. Mitchell, but any book encompassing them “needs to . . . place them in a broader historical context.” Nevertheless, he notes in Another Band of Brothers, it’s a fine addition to war literature.

Presented with a challenge to name fifteen authors “who have always influenced you and will always stick with you,” Lauren Roberts rapidly came up with a list. Harder was saying why. But the answer to that provided a fantastic journey into the Land of Literary Memories.

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One response to “Issue of November 7, 2010

  1. Loved reading your 15 authors–especially what you had to say about Dorothy Parker. Glad to see Carolyn Keene, although I was a Bobbsey Twins reader. And I’ve never heard of Martha Gellhorn.

    I got tagged in a round of the 15-authors as well but haven’t found the time to even think about it yet. I want to make time though. It’s a nice way to remember your reading life.

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