Issue of November 13, 2011

It’s cold here this week to my absolute delight. It’s not everyone’s choice, I realize, but I truly do find myself reading more and craving the company of books more when blankets and hot tea are the norm. If you feel the same, check out our issue this week. We have some great reading as well as great reading recommendations for you.

Stricken not long ago with a massive migraine, Lev Raphael chose that time to let his brain relax with a trip back into his favorite childhood books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. “I felt welcomed by the narrative voice which is so very wise and warm—and wry,” he writes of his recent reading journey, There and Back Again.

You’d think Pete Croatto and ESPN would have a lot in common. And they do if the subject is sports. But one particular broadcaster draws attention in a way that fascinated Pete sufficiently that he made a point of picking up the man’s memoir—which in Technical Difficulties he unhappily found a “vanity project disguised as a testimonial.”

A recent review of the new Steve Jobs biography grabbed Carl Rollyson’s attention—but not in a good way. His disagreement lay mainly with the way the reviewer perceived “the truth-value of life writing,” an important theme he believes in and follows in his own biographies and also elucidates in Jobs Jobs Jobs.

“Not all the books we ought to read were published this year or will be published next year,” especially when they involve a book that is “just as interesting now as when it was hot off the press.” For those interested in the “cool history” of medieval travel Gillian Polack has a special book just made for Mind-Travelling.

Former contributor Daniel M. Jaffe returns to BiblioBuffet with a repeat of his profile/interview with Edith Pearlman who has been selected one of twenty finalists for the 2011 National Book Award. We are proud to re-introduce her to you in Edith Pearlman: An Interview.

Sharing good news about the BiblioBuffet family is always a joy, and this week Lauren Roberts talks about the impact that all the writers but in particular Managing Editor Nicki Leone has had on the site that has become BiblioBuffet in Family News.

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