The Book Booth: Tryptophan Edition‏

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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

If your family is like my family, you had too much turkey and the tryptophans have not left your bodies yet. Before you go off to nap, take a gander at the always delightful and amusing Annie Lamott's insights into what she is thankful for.

In case you were worried that Book Award season was finished for the year, never fear. The prestigious Literary Review has announced its shortlist for Worst Sex Scenes in literature. I see Tom Wolfe has made the list again, If I recall correctly, he was already won the award in the past for his I Am Charlotte Simmons. Mr. Wolfe is now in his 80's, so I am guessing he may be the sentimental favorite.

And speaking of Awards, this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Mo Yan, had an excerpt of his new novel "POW!" in the New Yorker. It was followed up with an interview with the book's English translator, Howard Goldblatt and is interesting reading. H/T to our friend George Carroll for pointing us there.

So this Timothy "Four Hour Guy" Ferriss has been bitching on his blog that his new book is "banned' in bookstores. Nothing could be further from the truth. He chose to publish his work through Amazon. It isn't like Amazon published books are available to the trade. Nor is it in our business model to promote Amazon product. This man should take his whining elsewhere. HuffPo has the story.

ABEBooks had an interesting guide, with great dust jacket art as they always do, to the gumshoe tradition in literature. The one thing I noticed, though, is the jacket art for Hammett's Sam Spade. The book they chose was The Dain Curse, which features the Continental Op, and not Sam Spade. Spade appears in The Maltese Falcon and a few short stories. But maybe I'm being picky.

Anna K. is in a theatre or drive-in near you, now. Indiewire has a list of the top ten Russian novels that have been filmed. Number 10 is King Vidor's adaptation of War and Peace, which does have its moments. I watched it again recently, and the thing that struck me was that Henry Fonda was really too old to play Pierre. But, once again, maybe I"m being picky.

Flavorwire had a nice piece on five authors and their favorite bookstores.

Finally, for your shopping convenience, Publishers Weekly features the most expensive Gift Books for the season. Surely, these books will be a fine addition to any home library. Well, I guess, they might fit someone's budget.

How is your weekend going? Tell us what is on your nightstand.

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  • HoquiamDan

    Sounds good, Paul. Stephenson is never at a loss for words.

  • http://twitter.com/whatsamatta_u Paul W

    I'm reading Stephen Ambrose' ("Band of Brothers") "Pegasus Bridge", the little known story about the most important Bridge during the D-Day invasion.  My next book is going to be Neal Stephenson's "The System of the World" (Book 3 - Baroque Cycle).  Oh what fun!  But it's probably going to take me months to read it.