The Book Booth: Summer Reading 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.

I guess we're approaching Summer, though as I make a tour of the web, it seems to be raining around the country. The Harbor mist is here, but the hope is for warmer, if not sunnier weather. Soon.

And on to the wide world of books. Robert Palmer may have been addicted to love, but I think many of you just may be addicted to books. Buzzfeed has the following warning signs of bibliomania.

Ahh, Books do furnish a room, as Anthony Powell once observed in one of his book titles. Via our very own Paddy comes this beautiful room from Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing.

George Bernard Shaw famously observed that youth is wasted on the young. These literary characters would disagree. Flavorwire notes some who are younger than you might think.

In our literary history segment, Publishers Weekly featured this short essay by Ronald Aronson on the lecture that propelled Jean-Paul Sartre to fame and made existentialism something of a household word. Or at least one you could bandy about at a cocktail party.

Do you have a novel, or novels, tucked away in your desk drawer that you would really like to see the light of day? Joyce Carol Oates has some advice for you. Warning! This was written for the Onion and is NSFW contentwise. But it is very funny.

Well, summer will come, if it hasn't already for you and it is time to compile some beach reading lists.

First, TPC friend and contributor David Garber has a new book available on Kindle that looks like a good deal of fun. It's called Hollywood Huckster and it details life in the movie business during those halcyon days of the late 70's and '80's. You can check it out here.

Alison Flood of the Guardian has some recommends here.

Emily Temple at Flavorwire also weighs in on her summer books here.

And the Los Angeles Times has a ton of idea with jacket art here.

Phew! Lots of things to look at! But one more and h/t again to Paddy for finding this. Recently at the Seattle Public Library, two college students put together the world's longest book domino chain and it looked something like this.

Enjoy your weekend and please let us know what is on your nightstand!