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The Book Booth: Dog Days Edition


From: Telegraph UK
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 here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Dog Days Edition

Yep, it's hot, even here on the sunny coast. I know and sympathize with all of you suffering even hotter weather. Get those fans out, get an iced drink and pull up a chair with a good book. That will help. Reading always helps.

Recently when the American Library Association met, writers were honored for their work and among those who won was Bryan Stevenson, whose book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption received their Carnegie Medal for Non-Fiction. It will be well-worth your time to read his acceptance speech.
Bryan Stevenson Speech

Speaking of awards, the long-list for the Man-Booker Awards were announced this week. Since 2013, anyone writing in English can be nominated, including Americans. And once again, four Americans were nominated, including Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson. Here is the long list for this year.
Man-Booker Long List

I hadn't realized so many movies were being released this year that have book connections. The LA Times found 23 to recommend reading before seeing the movie, including The Revenant, which will feature Leonardo Di Caprio, in what looks to be an interesting book/film.
Movies with Book Connections

I do enjoy Netfix a great deal, but I admit that I've not watched Orange is the New Black, now into a third season. I promise to get around to it soon. Our own Lucian is a fan of the show and found these links which finds all the books referenced in the show. And there are a lot of them!
OITNB Season One Books:
Season Two Books:
OITNB Season Three Books:

For those of you planning a summer trip across America, you might want to consider a literary model for your explorations. Atlas Obscura has conveniently plotted out many of those trip for you here.
Literary Trips through America

And if your plans are to follow Kerouac or Kesey, you may want to bring along one of these books that claim to enhance your consciousness one way or another. From Flavorwire are these recommendations.
Kerouac and Kesey Trips

Writers are often called by their muses in odd ways. Haruki Murakami hadn't thought of writing into he was well into his twenties. He recounts here for the Daily Telegraph how baseball helped into the game.
H.M. The Moment I Knew I Would Be A Novelist

This week we note the passing of true-crime writer Ann Rule at age 83. I didn't know her personally, but Ms. Rule was always a kind soul to SeattleTammy during her years at the Mystery Bookshop. She had her dedicated legion of fans who will miss her.
True Crime Writer Ann Rule

I don't enter the twitterverse very often. But there are some fun hashtag games that occur that make me think I should. Including this one #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter. Some of these are very funny. And good advice.
Literary Twitter Hashtag Games

Keep cool, enjoy the sun and be sure to let us know what great books you are reading! A Happy Weekend to you all.


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck July 26, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #ReducedToThis Fact-Based Guide to Resisting Anti-Choice Propaganda in the Wake of the Attack on Planned Parenthood
  • #EvenThoghItsUnconstitutional Scott Walker signs 20-week abortion ban
  • #IlFaut ‘Stand-To:’ Holding The Line Against Christian Fascism
  • #TurnsOut One of the founders of the shadow organization attacking Planned Parenthood runs Operation Rescue
  • #ContraceptionToo? Mike Huckabee: It’s Not Enough to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, We Must End Abortion
  • #NewBadNews A 2nd doctored undercover video shows a push to get a top doctor to alter how abortions are done—but she mocks the idea of turning a profit on fetal tissue.
  • #YaGottaBeKidding Missouri State Rep Who Sued To Keep His Adult Daughters From Getting Birth Control Wins Key Court Fight
  • #WeSmellARat Watchdog Group: California Should Investigate Anti-Choice Attack Organization for Fraud
  • #KnowlegePlusAccess Publicly funded contraceptive services helped women prevent 2M unplanned pregnancies in ’13
  • #To! How Fetal Tissue Is Used For Medicine- In the battle between science and religious ideology, with so many lives and cures at stake, who’s really pro-life?
  • #WarOnWomen Christie Leads the Fight to Destroy Planned Parenthood
  • #BuckeyeWarOnWomen Under John Kasich’s watch, half of Ohio’s 14 abortion clinics closed their doors Now he’s running for President.
  • #TheCatholicChrister Jeb Bush Visits Crisis Pregnancy Center, Calls for Planned Parenthood Investigation
  • #FastTrackEmOuttaHere Senate Fast-Tracks Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood
  • #NokieDokie Republican Party Chairman Chairman Tells State To Ignore Roe v. Wade


  • #ThanksToYourTaxDollars “Federal aid to Liberty’s students has grown so high that it now exceeds the revenue collected by the university.”
  • #OpenMouthInsertStupid Texas Eagle Forum Worries International Baccalaureate Program Is Turning Students into Leftists
  • #SisBoomJesus Americans United, allies say TX cheerleaders don’t have the right to display sectarian signs at games

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #Your country on hate: KKK Applauds SC Black Church Killings, Saying the Bible Commanded It – We Need “10,000 more men like [Dylann Roof]”
  • #SowStoopid Erick Erickson Compares Pregnant Women To “Female Animals,” Calls On Companies To Stop Donating To Planned Parenthood
  • #BattyFears Theodore Shoebat says that all gays must be put to death before they turn the Boy Scouts into a Nazi-like gay army

Fifty Shades Of Propaganda, Lies And Other Some Such

  • #PukinsPukin Tony Perkins: Planned Parenthood opposes 20-week abortion bans because the “parts” are pricier
  • #ExceptSheDoesnt Walker Makes It Clear That His Wife Supports His Views On Gay Marriage
  • #PedophilesWanted David Barton claims that gay marriage will now force churches to hire pedophiles to run their day care centers
  • #OrNot Pat Robertson: Sex with Animals and Children to Become Legal Because of Gays
  • #WorseThanTrump? Huckabee Says Obama “Leading Jews to Ovens”
  • #BilliousBroadcast Steve Deace Hosts Abortion Clinic Stalker To Hype Deceptively Edited Planned Parenthood Video

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #OneSmallStepForMankind Obama tells Congress to take note after UN okays Iran deal
  • #ScrewUsAll John Hagee’s goal: “To launch a war that will end all war since it will bring an end to human history.”
  • #SittingInNoTree Hagee & the GOP, Making fools of you & me. First comes hate,then comes war, then the planet is no more.
  • #ConflationThyNameIsGOP The Relationship Between Planned Parenthood and Redefining Marriage
  • #HaulingOutTheTropes Naturally, John Hagee reacts to the Planned Parenthood videos by likening the organization to Hitler and Mengele
  • #OnTheSeventhDayFoxSaidLetThereBePestilence Fox News Pundit Calls On God To Cast Biblical Plagues Upon Liberals And Obama
  • #DiasporaSchpilkes World Jewry ever more uneasy with Israel, major study finds
  • #Dermertitus “Logic turned on its head. Ron Dermer to Congress: Kill Iran Deal and US will still stop Iran nuclear program. Huh?”


If Media’s The Message

  • #WileyMoron Rick Wiles: Gays are “neo-Nazis” running the U.S., Muslim-Americans just itching to kill millions
  • #DesparatelyDuggar The Duggars Believe God Wants Them Back On The Teevee
  • #UmNoRight-wing outlet WorldNetDaily warns its readers that Seattle has fallen to Sharia law
  • #MoreDesparatelyDuggar Duggars’ desperation reaches new heights after show is canceled
  • #SavagelyEvil Michael Savage says Islamists have taken over the government and now Civil War is “the only thing that could save us”


  • #DamageTheChildren GOP’s Open Season on Gay Kids Now that same-sex marriage is a right nationwide, Republicans have turned their gaze to LGBT youth.
  • #TheHeartisALonelyHunter Nigeria: Police round up 12 teenage suspects over ‘lesbian cult’
  • #AfricanJesus Pat Robertson tells Obama to listen to “his fellow Africans” and criminalize homosexuality before it destroys America
  • #HateThatGayWashItAway GOP Gov. Candidate Offers Bizarre Explanation for Why He’s No Longer Gay


Politics Nation

  • #BirtherBarf Scott Walker: “I don’t know” about homosexuality, evolution, Obama’s faith and love of America
  • #WomenAreLesserBeings “You don’t believe the final decision should be between a woman and her doctor?” Scott Walker: “No.”
  • #EliminateBenFromPolitics Ben Carson pushes debunked far-right claim that Planned Parenthood wants to “eliminate black people”
  • #EvilIncarnates Mike Huckabee & Ben Carson to address summit organized by radical group backing Russia’s anti-LGBT crackdown
  • #ShrinkingTent GOP turns up the volume on anti-gay rhetoric
  • #PureFroth Rick Santorum: Planned Parenthood’s a racist, segregationist group trying “to deconstruct humanity”
  • #GunningForArmageddon Cruz: Iran Deal Likely To Force Next President To Take “Direct Military Action”
  • #VituperativeFroth Rick Santorum: Legal abortion is “genocide,” Planned Parenthood a “cancer”
  • #LyingFroth Rick Santorum bizarrely claims that books featuring straight parents are banned from Mass schools
  • #InquiringMindsWantToKnow Is GOP Leadership Coordinating Harassment of Planned Parenthood With Anti-Choice Radicals?
  • #TheDonaldFlunksDogWhistling Trump’s religious talk causes unease among social conservatives
  • #StealthEvangelical GOP Presidential Hopeful John Kasich Has Overseen Closure of Half of Ohio’s Abortion Clinics
  • #AnythingForAPander GOP presidential candidates to appear with a disgraced conspiracy theorist who thinks John Brennan is a Saudi spy
  • #RememberWhen Flash back to when Perry ran to NYC to kiss Donald’s ring in 2011, like other Republicans
  • #SendHimToJail Rick Perry: “Defund #PlannedParenthood nationwide just like we did in Texas!”
  • #FrothyHeadship Rick Santorum: Scott Walker’s Wife Isn’t Subservient Enough Because She Supports Same-Sex Marriage
  • #SuckupToShelly Who’s Ahead In The ‘Sheldon Adelson Primary?
  • #WhyIndeed Why Evangelicals Like Trump
  • #MoreStealthEvangelical New to Republican race, John Kasich espouses wisdom of Torah
  • #PrinciplesOfPuke Donald Trump The ‘Moral, Principled’ Leader for Christian Nation Extremist David Lane?
  • #AntiHuman Ohio Journalists On The Real John Kasich: Anti-Union, Anti-Choice, Anti-Marriage Equality
  • #RememberThis Watch The Brutal Romney Ad Against Mike Huckabee That Never Aired
  • #HuckHurls Huckajesus asserts that President Obama ‘will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven”

Religion Gone Mad Gone Bad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #GohmertsPile Gohmert says it’ll be God who deserves all the “glory and praise” if they can manage to stop the Iran deal
  • #FatLadyAintSung Indiana-Style Bill Promoting Anti-Gay Discrimination Gains Steam In Congress
  • #PanderPanderSigh Jebya says he asks God for forgiveness ‘regularly’
  • #ABCsOfDiscrimination Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant Gains Steam
  • #WillSayAnything GOP senator wonders if Obama delayed Chattanooga flag-lowering as distraction from Iran deal


  • #PssstShhhhh Ex-Believers Accuse Jehovah’s Witness Leadership Of Covering Up Sexual Abuse
  • #CulticAbuse Woman who jumped to her death was ex-Hasidic Jew who wanted to help others to leave the sect
  • #OkWhatever Insane pastor feeds worshippers live snakes to test their faith
  • #JeezusHatesGays Vandals spray paint church that has gay pastor with marriage plans
  • #TheDevilMadeHimDoIt Jehovah’s Witness poisoner asks to be spared jailed for putting weed killer into milk of fellow worshipper
  • #TakingTheHeat Israeli Jewish brothers jailed for Jewish-Muslim school arson
  • #MaNishTaNah Rabbi gets nine years for sex offenses against four minors
  • #Oopsey ‘Faith healer’ loses appeal on sex convictions
  • #SchadenfreudeAlert Rick Perry Loses As Court Rules That He Must Face Felony Abuse Of Power Charge
  • #PredatorsForHuckabee The Duggars Incident Isn’t The First Time Mike Huckabee Has Sided With a Sexual Predator

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #KeepinItHateful Ark. municipalities say they’re keeping anti-discrimination ordinances despite a law intended to nullify them
  • #GetYourWorryOn Federal Appeals Court Begs Supreme Court To Overrule Roe v. Wade
  • #OfCourseTexas Texas Supreme Court says city must repeal HERO or put it on ballot

Theocracy Rising

  • #DiminishingReturns According to the Christian Right, only the Bible and God can determine how our economic system is run.
  • #StealthEvangelicalII So called moderate John Kasich: “We Shouldn’t Try To Fix Climate Change Because That’s The Creator’s Wish”
  • #BigFatDogWhistle Kasich Quotes Jesus, Reagan “The light of a city on a hill cannot be hidden. America is that city and you are that light.”
  • #ComingToAStateNearYou Terrifying Law Turns Michigan Into A Theocracy
  • #ItAllFallsApart When you open the door to compromise in Genesis, it doesn’t take long for other doctrines to fall
  • #CrusadesAnyone? Air Force leaders hammer helpless subordinates with Evangelical “Gospel Explosion.”


  • Stephen Hawking Just Launched A $100m Hunt That Will Enrage The Christian Right
  • Two Christian Colleges to Allow Same-Sex Married Faculty
  • Texas Concedes Case Over Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
  • The Incredible Story Behind Bea Arthur’s Plan to Help LGBT Homeless Youth After Her Passing
  • Watch Mike Huckabee get mocked for his unbiblical shaving habits
  • White House honors 12 faith leaders as climate-change ‘champions’
  • A federal appeals court panel says Washington state can force pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.
  • UN Security Council unanimously approves Iran deal



Lauren Mayer: "Source of Woes Apprentice''



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

From YouTube

The GOP created Trump's cartoonish campaign and now it's a (highly entertaining) nightmare they can't control . . . .


The Book Booth: Lazy Crazy Hazy Days of Summer Edition


From: BostonHerald/Associated Press

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 here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer Edition

The days are sunshiny, bright and warm, but not too hot, here in my little town. There's a gentle breeze outside the window, brushing the magnolia leaves against the window. Damn, I gotta get out there and prune that thing!

It's been a great summer for reading. There is nothing like sitting back with a cool drink and leafing the pages of a book while lounging in a comfortable setting. And the folks at the LiteracySite remind us why we both enjoy and need that time.
Why We Enjoy Reading

With the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, the New Republic wondered what other works by famous authors have gone unpublished while sitting in some desk drawer. To me, it seems that some of these works probably deserve the obscurity that the authors wanted for these tomes. Others look interesting.
Unpublished Works by Famous Authors

For myself, I remain wary of reading Watchman. For all the reasons Maureen Corrigan explains over at NPR. Some things I just don't want to know about Atticus. H/T to Lucian for sending me this link.
Should You Read Watchman?

With the recent controversy over the Confederate flag andthe arguments over "heritage" to conceal racism, I have been thinking about the American Civil War, now 150 years finished. So I am excited to learn of this new graphic novel, Battle Lines, a collaboration between historian Ari Kelman and graphic artist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. I've placed a hold on it at the library, and I'll let you know if it is good.
A Graphic Novel About the Civil War

Some good news from the war on censorship. A federal judge has blocked an Arizona law that banned nude photos in books, papers and other media. The law's original intent was to stop "revenge" porn, but it really extended basically to anything "nude". The American Booksellers Association has the full story here.
Arizona Censorship Law Struck Down

Part of my development as a young reader was the adventures of Frank and Joe Hardy (as well as Tom Swift and the Tarzan series), something for which I readily admit. No, I didn't read classics at age 10. But I may never have read literature at all without the Hardy Boys. Here MentalFloss explores some facts many people don't know about those intrepid young sleuths.
Who Were The Hardy Boys?

By my teens, I was reading the American masters of modernism, though, including Steinbeck, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But I never did get around to Hemingway's Green Hills of Africa (or Death in the Afternoon). The book is being reissued with some additional material from his family and it looks to be a more interesting work.
Green Hills of Africa Reissued (with additional material)

Earlier in the Spring, I discussed the Hugo Award Kerfuffle. (You can see that post here: Hugo Award Controversy.

Voting for the Hugo Awards is still going on and Game of Thrones author George RR Martin is encouraging folks to vote, no matter what. More On The HA Controversy

Author E.L. Doctorow passed away this week at age 84. My favorite two novels of his were Book of Daniel, a novel about the children of two executed cold war spies, and the brilliant Ragtime. If you've never read him, go check some of his work out. Doctorow

Somehow the folks at Buzzfeed snuck into my house and found that every available surface space is covered by books. At least they didn't get a shot of the mountain of books that are on SeattleTammy's bed table that looks to be a catastrophe in the making.
Secret Lives of Booklovers Revealed.

To all of you, a splendid summer weekend, filled with books and reading. We'll see you next week and please do let us know what books you are enjoying