The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
The Book Booth: We're Having a Heat Wave Edition
It has finally warmed up here in the Pacific Northwest and I suppose it is about time that we caught up with the rest of the nation. July was the warmest month ever recorded, going back to when records started being kept, in the mid-1880s. Lets hope we can keep cool with a fine, chilling beverage of choice and some good books. Because who wants to do anything when it's too darn hot?
Well, it is summer and many of us are on vacation. Some even have extended vacations...must be nice to be a Congressman. President Obama is taking some time off as well. He's known to be a voracious reader and he has taken along some books to read. Good books as it turns out.
President Obama's Vacation Reading
The President is counting down the days until he leaves office and is succeeded by the winner of the November election, whoever she might be. Over at Poets and Writers, fifty eminent authors, including TC Boyle, Junot Diaz and Rita Dove, have words of advice for the next Commander-in-Chief, many of them wise, indeed.
Words of Advice for the Next Occupant of the Oval Office
From Chef Evan Hanczor comes a description of The Ultimate Literary 10-Course Meal
Colton Whitehead and his novel The Underground Railroad have been receiving a lot of attention of late. I've mentioned it here before and the book is now on the President's shelves. From a short interview Whitehead made with Time magazine, you can get a feel for what the book is about.
Time Magazine Interview with Colton Whitehead
In this heated season of political debate, you may want to read some of the best political books out there. The fine folks at the Politics and Prose bookstore in D.C. made these recommendations as to the best for the Christian Science Monitor. You'll note that of the books listed, only two are set outside the United States. No Communist Manifesto or The Prince.
Poets and Writers Picks of the 11 Best Political Books of All Time
If you are tired of reading about politics and current affairs, and would like something a bit more humorous, you should check out Michael Honig's list of his favorite satirical books at Publishers Weekly. Honig himself is the author a new satire, The Senility of Vladimir P. I'm a bit surprised Jonathan Swift didn't make his list, but to each his own.
Michael Honig's Favorite Satirical Books
We've all heard of some author being described as a writer's writer, someone who is beloved by other novelists and poets but perhaps not by the public at large. DBC Pierre, author of the new book Release the Bats, is one such gentleman. Here he recommends ten books for the Guardian he believes all writers should read. This time, The Prince makes the list.
10 Books All Writers Should Read
In the Lit Crit biz, beginnings and endings get a lot of attention. Middles not so much. Andrew Solomon, while passing out advice to young would-be writers, makes the case for the middles for the New Yorker.
Neglect Middles at Your Peril!
We'll wrap this weeks post up with this treat of an Irving Berlin song as only Ella can swing it.
Ella Sings Irving Berlin
Stay cool, read much and let us know what your are loving.