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: The Best of 2015 Edition
We seem to be in the midst of the holiday season, now, and a Happy Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate the festival of lights. Seattle Tammy and I are getting our house in shape so we can set up a tree this year. Which is something we really haven't done in a while. So we are enjoying so far.
It is also that time of year when the critics give us their "best-of" lists, which always are fun to explore. For instance, the Boston Globe has an exhaustive list here.
The Boston Globe's 'Best Of' List
And of course the New York Times has their selection of the best ten books here.
The New York Times' 'Best Of' List
NPR has its list, complete with dust jacket art, which is pretty cool.
NPR's 'Best Of' List
President Obama has his own opinions. He recently shared with ABC his picks for favorite novel (Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies) as well as his favorite movie and song.
President Obama's 'Best Of' List
All these lists make me realize, I have so many books I need to catch up on.
Tracy Chevalier is probably best known for her novel Girl with a Pearl Earring. She also has had published The Last Runaway and her novel At the Edge of the Orchard will arrive in March of next year. Both of those novels deal with mid-19th century America. So she is well-acquainted with novels from the Civil War and she chose her top five here. I would add Daniel Woodrell's A Woe to Live On, which was filmed by Ang Lee some years back as Ride with the Devil.
Tracy Chevalier's Recommendations
Ethan Hawke is both a versatile actor and novelist. His most recent novel is Rules for a Knight. The New York Times interviewed him here and I must say, he has good taste in literature.
NYT Inverview with Author Ethan Hawke
For graphic novel fans, this one looks like a good one. It is the life of Rosa Luxembourg as visualized by Kate Evans. Here's an excerpt from the Nation Magazine.
Graphic Novel on the Life of Rosa Luxembourg
So what are the best novels ever written by a British author? The BBC sought the opinions of over 80 book critics that live outside Merrie Olde England and came up with this list of the top 25.
25 Greatest British Novels (chosen by non-Brits)
Mark Twain lived to see a great many things that we now take for granted. Electrical lighting. The automobile. The airplane. And the advent of motion pictures. Here he is from 1909, the year before his death, filmed by non less than Thomas Edison.
Mark Twain Filmed by Thomas Edison
Finally, in case you need any convincing, Bustle provides the 11 reasons you should give books as gifts this year. But I doubt you need the convincing. And you probably have your own good reasons.
Why You Should Give Books as Gifts This Holiday Season
Have a wonderful weekend and please let us know what books you're asking Santa for this year.