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The Book Booth: The Best of 2015 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 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.

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The Book Booth: December Is Here 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 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: December is Here Edition

Yes, the leaves have fallen for the most part. In fact at my computer station, usually nicely shaded by Magnolia leaves, is now aglow with sunlight that pierces my eyes on sunny days. Who knew I'd need shades to play on the internets?

And it is holiday shopping season. Christmas music is ubiquitous in all the stores and we can only hope we can make it through the month without hearing Frosty the Snowman over and over again. But it is easy enough to get over the holiday blahs with some good books. Bustle recommended these Christmas stories to help inspire a good Yule.
Yule Stories

Small Business Saturday has come and gone. I hope you were able to visit one or more of your local independent businesses. President Obama did his part, patronizing Upshur Street Books in DC with his daughters and buying an armload of books.
A Literate World Leader: President Obama's Christmas Shopping List

If you've been waiting to do shopping for yourself or others, you might want to consider these titles that Buzzfeed recommends as good December reading. The Gold Eaters by Ronald Wright has piqued my interest. And Isabel Allende is a fine writer.
More Great Books to Read This December

The latest craze has been adult coloring books. There is something meditative and pleasant about coloring. Except if you worry too much about going outside the lines. Or if you are a man who worries about indulging in childish pursuits. Good fortune, though, there are coloring books for men!
Adult Coloring Books (Yes, You Read That Right!)

Well, there is a bit of controversy over the new BBC production of War and Peace. I've read the book, albeit some time ago, and I just don't remember this part.
The BBC Rewrites Tolstoy?

About 99% of all writers, especially those who are young, cannot support themselves by writing alone. Those day jobs are important to keep going. Here is what some writers did for a living before becoming famous. H/T to Lucian for the link.
How Authors Kept Body and Soul Together While Writing Masterpieces

Ancient Rome has long been a source of fascination to me. It was the area of history I concentrated on in college and I enjoy whatever novels or histories that come along. Here NPR has interviewed Cambridge Classics professor, Mary Beard, about her new history SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. And like her, I really loved I, Claudius.
Interview with Cambridge Classics Professor & Author Mary Beard

Hoping that you are enjoying the season! Please let us know what books you are enjoying and what books you plan to give as gifts!

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Africa - Along the Rift Valley 4 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary

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Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a spectacular journey down east Africa's Rift Valley.

From the tiny country of Djibouti, which is the centre of America's military presence in Africa, to the wide open plains of Kenya, the team encounter awe-inspiring landscapes, rich culture and amazing wildlife.

In Ethiopia, even in the green and fertile Rift, people are still going hungry, and in northern Kenya global climate change is driving tribes to war over water and resources. In the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Masai warriors are running a project to protect the country's lions.

The Rift Valley in Africa is described in detail here.

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Overnight: Africa - Along the Rift Valley 3 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary

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Explore - Africa - Along the Rift Valley 3 of 4 - BBC Travel Documentary, recorded 19.02.2011
Simon Reeve leads a team of journalists on a spectacular journey down east Africa's Rift Valley.

From the tiny country of Djibouti, which is the centre of America's military presence in Africa, to the wide open plains of Kenya, the team encounter awe-inspiring landscapes, rich culture and amazing wildlife.

The Rift Valley in Africa is described in detail here.

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