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.
Welcome to the Labor Day Weekend, and the unofficial end of summer. We hope you have good weather for your cookouts, picnics and lounging while reading a good book. And take a moment to remember the men and women who have worked so hard to make our lives much better.
Labor Day also (usually) marks the beginning of the new school year and a lot of assigned readings. Students who want to take a break from some of the more stodgy prose might want to check out the eclectic recommendations from Emily Temple at Flavorwire of books not likely to be taught in school.
Returning students may also want to refresh their vocabulary lists for the new year. MentalFloss helps out with a list of ten words that seem to confuse and get misused. And you don't want to be one of those students. Confused and misused words.
For those English Lit students, chances are you will be grateful that none of these 18th century novels will get assigned. The Toast.net provides them in alphabetical order. Real Titles of 18th Century Novels
I don't read literature to get advice, but sometimes it is there anyway. Again from Flavorwire, here is a compilation of words to take to heart. Life Advice from Literature
One author I probably wouldn't want advice from is the very odd Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr.Ripley and Strangers on a Train. But her talent as a writer is undeniable. Joan Schenkar at Publishers Weekly lists the top ten of Highsmith's novel. Patricia Highsmith
I am new to emojis but I found this list of opening lines written in it to be a lot of fun. Emoji Opening Lines
A sense of place seems so important to a novelists perspective. Just think of Faulkner. Or Joyce. Novelists Thomas Mallon and Mohsin Hamid discussed the connection recently at the New York Times Book Review. Where Novelists Live and What They Write
Of course it would not hurt to have a writing studio like one of these. Stunning Writing Studios
And speaking of places, there are the totally imagined ones. Middle-Earth is one of the most vividly imagined. So for you Tolkien fans, BuzzFeed created this list of facts about Lord of the Rings that you may not know. Lord of the Rings Places
Finally it seems that some authors marry well and some do not. The Guardian offers a quiz on literary wives. Where William Shakespeare is concerned Ann Hath a way. Literary Wives
We hope you all have a great holiday weekend, filled with good food and even better books. And let us know what those books are!