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by Suzanne Collins
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Summer reading assignments and reading quizzes and book reports don’t teach our students how to be readers. They teach them that reading is a school-centered activity. That it is a chore. That they aren’t good at it if they can’t remember insignificant plot points. These assignments set students up to cheat, or to fail, and always to regard reading as a drag.
Until recently most people knew Orson Scott Card as the author of Ender’s Game, a beloved modern science fiction classic. Of late, however, Card’s opposition to gay marriage has led to widespread media excoriation and intense scrutiny of his politics. In an effort to nuance current coverage, I chose to ask Card questions about writing and his identity as a writer.
Women who write popular books are given a raw deal out of the critical gates, judged on criteria that similarly popular male authors never face. How much had I unconsciously absorbed that bias?
The ABCs of Amazon: a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what's popular in the world of books.
The incredibly true story of how one would-be novelist self-published his way to greatness.
It was going to be just me, a box of books, and Pico Boulevard. I was kind of scared.
An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.
It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.
Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.
A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!
Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.
I have taken periodic Proust breaks and read novels that don’t require 10,000 hours of uninterrupted attention.
The reward for this pace is a calmness lifting up off the pages, and a careful generous dipping into a deep and beautiful well.