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December 16, 2011

A Year in Reading: Denise Mina 0

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The writing is so crisp and clear that each sentence left me hankering for the next. More than that, and this is rare in biography, the book left me fond of the subject. I once cheered on a bus when Hemingway shot himself on page 998.

December 15, 2011

Most Overrated Books 2

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The Most Overrated Books of 2011 according to NY Daily News, and Steve Jobs is included?

December 15, 2011

Winter Reads: The Little House Books 0

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books bring an icy take on America in winter. To Guardian reader Alison Gibbsme, “as a child, they were full of adventure and excitement; as an adult I am shocked at how full of danger they are.”

December 15, 2011

Steve Jobs Goes Graphic 0

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Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been immortalized in books, documentaries, and TV specials, with rumors that his story might eventually make its way to the big screen. Now you can add graphic novel to that list; on Tuesday PC Magazine noted the release of The Zen of Steve Jobs.

December 15, 2011

A Year in Reading: Alex Shakar 3

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Yan’s style here is maximalistic, headlong, sloppy to be sure, but bursting with life; or rather, lives — human and otherwise.

December 15, 2011

Russell Hoban Dies at 86 0

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Russell Hoban, a prolific author who created Frances, a girl who appeared in the guise of a badger in seven books for children (Bedtime was always my favorite), died on Tuesday in London. He was 86.

December 15, 2011

A Year in Reading: Brad Listi 4

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Early in the year I tried — no kidding — to read everything ever written by and about Sarah Palin. It was like the literary equivalent of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me.

December 15, 2011

Grand Officier Yaşar Bey 0

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On December 17, Turkish author Yaşar Kemal will be decorated as a Grand Officer of the French Légion d’Honneur.  Kemal received the rank of Commander in 1984.  Read his contribution to our Year in Reading series here.  (Via HaberTürk.)

December 15, 2011

A Year in Reading: Hannah Nordhaus 4

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I am on a memoir kick.

December 14, 2011

A Year in Reading: Daniel Orozco 3

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Some of his narrators are deluded, arrogant assholes, but man, do they try (and fail) not to be.