Archive: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Black and White and Read All Over

For chess enthusiasts (and those who love them), I want to pass along a few good moves ... in terms of what to read. On a recent coast-to-coast flight, I devoured Zugzwang (now out in paperback), the first and only chess thriller I've ever read. It's by the talented Irish...

By Alan Cooperman | November 28, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Five Novels That Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving Night, by Richard Bausch. It's fall, 1999, in a small Virginia town. In his signature sensitive way, Bausch winds together the stories of an enormous cast of characters, some tragic, some comically eccentric. A Patchwork Planet, by Anne Tyler. Several Tyler novels would fit on this list -- she...

By Ron Charles | November 27, 2008; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Best Bad Sex in Fiction

Among the prestigious prizes being doled out this season, don't forget one of a somewhat less dignified nature: the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Last night at a bawdy ceremony at London's In and Out club (I'm not making this up), Rachel Johnson, the sister of London Mayor...

By Ron Charles | November 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Details of the Dead

In the current issue of Book World, Steven Moore reviews Roberto Bolaño's novel 2666, which he called "a fascinating meditation on violence and literature." The source of the violence that permeates the 898-page novel, which Bolaño finished on his death bed in 2003, is the 400-plus "femicides" that remain unsolved...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | November 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who's Going to Read Books in the Future?

It's a national scandal, or should be. After spending $6 billion on a program to help First, Second and Third Graders learn to read, the U.S. Department of Education has concluded that the program isn't effective. As the Washington Post's Maria Glod reported last week, the so-called Reading First program...

By Alan Cooperman | November 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (4)


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