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News from the World of Letters
As the year winds down and the Best of 2013 Book Lists start rolling out, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Below are links to many of the recently released lists for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!
- Amazon: Best Books 2013
- Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best Fiction Books of 2013
- Entertainment Weekly: 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
- Goodreads choice awards
- Kirkus: Best Books of 2013
- Library Journal: Best Books 2013
- National Book Award Winners
- New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013
- NPR’s Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2013’s Great Reads
- O Magazine: The Ten Best Books of 2013
- Publisher’s Weekly: Best Books 2013
- The Slate Book Review: Top Ten of 2013
- Time Magazine Top Ten Fiction Books
- Time Magazine Top Ten Comics and Graphic Novels
- USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading in 2013
- The Washington Post: The Best Books of 2013
David Risher is the head of Worldreader, a nonprofit organization that brings e-books to kids in developing countries through Kindles and cellphones.
Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell say that champion cyclist Lance Armstrong was at the center of “the greatest sports conspiracy ever.” Their book chronicles everything from group blood transfusions on the team bus to extensive efforts to silence and intimidate those who might expose the abuse. Learn more here.
"Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" by Timothy Egan
This is the biography of Edward Curtis, a talented photographer. His obsession was to photograph and document the American Indian before destruction of their ways. Egan writes is a riveting story of how Curtis spent ten years, sacrificed his marriage and family, finances and health to produce a twenty volume work The North American Indian. The photographs at the end of each chapter are a good accompaniment to the text.
"A Light that Never Goes Out: the Enduring Saga of The Smiths" by Tony Fletcher
This is a detailed story of the band The Smiths by a clearly ardent fan that would certainly be of interest to other fans of the band (like myself), but also to anyone following the history of indie music. They are such an English band, and the author details many locations and subtexts that may not be readily apparent to those who are not native Mancunians or familiar with British pop culture and local history. He talks about all of the band’s influences and shows the reader where they fit into musical history. This is a really thick book of 704 pages covering the span of the band’s life, so there’s a lot of detail here, considering they were only together for 6 years.
"Me before You: a novel" by Jojo Moyes
Me before You is the story of Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. “Lou” is a small town British girl, living with her zany family, and a waitress in a small Tea Shoppe. She answers an ad in the paper for a companion to a young man, and is hired for her likability and cheerfulness. Will, who was once a very active man, had an accident and is now a quadriplegic. His depression and sorrow are understood, but his mother would like him to live life in a different way. What follows is a combining of heart and soul, as these two unlikely people share their lives careening toward an unbelievable ending.