What are the implications for readers, and writers, of new technology allowing publishers to know which books we’ve finished or not finished, how fast we have read them, and precisely where we snapped shut the cover?
On the way to becoming a school staple and an American icon, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885, lost something in translation: its original wildness and weirdness, and much of its real message, which has more to say to contemporary America than you might expect.
David Baldacci, author of The Escape, was a library rat growing up. 'Libraries are the mainstays of democracy. The first thing dictators do when taking over a country is close all the libraries, because libraries are full of ideas'.
They were France’s chain-smoking philosophers whose relationship turned publicly sour. Indeed, when one of them wrote 'l’enfer, c’est les autres' (hell is other people), it was easy to imagine he was referring to his lauded rival.
A book is an investment, both of time and money. And while everyone — from blogging bibliophiles to The New York Times — is entitled to their opinion, the number of best-of lists out there can make it hard to determine what books to read. We developed a metric to determine the best of the best. Here's what you should read in the new year, if you haven't already.