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Do you have Paris l'amour? Then read these books.

Do you have Paris l'amour? Then read these books. | Read Ye, Read Ye |
All are nonfiction books.

1) The Most Beautiful Walk In the World: A Pedestrian In Paris by John Baxter

2) The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris by David McCullough

3) La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino

4) The Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb

5) Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train by Ina Caro
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Here comes Ann Coulter with 'Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America'

Here comes Ann Coulter with 'Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America' | Read Ye, Read Ye |
I find it funny that the LA Times covered this new Ann Coulter book. I might actually read this book...Ann Coulter has been demonized in the media. She is no more over-the-top than a lot of publicly outspoken politicians. I don't know her that well, but I find her quotes in this article quite rational if you strip them of the outlandish layers.

Ann Coulter quotes on what her new book, Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America, is about.

"When CBS' Jeff Glor asked what inspired her to write the book, Coulter replied, "How difficult it can be to talk to liberals. You're talking about Fannie Mae pushing subprime mortgages on the banks, bigger banks bundling the mortgages, and then the real estate market tanking and blowing up the entire economy -- and suddenly they're babbling about Bush driving a car into a ditch."

Coulter told Sean Hannity: "[W]hat the book is about and the reason it is called "Demonic" is that I've always sort of noticed that liberals behave in a mob-like way. ... For example, creating messiahs, a crowd very quickly goes to extremes, they're simple-minded, they will create messiahs and I have a hilarious chapter because I quote liberals on what they say about FDR, JFK, about Clinton, about Obama, fainting at his speeches, they're pledging their loyalty to him. Same thing with Clinton, go back to him and meanwhile, Ronald Reagan wasn't even the most popular conservative his first year in office."

She told the Atlantic about how she gets her news: "When I first wake up, I don't open my eyes right away so I can read the backs of my eyelids, which say on the right one: 'God is Republican' and the left: 'Christie 2012.' Second, I turn on MSNBC because there's nothing like a good belly laugh to start your day, then Fox News, to make sure Obama hasn't issued an executive order banning it yet. I only go to CNN if MSNBC, Fox, TV Land, WGN, TBS, USA, Bravo, HGTV and BBC America are in commercials. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does, boy, do I appreciate having CNN."

She told CNN: "The Democratic Party was the party of slavery, segregation, the KKK, George Wallace, Orval Faubus and Bull Connor. The Democratic Party only began to care about civil rights when blacks started voting in sufficient numbers -- thanks to Republican voting rights acts -- to matter to the Democrats' electoral prospects. Then, the Democrats latched on to blacks as another mob to be led -- just like women, gays, Hispanics, illegal immigrants, government workers, etc., etc."

She told George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America": "The reason I raise the civil rights movement is because that gave mobs a halo."
avogt202's comment, July 23, 2011 7:17 AM
All the things she says could be said about conservatives. Her hyperbole is so nasty and vicious it does nothing to promote any discourse. Dems are evil, repubs are good. It's idiotic and childish.
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Quote of the Day: on how books are the ultimate dumpees

Quote of the Day: on how books are the ultimate dumpees | Read Ye, Read Ye |
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Books of The Times: Crunch the Numbers; Solve a Famous Murder

Books of The Times: Crunch the Numbers; Solve a Famous Murder | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Ooh, these types of books really intrigue me because I'm drawn to the macabre...what can I say. Apparently, author Bill James usually writes books about the statistical analysis of baseball. But he takes a 180 in this latest book, Popular Crime. Here's an excerpt:

"the book is primarily a history of the murders that have obsessed American newspaper readers since Dec. 22, 1799, when the body of a young Manhattan woman named Elma Sands was found floating in a well at what is now 89 Greene Street. Between vivid accounts of Lizzie Borden, the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac killer, Mr. James offers proposals for penal and judicial reform, theories about the cultural significance of crime stories and brief book reviews."

"Popular crime stories, he writes, are Aristotelian tragedies, “in which a person of substance is reduced to ruin by a flaw in his/her character revealed under the tensions of the stage.” As disturbing, for instance, as the case of the Menendez brothers might be, its fascination derives from the perverse knowledge that we can empathize not only with the victims but also, at some darker depth, the culprits."

"Popular crimes, unlike baseball games, resist quantification. Crimes can be quantified in the aggregate, but popular crimes are exceptional — the no-hitters of criminology. Their fame rests on their peculiarity. They often involve millionaires, celebrities and serial killers; they are also almost always unsolved."
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Nobel-Prize Winner Says Women Writers Are Inferior

Nobel-Prize Winner Says Women Writers Are Inferior | Read Ye, Read Ye |
"Nobel-prize winning author V.S. Naipaul claims that there is no woman writer who could serve as as his literary match. Described by some as “the greatest living writer of English pose,” the Trinidad-born Naipaul sparked controversy in an interview at the Royal Geographic Society this week, saying the work of female writers, even famed and beloved author Jane Austen, is inferior. The 78-year-old said he couldn’t share Austen’s ” sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world.”

Naipaul believes that women writers are “quite different” and says he can read a paragraph and know instantly whether it was written by a woman or not. He added: “And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.”
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The five biggest-selling books of all time: in pictures

The five biggest-selling books of all time: in pictures | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Before you read further, can you guess any of the five biggest-selling books of all time? Have you read any of them?

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
First published 1859
Approximate sales more than 200m

2. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
First published 1954-1955
Approximate sales 150m

3. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
First published 1937
Approximate sales more than 100m

4. Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
Published 1759-1791
Approximate sales more than 100m

5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
First published 1939
Approximate sales 100m
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21 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read via Business Insider

21 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read via Business Insider | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Which business books have inspired you in your career? Not too many, for me, but then again I rarely read business books. Of the 21 books on this list, i have read the following:

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

Has anyone read The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt? It looks good.
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New Books - Nonfiction Books - DailyCandy

New Books - Nonfiction Books - DailyCandy | Read Ye, Read Ye |
I always say that I'm willing to read nonfiction if it reads like fiction since reading, for me, is primarily about entertainment and escape. If I happen to learn something in the process, that's a bonus.

Well, Daily Candy has a list of nonfiction book recommendations, and the books seem compelling! Here's the list:

"1. Sometimes I Feel like a Nut

Jill Kargman identifies with the ’80s advertising jingle for Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars. Her little book of stories regales readers with a wicked and witty take on love, hate, kids, family, and work.

2. River of Darkness

Buddy Levy plunges readers into the death-defying, true-story adventures of 16th-century conquistador Francisco de Orellana’s violent, noble navigation of the mighty Amazon. We heard war drums and predator howls long after we turned the last page.

3. Revolution

We ran away from university with our hippie boyfriend to a house trailer near the ocean. Deb Olin Unferth was a little more ambitious. She and her college sweetie went to Nicaragua in search of jobs with the Sandinistas. Subtitled “The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War,” Revolution is a heartbreaking story of idealism and youthful search for meaning.

4. Winged Obsession

Butterfly smugglers? Who knew? Journalist Jessica Speart chases down the butterfly world’s most elusive criminal, the notorious Yoshi Kojima, in her fantastic new book. It’s a journey with the twists and turns of a taut thriller — like The Orchid Thief, only with wings.

5. Unfamiliar Fishes

Aloha, Sarah Vowell fans. The smarty-pants reporter gives us a history lesson on our 50th state in her new book set in 1898. It’s a whirlwind orgy of imperialism, examining how America annexed Hawaii, Christianized the island heathens, and overthrew the queen.

6. Poser

We love down dog as much as the next girl but typically get bent out of shape over smug, look-how-I’ve-been-transformed yoga books. Claire Dederer’s isn’t like that at all. It’s a truly funny, sharply honest look at her life as a young mother, wife, and writer. Prepare to be surprised.

7. Tiger, Tiger

Margaux Fragoso was only 7 years old when she swam up to a guy in his 50s and asked him to play with her. The mesmerizing memoir of the next fifteen years — spent with the pedophile who became her playmate, father, and lover — had us enraged, horrified, and unable to put it down.

8. American Rose

Author Karen Abbott’s meticulously researched, rollicking biography of vaudeville stripper Gypsy Rose Lee peels away the layers of Lee’s grim childhood spent on the road with her sister and their stage mother from hell. You think wire hangers are bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

9. Little Princes

Shortly before his 30th birthday, Conor Grennan went to Nepal to volunteer at Little Princes Children’s Home. Once there, he found that the kids weren’t orphans but victims of child trafficking. So what does he do? He starts an organization to reunite the little ones with their families.

10. As Always, Julia

It’s been 50 years since the publication of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and we still can’t get our fill of the quirky chef. This collection of 200-plus letters documents the friendship between Child and Avis DeVoto, her guide in the creation of her famous cookbook. We devoured her thoughts on food, politics, and sex."
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Quote of the Day: Jane Austen on idle people

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen on idle people | Read Ye, Read Ye |
"A man who has nothing to do with his own time has no conscience in his intrusion on that of others."
--Jane Austen, British author
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‘Infamous Players,’ a Memoir by Peter Bart

‘Infamous Players,’ a Memoir by Peter Bart | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Maybe it's related to my love of gossip magazines, but I love tell-all books about the entertainment industry.

"Peter Bart’s latest Hollywood book includes a 1976 picture of its author as a bare-chested, longish-haired guy in jeans, taken at a Hawaiian location for the Hemingway adaptation “Islands in the Stream.”...He was a Paramount vice president from 1967 to 1975. And he served as a kind of literary aide to the studio’s larger- and noisier-than-life head of production, Robert Evans."

"Much has been written about the self-immolating Paramount of the 1970s, a time of stupendous glory and equally outsize folly. But Mr. Bart seems usually to have witnessed these goings-on as (to use a title of one of Nora Ephron’s books) the wallflower at the orgy — and at extremely close range."

"Mr. Bart writes about how during that same period, “at age 35, being of sound mind and body,” he managed to (as a Times colleague put it) “go to the dark side.”

The first indication of this book’s spark lies in its account of his timorousness at leaving journalism behind. (He would eventually return as a longtime editor-in-chief of Variety.) The Times’s stellar David Halberstam, encountering Mr. Bart in a Times men’s room in New York, delivers the first of this book’s many borderline-unprintable, very funny lines."

"Hollywood books about the ’70s (most notably Peter Biskind’s) are full of such lore. They’re also full of anecdotes about the same films that Mr. Bart remembers best. So his book can be redundant — but it’s a fast, funny, no-nonsense and graphic account of Paramount’s most dizzyingly high times. He may have been a studio executive, but he started out reporting. He’s a sharp-eyed reporter still."
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7 Must-Read Books on the Future of the Internet

7 Must-Read Books on the Future of the Internet | Read Ye, Read Ye |
1. I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted

2. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

3. Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

4. Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age

5. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!

6. Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?: The Net’s Impact on Our Minds and Future

7. Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

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In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him

In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Wow, Sugar Ray has written a tell-all book about the scandals in his life, including being a victim of sexual abuse as a fifteen year-old.

"The opening segment of a forthcoming autobiography by Sugar Ray Leonard runs counter to the cunning style he used in winning boxing championships in five weight divisions more than a quarter-century ago. It is more like hearing the bell, rushing to the center of the ring and being hit with a straight right hand.
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Sugar Ray Leonard with Ulrich Beyer in a light-welterweight quarterfinal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Leonard won a gold medal, then made his professional debut the next year.
Most fans of Leonard remember him for his sweet smile and lightning-fast hands, as a transcendent and breakout celebrity in a brutal profession. But by Page 36 of “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring,” to be published next month by Viking, Leonard has mentioned his cocaine use, growing up in a home with alcohol abuse and domestic violence, luckily surviving a car wreck with his mother at the wheel, almost drowning in a creek as a child who was unable to swim, and fathering a son at 17.

Two pages later, Leonard delivers the book’s bombshell while indirectly addressing a growing concern in the sports industry at large. He reveals publicly for the first time that he was sexually abused as a young fighter by an unnamed “prominent Olympic boxing coach.”
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Yale Opens Museum and Library Collections Online (Really, Really Open) - via UnBeige

Yale Opens Museum and Library Collections Online (Really, Really Open) - via UnBeige | Read Ye, Read Ye |
I love this news.

"All other universities take note, particularly of the Ivy League variety: Yale is getting it done and making things happen. Last year you might recall, we reported on their School of Architecture getting ultra-serious about their archives, with dean Robert A.M. Stern leading the charge in making sure their current collection is in good shape, actively encouraging alumni and famous architects alike to donate their materials, and generally instilling archival importance over the last decade, after years of unfortunate neglect. Now Yale has announced that they intend to make the entirety their museum and library collections available online. Most impressive, they’re doing this with no license required for access and no limitations on the use of these images and scans. Thus far, more than 250,000 images have been uploaded to their new collection catalog, with more on the way. There are millions of pieces spread across the school (12 million alone at the Peabody Museum of Natural History), so this week’s launch is but a scratch at the surface."

Thus far, these available scans light my fire:

"a Mozart sonata in the composer’s own hand" and "a watercolor by William Blake."

The books. I wanna see the old books.

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Great Books by Morally Questionable Authors

Great Books by Morally Questionable Authors | Read Ye, Read Ye |
This is an interesting article, although I think it's a bit too judgmental and one-sided. First, I had no idea these authors had these shady backgrounds. Second, as this quote from the article conveys, I assume that when I love a book I will love it's creator: "We like to think of our favorite writers as people we would get along with. So much of what attracts us to literature and philosophy is its author’s stated or implied worldview that it’s disturbing to find out that the writers we love have lived morally questionable — or even reprehensible — lives."

Here's the article's list of authors who wrote well-loved book but may not be such good people in reality.

1. Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach and many others. His most popular book is Matilda, which apparently contained misogynist themes. The article also claims Dahl was an anti-Semite and fascist sympathizer. I looked up Dahl on Wikipedia and read other reports about his charitable contributions and his love for family (even if he was a philanderer).

2. V.S. Naipaul has won plenty of awards, including the Nobel Prize. The article recommends the book A House for Mr. Biswas as a good read. But the author apparently admitted in an autobiography that he had a long-term mistress while married to his wife of forty years.Evidently, he was also abusive to his mistress and enjoyed the company of prostitutes.

3. Ezra Pound, the famous and brilliant poet, supported Mussolini and Hitler. He also landed in a US military camp for treason.

4. T.S. Eliot, author of the Waste Land, is said to have been an anti-Semite.

5. Gertrude Stein, the avant-garde writer and poet, is characterized as a self-hating Jew and right-wing Republican.

6. Martin Heidegger, the famous German philosopher, was apparently a big Hitler advocate. The article states that Heidegger turned his back on his Jewish mentor.

7. Charles Dickens, of Tale of Two Cities fame, is said to have been verbally abusive to his wife who bore him ten children. Then he took up with another woman and retained custody of all but one of the children.

8. Zora Neale Hurston, who wrote the famous novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, is said to have been against affirmative action and de-segregation.

9. JD Salinger, author of the memorable Catcher in the Rye, supposedly treated his wife and, in later years, his much-younger girlfriend, like crap.

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London for Bibliophiles: Three Havens for Bookish Travelers

London for Bibliophiles: Three Havens for Bookish Travelers | Read Ye, Read Ye |
One of my favorite activities when I am visiting any new city or country is to visit book shops...especially those that sell used books. That's why I love travel articles, like this one via Jaunted, that recommends cool bookstores to visit.

The article recommends the following book stores in London:

"· Daunt Books, Marylebone

There are several Daunt locations sprinkled throughout London, but the Marylebone outpost—reverently hushed and famously packed with travel books and an abundant selection of fiction—is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, popular store. It is a hallowed space trekked to by hard-core readers who know what they're looking for or, if they're searching for new material, know that they can turn to a member of its well-read staff for a solid recommendation.

· Persephone Books

Specializing in "mainly neglected fiction and non-fiction by women, for women and about women," Persephone is an intimate literary outfit that prints beautifully-designed books and is dedicated to preserving a femme-centric literary history. The store is housed in a building erected in the early 1700s and retains many of the architectural features of the original space. This is where you go gift shopping for the Virginia Woolf in your life.

· Magma Books

Located in the creative hub of Clerkenwell, Magma is a more niche-oriented bookshop aimed toward arty types. Here you'll find design tomes, photo books, magazines not found on your average newsstand and other concept publications well worthy of coffee table display. You'll surely come across many a Ray Bay-spectacled shopper here, some of whom work in the buzzy design district—a tell-tale sign that it's legit."
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Flavorwire » 10 Notorious Literary Spats

Flavorwire » 10 Notorious Literary Spats | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Writers are perhaps among the most difficult, controversial people. That's just my opinion. This is an interesting (and unsurprising) list of literary fights.

10. Colson Whitehead vs. Richard Ford: "In 2002, Whitehead gave us a hilarious and scathing review of [Ford's] A Multitude of Sins in The New York Times...Richard Ford spit on him at a Poets & Writers party."
>> Baochi: Shame on you, Richard Ford. Spitting on a critic is very immature and makes me not want to read you books!

9. Jennifer Egan vs. Jennifer Weiner: "This past April, Egan got into hot water after an interview with Julie Steinberg in the Wall Street Journal where she derides chick lit authors...Weiner, author of Best Friends Forever, tweeted, “Agh. Did Egan really have to pause, mid-victory lap, to call Kinsella, McCafferty ‘derivative and banal?"
>> Baochi: Sorry, peeps, but I have to agree with Egan. Chick lit doesn't do it for me either.

8. Stephen King vs. James Patterson: "King said, “I don’t like him [Patterson], I don’t respect his books because every one is the same.” Patterson later replied, “Recently Stephen King commented that he doesn’t have any respect for me. Doesn’t make too much sense — I’m a good dad, a nice husband — my only crime is I’ve sold millions of books.”
>> Baochi: Don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house, Stephen King!

7. Derek Walcott vs. V.S. Naipaul: "In his book, A Writer’s People, Naipaul wrote that Walcott “went stale,” and “exhausted the first flush of his talent.” Walcott then wrote “The Mongoose,” a poem about Naipaul, which begins: “I have been bitten, I must avoid infection/Or else I’ll be as dead as Naipaul’s fiction.”
>> Baochi: Here's one way of looking at this one: if you're going to fight with other writers, stick to the genre and fight in writing. ;)

6. Mary McCarthy vs. Lillian Hellman: "In 1979, McCarthy made an appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, saying that Hellman was ”tremendously overrated, a bad writer, and a dishonest writer.” For these words, Hellman brought a $2.5 million lawsuit against McCarthy for her slanderous statements, but died before it was brought to trial.
>> Baochi: Sounds like this fight started over a man from their college days. Mere speculation on my part. I bet I'm right.

5. Dale Peck vs. Rick Moody: "In the The New Republic, Peck began his review of The Black Veil: A Memoir With Digressions by stating, “Rick Moody is the worst writer of his generation.” Years later, Moody hit him in the face with a pie, and presumably all was forgiven."
>> Baochi: Better a pie because it's funny than saliva spit!

4. Salman Rushdie vs. John Updike: "When Updike panned Shalimar the Clown in The New Yorker in 2005, Rushdie had had it. Rushdie sardonically replied in The Guardian, “Somewhere in Las Vegas there’s probably a male prostitute called ‘John Updike.’"
>> Baochi: Again, writers tend to be very egotistically frail. I'm not even sure Rushdie's retort is all that witty.

3. The Great Male Novelists vs. Tom Wolfe: "John Irving wrote about A Man in Full: “If I were teaching fucking freshman English, I couldn’t read that and not just carve it up.” Norman Mailer wrote about the Southern author: “There is something silly about a man who wears a white suit all the time, especially in New York.” Wolfe responded by writing a now famous essay on the trio called “My Three Stooges.”
>> Baochi: Well-played, Mr. Wolfe!

2. Norman Mailer vs. Gore Vidal: "In 1971, Mailer and Vidal duked it out on The Dick Cavett Show...Mailer to Vidal: “I’ve had to smell your works from time to time and that has made me an expert in intellectual pollution.” Dick Cavett later asks, “Perhaps you’d like two chairs to contain your giant intellect?”
>> Baochi: Would've loved to be there for this fight!

1. Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa: "These two had an incredibly long-running feud, which even got physical once in a Mexican cinema, but the Colombian and Peruvian novelists were able to patch things up in the end."
>> Baochi: what matters is that they're now friends. Happy ending. Maybe they are even i love secretly.

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Photo of the Day: Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf

Photo of the Day: Marilyn Monroe’s Bookshelf | Read Ye, Read Ye |
What a beauty she was. Not to sound like an asshole, but I wonder if she was a reader...? Does anyone know?
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British Library creates a "national memory' with digital newspaper archive

British Library creates a "national memory' with digital newspaper archive | Read Ye, Read Ye |
""It's an absolute fact. The history of the newspaper publishing industry is the history of failure," says Ed King, the charismatic head of the British Library's newspaper collection. King paints a bleak picture – but he is overseeing the library's ambitious attempt to make millions of pages of yesterday's chip paper available online for the first time. This, he claims, could give "short-lived, ephemeral titles" a second birth.

The library is one year into its plan to digitise 40m news pages from its vast 750m collection, housed in Colindale, north London. This autumn, the library will reinvent its cavernous vaults as a website, where amateur genealogists and eager historians will be able to browse 19th-century newsprint from their home computer."
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Flavorwire » A Literary Tour of the Most Well-Read Cities in America

Flavorwire » A Literary Tour of the Most Well-Read Cities in America | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Amazon released a list of the most well-read cities in America (based on sales). This is Flavorwire's list of the top ten cities and books that take place in that corresponding city.

10. Arlington, VA - The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

9. Seattle, WA - Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

8. Gainesville, FL - The Gospel of Anarchy by Justin Taylor

7. Salt Lake City - Doom: Hell On Earth by Dafydd ab Hugh and Brad Linaweaver

6. Miami - Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel

5. Boulder, CO - Colorado Organic: Cooking Seasonally, Eating Locally by Esri Rose

4. Ann Arbor, MI - Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

3. Berkeley, CA - Love, Stars and All That by Kirin Naraya

2. Alexandria, VA - Hidden Agendas, by Tom Clancy and Steve Pieczenik

1. Cambridge, MA - The Easy Way Out by Stephen McCauley
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Greatest Books Ever Written - Esquire's 75 Books Every Man Should Read via @Esquire

Greatest Books Ever Written - Esquire's 75 Books Every Man Should Read via @Esquire | Read Ye, Read Ye |
This Esquire book list is characterized as "an unranked, incomplete, utterly biased list of the greatest works of American literature ever published" -- that every dude should read. All the books -- with the exception of one -- are written by male writers. The one written by a woman, Flannery O'Connor, is "A Good Man is Hard to Find." It's a little funny...even ironic?

Of the 75 books named, I have only rad many have you read?
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What If Everyone on Twitter Read the Same Book?

What If Everyone on Twitter Read the Same Book? | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Maybe you think the idea of a book club on Twitter is dumb (and maybe the project outlined in this article will indeed #fail) but there's something to this concept. For example, I happened to be talking about books the other day to another Twitter user. We were chatting about our favorite historical fiction writers. One of the ones I mentioned was Karen Essex. And guess what? Karen was "listening" and reached out to thank me. Now we're corresponding via email and she's sending me an advance copy of her newest book!
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Summer’s Beach Books Get a Makeover - new/upcoming books for summer reading

Summer’s Beach Books Get a Makeover - new/upcoming books for summer reading | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Wow, this reading list makes me salivate. I have not read one book from the list; they're all new/upcoming arrivals. Excerpts below.

1. "The Girl With the Sturgeon Tattoo, a nifty parody due late this summer. Its Goth heroine, Lizzy Salamander, spends Wednesdays kickboxing, Thursdays doing Krav Maga and Fridays memorizing pi. Its muckraking journalist hero, Blomberg, has been asked to stop investigating “a vast ring of corruption, prostitution and ethnic cleansing involving the prime minister and the CEOs of Volvo, Saab and H&M” and instead write about Abba’s Christmas reunion concert."

2. "The Hypnotist, Lars Kepler. “The Hypnotist” is a debut novel. It’s the summer’s likeliest new Nordic hit. And the pseudonym Lars Kepler is a homage to both Larsson and the astronomer Johannes Kepler. Exotic-names footnote: Alexandra Ahndoril, who with her husband, Alexander, has written “The Hypnotist” and a second Kepler book, also wrote a novel about the astronomer Tycho Brahe."

3. "Before I Go to Sleep, by another debut author, S. J. Watson. Its heroine, the middle-aged Christine, is the spookiest amnesiac in a season that’s full of them. As the book begins, she wakes up to meet Ben, the man to whom she has been married for decades, and Dr. Nash, who is treating her but for some reason doesn’t want Ben to know. Goosebumps rise as snippets of Christine’s memory come back (she was once a person called Chrissy who was much more fun), and as details Ben mentions about her past start sounding fishy. "

4. "The Gods of Greenwich, a funny, savvy book that can be as absurd as its title. Its craziest character is a nurse-assassin whose only motive is wanting to go to Paris and shop."

5. "What Alice Forgot, a pregnant 29-year-old, Alice Mary Love, goes to the gym, passes out and wakes up to find herself 10 years older. "

6. "Gone With a Handsomer Man, by Michael Lee West, Teeny Templeton — called Possum Head as a child — catches her fiancé with two other women. Since this is a Southern story in the Steel Magnolia vein, Teeny’s first response is to throw peaches at him. Her second, better idea is to remember that peach seeds contain cyanide. "

7. "Exposure, by Therese Fowler, is a new entry in the torn-from-today’s-headlines genre. It’s the story of Amelia and Anthony, two super-nice high school kids whose parents want to keep them apart. Their love is perfect, their use of technology less so."

8. "Faith is also based on a real scandal. Set in 2002, it follows the family of a Boston-area priest who is accused of pedophilia. But Ms. Haigh, a subtle, serious novelist who happens to have a flair for capturing troubled family dynamics, never allows “Faith” to become predictable. "

9. "The American Heiress is also far from fluff. Its author, Daisy Goodwin, has written a Gilded Age period piece (published in England as “My Last Duchess”) about an American girl from a Vanderbilt-like family who snags a British title, sort of the way Consuelo Vanderbilt did. "

10. "La Seduction, a nonfiction account of how important the idea of seduction is to all aspects of French life. She begins by describing what went through her head the first time a president of France kissed her hand. She also writes about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, whose behavior prompted one French comic to suggest that women better wear burqas in his presence."

11. "Beneath a Starlet Sky, an outrageously name-dropping novel set at the Cannes film festival, offers a giddier view of France. But it’s the closest thing to “Bergdorf Blondes” that can be found this summer. And its authors, Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, have that rare gift among today’s few viable chick-lit authors: a sense of humor. Their two main characters are bright and confident, full of wisecracks."

12. "Good Stuff, Jennifer Grant’s memoir about her father, Cary, is more emotional. Abundantly illustrated, it invokes a man who adored his only child and loved creating memorabilia. Sample artifact: Mr. Grant’s hand-drawn alphabet book for Jennifer, with a picture of him on the F page (for “Father”)."

13. "Steven Tyler’s Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: photo illustrating why Mr. Tyler is “the dude that looks like a lady.” Graphic groupie stories plus random exclamations like “Hooo-hoooo!” and “Wa-haaaaaa!” fail to explain why Mr. Tyler keeps getting more popular."

14. "Those Guys Have All the Fun, an oral history of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, have their own battle cries. This treat for sports fans has a cast of characters that is huge and varied. How varied? Keith Olbermann, Rush Limbaugh and President Obama have common ground."

15. "Robopocalypse is a Steven Spielberg movie in the larval stage, an ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots."

16. "The Cut is George Pelecanos’s chance expertly to introduce Spero Lucas, an irresistible 29-year-old Marine turned private investigator, at the start of a hot new series."

17. "And John Grisham’s 13-year-old star of a series supposedly aimed at young readers makes his second appearance in Theodore Boone: The Abduction. It’s another swift Grisham thrillerette about this “kid lawyer.” And you don’t have to be a kid anything to enjoy it."

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Amazon Reveals Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S.

Amazon Reveals Most Well-Read Cities in the U.S. | Read Ye, Read Ye |
1. Cambridge, Massachusetts

2. Alexandria, Virginia

3. Berkeley, California [Me: WTH???? What about STANFORD???]

4. Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Boulder, Colorado

6. Miami, Florida

7. Salt Lake City, Utah

8. Gainesville, Florida

9. Seattle, Washington

10. Arlington, Virginia
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‘The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe,’ by Peter Godwin

‘The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe,’ by Peter Godwin | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Every time I read about human rights violations in other parts of the world, I am reminded of how grateful I am to be in America. I don't know much about Zimbabwe, but this book certainly sounds educational!

"In his chilling new book, “The Fear,” the journalist Peter Godwin gives readers an unsparing account of the horrors that Mr. Mugabe’s regime has inflicted on the people of Zimbabwe. During his three decades in office the country’s economy has tanked: agricultural production has plummeted, unemployment and food shortages have multiplied, inflation has soared, and much of the country’s middle class has fled. AIDS cases have exploded, and medicine and medical help are in increasingly short supply."

"In reporting this book Mr. Godwin traveled back to the country where he grew up, despite the dangers: “not only from Mugabe’s banning of Western journalists, but also because I was once declared an enemy of the state, accused of spying.” He uses his intimate knowledge of Zimbabwe to introduce readers to opposition leaders, church authorities, foreign diplomats and ordinary people who have ended up in hospitals or as refugees — beaten, mutilated, raped and terrorized, their houses burned to the ground."
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Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt by Jon-Jon Goulian is a sad memoir by grandson of famous philosopher

Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt by Jon-Jon Goulian is a sad memoir by grandson of famous philosopher | Read Ye, Read Ye |
Jon-Jon Goulian comes from a family of notable academics. His grandfather was Sidney Hook, a well-known political philosopher. His father is a hematologist, his mother an attorney. One older brother attended Harvard, the other Yale.

Goulian was no underachiever: he attended Columbia undergrad and New York University of Law. But he admits he has done little in the employment area. A self-described "sexually neutered androgyne,” Goulian wears "lip gloss and perfume...halter tops, skirts and sarongs. His eyebrows are plucked, his chest waxed, his ears pierced. Tattoos run up his body..."

The New York Times reviewer doesn't necessarily think this memoir is important or meaningful, but he does assert it's entertaining and strangely intriguing.

"Mr. Goulian writes pretty well about our society’s inability to handle indeterminacy, and about his desire to live in no one’s image. More centrally, perhaps, he loves what women’s clothes do for him. He couldn’t be a lawyer, he writes, because in men’s suits he looked like an ogre: “short, bald, big-nosed, beady-eyed, bowlegged.”
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