Monthly Archives: November 2021

Books by LM Montgomery that are not “Anne … the house of green gables”

More than a century after Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 1908 Anne of the Green Gables, popular culture has been invaded by “soul mates”. In the past five years alone, Anne-mania has produced a three-part TV adaptation and a Netflix series called Anne with an E. The latter proved so popular …

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The new white robbery: banning books that reveal uncomfortable truths

The Kansas Reflector hosts opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of broadening the conversation about how public policy affects the daily lives of people across our state. Gretchen Eick is an author, educator and publisher in Wichita. Once again, Texas is throwing its weight like an overgrown and …

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New books from Questlove and Kelefa Sanneh explore 50 years of music history

Chicago Band’s Most Attractive Album of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Roots Drummer Says at Beginning of New Book Music is a story, is Chicago III. It’s not because he had the biggest hits – “25 or 6 to 4” and “Saturday in the Park” are on other albums. That’s because he …

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These 5 books make great holiday gifts, says Bill Gates

If you are considering giving books as holiday gifts to coworkers, clients, friends, or family this year, Bill Gates has a few recommendations for you. Gates, a notoriously voracious reader, says he read many great books in 2021. But those five were especially enjoyable, he writes, and would make great …

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Wilbur Smith: Prolific Thriller Writer Who Has Sold 140 Million Books

Wilbur Smith was a bestselling author whose swashbuckling thrillers set in Africa portrayed the continent as a place of heroes, adventure and romance. Smith, who died aged 88, had written 49 novels, sold some 140 million copies during his lifetime and was fortunate enough to see a number of them …

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8 new books we recommend this week

BOTH / ET: A life in several worlds, by Huma Abedin. (Scribner, $ 30.) Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide talks about the 2016 election and the very public dissolution of her marriage in these memoir. Abedin shows readers what it was like to be in rooms where decisions are made while …

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7 of the best science photography books to put on your coffee table in 2021

Whether you’re a budding wildlife photographer or shopping for a gift for that friend who has everything, these amazingly illustrated books look great on a coffee table or lab bench – and they’re great reads, too. Each has bright, color images that show expertly captured weather phenomena, 3D representations of …

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Houghton Library features children’s books in the opening exhibit

With the extensive collection from children’s books donated by Peter J. Solomon ’60, MBA ’63, the newly renovated Houghton Library could have opened an exhibition of the genre’s “greatest hits”. Among other treasures, the Salomon collection includes the first editions of Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and that of …

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Books open minds; Iowa school books ban shuts them down

A wave of complaints primarily about the sexual content in the books in the Des Moines area public school library caused, for most observers, a few nods, but not much to say about it. ‘other. Districts tend to have good processes for sorting out these things. And “How young is …

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