Magazine books – NY Is Book Country Sun, 05 Dec 2021 10:06:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Magazine books – NY Is Book Country 32 32 First collection of poems by Amanda Gorman, biography of Vivian Maier Sat, 04 Dec 2021 11:00:56 +0000

Looking for something good to read? USA TODAY Barbara vandenburgh Explore the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books go on sale Tuesday.

1. “Call us what we are transporting”, by Amanda Gorman (Viking, poetry)

What is it about : Gorman has proven to be an energizing new voice in American poetry with his touching poem, “The Hill We Climb,” memorable delivered during this year’s presidential inauguration. Her breakout collection includes this poem and others that convey a message of hope and healing.

The buzzing: There aren’t any first reviews yet, but last month 23-year-old Gorman was the winner of the Variety Power of Women event, where she was celebrated by Angelina Jolie. “If we ever needed words that can lead us and bring people to the streets, now is,” Jolie said.

“Call us what we carry,” by Amanda Gorman.

2. “The beasts of a small country”, by Juhea Kim (Ecco, fiction)

What is it about : A young girl named Jade is sold by her family to the Miss Silver Courtesan School and befriends an orphan boy, JungHo. As the Friends come of age, they are drawn into Korea’s revolutionary struggle for independence in this epic historical tale.

The buzzing: “Magnificent prose and unforgettable characters combine to make a literary masterpiece,” states a star reviewer from Kirkus Reviews.

3. “State of the sea”, by Tabitha Lasley (Ecco, documentary)

What is it about : Former journalist Lasley quit his job, moved from London to Aberdeen, Scotland, and delved into his idea for a book about oil rigs and the men who work there – to see how men behaved without women. The more she was there, the more her presence unsettled men – and her.

The buzzing: “A raw, daring, and blunt memoir,” says a star-rated Kirkus Reviews review.

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4. “Brilliant Burning Things”, by Lisa Harding (HarperVia, fiction)

What is it about : The life of former theater actress Sonya is turned upside down by alcoholism. But she still has something to live: her son Tommy, 4 years old. Can Sonya stop drinking to avoid losing Tommy forever?

The buzzing: “This unfailing portrayal of a troubled and tender soul takes readers deep into the human heart,” says a star-studded review from Publishers Weekly.

5. “Developed by Vivian Maier: the untold story of the nanny photographer”, by Ann Marks (Atria, documentary)

What is it about : A definitive biography of Maier, a nanny who was secretly a masterful photographer and only rose to fame when her work was discovered after her death, which portrays a woman who lived life as she understood it on its own terms.

The buzzing: “A well-researched and incisive biography of an artist who should be better known,” states a star review from Kirkus Reviews.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Amanda Gorman Poetry Book, Bio Vivian Maier: 5 Must-See Books

Publishers Newswire Announces Annual List of Favorite Books for December 2021 – 11 Great Reads You’ve Never Seen | national Fri, 03 Dec 2021 20:40:35 +0000

TEMECULA, Calif., December 3, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – Publishers Newswire, a news publisher covering books, music and software launched in 2004, has announced its annual list of “books to bookmark” of 11 new and read reads. interesting stories from small publishers and self-published authors across the United States. These books are often overlooked because they do not come from the big traditional publishing houses.

“The past 18 months have been a whirlwind of new books published by small publishers and authors embracing self-publishing,” says Christopher Laird Simmons, editor and publisher of PNW, who works globally. publishing since the late 1970s. and is also CEO of the website’s parent company, NEOTROPE®. “It appears that the unfortunate pandemic has given many people the time and momentum to ‘finish this novel’, or write a revealing memoir and then release it to the world. This year’s list is really diverse.

Here are 11 interesting reads worth checking out (alphabetical order, based on the title of the book):

* “Adventure Zone” by Allison Klimowicz and Veronica Stanley-Hooper (ISBN: 979-8524737199; independently published) is written for parents and children ages 6 to 12, explaining pediatric therapies in a fun and informative way. This colorfully illustrated book is designed in several parts and can be read as a story on its own or as a story and resource with definitions that explain terms parents and children may encounter when entering a pediatric therapy office. .

* “Drunk Talk” by Mike Davis and TL Banks (ISBN: 979-8675709625; Club Lighthouse Publishing) is “an emotional roller coaster ride with a touch of humor”. Included are 48 short discussions on different aspects of life with a touch of humor, your drunken fortune, and unique quotes to keep you focused. Those who think they have heard it all, better think again.

* “Beyond the Wheat Field – The Life-After-Life of Steve Jobs” by Katherine Talley and Joy Lawrance (ISBN: 978-1982268169; Inspire Publications LLC) is an offbeat but deeply spiritual and beautifully illustrated book, a “compilation of the ‘beyond communications with a tech icon recounting the spiritual dialogues Talley has had with Jobs since his death. The book offers a different perspective, regardless of spiritual beliefs, on the life of Apple co-founder Jobs.

* “Felina’s Spell – The Delta Tango Trilogy Book Two” by Christopher LaGrone (ISBN: 978-1631955457; Morgan James Publishing) tells how Layne Sheppard, a future border patrol officer, met the girl of his dreams, but will meet he his demise in the field training glove awaiting him? Author LaGrone draws on his own experiences as a rookie, field intern, and border agent to create a border saga unlike any previously published immigration novel.

* “How to Dress a Naked Portfolio: A Tailored Introduction to Investing for Women” by Beverly Bowers (ISBN: 978-0578312705; Sister Courage Publishing) is a guide that “helps women learn more about how to take charge their investments. “The book asks the reader to answer eight questions, then based on those answers, the reader goes through a step-by-step process that designs a personalized investment portfolio just for her. To make it a bit more engaging and fun, Bowers likened planning an investment portfolio to building an outfit.

* “In for Life” by Elaine Alice Murphy (ISBN: 978-0578965659; Satuit Press) is a memoir on Murphy’s two-decade exploration of the wrongful murder conviction of his classmate and friend of his son, Sean K. Ellis. The high-profile Boston case gained international attention when it became the subject of Netflix’s eight-part “Trial 4” docuseries. Murphy, working with Ellis’ family and lawyers to secure a new trial, uncovered previously undisclosed evidence of police corruption that the courts called a “game changer” and led to his release after spending nearly 22 years behind bars.

* “Real Outreach: A Practical Guide to Retaining and Graduating College Students” by Dr Ezella McPherson (ISBN: 978-1737273103; Dr McPherson Coaching) describes success with at-risk students. She retained 82% to 100% of at-risk freshmen during her tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Wayne State University, and Indiana University. The book will be of interest to high school and college students – and their families – so they can learn about some of the challenges they face while pursuing a college degree.

* “Sophia’s Return: Uncovering My Mother’s Past” by Sophia Kouidou-Giles (ISBN: 978-1647421717; She Writes Press), follows the journey of a girl to “understand why her mother left the family home while the author was a seven-year-old child, with no goodbye or explanation. Determined to uncover the true story, Kouidou-Giles returns to Greece and interviews her family members; all of whom are sympathetic but reluctant to divulge any information. Finally, she hires a lawyer to search for documents and discovers a story she did not know existed.

* “Tales From the Liminal” by SK Kruse (ISBN 978-1944521158, Éditions Deuxmers) presents a series of 15 short stories. Kruse, former screenwriter of The Onion and mother of 11 children, offers fantastic tales including: following Schrödinger’s cat in the zero dimension, grooving towards Barry Manilow with Bigfoot on a beach, traveling with an apocalypse troubadour in Belleville , or drinking with a woman who saw Gertrude Stein in the mist on her window.

* “True Joy for the Retired, A Holistic Approach to Spreading the Love to Our Forgotten Elderly” by Paulina Kay (ISBN: 978-1773710075; Black Card Books) shows young and old how to overcome “the deeply rooted disconnection between generations ; the often heartbreaking loneliness and hopelessness of the elderly; and the fear of aging. While taking time for her family, Kay went through some very difficult times that propelled her into a transformation of internal growth that saw her rediscover her love for the elderly.

* “Uncommon Threads: Weaving a Life Through Family, Business and Faith” by John Wieland (ISBN: 978-1951407711; Legacy Launch Pad Publishing) is a dissertation linking family, business and faith. “is equally self-deprecating and informative.” Wieland is the CEO of MH Equipment, a material handling company. In Weiland’s 27 years as CEO, MH has grown from a small, virtually bankrupt company with three branches and 50 employees to a thriving business with over 900 employees and over 30 branches.


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Neotrope has been in the publishing business since the late 1970s when teenage founder Christopher Simmons published the first “The Comic Collectors Comic Checklist” sold at San Diego Comic-Con. The company went on to publish “The Galaxy of Fandom”, a unique entertainment magazine, and later “The Adama Journal”, a fanzine for “Battlestar Galactica”. In 1982, “The Unicorn Hunters Guidebook” was featured in Playboy magazine. In 1987, a fanzine for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” called “Galaxy Class” was launched. In 2008, the company published “FRACTOPIA,” a coffee table art book by Simmons (ISBN: 978-0971055506; Neotrope Press).

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5 Best Menopause Books: From Liz Earle to Andrea McLean Thu, 02 Dec 2021 16:02:34 +0000

Grace Lindsay

Finally, the conversation around menopause begins to open. Not only is this the reason 900,000 women have left their jobs for lack of support, but many also feel that there is not enough information available to them.

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Therefore, we’ve rounded up the best books you can invest in this year to educate and guide you through menopause, and help those around you understand what you might be going through. From Liz Earle The guide to good menopause To Andrea McLean‘s Confessions of a postmenopausal woman, check out our top picks below …

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The Guide to Good Menopause, Liz Earle


The Guide to Good Menopause, £ 20.50, WHSmith


Liz Earle, MBE and skincare guru, is one of the world’s most respected wellness experts. Her book tells you everything from how to balance your hormones, the importance of diet, HRT myths, how to increase energy and more. It also guides you on how to take care of your skin, hair and nails.

Confessions of a postmenopausal woman, Andrea McLean


Confessions of a Postmenopausal Woman, £ 7.79, Amazon


Andrea McLean decided to write a candid account of her experience, a book she had wished for when she found herself in uncharted territory. In her autobiography, she offers a wide range of tips and tricks, while bringing her sense of humor and honesty.

Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too, Amanda Thebe


Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too, £ 11.35, Amazon


In Amanda Thebe’s personal account of her menopause experience, the fitness trainer explains how she lost weight, coped with depression, improved sleep, and overhauled her diet to thrive during the tough times. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of menopause, but you may also find that you have a newfound self-confidence to talk about your own journey.

Crack menopause, Mariella Fostrup and Alice Smellie


Break Menopause, £ 16, WHSmith


Outspoken broadcaster Mariella Fostrup and award-winning health journalist Alice Smellie have created an informative book that always manages to make you laugh along the way. Designed to help you manage your symptoms, the book separates myth from reality and offers expertise, hope and advice. It also presents case studies of women from all walks of life and from all stages of their journey.

The Menopause Solution, Mayo Clinic


The Menopause Solution, £ 15.29, Amazon


Sometimes a doctor’s advice is all you need. The Mayo Clinic book provides a doctor’s guide to relieving hot flashes, enjoying better sex, sleeping well, controlling your weight, and being happy. Drawing on the latest information, leading expert in women’s health, Dr. Stéphanie Faubion, covers everything from common questions to lifestyle changes and treatment options.

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Books that conservative revisionists want to ban in schools Wed, 01 Dec 2021 12:23:16 +0000

Over the past two years, conservative lawmakers and activists have desperately attempted to overhaul America’s violent and discriminatory history by attacking teachers and school administrators who think their students should know about it. In states across the country, conservatives are trying to remove and ban the books educators use to teach America’s inequitable past and present.

In response to conservative censorship efforts, the ReidOut blog will share lists of banned books you absolutely should read. Trust us – not the proudly ignorant conservatives who try to force American children into a stupor.

‘The 1619 project’

Since Nikole Hannah-Jones’ “The 1619 Project” debuted in 2019, conservatives used him as a scapegoat to attack non-white educators and inequality lesson plans. The collaborative writing project sought to “reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of America’s national narrative,” said Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York. Magazine du Temps.

In other words, it challenges the fiction created primarily by white conservatives who offer rosy representations of how the United States was born.

“The bluest eye”

Many conservative groups have tried to ban “The Bluest Eye,” Toni Morrison’s first best-selling novel, since its publication in 1970. The book tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, an 11-year-old black girl from Ohio who prays for the blonde hair and blue eyes that she believes will make her beautiful. The novel depicts the struggle of a black family living in a racist community, and conservatives have focused on its references to sexual abuse in an attempt to ban it from high school playlists.

“Ruby Bridges goes to school”

Conservative groups across the country have sought to ban this autobiographical children’s book by civil rights legend Ruby Bridges, who wrote about his experience integrating into Louisiana’s William Frantz Elementary School in 1960. Bridges coped. to a crowd of angry white racists on their way to class and needed a police escort to accompany them. In Tennessee, the head of a conservative organization seeking to ban the book said his description of a “big crowd of angry whites who didn’t want black kids in a white school” demarcated blacks too harshly and whites.

“In the dream house”

“In the Dream House,” a memoir by Carmen Maria Machado, examines an emotionally and physically abusive homosexual relationship she had with a partner. Some conservatives, including the Leander, Texas School Board, have targeted the book for removal from high school reading lists. “In the Dream House” was among several books that high school students could choose to read before it was banned in the neighborhood. This year.

“Funny house: a family tragicomic”

“Fun Home”, an award-winning graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, primarily explores her relationship with her father, a funeral director and a teacher who turned out to be gay, as well as her own gender and gender identity. The book chronicles Bechdel’s entry into her lesbian identity and examines what she learned about herself and the world from her father. A parent group in Clark County, Nevada, had it taken off the reading list of at least one high school last year.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington”

This is a children’s book by Frances E. Ruffin on the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and his involvement in the March on Washington. King is pretty much the only civil rights figure the Conservatives care to refer to – though they typically only use his words cynically and out of context. But now conservative parents in Tennessee are actively trying to ban this story from schools altogether.

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Books by LM Montgomery that are not “Anne … the house of green gables” Tue, 30 Nov 2021 17:05:15 +0000

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 that when CBC and Netflix announced the show’s cancellation in 2019, fans started a petition to bring it back that garnered over 1.5 million signatures. Some die-hards even helped fund billboards in Toronto and Times Square featuring the red-haired orphan who said “Save Anne with an E: Ready to fight for what’s right? “

Fortunately for his readers, Montgomery was no wonder, so devotees who crave more should by no means fall into “the depths of despair.” Here are seven more books by LM Montgomery that will give Anne fans their next fix.

1. The girl of the story (1911)

With his suite, The golden road (1913), this series of two novels about a girl with a knack for bringing stories to life inspired the popular Canadian television series Road to Avonela, written and directed by Kevin Sullivan and starring actor and future director Sarah Polley. As Sullivan’s gripping adaptation merges many other Montgomery short stories into The girl of the story, the original novels focus on two idyllic summers that a group of cousins ​​spend together on the homestead in Prince Edward Island. There, the main character, Sara Stanley, wows them all with episodes of family romance and old-time mysteries.

Buy it: Amazon

2. The alpine trail (1917)

While readers often interpret Montgomery’s books as autobiographical, she has also published a true autobiography of her career titled The alpine trail which was originally serialized in The world of all women magazine in 1917. Although Montgomery argued that her rise to fame had not been glamorous, the magazine’s editor insisted that she had an important story to tell. She quickly agreed, hoping her story “would encourage another worker struggling on the tired path I once took.” The road was particularly rocky for the writers: the title is taken from a poem Montgomery pasted into a childhood notebook, in which a climber of the ascending path to glory hopes to “write on his shining parchment / The humble name of ‘a woman “. The serialized autobiography was finally assembled into a comprehensive book decades after Montgomery’s death.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Other Chronicles of Avonlea (1920)

While Anne’s lovers are thrilled to discover this collection of warm and humorous stories about the village of Avonlea, these abandoned stories were never meant to be made available to the public, prompting Montgomery to sue publisher LC Page & Company for their release. . In the end, she walked away with $ 18,000 in damages as part of a settlement that allowed the book to be published, but the publisher later violated the terms of the agreement, which provided for originally reworked the stories to omit any mention of Anne’s character.

“If you see it[,] don’t read it, ”Montgomery wrote in a letter to a fellow writer. “It would leave you with no respect for my literary powers.” Except two or three[,] the stories were really very poor. Many readers today humbly beg to disagree.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Emily of the New Moon (1923)

By the time Montgomery finished volume 10 Anne series, she was fed up with writing about her most famous character, so she cleaned up her palate by writing a new tale about an imaginative orphan named Emily who was adopted by single aunts. Montgomery was adamant that Emily was no second Anne; and, if readers sensed a parallel, it was “an indication of my failure to represent it as I saw it.” In the book, Emily challenges narrow-minded teachers and parents in her quest to become a poet, and experiences moments of almost supernatural literary insight that she calls “the lightning.” The new Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Munro described Emily of the New Moon as containing “a real sense of darkness and menace and even horror”.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Pat from Silver Bush (1933)

Green Gables wasn’t the only house Montgomery loved. This novel is set in Silver Bush, the real estate of Montgomery’s aunt and uncle in Prince Edward Island, and the location of her marriage to Presbyterian minister Ewen MacDonald. Montgomery returned to Silver Bush several times during an unhappy marriage and struggles with depression. Likewise, Pat Gardiner, the heroine of this novel, takes comfort in her steadfast abode in Silver Bush, which becomes a beacon of continuity amid various struggles and losses.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Joan of Lantern Hill (1937)

Montgomery was not even 2 years old when her mother died of tuberculosis, and a few years later her father put her in the care of her strict grandparents, who lived near the real Green Gables. In this novel, Montgomery’s penultimate [PDF]- a young girl named Jane finds her long-lost father and dreams of reuniting her separated parents again. His fantasy of family reconciliation through thick and thin fits into the more modern context of the 1930s, with automobiles, which were mostly banned in Prince Edward Island until after the First World War.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Among the Shadows: Tales from the Dark Side (1990)

A shoot is the last place you might expect to find Montgomery, but the author has actually attended a lot of them in her lifetime. Turns out, Canada’s most beloved children’s author wasn’t just intrigued by the occult, she wrote a lot about it and was fascinated by Ouija boards. The characters of the strange tales that make up Among the shadows—A collection of short stories that were published together almost 40 years after her death — ranging from a clairvoyant heroine who opens a ghostly door to solve the mystery of a long-lost pearl, to a dead brother who returns from the grave to warn of the tragic fate of a ship.

Buy it: Amazon

The new white robbery: banning books that reveal uncomfortable truths Mon, 29 Nov 2021 09:37:07 +0000

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 intimidating tyrant. As the nation’s biggest buyer, Texas has long dominated decisions about what is included in social studies textbooks. Now a texas the legislator aims 850 books – the source of ideas and images that open the mind and arouse empathy and intellect.

The contested books include Pulitzer Prize-winning books and plays by authors who have now become part of the canon of great American literature. Toni Morrison. Marguerite Atwood. Sherman Alexie. August Wilson.

Notably, many of these books address the issues faced by people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ. The Dallas Morning News discovered that “Of the first 100 titles listed, 97 were written by women, people of color or LGBTQ authors. “

As usually happens with bullies, Texas has a cohort of wannabes rushing to follow suit, admirers who want to emulate the silence of dissent and discussion by passing their own lists of banned books. The book ban is not new. A hundred years ago and into the 1950s, it was an active part of American popular culture.

And he is coming back in force.

At Goddard, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Affairs Julie Cannizzo emailed principals and librarians telling them to remove 29 books from shelves and not allow them to be extracted, KMUW reported. His directive violated the district’s policy on contesting and removing books: “Contested documents should not be removed from use during the review period. “

Time magazine had a story by Olivia Waxman earlier this month about a school board meeting in Spotsylvania, Va. where the county public school board unanimously ordered its school libraries to start removing books “Sexually explicit”.

Like most of the challenges in the book, these started with a single parent.

The 1776 PAC Project, a political action committee using the smokescreen of promoting “patriotism” in schools, this year funded school board candidates across the country who would challenge critical race theory. It was the code for books and teachers that include embarrassing parts of America’s past.

Ten candidates for the Kansas school board were supported by the PAC, in the Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley and Lansing races. Seven of them won.

If you visit the PAC website, you are encouraged by a persistent pop-up to “Report a school promoting critical breed theory”. It asks for the name of the school and your email.

The flight of whites in the 20th century meant that Americans of European descent were fleeing urban neighborhoods rather than sharing them with people of color. In the 21st century, the white leak means the leak of the shelves – and the hard facts of history. The New Public Enemy, according to this new crowd of banned books, writes that challenges tired prejudices and inspires empathy for those who were previously silenced and excluded.

But healthier voices can reverse decisions to ban books. This happened in Goddard, when the school board ended up sent this letter to his staff and families:

“In September, a parent had questions about the language and graphics of a specific book in one of our school libraries that their child had consulted. The parent then followed up with the list of the same 28 books (which the district then ordered to be removed from its shelves). … Today, after the review, the recommendation of principals and librarians is to leave all books active and encourage parents to contact them directly if they have questions about nationally challenged books.

By the way, the school district does not even own some of the books on the list generated nationally by the complaining parent.

Don’t stay silent when freedoms – including the freedom to access books that tell the truth about our nation and its people – are called into question. Silence implies agreement. Let’s stop this flight of books and ideas.

Through its opinion section, the Kansas Reflector works to amplify the voices of those affected by public policy or excluded from public debate. Find information, including how to submit your own comment, here.

New books from Questlove and Kelefa Sanneh explore 50 years of music history Sun, 28 Nov 2021 10:00:19 +0000

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 turned to the environmental anthem “Mother” and the album cover “Tattered Flag” which spoke of a historic moment as the Vietnam War divided America.

But there’s another reason Questlove was so excited Chicago III: the time of his birth in 1971. The album “was released on January 11,” he writes. “I was released on January 20.

The book – his sixth, including the 2013 memoir Mo ‘Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove – uses the origin of its creator as a logical starting point.

It aims to offer a perspective on the history of the United States – and the history of Questlove – by using a song from each year in the author’s life to reflect on the era that shaped music and music. that shaped the era.

It’s a promising concept, and one that overlaps chronologically with another important new music book that is even more ambitious: Kelefa Sanneh’s Main Tags: A history of popular music in seven genres.

Sanneh is a former New York Times music critic and current New Yorker writer with a breadth of knowledge to rival Questlove which presents its musical history in the same time frame as Music is a story.

No decade in pop music is obsessed with more than the 1960s – witness the anticipation of Disney’s Thanksgiving week + Peter Jackson’s premier To recover beatles movie So be it.

But like Questlove, Sanneh is above all interested in the music made since. “There is an idea, common and perhaps even accurate, that music changed in the 1960s,” writes Sanneh.

“Usually it involves The Beatles, youth culture and something about the Vietnam War. But The Beatles broke up in the late 1960s, and it’s a book about what happened after that. . “

The Sanneh and Questlove books are welcome as they represent new perspectives on a story typically told by white male rock critics. In the case of Questlove, we have the perspective of a black musician with a Philly origin story who has become an ultimate insider. He knows everyone and has stories to tell.

Sanneh’s critical credentials are common in a sense: he took violin lessons as a child, played guitar in bands, and worked in record stores. But he is also the son of academics who emigrated to the United States – his late father, was black and from Gambia, and his mother, who is white, is from South Africa.

Especially in its Pop section, Main labels is an extension of ideas Sanneh set forth in a 2004 NYT essay that criticized “rock” critics for touting “straight white men” and suggested that “critics should pay more attention to genres, like disco and R&B, which were more closely associated with blacks, women and gays.

Questlove also reflected on genres and how they connect and relate to each other. The son of Philadelphia doo-wop singer Lee Andrews Thompson puts it this way: “For as long as I can remember I’ve listened to music, and that means I’ve collected it too, ranked by category, built bridges between songs that I liked. from one era and songs that I loved from another era, songs from one genre and songs from another. In other words, I was practicing some kind of history.

Gender change has always been a Roots hallmark: They’re the band that can play it all, backed by Jay-Z, Betty Wright and Elvis Costello. Music is a story funk and R&B classics like “Mind Power” by James Brown and “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, but also “King Fit The Battle of Alabam” by Duke Ellington, “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” by Allman Brothers and The Bad Plus’ jazz cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

Roots eclecticism Tonight’s Show with Jimmy Fallon is in step with an evolution towards genre-less pop music over the past two decades, accelerated by technological developments from the iPod shuffle button to all-music access streaming services.

But Sanneh’s book goes against this trend and defends the genre. Main labels“The title doesn’t refer to record companies, but to genre categories, like sections of a record store: rock, R&B, country, punk, hip-hop, dance and pop.

Sanneh embraces these labels. “I’m always a little puzzled when a musician is praised for transcending the genre,” he writes. “What’s so great about that?” He is interested in tribalism and how people use musical taste as a starting point and “a way of self-identification … a way of showing that they are not like everyone else”.

Main labels is full of clear and concise writings on Boy George and George Strait, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys, Kacey Musgraves and Casey Kasem. Sanneh is not intended to be exhaustive, but covers an incredible amount of ground in primarily American and British music history.

If you need a clear explanation of how Detroit techno and Chicago house helped spawn British rave culture, it’s here, along with concise glimpses into familiar superstars. “Where Prince’s music radiated with joy,” he wrote, “[Michael] Jackson’s was fueled by sentiment and paranoia.

Strong passages deal with what Sanneh calls “the complicated and controversial process” of falling in love with music. The most personal section is about punk, recounting how Sanneh put aside his Bob Marley and Red Hot Chili Peppers records to sign with the Sex Pistols and Philly smart alecks the Dead Milkmen. (Another Philadelphian who gets major props is drummer Earl Young, who created the “thump and hiss” rhythm of disco.)

The punk chapter also includes a cute anecdote about his mother taking young Kelefa to a Ramones show, as 14-year-olds weren’t allowed without a parent or guardian. Sanneh moves into a more ecumenical adulthood, but his years as a true punk believer give him insight into how fans of all genres use music to build their identities.

While Main labels is a formidable feat of convincing analysis, Music is a story is a discursive book filled with stories from Questlove about his musical life. (This is written with Ben Greenman, who also has an “edited by” credit on another worthy memoir: Unrequited fads, by E Street Band guitarist Stevie Van Zandt.)

READ MORE: Questlove on Black Joy and Bring Erased History to Life with ‘Summer of Soul’

Music is a story relies on the Questlove brand as a trusted historian. Summer of the soul, his terrific 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival documentary, won the Critics Choice documentary awards this month, and I’m predicting here that it will win the Oscar for Best Documentary in March.

He also paid tribute to Jay-Z at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala currently airing on HBO, and has another landmark project in the works in The league, a baseball doc on the black leagues that he will produce.

A part of Music is history the stories are familiar. He has previously spoken about the 1995 awards ceremony for hip-hop magazine The Source and his role in the Notorious BIG-Tupac Shakur feud in Mo ‘Meta Blues.

But for the most part, the tales are lively and entertaining, like the 1979 chapter breaking the timeline by being a master class on Sly & the Family Stone’s 1969 hit “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and its role in the evolution of funk.

Or the chapter of 1994 which concerns the links between Michael Jackson and the tube “Hyperactive!” The latter added spice because it is also Richard Nichols, the manager of Roots who died in 2014, who occupies an important place in the book.

The online version of this story comes with two long playlists I made, compiled from the songs mentioned in each book. The playlists barely touch on the full range of music cited in the text, but at least hint at what Music is a story and Main labels have in common.

These shared attributes include a limitless curiosity, affection and compulsion to make sense of the assortment of styles of pop music of the past half century. And in doing so, hope to better understand how the music we listen to makes us who we are.

These 5 books make great holiday gifts, says Bill Gates Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:08:00 +0000

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 gifts.

Here are the books and why he loves them:

1. A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

The way our brains work is a subject of endless fascination for many of us, Gates included. He has read many books on the brain, most of them academic. A thousand brains is appropriate for non-experts who have little experience in brain science or computer science, he writes. Hawkins was the co-inventor of the Palm Pilot, one of the early precursors of today’s smartphones. Since then, he has focused his attention on artificial intelligence, which means learning to understand the non-artificial intelligence that humans have.

Hawkins explores the neocortex, which makes up 70 percent of the brain and, according to him, consists of a column whose main function is to make constant predictions about the world around us and what our next sensory input will be. When these predictions fail, they get our full attention, and the neocortex strives to update this part of its model. Hawkins ‘point of view is consistent with other reviews I’ve read recently, such as Josh Davis’ observation that our brains seek to conserve energy by operating on autopilot most of the time.

2. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, gene editing and the future of the human race by Walter Isaacson

“Every Isaacson book is good,” Gates says in an accompanying video. (Isaacson is best known for his biography of Steve Jobs.) This book tells the story of Doudna and his team’s discovery of the CRISPR gene-editing system, which Gates calls “one of the most interesting scientific breakthroughs. and perhaps the most important of the last decade. “Isaacson also does a good job of exploring ethical issues related to gene editing,” he adds.

3. Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro is perhaps best known for his novel The leftovers of the day. Klara and the sun is told from the point of view of a robot in a dystopian future where the purpose of robots is to serve as companions to human beings, in this case a sick girl. “It’s probably healthier to talk to a robot than to just watch TV,” Gates says in the video, adding, “We’re going to have a lot of robots in our lives. He writes, “This book got me thinking about what life might be like with super intelligent robots – and whether we’ll treat these types of machines as pieces of technology or as something more.” I guess we’re going to treat them as something more, since we’re already doing that with things like Siri and Alexa.

4. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

We don’t know much about William Shakespeare, but one of the few things we do know is that he had a son named Hamnet who died at the age of eleven, and which Shakespeare wrote Hamlet (apparently a common variant of Hamnet) a few years later. O’Farrell focuses on Shakespeare’s children and his wife, left behind in Stratford-upon-Avon while Shakespeare works at the theater in London. The author assumes what their marriage might have looked like and how the tragedy of losing a child might have inspired The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

“I would recommend it, it’s a good story,” Gates says in his video.

5. Hail Mary project by Andy Weir

Weir is best known for The Martian. In it, the protagonist is a high school science teacher who wakes up on a spaceship in a different star system with no idea how he got there. He soon realizes that he has been sent on a mission to save Earth from an alien threat. “It’s a fun read, and I finished it all in a weekend,” writes Gates.

You may have noticed that this makes two sci-fi novels on Gates Recommended Reading List. “When I was little, I was obsessed with science fiction,” he explains. “Paul Allen and I would spend countless hours discussing the Isaac Asimov original Foundation trilogy. As Gates grew up wanting his reading to be more educational, he began to read less fiction and more non-fiction. ,” he writes.

It’s a helpful reminder that it’s okay to read just for fun, especially while on vacation. So get one or more of these fun books, as a gift or just for yourself.

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Wilbur Smith: Prolific Thriller Writer Who Has Sold 140 Million Books Thu, 25 Nov 2021 00:01:00 +0000

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 adapted for film and television. .

Wilbur Smith was born in Kabwe, Zambia (then Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia) in 1933. His parents, Efreda and Herbert Smith, ran a 25,000 acre cattle ranch. The 18-month-old contracted malaria, which led to ten days of delirium fever and doctors doubting his survival. “I survived and am only slightly mad now,” he later observed, “which is good because you have to be at least a little mad to write fiction in order to make a living. ”

He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University, Grahamstown. First wanting to train as a journalist, he was convinced by his father to become an accountant. However, the handwriting bug had already bitten him and after receiving £ 70 – double his monthly salary – for a story in Argosy magazine, he decided to try his hand at writing a complete novel.

But the success he dreamed of as a writer did not come immediately. His first manuscript, The gods first make you mad, has been repeatedly refused, its only impact being to generate what Smith described as “an impressive array of rejection letters from major publishers around the world.”

In 1964 he got lucky with his first published novel, When the lion feeds. The story of the sons of a ranch owner, Waite Courtney, is set in Natal and was based on Smith’s own experiences growing up in this world. His publisher, Heinemann, trusted him by offering him an advance of £ 2,000 and a first printing of 10,000 copies (later increased to 20,000). Charles Pick, associate editor at Heinemann, would become Smith’s friend and mentor.

Smith recalled the excitement of his new success: “In the weeks that followed, the letter carrier visited me regularly. It brought the good news of a sale of film rights in Hollywood, a choice of book company, acceptance by Viking Press in New York for a staggering sum of dollars, new publishers in Germany and France. , from a paperback sale at Pan Des livres in England. Advertising for the book was aided by a ban in South Africa, which the Publications Control Board described it as “offensive and prejudicial to public morals”.

The author at a literary festival in Dubai in 2009

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When the lion feeds established the formula upon which much of its subsequent production was based. Of his 49 novels, more than half centered on his home continent, Africa, and several of them continued the story of the Courtney family.

While his first book was not screened, a number of other Smith books have been adapted for television and film. These included The mercenaries (1968) – based on The darkness of the sun, and Gold – suitable as Gold mine (1974), with Roger Moore and Suzannah York.

Interviewed in 2013 for the the Wall Street newspaperSmith responded to criticism that he had created stories that did not fit the modern world: “I have been accused of violence and cruelty to animals and humans. I have been accused of racism, of sacrilege. The opinions I present are not my own. They are my characters.

Outside of his native Zambia, a series of novels set in Egypt had been inspired by his story The Souimanga (1972), with a plot centered around an archaeological excavation. It became one of his favorite books, about which he once said “It was a complex book, it made me very happy. ”

He returned to the theme of Egypt in his last book, The New Kingdom, co-written with Mark Chadbourn, published in September and seventh in a series set in the land of the pharaohs.

On the day of his death, he had spent a morning reading and writing with his wife Mokhiniso. He died suddenly that afternoon at his home in Cape Town.

He married four times, had two children with his first wife, Anne Rennie, a child with his second wife, Jewell Slabbart, and adopted a son with Danielle Thomas. His fourth wife was Mokhiniso Rakhimova, whom he met in London in 2000.

Wilbur Smith, novelist, born January 9, 1933, died November 13, 2021

8 new books we recommend this week Wed, 24 Nov 2021 20:22:10 +0000

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 bearing the burden of one’s own unimaginable choices. “It’s clear from the start that this book is not the tale of a sidekick, but the story of an important person – someone determined to tell their own story,” Dominus writes in her review. “The catalog of her Job-like suffering – the shame she was subjected to for actions other than her own – is sometimes excruciating to read; but it’s as if by saying these episodes out loud, she makes sure they don’t own her.

SQUIRREL HILL: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood, by Mark Oppenheimer. (Knopf, $ 28.95.) In 2018, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Oppenheimer’s propelling tale traces the aftermath of the burial and mourning of residents, the organization of rallies, and the attack on national media and “traumatized tourists.” “Oppenheimer paints the portrait of an urban district which has never ceded its Jewish population united to the suburbs,” writes Irina Reyn in her review. “How ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ became the site of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack on American soil and what happened after that unfolds with the precision of the best suspenseful stories.”

BEAUTIFUL, by Jung Yun. (Saint-Martin, $ 27.99.) A journalist risks it all to hunt for a scoop in the oil fields of her native North Dakota, only to find that this is not the story she expected. This fascinating and timely novel, the author’s second, provides a launch pad for conversations about racism, environmentalism, journalism, economics and brotherhood. “The loudest voices in ‘O Beautiful’ are the ones we never hear,” writes Elisabeth Egan in her latest column, Group Text. “These are the perspectives and experiences of women who have gone missing” – primarily, “the 28 women, adolescents and girls (” a number both shockingly high and surely underestimated “) from the Mahua tribe who have been reported missing over a two-year period. When Elinor turns her attention to their stories, her article – and her future as a woman of words – begins to take shape.

THE LAST THING: New and selected poems, by Patrick Rosal. (Karen and Michael Braziller / Persea, $ 26.95.) The physical exuberance takes off in Rosal’s poetry, which combats emotional and historical pain with pure bodily pleasure. His most recent work abandons realism for dreamlike visions and monologues. “The language of these pages remains visceral, demotic, open to all and capable of neat sound effects,” writes Stephanie Burt in her review. “Rosal’s living vernacular – especially in the longest and most recent poems – can seem almost improvised, proudly suited for oral delivery: the poems invite us to hear them aloud. “

AGAINST THE SILENCE, by Franck Bidart. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $ 25.) Bidart’s poems float and shift, both cinematographic and strangely intimate. Here he seems to be interested in individual and collective ethics, and sees a threat in silence – both that which opposes speech in life and that found in death, to which we all face. “Bidart is exciting to read and difficult to explain,” writes Daisy Fried, examining the book alongside four other recent poetry collections. “Bidart is impartial but never detached; at its most thoughtful it often seems the most tender. His poems recognize, and help us to recognize, the evil inherent in what is dear to us, forbidden and even revered. “