The BookBrowse Review

Published May 15, 2019

ISSN: 1930-0018

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The BookBrowse Review

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Editor's Introduction
Reviews
Hardcovers Paperbacks
First Impressions
Latest Author Interviews
Recommended for Book Clubs
Book Discussions

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Publishing Soon

Novels


Historical Fiction


Thrillers


Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Alternate History


Biography/Memoir


History, Science & Current Affairs


Young Adults

Novels


Extras
  • Blog:
    The Caribbean: A Reading List for Book Clubs and Bookworms
  • Wordplay:
    I I T S Form O F
  • Book Giveaway:
    My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie...

News Roundup

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Sally Rooney's "Normal People" takes Book of the Year at British Book Awards
(May 14 2019)

Faber emerged victorious at the British Book Awards 2019 on Monday evening (13th May), with Sally Rooney’s Normal People scooping the coveted Book of the Year award. The book had earlier won the Fiction Book of the Year prize, while Faber stablemate Leila Slimani’s Lullaby won the Debut Fiction category. The 90-year-old company also took the Independent Publisher of the Year gong in the trade section of the awards.




Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities for adults with learning disabilities, and author of 30 books, has died aged 90
(May 09 2019)

Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities for adults with learning disabilities, living alongside those without them, has died aged 90.

In August 1964, having giving up his job teaching philosophy at the University of Toronto, he bought a small, rundown house without plumbing or electricity in the village of Trosly-Breuil, north of Paris, and invited two men with learning disabilities – Raphaël Simi and Philippe Seux – to share it with him. Both had been living in an asylum and were without family. Today L’Arche (the ark) has 150 communities, in 38 countries, supporting 3,500 people with learning disabilities.

Vanier wrote 30 books on spirituality and community, including Community and Growth (1979), Becoming Human (1998), Befriending the Stranger (2005) and Life’s Great Questions (2015). In 2015 he was awarded the £1.1m Templeton prize, for making “an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”.

Source: The Guardian




Poetry Foundation announces 2019 awards winners
(May 08 2019)

The Poetry Foundation has announced Marilyn Nelson as the winner of the 2019 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Naomi Shihab Nye the 2019–2021 Young People’s Poet Laureate, and Terrance Hayes winner of the 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. The awards are sponsored and administered by the Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine, and will be presented at the Pegasus Awards Ceremony at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on Monday, June 10.




Why you should start binge-reading right now
(May 04 2019)

Novelist Ben Dolnick waxes lyrical on the benefits or ditching Netflix for a novel. And not just because a novelist is telling you to:

One night a couple of summers ago, the power went out and, unable to watch Netflix or engage in my customary internet fugue, I lit a candle and picked up a thriller by Ruth Rendell. For the first time in as long as I could remember, my sole source of entertainment for an evening was going to be a book...




Academic publishers Cengage and McGraw-Hill to merge
(May 02 2019)

Cengage and McGraw-Hill, two of the largest academic publishers remaining, have agreed to a merger on equal terms that is expected to close by early 2020, the companies announced yesterday.




Wholesaler Baker & Taylor dropping bookstores; Indies unhappy
(May 02 2019)

Baker & Taylor has made it official: it is leaving the wholesale retail book market. The move was hinted at when it became public late last year that the company was in talks to sell its retail operations to Ingram and then in the departure over the last few months of key retail staff members. B&T will focus on its traditional core business of servicing libraries, as well as publisher services...

Paul Swydan, owner of the Silver Unicorn Bookstore, West Acton, Mass., wrote on Twitter, "It means I will make less money when I fill special orders for customers, because Baker & Taylor's sole competition offers a much lower discount." He added, "In the larger sense, it's another example of how Amazon is crippling this country in their mostly unchecked quest to monopolize any business they choose to focus on."




She pulled her debut book when critics found it racist. Now she plans to publish
(May 02 2019)

The New York Times takes on the tricky topic of YA authors being censored by readers within their own communities--focusing in particular on 26 year-old Amélie Wen Zhao who asked her publisher, Delacorte, to withdraw her debut novel, Blood Heir, six months before publication because of complaints that it was culturally insensitive. Now, after some rewrites, she plans to publish.

See also an earlier article in The New Yorker




James Holzhauer's winning Jeopardy strategy: The children's section at the library!
(Apr 30 2019)

"I have a strategy of reading children’s books to gain knowledge. I’ve found that in an adult reference book, if it’s not a subject I’m interested in, I just can’t get into it. I was thinking, what is the place in the library I can go to to get books tailored to make things interesting for uninterested readers? Boom. The children’s section."
- James Holzhauer, Jeopardy mega-winner

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