Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 29th, 2017

e’re giving away at Nook Glowlight Plus to one Book Riot reader. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the cover image below: Today’s Featured Deal: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong for $2.99. Get it here or just click the cover image below: In Case You Missed Yesterday’s Deal… Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan for $1.99. Get it here or just click the cover image below: Previous daily deals that are still active (as of this writing at [Read Entire Story]

Reading Recs for Roseanne and Dan Connor

Roseanne was one of my favorite shows when I was growing up in the ‘90s, and though I would have told you at the time that it was because it was funny and because I had a huge crush on Darlene, when I watch it today I see so many more reasons I connected with it. For a fellow Midwesterner who grew up in a smallish city that was losing construction jobs at the same time Lanford was, to watch this middle-class family struggle to make ends meet, to watch them laugh through it all, it meant a lot to [Read Entire Story]

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer

Summary: Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But [Read Entire Story]

Before Morning

Before Morning. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]First sentence: In the deep woolen dark, as we slumber unknowing, let the sky fill with flurry and flight. Premise/plot: Before Morning is not a picture book; it is a poetic 'invocation.' A young child longing for a snow day, a family snow day--and putting all that longing into words. The text is spare--for better or worse. The illustrations tell the story. It is almost as if the text and [Read Entire Story]

The Never-Ending Comics TBR Cycle

There are comics that every reader will hear about when they first become aware of the medium, classics or must-reads that, in some case, have crossed over into the mainstream in some way. They may have been made into movies; they may pop up on a college syllabus; they’re probably prominently displayed in the “comics/graphic novels” section at your local chain bookstore. That’s very much how I began building my personal comic library. I loved the X-Men movie as a kid, but I didn’t quite know [Read Entire Story]

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Fat Girls Have Stories, Too

I’ve written at length about fat representation and how most books, especially in the YA world, don’t do it well. It’s so easy for stereotyping to come into the storyline and so easy for it to go unchecked because the ideas we have surrounding the fat body in our culture are deeply ingrained. I don’t believe all books with fat characters or real, live fat people need to be 100% positive 100% of the time. That’s false. Rather, those moments when fatness become the [Read Entire Story]

An Apology to All the Audiobooks I’ve Slept Through

I’ve slept through a lot of audiobooks over the years. They’re my go-to sleep aid, and my life would be a lot more sleep deprived without them. Sometimes, though, I do get a twinge of guilt. All of those perfectly good books, reading their hearts out in my ear, unheard. I try to keep track, and pick up where I fell asleep the last time. I really do. The sleep-timer on my audiobook app is helpful. But more often than not I fall asleep in the first five minutes, and come back to it the next night [Read Entire Story]

62 of Your Favorite Short Story Collections

This Riot Rec is sponsored by Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh. An electrifying first collection from one of the most exciting short story writers of our time. There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are [Read Entire Story]

Pakistani Immigrant Goes to a Led Zeppelin Concert, Gets Inspired to Become a Musician & Then Sells 30 Million Albums

Salman Ahmad, the guitarist who founded the acclaimed Sufi rock band Junoon, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and continued making music despite threats from The Taliban. He also teaches courses on Muslim music and poetry at Queens College of the City University of New York. Above, in a video produced by The Moth, the boundary-breaking musician recounts his inspirational life story. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he moved to New York at the age [Read Entire Story]

Notable Twin Cities: 1/29–2/4

Monday 1/30: Start your week with a little whiskey. Magers & Quinn hosts writer Fred Minnick, author of Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of an American Whiskey. He’ll read from and answer questions about the book. 7 p.m., free. Tuesday 1/31: At Once Upon A Crime, mystery writer Ellen Hart will present, discuss, and sign copies of her new novel, Fever In The Dark. 7 p.m., free. Wednesday 2/1: The Fireside Reading series at Hamline Midway Library continues with Stephanie Wilbur Ash. [Read Entire Story]

Required Reading for Understanding WTF is Happening in Russia

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, the majority of my “knowledge” about Russia came from the television show, The Americans. I peripherally followed the prosecution of Pussy Riot and had some general knowledge of the Cold War from Rachel Maddow’s book, Drift, but I hadn’t made an effort to learn more about the realities of Putin’s Russia. Now that the CIA and FBI agree Russia interfered in our presidential election, I decided to brush up on my knowledge of Putin’s rise and [Read Entire Story]

50 Must-Visit Beautiful Bookstores On Six Continents

If you’re the kind of person who seeks out a local bookstore every time you land in a new city, this list is for you. I’ve included bookstores on six of the seven continents. (Are there any bookstores in Antarctica??) And if you’re more of the armchair traveler-type… this list is also for you. Each of these 50 bookstores has at least one place you can follow them online (Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram) and most of them also have a website where you can buy books when [Read Entire Story]

The Harlem Jazz Singer Who Inspired Betty Boop: Meet the Original Boop-Oop-a-Doop, “Baby Esther”

Jazz Age cartoon flapper, Betty Boop, inhabits that rare pantheon of stars whose fame has not dimmed with time. While she was never alive per se, her ten year span of active film work places her somewhere between James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. The market for Boop-collectibles is so vast, a definitive guide was published in 2003. Most recently, Betty has popped up on prepaid debit cards and emoji, and inspired fashion’s enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier to create a fragrance in her honor. As [Read Entire Story]

This Week in Books: These Wild Houses

Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from one of hate and fear, we need books that display empathy, that help us understand different points of view, that show us we aren’t alone, that feed our spirits. This week, we’ll [Read Entire Story]

To Walk in Beauty

Krazy Kat has been described as a parable of love, a metaphor for democracy, a “surrealistic” poem. It is all of these, but so much more: it is a portrait of America, a self-portrait of George Herriman, and, I believe, the first attempt to paint the full range of human consciousness in the language of the comic strip. SOURCE: The New York Review of Books - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Karamazov Brothers

The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]First sentence: Aleksei Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner of our district, extremely well known in his time (and to this day still remembered in these parts) on account of his violent and mysterious death exactly thirteen years ago, the circumstances of which I shall relate in due course.Premise/plot: If you're looking for DRAMA and [Read Entire Story]

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017! The Trail of the Dead by Joseph Bruchac #ReadYourWorld

I am super happy to be part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day Celebration! Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and [Read Entire Story]

Quick Pick: January 27, 2017

The Patriots by Sana Krasikov Sweeping multigenerational sagas are my jam, and this debut novel rings all my bells. It starts in NYC during the Great Depression, when Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn for Moscow. But when she arrives, she learns that things are a lot more complicated than they seemed, and Florence ends up staying. Many years later, her son Julian travels to the US, but continues to work in Moscow while investigating his mother’s recently opened KGB file. What he discovers is part of [Read Entire Story]

81-Year-Old Man Walks into a Guitar Shop & Starts Playing a Sublime Solo: Ignore the Talents of the Elderly at Your Own Peril

Last spring, I caught a Who concert in Oakland, California, on what happened to be songwriter/guitarist Pete Townshend’s 71st birthday. Five songs into their set, the band played “My Generation”–yes, the song best known for the line “I hope I die before I get old”–and I couldn’t help but think: Townshend’s playing with more inspiration now than when I first saw The Who play in 1982. Biologically, he’s supposed to be over the hill. Musically, he’s still playing a very fine rock guitar. The same [Read Entire Story]

5 More Literary Wine Labels

Ernest Hemingway once said, “My only regret in life is that I did not drink more wine.” (Really? That’s his only regret?) Anyway, in the interests of keeping the bookish booze flowing, here’s a much-needed update to our 2013 list of literary wine labels. Image by @eloise.bean via Instagram Lenore, Columbia Valley Syrah by Corvidae Wine Lenore, the lost love of the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, is the poetic inspiration for this deep, dark, full-bodied [Read Entire Story]

The List List #237

We’re giving away at Nook Glowlight Plus to one Book Riot reader. Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the cover image below: at Publisher’s Weekly, the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 at Brightly, 8 Picture Books to Help You Celebrate Lunar New Year at Modern Mrs. Darcy, 17 Great Audiobooks for Kids at Lit Reactor, a List of 2017 Workshops and Conferences for Writers at Signature, 10 Quotes on the Value of the Arts at Unbound Worlds, What to Read After [Read Entire Story]

The Theater Dictionary: A Free Video Guide to Theatre Lingo

It’s 11 o’clock. Do you know where your showstoppers are? Or, more to the point, do you know why a musical-comedy writing team seeks to orient its showstopping number at “eleven o’clock”? The Theater Development Fund’s Theatre Dictionary is an ongoing attempt to define and document theater terms for both the rabble and any budding practitioners who’ve yet to master the lingo. Each term is accompanied by a loopy slapdash skit. Not all of the performers exhibit the pedigree Veronica J. Kuehn and [Read Entire Story]

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