Literature

Literature

One of the world's most beloved books is The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.

If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Try Long Island — as in Long Island, N.Y.

When the late Nikos Kefalidis bought the house on Beven Road in Northport, Long Island, in the late 1970s, he knew that 30 years before, Saint-Exupery had written and illustrated part of Le Petit Prince in that house.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes back to high school with Lisi Harrison’s Pretenders.

Title: Pretenders

Author: Lisi Harrison

Pages: 212

Publisher: Poppy   

ISBN: 978-0316222440

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin disconnects with Anders de la Motte’s Buzz.

Title: Buzz

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 322

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books    

ISBN: 978-1476712918

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com. 

Ishmael Beah was just barely a teenager when his town became engulfed in Sierra Leone's civil war in the mid-1990s. In his 2007 memoir, A Long Way Gone, Beah describes how, after he lost his parents and brothers to the conflict, he wandered the countryside with a band of boys and was recruited as a child soldier by government forces. The memoir describes the hellish atrocities committed by child soldiers on both sides of the conflict.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin reminisces about the past with Maggie Barbieri’s Once Upon a Lie.

Title: Once Upon a Lie

Author: Maggie Barbieri

Pages: 290

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250011671

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gears up for college with the characters in Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando’s Roomies.

Title: Roomies

Author: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Pages: 216

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers     

ISBN: 978-0316217491

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin investigates the audio version of Lars Kepler’s The Fire Witness.

Title: The Fire Witness

Author: Lars Kepler

CDs: 12 (15 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio        

ISBN: 978-1427231567

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

If your holiday shopping trip includes a stop at the bookstore, you might consider adding audiobooks to your gift list. And this year, as you slip on headphones to sample the offerings, what you hear might surprise you.

According to Robin Whitten, the founder and editor of AudioFile magazine, the genre has far surpassed the conventions of the taped readings of yore.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to the Delta with Nick and Desmond in Rick Gavin’s Nowhere Nice.

Title: Nowhere Nice

Author: Rick Gavin

Pages: 282

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-0312583194

                         

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Poem: Nelson Mandela, 'An Ordinary Man'

Dec 16, 2013

On Sunday, South Africans will lay to rest the remains of Nelson Mandela.

The legacy left by the activist and political prisoner who transformed a nation and became president is being remembered by politicians, historians and artists.

Among them is Thabiso Mohare, a young South African spoken word artist who performs under the name Afurakan. He wrote a poem for NPR about Mandela called "An Ordinary Man."

Fans of the writer Paul Auster know an enormous amount about him. His novels often draw on autobiographical details, and he has written five books that are explicitly about his own life.

Last year, he published a memoir called Winter Journal that tells the story of his life through the story of his own body — every scar and blemish. Now Auster has published a companion autobiography of his intellectual self, called Report from the Interior.

Each year, millions of people from different faiths make religious journeys. They travel far, to Mecca, Jerusalem, the Ganges River or Lourdes, France, to walk the paths of prophets, saints and martyrs.

"Pilgrimage is something built into the human condition," says George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches. "There seems to be something hardwired into us, spiritually, that the idea of a journey from A to B becomes part of the rhythm of the spiritual life."

In his youth, Nelson Mandela cut a dashing figure. He was a revolutionary, an outlaw — by the early 1960s, he was living underground. And he had a nickname to match: he was known as the Black Pimpernel.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin answers the call of Anders de la Motte’s Game.

Title: Game

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 386

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books    

ISBN: 978-1476712888

                         

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

In 2007, Benazir Bhutto — twice prime minister of Pakistan and then-leader of the Pakistan People's Party — was killed in a suicide bombing attack that claimed 38 lives. The factors at play in her assassination, however, reached deeper than many imagined.

In his new book, Getting Away With Murder, Heraldo Munoz portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and examines the circumstances of her death.

When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from Jane Eyre and the father in Little Women are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin shops for shoes with Compliments of a Friend by Susan Isaacs

Title: Compliments of a Friend

Author: Susan Isaacs

Pages: 44

Publisher: Open Road Media      

AISN: B00G2V621C

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin takes a break from reality with A. S. King’s Reality Boy.

Title: Reality Boy

Author: A. S. King

Pages: 251

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company  

ISBN: 978-0316222709

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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