1. millionsmillions:

    It is high time defenders of American literary fiction cut Oprah Winfrey a break. These days, even Oprah is no longer Oprah, and while Mathis’s novel has shot up into the bestseller lists, it is unlikely stay there for months the way books did in the Book Club’s 1990s heyday. Still, imagine what would have happened if Winfrey hadn’t picked it. It still would have garnered raves from reviewers in print and online, and over time booksellers would have begun quietly putting it in the hands of favored customers. In other words, it would have remained a well-kept secret among a bookish few.” Our own Michael Bourne defends the queen of American book clubs.

    And you can meet Ayana Mathis before the Oprah interview, tomorrow, Feb 2. at 4 pm, at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing.


  2. tetw:

    The Shortlist

    After a second round of nominations, the five finalists in Tumblr’s One Book - Non-fiction poll are:

    Just Kids by Patti Smith
    The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
    Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion
    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 
    In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

    To choose a winner, which will be read and discussed by the group, reblog this post, tag your own posts #onebooknonfiction or contact us via our ‘ask’ page.

    Chronology of Water, FTW. We love love love this book.

    (Source: tetw)


  3. tetw:

    Hot on the heels of ‘One Book, One Tumblr’, we’ve decided to run a similar poll for non-fiction. For those who haven’t come across the concept, the idea is to choose an outstanding book with the aim of getting communities reading and exchanging their thoughts.

    If you would like to get invovled, please nominate a book (or books) by reblogging this post, tagging posts with #onebooknonfiction or, if you’re feeling shy, by hitting up our ‘ask’ page. Rules, if any, will be made up as we go along.

    Exciting! Nominations:

    The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    The Wave by Susan Casey
    What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami

    (Source: tetw)