Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Friday, August 22, 2014

“I think so, too. I know I felt that way. For years. It was as if I was a character in a movie and the real action was about to start at any minute. But I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start.”

Don’t wait. Beautiful Ruins is $1.99 at B&N today only!

“I think so, too. I know I felt that way. For years. It was as if I was a character in a movie and the real action was about to start at any minute. But I think some people wait forever, and only at the end of their lives do they realize that their life has happened while they were waiting for it to start.”

Don’t wait. Beautiful Ruins is $1.99 at B&N today only!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kindle tested, reader approved! Amazon Kindle is hosting today’s Gold Box deal with a sweet sale on some of their bestselling titles. Check out Mary Kay Andrews, Wally Lamb, Howard Zinn, Helene Wecker, and Jess Walter on sale for $2.99 or less, today only!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

proofreadingbooks:

The literature: Jess Walter’s BEAUTIFUL RUINS

The libation: It’s hard to go wrong with a pairing for this novel, which spans half a century and half the globe. But for true elegance, class, color, and straight-up audacity, your perfect cocktail for Walter’s astonishing book is the Elizabeth Taylor.

Stir together 4oz chilled champagne and 3/4oz Crème De Viollete and pour into a champagne glass. Garnish with an Amarena cherry. Find yourself transported to Cinque Terre, to LA, to Edinburgh, to Seattle, to Idaho. Fall in love.

Bonus drinking game: finish your drink when Richard Burton shows up. God knows he would have.

Photo © YCW

Noon on a Thursday is definitely the appropriate time for this.

Monday, May 26, 2014
powells:

May is Short Story Month, and last year at this time we put together a list, boldly named The Short List, of our favorite short stories. Since we’re so enamored with compact prose, we decided to make The Short List an annual tradition. Short stories will always be the focus of the list, but we’ll be changing up the theme from year to year.
This year, to shine the spotlight on contemporary authors, our theme is Best Short Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far). To qualify, the collection must have been released (or first translated into English) between 2001 and 2014. Collected works, anthologies, and reprints were excluded.
As was the case last year, we had trouble keeping The Short List, well, short. But we wanted to give our favorite collections the attention they deserve. So, without further ado, here’s what the booklovers at Powell’s selected!
To browse the list, click here.
(To download a printable PDF of The Short List, click here.)

So excited that this includes Lydia Peelle’s Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing and Jess Walter’s We Live in Water!

powells:

May is Short Story Month, and last year at this time we put together a list, boldly named The Short List, of our favorite short stories. Since we’re so enamored with compact prose, we decided to make The Short List an annual tradition. Short stories will always be the focus of the list, but we’ll be changing up the theme from year to year.

This year, to shine the spotlight on contemporary authors, our theme is Best Short Story Collections of the 21st Century (So Far). To qualify, the collection must have been released (or first translated into English) between 2001 and 2014. Collected works, anthologies, and reprints were excluded.

As was the case last year, we had trouble keeping The Short List, well, short. But we wanted to give our favorite collections the attention they deserve. So, without further ado, here’s what the booklovers at Powell’s selected!

To browse the list, click here.

(To download a printable PDF of The Short List, click here.)

So excited that this includes Lydia Peelle’s Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing and Jess Walter’s We Live in Water!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Look what you, you beautiful booksellers, librarians, and readers, have done: Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a full year!!

Thank you thank you thank you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
millionsmillions:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter cracked our latest Top Ten. 

Yay! Thanks, Millions readers.

millionsmillions:

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter cracked our latest Top Ten. 

Yay! Thanks, Millions readers.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

therumpus:

What are your Rumblr editors reading this week? Well…

Molly: I am reading Red or Dead by David Peace and it is a force of nature, or rather a force of language. It’s over 700 pages about the manager (coach) of the Liverpool Football (Soccer) Club and I love it. It is repetitive in the extreme, but it’s a spectacular move: this book is nothing if not rhythm itself.

Claire: I’m reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. It’s so great, obviously, smart and beautifully written and such a joy to read. I giggled out loud when, only on like page 2, she made fun of grown men eating ice cream cones in public. This book!

Lucy: I’m reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, a sprawling novel that reaches  from Italy in 1962 to movie studios in present-day L.A. There’s quite a bit of suspension of disbelief needed to make it through this book, but so far, it’s paid off. As yet, the best part: a gripping, all-out movie pitch by one of the book’s many underdogs for a movie he’s titled Donner!, and yes, it’s meant to be a mega-budget, soul-crushing movie epic on the ill-fated Donner Party. 

Jen: I’m reading Is It My Body? Selected Texts by Kim Gordon. Kim Gordon’s art and music has been endlessly inspiring to me and this book is a joy to read. It includes essays on art, music, male bonding and Charles Manson, mostly from the 80s. Her writing is so concise and sharp. I feel like the world is lucky to finally have it collected in this little book. I love the title of her piece, “I’m Really Scared When I Kill in My Dreams" from 1983 and I Really Love Reading Kim’s Words.

Glad you’re enjoying it, Lucy.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Smitten Kitchen/Deb is binge-reading on vacation.
J’approve.

The Smitten Kitchen/Deb is binge-reading on vacation.

J’approve.