Sunday, January 4, 2009

Reading Rat Vol. 2 No. 1

On authors and works in my recommended reading (and other items of interest). New format starts as Volume 2.

A Year for the Books: Mother Teresa's secret, and other revelations from 2008, by Peggy Noonan, Opinion Journal, December 26, 2008 (via Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor)
I suspect reading is about to make a big comeback in America, that in fact we're going to be reading more books in the future, not fewer. It is a relatively inexpensive (libraries, Kindle, Amazon), peaceful and enriching activity. And we're about to enter an age of greater quiet.

Pick of the pile, The Economist, December 4, 2008
The best books of 2008 covered the Iraq war, Chinese capitalism, Mississippi blues, fishing in Sweden, ayatollahs, human waste and the secret life of words

100 Notable Books of 2008, The New York Times, November 26, 2008
The Book Review has selected this list from books reviewed since Dec. 2, 2007, when we published our previous Notables list.

Top shelves, by Sean Dodson, Guardian Unlimited, January 11, 2008 (via Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor)
Every booklover has their favourite shop, and while it's true that many independents have been driven out of business by online sales and supermarket bestsellers, you still don't have to look too hard to find one that's thriving. To prove it, Sean Dodson chooses the 10 bookshops from around the world which he considers to be the fairest of them all.

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