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4 Books Obama Put on Malia's Kindle

President talks about his love of reading

(Newser) - President Obama managed to remain an avid reader even during his presidency, and New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed him about the role of books in his life. Fiction, explains Obama, was more than just a break from briefings and memos. It was "useful as a reminder... More »

He Took Out 262 Library Books a Month —and Was Fictional

Library scheme sought to 'save' books

(Newser) - Sorrento, Fla., is not home to the country's most avid reader, though it would appear that way based on the East Lake County Library's records. They show that a man by the name of Chuck Finley checked out 2,361 books over a nine-month period last year, including... More »

10 Books That Will Become Movies in 2017

Including 2 from Stephen King

(Newser) - The library and the movie theater will continue to collide in 2017 with more than a dozen film adaptations of books scheduled for release this year, including a couple of books that have been made into movies before. Here are 10 to watch out for, from BuzzFeed's list of... More »

Germany's 'Surprise Bestseller': Mein Kampf

85K copies of Hitler's manifesto sold in last year

(Newser) - Germany has "a surprise bestseller" on its hands, reports the Guardian . Some 85,000 copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf sold in Germany in the first year the book was published there since World War II. Andreas Wirsching of the Institute of Contemporary History—which began publishing scholarly... More »

For $80 a Night, Bibliophiles Can Sleep at This Library

With all the Gladstone Library's 250K books

(Newser) - Book lovers rejoice: There exists in this world a library that welcomes visitors hoping to stay the night. Gladstone's Library , located about 200 miles northwest of London in the quaint village of Hawarden in Wales, is named after former British Prime Minister William Gladstone, who was himself a bibliophile... More »

Carrie Fisher's Books Are Selling at Lightspeed

Meanwhile, Steve Martin is taking flak

(Newser) - There's been a run on Carrie Fisher's books since the Star Wars actress and humorist died on Tuesday, reports the AP . Fisher's book, The Princess Diarist, was on top of Amazon's list of best-selling books on Wednesday. Wishful Drinking and Postcards From the Edge were also... More »

Must-Read Books of 2017

Top profs says all students should tuck into these books in the new year

(Newser) - What are the most important books to read in the new year? Business Insider posed that question to professors at some of the country's most prestigious universities. Their picks, while hardly beach reading, ranged from drone warfare to race in America. Yale's Harold Bloom said simply, "all... More »

8 Classic Books Creative People Love

Tilda Swinton, Laura Linney, Bill Gates weigh in

(Newser) - Need a last-minute gift idea for the reader in your life? The New York Times might be able to help you out. It's compiled the favorite classic novels of "eight creative people," who previously named the 10 books they'd want with them on a desert island... More »

An Old Friend Tops Amazon's Bestselling Books of 2016

'Harry Potter and the Extremely Good-Selling Book'

(Newser) - Amazon has released its list of the top 20 bestselling books of 2016, a year in which a new Harry Potter story was released, so the top spot shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. “The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t... More »

NYT Book Review Picks 10 Best Books of 2016

Fans of fiction and nonfiction can dig in

(Newser) - The editors of the New York Times Book Review are out with their annual list of the best reads of the year. The top 10, which aren't ranked in order:
  1. The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan, fiction. Review here .
  2. The North Water, Ian McGuire, fiction. Review here .
  3. The
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Authors Are Writing 100 New Books—to Publish in 2114

Future Library will only unlock for future readers

(Newser) - Authors Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell have wrapped up new works of fiction, but unless there are major strides in longevity in the near future, you won't ever get to read them: They won't actually be released for another 98 years. Such is the plan of the Future... More »

Dad Has Perfect Burn for Book Club Permission Slip

Son needed OK to read 'Fahrenheit 451,' about book censorship

(Newser) - Rain on your wedding day? Not really ironic . Not being allowed to read a dystopian novel about book censorship without getting the green light from your parents? Maybe a little ironic. That's the situation Milo Radosh found himself in when he had to get a permission slip signed so... More »

There's No Book Report Quite Like a Trump 'Book Report'

'Juliet ... made Romeo kill himself'

(Newser) - It's fine that Donald Trump is too busy to read because we basically know his take on hundreds of literary classics, thanks to Twitter. It started with a tweet from a St. Louis alderman and mayoral candidate as he was watching Wednesday's debate, per the Huffington Post . "... More »

Just in Time for the Holidays, Dali's Surreal Cookbook

'Les Diners de Gala' a republishing of famous 1973 Salvador Dali tome

(Newser) - One doesn't usually think of a cookbook as "lavish and erotic," but that's how the Guardian is describing a reissue by Taschen of a famous cookbook first published in 1973. Described by Food and Wine as "more Hieronymus Bosch than Anthony Bourdain," Salvador Dali'... More »

Early Hitler Biography Likely Had Surprise Author: Hitler

Historian says he wrote 1923 book praising himself as a savior

(Newser) - Adolf Hitler's manipulation of the German people may have begun long before he came to power. Back in 1923, when he was the leader of a fledgling Nazi party, a biography surfaced calling him Germany's savior and comparing him to Jesus. Adolf Hitler: His Life and His Speeches... More »

Texas Prisoners Can Read Hitler, but Not Jon Stewart

State's scattershot book censorship in prisons has come under fire from civil rights groups

(Newser) - It's Banned Books Week, literature's annual celebration of the books that have challenged social order and standards over the years. When you think of banned books, you probably think of school reading lists, but book censorship can be even worse in prison. Texas' penitentiary system, the largest in... More »

Are You the Heir of This Mystery Crime Author?

Publisher saving royalties for Clifton Robbins' relatives

(Newser) - If only the detective from Clifton Robbins' crime novels could hop off the page and give his new publisher a hand. Scott Pack of Canelo imprint Abandoned Bookshop has been searching high and low for Robbins' relatives after discovering the novelist's 80-year-old works and deciding to publish two as... More »

Trolls Target Amy Schumer's New Book

They're leaving fake one-star reviews on Amazon

(Newser) - Amy Schumer's new collection of essays, titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, currently sits at the No. 2 spot on Amazon's bestsellers list, with Heidi Stevens at the Chicago Tribune describing it as "a brave, vulnerable tale" that's also "hilarious." Its Amazon... More »

Harry Potter Typo Could Make You $34K Richer

First edition copy will be sold in November

(Newser) - It might be time to revisit your old copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. A hardcover first edition of the book, published in 1997, is expected to fetch up to $33,700 (or about 4,585 Galleons ) at a Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts sale in... More »

To Live Longer, Pick Up a Book

Book readers live 2 years longer than non-readers: study

(Newser) - Reading books does more than ward off dementia : It also increases your lifespan, according to Yale researchers. In fact, the more time a person spends reading, the less likely they are to die. Researchers asked 3,635 people over 50 about their reading habits, then checked back in after 12... More »

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