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Book News-October 13, 2015

I have a few book-news related items to post about. Please read on, check out the links, and enjoy what you find!

Here they are in no particular order:

Congratulations to Marlon James for winning the Man Booker Prize!

The Sea Beach Line, by Ben Nadler, has finally been published!

Moment Magazine is accepting applications for its Short Fiction Contest.

Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann, is out!

Read about Jewish Book Council’s “Raid the Shelves“!

Rachel Kushner has a thought-provoking interview/article-read it here.

One of my favorite quotes: A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. -Chinese Proverb

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Bookseller’s List – 2014, and Such

A popular online bookseller has picked their 100 best books of 2014. You can read their list, right here.

I have read a few of the books on the list, which is quite varied as far as the list’s genres go.

Right now, I am reading a book entitled The Day of Atonement, by David Liss. It does not appear to be on the bookseller’s list. Nonetheless, I am totally enjoying it, so far. I will read any novel he writes, as they are, in my opinion, compelling and masterfully written.

Here is a slide show of re the New York Times best illustrated books.

The Los Angeles Times has their bestseller list up.

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Two Books re Death and Mathematics

I recently found myself reading two novels that deal with the subject of mathematicians. This happened quite accidentally. I read the first book, below, and had requested an e-book from my local library for the second book.

Within the pages of both books, individually, lies a story within a story. The books do not just deal with death and loss, but also the issue of problem-solving through the mathematics world. The problem-solving doesn’t end, there, as this reader found out. Ethics, greed, and inherited worth are all issues touched upon.

The Mathematician’s Shiva, by Stuart Rojstaczer, is an incredible story line, infused with the Jewish practice of sitting Shiva (meaning seven) for the seven days of mourning, after the burial of a first-degree relative.

The book depicts a deeper story than the death of a famed mathematician, a story of her involvement in solving one of the most hardest to solve mathematical problems. Mathematicians involve themselves in her Shiva, as a guise in order to search through everything possible to find the solution to the problem. Some believe she has taken it to her grave, some don’t.


The Goddess of Small Victories, by Yanneck Grannec is another novel that revolves around mathematics. A librarian, named Anna Roth, becomes involved with the widow of a renowned mathematician, in order to gain access to his documents.

Adele, the widow, is a bitter woman, and a woman not quick to reveal anything her husband left behind.

The relationship between Anna and Adele is explored. And, the premise of what the family of the deceased owes the world in general, as far as the holdings left behind, is also illuminated.


I hope to write a complete review for both books, eventually. But for now, I wanted to quickly present the two books recently read.

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Sunday Book News

The New York Times article regarding the theatrical production revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, was an interesting read. I have read the book a few times, seen the film but have not seen the play.

I enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes details, and about some of the challenges producing the play presented.
Go and browse what is new in the book world at the L.A. Times.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review has some compelling looking books on their list this week.

I am an avid reader of W.G. Sebald’s works. Joshua Cohen wrote a review entitled “Points of Departure“, regarding W.G. Sebald’s book, A Place in the Country. I will definitely be reading this compelling sounding book.

Marcia Gessen has reviewed Molly Antopol’s book, UnAmericans.

If you like basketball, you might want to read the review of Seth Davis’ Wooden.

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Book Diva News December 22, 2013

Bridging the World a book at a Time

Bridging the World a book at a Time

American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, by Deborah Solomon is a book I just ordered, and can’t wait to get!

David Laskin certainly has my attention, and I am definitely buying his latest book.

May Ned Vizzini be at peace…read the touching tribute.

The New York Times Best Ten Books of 2013

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Women and Writing

Bridging the World a book at a Time

Bridging the World a book at a Time

Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World, by Claudia Roth Pierpont, looks to be a fascinating read, in my opinion.

Also, by the same author: Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books, looks to be an interesting evaluation on Philip Roth. Although, I wonder if it will be the same type of read as Norman Mailer: A Double Life. I need to research Pierpont’s book further, as I do not want to read another book regarding an author’s sexual pursuits and other personal dramas.

Listed below are some online writing resources for women:

Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office, University of Wisconsin

The International Women’s Writing Guild

WOW!: Women on Writing

Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Victorian Women Writers Project

Women Writing for (a) Change, Vermont

The California Journal of Women Writers

These are just a sampling of online resources, ones I frequent often. There are so many more to browse through if you take the time to research websites.

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Varied Book Reviews

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After sunset, I love to sit in my favorite chair with a cup of decaffeinated green tea with honey and lemon in it, and read. I do this each evening. I read during the day, also, don’t get me wrong, but there is something about relaxing in the evening and perusing the pages of a book.

Many of the books I read come from new releases based on an author I like, or on a review of a book I am interested in.

Each of the links below give the curious reader a variety of books that have been reviewed. There might be a review of a book you are interested in reading, so browse through their listings.

The New York Times Sunday Book Review offers book reviews that blend cultures, societal issues, and so much more. Take a look.

Visit the Los Angeles Review of Books to see their collection for this week.

London Review of Books also has interesting material.

The Wall Street Journal offers their take on books.

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