Sunday, 28 August 2016

The One Man is heartfelt and compelling

2016-08-28 ANDREW Gross, known for his contemporary thrillers, takes the reader back to World War II and the brutality that Jews faced in the concentration camps in his novel, “The One Man.” The dilemma Nathan Blum faces is determining how much one life is...

Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo top US bestsellers lists

2016-08-28 COMEDIAN Amy Schumer’s memoir The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo debuted at the top of the weekly US non-fiction bestseller chart on Thursday, while Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a novel about a slave’s bid for freedom, topped the...

Friendship and fun galore in The Raven Boys

2016-08-28 IN THE Young Adult Fiction Fantasy novel known as The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater wrote, “She recognised the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it...

Sunday, 21 August 2016

England’s library use down over past decade

2016-08-21 THE proportion of adults visiting public libraries in England has fallen by almost a third over the last decade, according to a new government report, although usage in the country’s most deprived areas has remained stable. The Department of...

Malaysia’s Original People: The Orang Asli

2016-08-21 MALAYSIA’S Original People: Past, Present And Future Of The Orang Asli (pic) is a dense, far-reaching compendium of essays edited by Kirk Endicott, a professor with the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College in the United States. The...

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Latest Harry Potter book fascinates Bruneians

2016-08-14 BY NOW, almost every living human being who loved literature should be aware — if they’ve been clueless prior to the release of the book — that there’s a new addition to the well-loved Harry Potter series that ended way back in 2007. The series...

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Clinton, Kaine to release book two months before election

2016-08-07 HILLARY Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, are releasing a book two months before the election. Simon & Schuster told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the 256-page book that will be released Sept 6 will be called Stronger Together...

Oprah Winfrey picks Whitehead novel for book club

2016-08-07 OPRAH Winfrey has a new book club pick, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, a historical novel that imagines the network of safe houses and passages that helped slaves escape to free territory is an actual train. Winfrey told The...

US Constitution among Amazon’s best sellers

2016-08-07 SINCE Khizr Khan held up a copy of the US Constitution last week at the Democratic National Convention and offered to lend it to Republican nominee Donald Trump, sales for the government’s founding document have soared, with two editions in the top...

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Dissection of the male heart

2016-07-31 YOU know you’re in the presence of properly great fiction writing when you forget to question a single word of it. “This happened,” the author declares — and that’s it, you’re there, the book in your hand suddenly so much more urgent and alive than...

New Michael Crichton novel coming out in 2017

2016-07-31 A COMPLETED and unpublished Michael Crichton novel, recently discovered by his widow, is coming out next year.HarperCollins Publishers told The Associated Press on Thursday that “Dragon Teeth” is scheduled for May 2017. According to HarperCollins,...

Pottermania awakens

2016-07-31 IT’S been five years since fans of “Harry Potter” tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again.Fans around the world went into mourning after...

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Danielle Steel’s ‘Magic’ still at top of US bestsellers

2016-07-24 AUTHOR Danielle Steel’s latest family saga “Magic” debuted at the top of the US fiction bestseller chart last Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the United...

Dave Eggers sets latest literary adventure in Alaska

2016-07-24 THE latest stop on Dave Eggers’ long-running fictional tour: Alaska. Eggers’ Heroes of the Frontier, which comes out July 26, tells of a single mother from Ohio who flees to Alaska with her young son and daughter in the wake of financial and...

‘Fifty-Year Mission’ is compelling Star Trek timeline

2016-07-24 EDWARD Gross and Mark A Altman have compiled hundreds of interviews to create The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years (pic). The saga of a failed TV show growing in popularity...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Danielle Steel’s ‘Magic’ debuts atop US bestsellers

2016-07-17 AUTHOR Danielle Steel’s latest family saga “Magic” debuted at the top of the US fiction bestseller chart last Thursday. Data released from independent, online and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors across the...

Time travel on a ship in ‘The Girl From Everywhere’

2016-07-17 THERE is a popular belief that ancient maps made by the Western world contained the inscription “Here be dragons”, or its Latin equivalent Hic Sunt Dracones, in unexplored areas depicted on the map.While this, unfortunately, has turned out to be...

Rare book sold for US$10.5m in danger of being exported from Britain

2016-07-17 A RARE jewel-encrusted book that belonged to a 16th century French King is in danger of being exported from Britain unless US$10.5 million can be raised to stop it going abroad.Government Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export...

Sunday, 10 July 2016

The book that tells you how to come to terms with stress

2016-07-10 STRESS: We all experience it. No one is immune from it. But how many of us have learnt to cope with it? How To Deal With Stress, written by two international stress experts, is a guide to identifying the underlying causes of stress and how to deal...

Stephen King’s ‘End of Watch’ still tops US fiction bestsellers list

2016-07-10 STEPHEN King’s thriller End of Watch, the final installment of the author’s Bill Hodges trilogy, topped the US fiction bestseller chart for a third straight week. Hardcover Fiction 1. End of Watch by Stephen King (Scribner) 2. Here’s To Us by...