Oh hey look, it’s Brandon Stanton signing our copies of Humans of New York. NO BIG DEAL.
i am so in awe of HONY photo-taking-skills that i didn’t even TRY to take a better photo. i am just a mortal with a camera phone.
You know who doesn’t have Humans of New York? Amazon.
You know who does? Word Brooklyn.
OMGEEEEEEEEE Little, Brown knows how to send a belated literary Christmas present!!!
Gone Girl is deserving of all the praise and trillions of copies sold and movie adaptations and whatever else is headed Gillian Flynn’s way. What won me over even more than the exhilarating, perfectly paced plot was Flynn’s deftness on a sentence level. (via 12 Books for People Who Loved Gone Girl)
In which the brilliant Julie Buntin tells us to read Tana French, Cartwheel, Ivy Pochoda, and other smart mysteries by smart women for smart women.
Oh hm! This is hard. There used to be Book Boroughing, but it looks like they’ve gone quiet. Surely though we’re forgetting something—and so we open it up to the world. World?
I like Bookstalker, but also your best bet is probably to pick a few stores you like and can easily get to and subscribe to their newsletters. I get Housing Works, McNally, Word, Greenlight, etc. Anything that seems like a maybe, just throw it on your G- or i- calendar…
Joellyn—as judgmental as she is insecure—tells her unborn daughter the story of her courtship with an unemployed, terribly-dressed man named Zachary. The novella is a romantic comedy—if romantic comedies were dark and screwed up and no one got exactly what they wanted.
You guys, I love this book. This is where my obsession with Edan Lepucki began. It’s got an “unlikable” narrator where you can relate to every single kinda-shitty thought process she has. Where you maybe even learn things about yourself. And it’s fun too.
Mallory Ortberg’s TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE, the often passive-aggressive, sometimes strange, and always humorous imagined texts from classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield, to Allison Adler at Holt, by Kate McKean at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency (World).
Do we all understand how hilarious Mallory Ortberg is? She is almost surely the funniest person I know (Sorry, honey.) and this book is based on the series you loved on The Hairpin and The Toast. Best best greatest awesome hooray!
YOU GUYS!! It’s ALIVE! The NPR Book Concierge is at your service — see what we’ve been working on the past few months, and more importantly, see our favorite books of 2013 in a fantastic new clickable searchable playable-with format.
(If you really, REALLY miss our lists, here’s why we decided to do something a little different this year)
This is so, so cool and exciting! Thanks NPR Books!
The first day I started Fairy Tales for Twenty-Somethings, sometime in late July 2012, thirty people liked or shared it almost immediately. I was ecstatic. Thirty! I was making myself a sandwich in the kitchen and ran into my bedroom halfway through to reload the page and see if the number had gone up. I remember thinking, This could be something. This is somewhat embarrassing, but those people had found the Tumblr because I’d tagged the very first post with “feminism.”
Aw, Tim is the best!
It’s Antarctica Week here on the NPR Books Tumblr, courtesy of our good friend Jynne Dilling Martin, who’s spending six weeks amongst the seals and penguins as Antarctica’s official artist in residence (not that we’re DESPERATELY JEALOUS or anything).
Jynne reports that NPR has an avid following among the south-polar scientists: “They actually have a mini ‘faux’ radio station where they just stream NPR out to people’s locally tuned radios.” WE LOVE YOU TOO, AWESOME SCIENTISTS!
Pictured above is biologist Anne Todgham, who studies the polar fish — her favorite show is “Science Fridays, of course! Although I do get secret joy when Car Talk comes on on Saturdays when I am out running errands.” And her most recent read is Geraldine Brooks’ People of the Book: “A fantastic story of a mysterious and rare Hebrew manuscript illuminated with brilliant paintings and hidden treasures that tell of its historic journey through time.”
You can find out more about Dr. Todgham’s work here.
Image courtesy of Jynne Dilling Martin