Book Bites: News and Views for November 20

The end of the year “Best of” lists are pouring in, and this week we see picks from The Washington Post, which merged fiction and non-fiction to come up with ten must-reads from 2015:

Between the World and Me — Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Flags: The World of ISIS — Joby Warrick

The Book of Aron — Jim Shepard

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush  Jon Meacham

Fates and Furies  Lauren Groff

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It  Marc Goodman

A Little Life  Hanya Yanagihara

Negroland: A memoir  Margo Jefferson

Purity — Jonathan Franzen

Welcome to Braggsville  T. Geronimo Johnson

They have also published Top 10 lists for a variety of genres including romance, audiobooks, and graphic novels.


Goodreads continues to whittle down its reader’s choice awards, with the final round announced this week. All twenty categories are down to ten finalists, and winners will be revealed next week. Cast your vote here.


After a heartbreaking week in Paris the tenacity and endurance of its citizens has been displayed in many ways, but perhaps one of the quietest, most surprising ways is in the rise of Ernest Hemingway’s 1964 Paris memoir, A Moveable Feast to the top of bookselling charts in France. The book recounts Hemingway’s time in Paris during the 1920s and lauds French culture as civilized, ancient and resilient.


Fans of the Hunger Games franchise will be flocking to movie theaters this weekend to see the final installment of the series on the big screen. The adaptations have been pretty good so far, so hopefully Mockingjay Part 2 doesn’t disappoint those who are already mourning the end of the Games.


This week in book history: 1945  the first Pippi Longstocking books are published in Sweden. 1939  Margaret Atwood is born. 1849  Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities. 1936  Don DeLillo is born. 1865  Mark Twain publishes his first story in The New York Saturday Press. 1916  Shelby Foote is born.

    Karen Green

    Karen Green is a freelance writer and big city ex-pat now living in rural Ontario. She writes for numerous print and online publications, and considers her library card to be one of her most valuable possessions.

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