Deb Pettid and Pete Cowdin, who recently closed their beloved Reading Reptile children’s bookstore in Brookside, are focusing their new venture: The Rabbit Hole, an immersive interactive experience created around children’s books. They’ve opened a temporary exhibit, and are launching an Indiegogo campaign.
Though the Des Moines Register reported on the deplorable conditions at the Atalissa, Iowa, bunkhouse in 1979, it took 30 years to close the operation. “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland,” written by NY Times columnist Dan Barry, explores the story.
Although Austen devotees may balk at the novel’s modernization — ditto its Americanization — author Curtis Sittenfeld seems ideally suited to the task. Her breezy wit and sly social critiques capture the spirit, if not the tone, of Austen’s work.
Like many of the author’s novels — with the exception of the soul-jarring “Every Last One” — this story isn’t full of drama. Rather, it’s a portrait of what it is to live and age, fueled by insight into the human condition.
April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The Bard wrote 154 sonnets. Barnet, in an act of literary bravado, has written his own 154 sonnets in imitation of Shakespeare.
When Facebook Inc. announced its first-quarter earnings Wednesday, a few things were clear: The number of users on the social network is climbing, its ad revenue is soaring and its shareholders have every reason to be smiling ear to ear.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 24, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
Ah, spring: not quite humid enough to be summer yet pleasant enough to send us out to the pool with a cold beverage in one hand and a book in the other. And this month there are more than a few potential good reads looming. Get an early start on your summer reading by grabbing a few of the books that everyone will be talking about in May.