In “Shakespeare Wrote for Money,” Nick Hornby writes, “The annoying thing about reading is that you can never get the job done…reading begets reading—that’s sort of the point of it, surely?—and anybody who never deviates from a set list of books is intellectually dead anyway.”
Anne Rice, the original queen of vampire fiction, crosses to the other side with her latest book, “The Wolf Gift,” a werewolf novel set in the contemporary Bay Area.
It takes a bit of star power for any lecturer to fill Cemex Auditorium on a school night — but the New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett spoke to a full house on Monday evening. She was introduced by Professor Tobias Wolff, who fondly recalled a 20-something Patchett just embarking on her literary career.
In her new release, “The Baker’s Daughter”, Sarah McCoy weaves together the stories of two very different women who, in attempting to outrun their pasts, end up in El Paso, Texas. Reba Adams is a lonely journalist whose latest assignment, a Christmas feature, leads her to Elsie’s German bakery. In researching her piece, she finds a kindred spirit in the proprietress, Elsie Schmidt, whose story began six decades previous in Germany as a teenaged girl under the oppressive rule of the Third Reich.
Our culture is fascinated by the idea of epiphany–the elusive moment that alters the course of one’s life. It is said that a chance encounter between Newton’s skull and a wayward apple redefined physics, that the serendipitous meeting of J. M. Barrie and the Llewelyn Davies children led the former to produce the novel “Peter Pan.”
The holidays are almost upon us; that means Christmas shopping. If finals are draining your brainpower and Amazon recommendations are letting you down, fear not–Book Critiqua has something for everyone on your list.
Part tech-thriller and part wilderness adventure, “Micro” is the story of seven graduate researchers at a Harvard biology lab who go on a recruiting trip to Nanigen MicroTechnologies, headquartered in Hawaii.
In 2009, rapper Shawn Carter, more commonly known as Jay-Z, was a guest on the HBO talk show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The host gave the rapper a bound copy of every lyric of every song he had officially released. The book was no mere pamphlet, but a behemoth, putting a physical perspective on the copious amount of writing Jay-Z has done since his first official album, “Reasonable Doubt” (1996). Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that Jay-Z’s first published book, “Decoded,” has the flow of a well-studied author.