March 28, 2010
Fiction 1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95) 2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave ($14) 3. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick ($14.95) 4. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See ($15) 5. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14) 6. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks ($7.99) 7. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann ($15) 8. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15)
September 23, 2012 |
The Peculiar A Novel Stefan Bachmann Greenwillow Books: 384 pp., $16.99, ages 9 and up The average 16-year-old who writes usually does so for school, bringing the same level of rigor and enthusiasm to the endeavor as he would to cleaning a public toilet. Not Stefan Bachmann, a teenager who makes his authorial debut with a middle-grade novel so polished and fun to read that one would never suspect he was in high school when he began to write it. "The Peculiar" is the title of Bachmann's steampunk fairy tale set in an alternate Victorian-era London - a book that, at times, recalls Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" and more recent classics, such as J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" and Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events.
June 3, 2007
The following reviews are scheduled: Ronald Brownstein reviews "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton" by Carl Bernstein and "Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton" by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. Richard Schickel reviews "This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood" by Jack Valenti. Tim Rutten reviews "The Uncertain Hour," a novel by Jesse Browner.
February 12, 2010 |
If motion pictures that astound you or break new artistic ground are the reason you go to the movies, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is not for you. But then you already knew that, didn't you? As directed by the risk-averse and reliably commercial Chris Columbus, "Percy Jackson" has standard Hollywood product so written all over it that the fact that it is unadventurous and uninteresting can be figured out from the film's advertising and promotion material alone.
March 8, 2010 |
It used to be that the only adults who read young adult literature were those who had a vested interest -- teachers or librarians or parents who either needed or wanted to keep an eye on developing readers' tastes. But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids. Thanks to huge crossover hits like Stephenie Meyer's bloodsucking "Twilight" saga, Suzanne Collins' fight-to-the-death "The Hunger Games" trilogy, Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief" and Markus Zusak's Nazi-era "The Book Thief," YA is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak publishing market.