"Shouldn't we all feel a little embarrassed about the fuss we made over 50 Shades of Grey?" Jessa Crispin writes for the Los Angeles Review of Books about E.L. James' trilogy and some of the longer responses, including Hard-Core Romance, which we briefly covered a few months ago.
Artist Nina Katchadourian, in a take off on the sometimes serendipitous placement of books on bookshelves, has created micro-stories told only in the words on the spines of books.At the site of UK bookstore Any Amount of Books (which also runs the blog Bookride), one can view "The Incredible Bookman," a bookshelf that takes the form of a human, one who is perhaps charged with enticing you to read more books.The Guild of Book Workers is a 100 year old organization created to "establish and maintain a feeling of kinship and mutual interest among workers in the several hand book crafts."
Duplex by Kathryn Davis An astonishing, peculiar experience, reading Davis, like being pricked all over so that every bit of the strangeness of this book can seep into you. The kind of writer who makes me want to corner strangers on buses, so I can read whole paragraphs at them. This book is haunting me. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi I read Mr. Fox last year, and then I picked it up and read it again this summer. Loop-the-loop, whip-smart fairytale stuff, reminiscent of Angela Carter and Joanna Russ and Grace Paley. Remember Why You Fear Me by Robert Shearman My absolute favorite thing: a collection of really, really horrible and unsettling stories. Best read late at night, when no one else is home. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson Expansive, character-, and idea-driven science fiction. I'm still reading this, actually, as slowly as possible. And then I'll start his latest novel, Shaman. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh One of my favorite writers. Dogs, childhood, depression, cake. Twin Spica Volume 12 by Kou Yagima Final book in a really terrific manga series about kids, ghosts, and space academy. Oh! And one more, at the very last minute. One of my favorite books this year was Kelly Braffett's Save Yourself, a book I bought when it first came out, then misplaced, then finally (hallelujah!) found again. Save Yourself did a number on my heart and my brain. I love it in the same way that I love Tana French's In the Woods, Dan Chaon's work, and Asa Larssen's thrillers. More from A Year in Reading 2013 Don't miss: A Year in Reading 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 The good stuff: The Millions' Notable articles The motherlode: The Millions' Books and Reviews Like what you see? Learn about 5 insanely easy ways to Support The Millions, and follow The Millions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.
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