This week’s morsels include a contest, some darker fiction, and even sea monsters.
Events: University Book Store, one of the few places left where you can still find a copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is now hosting a Julie and Julia contest for anyone interested in the art of cooking. Stop by the store and sign up before September 3rd for a chance to win prizes “including audio book copies of Julie and Julia, fabulous aprons, or the grand prize: cooking classes from Le Gourmand.”
Chop Suey Books’s deal of the week again features twins separated at birth. Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True, an Oprah book club pick, is the dark story of two identical brothers who struggle with mental instability and a dark family history of abuse. A multi-layered emotional roller coaster, this 900 page novel tells a gripping story about family and the unbreakable bond of brotherhood.
New Literature: The success of the hilarious Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith has led to a new twist on another Jane Austen classic: Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters, which will be released on September 15th. The images from the upcoming novel are particularly amusing. Odyssey Bookshop blogs about some of the best Jane Austen fanfiction out there.
Tracy Kidder, author of Pulitzer Prize winning Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, has just published a new book: Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness. This story of “heroism inherent in ordinary people,” introduces an immigrant from the central African nation of Burundi who comes to America with very little cash and no contacts, and, through hard work, obtains a medical degree so that he can establish a clinic for the poor in his home country (via Broadway Books Blog).
Other: Reading Rainbow, the Emmy-award winning show that encouraged generations of children to read, is coming to the end of its 26 year run this Friday. NPR suspects that not only the lack of funds, but shifting philosophies about the most effective way to have children read, has led to this sad decision. Read the article here (via Newtonville Books Blog).