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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

Briefly Noted Book Reviews (September 15, 2014)

The Roman Guide to Slave Managementby Jerry Toner (Overlook). To convey in fine detail the attitudes of a society in which owning a slave was “a simple fact of social life,” Toner, a classicist, comes up with an ingenious device. He creates Marcus Sidonius Falx, an ancient-Roman nobleman and the imagined author of a treatise on how to buy, breed, and train a slave. Falx’s text, illuminated by Toner’s commentary, is by turns charming, haughty, and brutal. “A lot of slaves are nowhere near as dim-witted as they make out to be,” Falx writes. He mixes philosophical musings on the morality of slave-owning with practical tidbits: if your slaves are of various nationalities, we learn, it’s harder for them to conspire against you.

Some silent movie-era inspiration for any film buffs or nostalgists out there!

Step behind the scenes in MISSING REELS, coming out on November 13, and enter to win an advance reading copy now! Only two days left! 

Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105113-missing-reels 

For everyone in Seattle, don’t miss Christina Nichol reading from her new book WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Elliot Bay Book Company tonight at 7PM! Norman Rush saysThis novel is a remarkable entry into the world of comic fiction… This is the real thing. This is humor like Twain did it, or Dickens. Different.” Surely you wouldn’t want to miss that!

SEATTLE, WA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 PM

Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122
Reading and Discussion

As the summer comes to an end and the Fall season nears we are giving away advance reading copies of Farran Smith Nehme’s incredible, cinematic debut MISSING REELS! Young love, old movies, an epic search for a long lost silent film and so much more! Sign up now via Goodreads to win a copy while they are still available! 

As the summer comes to an end and the Fall season nears we are giving away advance reading copies of Farran Smith Nehme’s incredible, cinematic debut MISSING REELS! Young love, old movies, an epic search for a long lost silent film and so much more! Sign up now via Goodreads to win a copy while they are still available! 

Don’t miss Christina Nichol reading tonight from her debut novel WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Powell’s on Hawthorne! And check out this sneak peek from WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY! 

PORTLAND, ORMonday, August 25, 2014, 7:30 PMPowell’s  3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 Reading and Discussion

Don’t miss Christina Nichol reading tonight from her debut novel WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY at Powell’s on Hawthorne! And check out this sneak peek from WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY

PORTLAND, OR
Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:30 PM
Powell’s
 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Reading and Discussion

57thstreetbooks:

Ernest Hemingway said it was awfully easy to be hardboiled during the day, but I think Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would beg to differ. Those cats and their brethren found trouble no matter where the sun was in the sky, and their sixth senses for sin are why we still love them and think they’re cool over a half century later. Noir literature was, of course, also the basis for some of the most beautifully shot and persistantly hip films known to man, and, thanks to some presses with excellent taste, books full of those iconic images are now stocked on our shelves. Because of its morally and stylistically complex exploration of the darkest sides of modern life, noir literature and film have also spawned a whole field of criticism. Anyway, in the wake of noir femme fatale Lauren Bacall’s death, and inspired by the sultry Chicago summer, here’s a collection of some of our finest offerings in noir fiction, criticism, and art, from curbsidesplendor, akashicbooks, overlookpress, versobooks and more. Bang, bang.
Complete list/ordering info here.

57thstreetbooks:

Ernest Hemingway said it was awfully easy to be hardboiled during the day, but I think Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe would beg to differ. Those cats and their brethren found trouble no matter where the sun was in the sky, and their sixth senses for sin are why we still love them and think they’re cool over a half century later. Noir literature was, of course, also the basis for some of the most beautifully shot and persistantly hip films known to man, and, thanks to some presses with excellent taste, books full of those iconic images are now stocked on our shelves. Because of its morally and stylistically complex exploration of the darkest sides of modern life, noir literature and film have also spawned a whole field of criticism. Anyway, in the wake of noir femme fatale Lauren Bacall’s death, and inspired by the sultry Chicago summer, here’s a collection of some of our finest offerings in noir fiction, criticism, and art, from curbsidesplendor, akashicbooks, overlookpress, versobooks and more. Bang, bang.

Complete list/ordering info here.

Are Water Filters B.S.?

James Salzman, author of DRINKING WATER, interviewed by The Daily Beast 

"Diana Cooper was not always serious, but she knew that she lived in serious times. This grave knowledge is what allows these letters to be so much fun."
—The Wall Street Journal on DARLING MONSTER

“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’”
“The mood will pass, sir.”

—   P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters (via booksandjazz)