Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday Lit 090708

'The House at Sugar Beach' By HELENE COOPER
The Times’s Helene Cooper fled a warring Liberia as a child. In this memoir, she returns to confront the ghosts of her past -- and to find a lost sister. (Review by CAROLINE ELKINS)
First Chapter
An Essay Adapted From ‘The House at Sugar Beach’ in The Times Magazine

...the geek crowd has gotten its own cultural history, in Benjamin Nugent's entertaining and intelligent American Nerd. Nugent begins with his definition of the nerd. Nerds, he writes, are people who remind others of machines. They aren't quite robots, but they aren't quite human either. They are passionate about a technical topic, they speak in formal English, they favor logic over emotion, and they avoid confrontation. (Review by A. J. Jacobs)

New Book Series Sends 8-12 olds on a Web Treasure Hunt Scholastic is releasing “The 39 Clues,” a new series by Rick Riordan that is tied to a Web-based game and collectors’ cards. (Review by MOTOKO RICH)

The Corpse Walkers: Real Life Stories, China From the Bottom Up' By LIAO YIWU
In these oral histories, Liao Yiwu records conversations with a feng shui master, a professional mourner, a safecracker and other denizens of Sichuan. (Review by MICHAEL MEYER)

The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
It is the story of Hattie, a young woman who returns from Paris to Winnipeg to take care of her niece and nephew after her sister Min is admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Reminiscent of the movie Little Miss Sunshine, the novel evolves into a road-trip tale, as Hattie decides to take the children on a quest to track down their long-lost father and finds herself, playing guardian and in way over her head. (Review by Danielle Marshall)

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