Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic

Here's what happens when you finally really and truly clean up your email: you find some interesting links that have gotten buried under all of the newer stuff.

The Big Guy found this link for me about quotes attributed to Mark Twain.  Did he say it? Did he say it that way? It seems like so many other things we read on the internet, like as not the Mark Twain "quotes" we read are wrong.

From my uncle comes this link highlighting books about women in science. Which ties in right in with the book Hidden Figures, a book on tour with TLC Book Tours this month about the women mathematicians of NASA. You may also have noticed that that book has been made into a movie coming out soon with an all-star cast including Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Butler, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons. Love seeing the accomplishment of women in math and science recognized. I only wish our school systems would do a better job of convincing our smart girls that these are fields they can excel in.

Also brought to my attention by BG is this list of the 100 Best Novels: From Bunyan's Pilgrim to Carey's Ned Kelly he found through Flipboard in The Guardian. It's a year old. So, yeah, I haven't really completely cleared out my mailbox in a while but it's mostly classics and the list took two years to build so I don't there'd be many changes if it came out now.

If you're already putting together your list of books to read for Nonfiction November, you might want to check out Buzzfeeds 19 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015 to see what you missed from last year.  Another link passed to me from BG. He may not read as much as I do, but he's good about feeding the beast!

One last thing - last week I reviewed Greg Iles' Natchez Burning. If you were interested in learning more about the book and Iles' inspiration, here are some links for you to check out:

Reading Guide
Greg Iles talks about writing about the South in his new novel (YouTube) 
Greg Iles Introduces Natchez Burning (YouTube)


  1. Glad that you mentioned Nonfiction November. I know I want to do it this time - I must have read more nonfiction than fiction this year. And, looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Hidden Figures!

  2. ooo those links are awesome ! I'm off to check the nonfiction list now. must begin my list of books to read for november!

  3. I'm looking forward to Nonfiction November since I have so many unread nonfiction books in my stacks. Not sure why I tend to overlook those when it's time to find something new to read. I might have to add Hidden Figures to my stack. It's been selling very well since its release.

    Have a great weekend. Maybe we'll get some more rain!