Ahhhh, summer! Finally, some time for a bit of pleasure reading. Got a gift certificate you’ve been hanging on to? (Ha. Mine are gone minutes after they hit my hands.) Or maybe you are just overwhelmed with choices and don’t want to waste precious free time on something that isn’t so great. Well, we at eNotes want to help you get the most out of your summer reading
Here are ten suggestions offered by my very well-read friends who occasionally hang up their tweed jackets and loosen their professorial buns (no, not hair). Here you will find a combination of new and older works, both fiction and non-fiction, serious and comedic. So pick a few and let us know what YOU think!
Are you a fan of AMC’s Mad Men and Peggy and Joan in particular? Curious about what life was really like on Madison Avenue in the ’60s? Then you will enjoy Maas’s exploration of life in the ad game in the 1960s and beyond .
A good beach read by a first time novelist. A friend says it is “the only romance novel I’ve ever finished.”
“Suddenly single when her aspiring screenwriter boyfriend takes off for a hot job in L.A., bridal magazine editor Emma Carter is forced to reassess her appearance, her job, and her prospects-and take action. A diverse cast of engaging, occasionally offbeat characters, the hilarious sayings attributed to them, and a fast-paced style facilitated by Emma’s pithy sound-bite “confessions” add to the fun in a lively Manhattan-set story that, while not a true romance, leaves the heroine happily pursuing her dreams and involved in a satisfying romantic relationship. This work may appeal to those who enjoy Bridget Jones-type books and like their stories urban, trendy, and slightly ambiguous. Curnyn is a fiction editor and lives in New York. This is her first novel. ” – Library Journal
Know a teacher who could use and deserves $10,000?
Well, hurry, as it is almost last call for nominating an educator who shows innovation and dedication to their craft. The $10,000 classroom grant will be awarded by GOOD Partnerships and the University of Phoenix. There will be twenty finalists selected from teachers of grades Kindergarten through Twelfth this February 15, 2013 at noon PT.
Voting for the finalists begins March 4 and “in a course of five weeks, the GOOD community will vote for their favorite teacher. At the end of the five weeks, the top voted K through 6 teacher and top voted 7 through 12 teacher will each receive a $10,000 classroom grant.”
What are the judge looking for? “[T]eachers that are not only changing the lives of their students, but also their community. We want to hear all about the teachers that are integrating technology into the classroom, doing community outreach with their students, or pushing their students to learn and think in different ways so that they can graduate successfully and achieve beyond the classroom.”
For ideas and inspiration, you can watch videos of last year’s winners, Terry Dougherty and Daryl Bilandzija. Good luck to all the great candidates out there and don’t forget: the deadline for applications is this Friday!
It’s award season, not just for movies, but for books as well. Yesterday, the National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists for the 2012 publishing year. Since 1976, the National Book Critics Circle has given the award in order “to promote the finest books and reviews published in English.” The American organization has selected thirty books eligible for a total of six prizes. Those six categories are autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Two of the titles in contention have already received much critical and popular acclaim, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.
and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Other Fiction Finalists:
Laurent Binet’s HHhH, about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
Zadie Smith’s London-set NW
Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son, a frightening look into Kim Jong Il’s North Korea. (Both Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and Binet’s HHhH are first novels.)
Robert A. Caro’s The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Tom Reiss’s The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo , about General Dumas, father of the famous novelist
Lisa Cohen’s All We Know: Three Lives about early 20th-century trend setters Esther Murphy, Mercedes de Acosta and Madge Garland
Lisa Jarnot’s Robert Duncan, The Ambassador from Venus: A Biography
My Poets by Maureen N. McLane
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
In the House of the Interpreter by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid
Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations by David Ferry
Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys by D. A. Powell
Olives: Poems (Triquarterly) by A.E. Stallings
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
For a complete list of finalists, click here.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.