Editors A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger have collaborated on a new book that celebrates the life of late jazz legend Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967), best known for the almost 30 years he spent as the “writing and arranging companion” for Duke Ellington. [read more…]
Your family is filled with people to whom you look up. There’s Grandpa, who served in the war, Grandma, who raised many children with little money. Your uncle another veteran overseas, and both your parents, who keep you fed and safe. You look up to all of them but imagine how high you would have to look if they were on horseback, and then read “Buffalo Soldiers: Heroes of the American West” by Brynn Baker.
Your numbers weren’t picked last night. Ah, another worthless lottery ticket. No shopping spree or mortgage payoff for you. You’ll have to go to work and get your incredible wealth just like everybody else. Or, as you’ll read in “Prince of Darkness” by Shane White, you could become rich the old-fashioned way: through grift.
Open mouth, insert foot. Maybe it doesn’t happen often, but there are times when you have a knack for saying what’s on your mind at precisely the wrong time. You can’t un-say things, though, especially if you mean them but as you’ll see in the new novel “Grant Park” by Leonard Pitts Jr., at least those words won’t kill you.
“Here, try this.” Ugh. That is advice you almost never take because you hate new things. You know what you like, you know what you don’t – and there are plenty of things that fall into the last category. But, as in the new book “Little Shaq Takes a Chance” by Shaquille O’Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, unless you try something, how do you know for sure?
(PC World) – The world of ebook subscription services lost one of its earliest proponents late Monday evening, when Oyster—the so-called “Netflix of ebooks,” which also recently opened an online book store—announced it was shutting down “over the next few months.” [read more…]