In the coming weeks we’ll be reviewing the new book Damn Few, written by former U.S. Navy SEAL Rorke Denver. A thinking warrior who talks more about books than weapons, Denver tackled his first book with energy. You’ll also notice that Rorke co-starred in the recent action film, Act of Valor. Here is the book trailer for Damn Few. Please stay tuned to Boston Book Bums for our thoughts on Damn Few.
THE SECRET OF THE NIGHTINGALE PALACE, a novel by Dana Sachs, is a road trip novel but more than that it explores a grandmother/granddaughter relationship. Anna, a thirty-five year old widow has trouble finding her footing after her husband illness and death. Goldie, Anna’s feisty twice-widowed grandmother, decides its time to bury a 5-year rift between the two of them and break Anna out of her rut. The plan is to drive Goldie’s Rolls Royce from New York to San Francisco to return a piece of art in Goldie’s care for 60 years.
We know we share a common love, the written word. We love fiction and non-fiction, fantasy to chick-lit and everything in between. But what about vittles? Think about those weekend days, sitting with warm food and a good book? Or retreating to a coffee shop, book in one hand and coffee in the other. Food, savory or sweet? Is there a type of food that embodies the bookish experience? Tea and biscuits for a Victorian tale? Red wine and a warm bowl of past while reading a steamy novel? Or perhaps a beer and wings over a rip roaring adventure tale?
If you are going to pair food and beverage with a book, what would your menu be?
One of our Book Bums is an avid t-shirt collector. Whether they are hold overs from his childhood or plain old cool designs of today, he loves his t-shirts. Recently, we’ve come across a series of bookish themed t-shirts that might catch your bibliophilic eye. What do you think? BTW all theses shirts were found over at Shirt Woot.
OK, the dust is settling in the whirlwind of e-reader revolution. Sales are slowing and we’ve started noticing something on our subway rides each morning.
We’ve noticed in our daily commute that a year ago, if 10 people were reading on the commute, 8 of them were using a digital reader. Now, we notice that there is more of a mix of paper books and e-books. Did you use a digital reader and switch back to paper? Still use digital or never left your trusty paper book?
Young Adult books. Sweeping the nation. Earning accolades and loyal readers of all ages. But sometimes YA is a good idea but has to pull some punches due to its more PG-13 story telling.
This playing it safe got us thinking what Young Adult book would make a really good adult fiction work? You know there are plot points or crucial decisions to be made in a YA story and it takes a more gentile way out of the woods. What if the YA world was given a more mature peril and resolution?
And what about a favorite adult fiction work, could it do with some YA juice to give it a new life? Bend a genre and let us know what you think.
What say you?