From Here to Eternity, the 1951 James Jones novel that gave birth to the classic 1953 film, may be best known today for its iconic rolling-in-the-surf love scene. But if the unexpurgated version had been published, we're guessing Frank Sinatra would never have signed on.
Mine, Citrus County by John Brandon, did not make the cut :( But the annual release of the year's "100 Notable Books" list remains a beloved Thanksgivingtime tradition. Which have you loved, and which should be avoided? [New York Times]
Yesterday's National Book Awards have some wags calling this "the Year of the Woman in letters." Well, anyway, a year when judges took notice.
Someone queried the Paris Review, "Can you recommend any books that will make interesting people approach me if I read them on the subway?" We certainly can.
Can we have a moratorium, please, on "defining feminine beauty?" No? Okay, then! Here's a 500 page book on it! Available for Kindle!
A tipster just drew our attention to the awesome digital version of one of our favorites: 1903's Three Hundred Things A Bright Girl Can Do (not to be confused with Three Hundred and One Things A Bright Girl Can Do, A Hundred Things a Girl Can Make or 211 Things A Clever Girl Can Do.) Among 298 others, she can do…