It has been a busy few weeks in the world of books. Awards, television coverage, movies based on books... there's been lots to talk about. And there have been a lot of people talking about these books. This may be the most video-heavy blog post I'll ever write. So enjoy the books, and enjoy the videos related to the books. And keep on reading.
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt's novel was our favorite book of 2013, and now the movie is releasing on September 13th. Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for the movie, one that is significantly less depressing than the first one they put out. For those of us who read the book and a who are looking forward to the film, this second trailer is the one we were waiting for.
The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
The longlist for the Booker Prize has been announced, and it features some new names, as well as some old favorites. A common theme in the media is that this pits two literary lions--Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie--against each other. Which means someone else will probably win--we'll see. An interesting tid bit is that pre-publication copies of the Atwood have been notoriously impossible to get hold of--but the Booker readers received copies. The Amazon editors are envious.
Ask Again, Yes: A Novel by Mary Beth Keane
More video! The Tonight Show Summer Read was also announced last week. Jimmy Fallon presented a very good selection of possible choices. It was a thriller heavy list, but in the end viewers voted for a family drama. That book also happened to be one of our favorite books of the year so far: Mary Beth Keane's Ask Again, Yes. You can read an interview I did with her here.
Now the video (you only have to watch the first couple minutes):
Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Ok, maybe just one or two more videos. Ray Dalio is one of the world's most successful investors. He is rich, rich, rich, but he went on 60 Minutes this Sunday to discuss how the wealth gap in America is a bad thing. Dalio is a smart man, and he collected his approach to business and life into a book--simply named Principles--that lays it all out for readers. Principles was the Amazon editors' favorite business book of 2017. You can read an interview with him here.
Giant Days Vol. 10 by John Allison
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