Have we mentioned that we think you should Buy Books for the Holidays? The proprietors of said site are taking bookstore nominations, so we nominate Three Lives and Company, where we intend to spend some time and money this month.
Endorsement most gratefully accepted.
The Hound Blog has a roundup of Cosa Nostra books, including a short discussion of The Moro Affair and a recommendation of other books by Leonardo Sciascia. Says the Hound, "Sciascia has also written many excellent novels concerning Sicilian crime . . . I'd say The Day Of The Owl, The Wine Dark Sea and Equal Danger are mandatory reading for fans of genre fiction. Or just plain old great books."
Unexpected book recommendations: As a child, Michael Crichton adored James Thurber's 13 Clocks; Barack Obama recently told the Argentine president that he was fond of Borges—take that, Karl Rove!—and Julio Cortazar.
The current issue of the International Literary Quarterly includes an essay by Amit Chaudhuri on money, by which he means "not markets, capital, financial gain or material success, but, specifically, the individual bank note and small change."
Let's petition the USPS to issue a Snowy Day postage stamp in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ezra Jack Keats's classic.
You totally called it: Judge this Book by Its Cover.