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Jul 29, 15

Conrad’s famous novella is based on a real journey the author took up the Congo in 1890, during King Leopold II of Belgium’s horrific rule. It is a fantastic, imaginative journey to find a man named Kurtz who has lost his mind in the African jungle. It is a journey into inner space; a metaphorical investigation into the turbid waters of the human soul. It is a political journey into the dark heart of European colonialism. It is a nightmare journey, into horror. It is a journey to nowhere, set on a boat lying motionless and at anchor on the river Thames, which also “has been one of the dark places on the earth”.

Jul 09, 15

A humbling reminder that self-righteousness is the greatest enemy of compassion and judging another human being's private struggle is a disgrace to our own.

Jul 07, 15

What is American fiction? Actually, what is America? The answer to that is probably very different within the United States and outside. Asking yourself how others see you is a healthy exercise for any culture, and US books site Literary Hub did just that to mark the Fourth of July weekend, inviting non-American authors to suggest the quintessential American fiction titles.

Jul 07, 15

Here’s my idea: the southern gothic is like a trusty bicycle. (Note: this is not simply because southerners talk too slowly for a car metaphor to work. It is instead a kinship in the way the two things are assembled and ornamented. Stay with me.)

Dec 31, 14

These are fiction books by African authors, sorted by country.

Jan 26, 13 gathers together a list of essential audio books. My wishlist is huge after looking through this wonderful list.

Jul 11, 12

Book Drum is the perfect companion to the books we love, bringing them to life with immersive pictures, videos, maps and music.

Jul 08, 12

The interesting story of how Ernest Hemingway's classic Lost Generation novel The Sun Also Rises got its title. Also, a great anecdote about Max Perkins and Charles Scribner.

Jul 08, 12

The Library of Congress shares an exhibition of "Books that Shaped America." Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says that the list is "intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives, whether they appear on this initial list or not."

Apr 02, 12

Books every geek should read to his/her kids from Wired.

Oct 05, 11

Book Riot is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be just as diverse as books and readers are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes silly. Some of our writers are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review. We think you can like both J.K. Rowling and J.M Coetzee and that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both and that you shouldn’t have to choose.

Sep 30, 11

"We placed the books on carts that were ready for students when they arrived in the library today. I explained to the students that we were going to use today’s class period and tomorrow’s to “taste” and immerse ourselves in the books by selecting at least five books over the two day period and to take time to read 10-15 minutes for each book. "

Aug 22, 11

Interesting piece about the convenience of the e-reader weighed against the aesthetic beauty of the paper book.

Dec 20, 10

"I just heard a great idea for a year-end book group meeting. Book Swap.

Encourage everyone to come to the next discussion with a favorite book they are willing to part with. Readers do book talks, giving a summary of the plot and characters, and then ask them to talk about the most appealing aspects of the book and compare it to something else.

How to fairly distribute? After the book talks, put all the books on the table in the middle, have attendees pull numbers out of a hat and choose in order. Or hearken back to your elementary school days, put all the books in a big, colorful bag, and have each person pull one out without looking. Book Grab Bag."

Oct 25, 10

This book reviews Jane Austen sequels, fan fiction, and paraliterature.

Sep 25, 10

Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of intellectual freedom and draws attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States, including books commonly taught in secondary schools.

Here are ideas for celebrating Banned Books Week –- with your students, your children and anyone who believes in having “the freedom to read.”

Sep 10, 10 matches readers to books through an analysis of writing styles, similar to the way that matches music lovers to new music.

Jun 25, 10

Finished a book you really liked? Try YourNextRead to discover a book like it.

Feb 19, 10

Collection of resources, including handouts and research, for literature circles in the classroom.

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