In 1915, Charles Mallory Hatfield was traveling the country “coaxing” rain out of the skies in even the most arid regions. He was so good at it, city-council members in San Diego offered him $10,000 if he could fill their reservoirs and end their drought. What happened next was both success and tragedy—it rained so […]
Last week, while we were featuring Mindy Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? (Crown Archetype) as one of our reviews of the week, the author was busy avoiding an elevator scam (SEE above). Fans of Kaling’s sitcom will recognize the former flame, the elevator and, of course, the sense of humor.
The publication of Brian Selznick’s The Marvels (Scholastic) this September will be a “red-letter literary event.” To boot, Sarah Hunter’s extended review leads me to believe that Selznick’s new illustrated middle-grade novel in the family that includes the much celebrated The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck could even be the best of all three. […]
The narrator of today’s BTT, for The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (Viking), really throws down the gauntlet: Mabel’s adventures are almost certainly too exciting, thrilling and terrifying for us. We shouldn’t even watch the trailer. Do you accept this obvious challenge? “Along with adventurous typography and comically melodramatic line drawings, the narrative is festooned […]