Some random book-related tidbits to share:

  • Check out this Tournament of Books. If you like the bracket format but don’t really care about the NCAA, then this may be the tourney for you. Each matchup was judged by a different critic, and you can click on the right hand column to read the full analysis of each matchup. [Bonus points to anyone who can explain to me how one of the final two books – Remainder – seems to have been eliminated a few times throughout the tourney but still made it to the final two.]
  • Then We Came To The End, by Joshua Ferris, just won the 2008 Hemingway/PEN Award. I still don’t understand the hype about this book. I really didn’t like it all that much.
  • Min Jin Lee’s Free Food for Millionaires is now out in paperback. I reviewed it here and posted a Q&A with Min Jin Lee here. Also, it has a new cover that looks like this:
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  • April 4, 2008 - 11:37 am | Permalink

    So they created a “zombie” round which brought back two books that were best loved by readers. That is how Remainder ended up in the final round. Here is the blurb:
    “Fourteen novels have been eliminated from the Tournament so far. From those books we’ve rescued the two that were best loved by TMN readers last year—Remainder and The Savage Detectives—and brought them back in a pair of resurrection duels we call the Zombie Round. In order to get to the finals, Ferris and Diaz will each have to get past a book left for dead: a book that’s hungry for brains.”

  • April 4, 2008 - 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Finally, another reader who doesn’t get the hype about Then We Came to the End! I was really disppointed and wondered what I was missing? Glad to hear I’m not alone!

  • April 5, 2008 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Ti – thanks for the explanation. I am glad to have readers more observant than I to answer these questions!
    Kristen – we may be an army of two on this one. I just don’t see what was so great about Then We Came To The End. Glad you agree!

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