Become Part of a Conversation That Matters with Cyrus Aaron

Become Part of a Conversation That Matters with Cyrus Aaron

I recently had the pleasure of reading SOMEDAY. It is a beautiful collection of essays constructed with a wonderfully poetic sensibility full of insightful, saddening, uplifting, and ultimately powerful commentary on race relations in our country and throughout the world. The author, Cyrus Aaron, was kind enough to answer a few questions that I thought would help to contextualize the marvelous work, and hopefully serve as an introduction to your careful reading of it. Enjoy the interview below and go out and buy the book. Become a part of a conversation that matters. Q: In one of your essays, you …

10 of the Most Exciting 2017 Thrillers

10 of the Most Exciting 2017 Thrillers

2017 is coming up fast, and the increasing popularity of psychological thrillers shows no sign of slowing down in the New Year. In an effort to keep our readers up to date on what to include on your New Year’s Reading List, we’ve compiled some of the most exciting thrillers to be released in the coming year. Let’s hope the thrills keep you engaged and entertained all the way through 2017; hopefully our literary escapes this new year won’t be quite as desperate. The Missing by Caroline Eriksson An ordinary outing takes Greta, Alex, and four-year-old Smilla across Sweden’s mythical Lake Malice …

Paolo Coelho’s Hemingway Reference

Paolo Coelho’s Hemingway Reference

I remember my first time reading Hemingway’s classic novella, The Old Man and The Sea. I was captivated by Sebastian, a fascinating character, whose fishing expedition seems to perfectly capture the grace of perseverance, the quiet nobility of struggle, and experience. A tour de force as far as power per capita is concerned, the weight behind the simple language of this short book is nothing if not inspirational. The old man’s name was Santiago – The Old Man and the Sea Paulo Coelho, the famed author of The Alchemist, agrees with me. In fact, the novel that has afforded him …

Gifts for All the Word Lovers on Your List

Gifts for All the Word Lovers on Your List

The team here at Bookstr is, as you would expect, is chock full of word lovers. Funny words, rare words, long words, short words, we really love them all. It’s probably safe to assume that you all do as well. With the Holidays coming up, we thought you might want some gift ideas for those wordy friends of yours, or maybe just something for you to treat yourself to. Here are my personal favorite gifts for word nerds. 1) Subscription to The New York Times Crossword For just $39.95, you can keep a special someone busy with crosswords all year round.  2) Punderdome …

Advanced Reading Robots

Advanced Reading Robots

Machines have been learning to read for quite some time. The reality of it is now becoming more and more solid, as robots seem to have begun conquering the next step in machine reading. Soon, robots will be able to read books without having to open them. An impressive technological feat that is sure to come with its fair share of consequences. Applications for this technology are sure to excite historians, archaeologists, and all types of scholars. We reported a while back that there is now technology that makes it possible to extract information from ancient texts without the risk of …