According to Scribd, an expansive e-book library, the literary selections above are the most widely read in those five locales. Wondering about your state? See the full list below.
This list of the most-read books in each state is limited of course by the available titles on Scribd, but still makes for darn interesting reading.
The image below is a scan of a recto leaf printed by Arnold Ther Hoernen, Cologne, 1470 (Cologne’s second printer after Ulrich Zel). The book, Sermo in festo praesentationis beatissimae Mariae virginis (ISTC: ir00303000) is special in that it is the first (extant) book to include printed foliation (‘page numbers’*).
It only took 1200 years after the invention of the codex (sheets of paper attached at the back) for someone to come up with page numbers? No wonder they called it the dark ages.
I wonder if I had called “Portnoy’s Complaint” “The Orgasm Under Rapacious Capitalism,” if I would thereby have earned the favor of the Swedish Academy.
Philip Roth has stopped writing, but he hasn’t stopped being feisty.
What’s your pick?
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The two curators, Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg, have selected the most difficult of the most difficult, telling us about the 10 literary Mt. Everests waiting out there for you to climb, should you be so bold. If you can somehow read all 10, you probably ascend to the being immediately above Homo sapiens.
I have tried and failed to read at least three of these most difficult books. I may have tried others, but the strain probably erased them from my memory.
A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model.
Hehehe. “Saddle-node.” Hehehehe.
Asked to pair a favorite film with a dish of his own creation, Farina chose 2005’s Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, the fourth installment in the film series about a boy wizard. In this chapter, directed by Mike Newell (the third director to take up the series), Harry gets unwillingly dragged into a magical competition between the three major schools of witchcraft and wizardry. At one point, challenged to retrieve something precious to him from underwater, he’s given a solution in the form of a magical plant that causes him to grow gills and fins. That was the inspiration for Farina’s dish, a Moto standard that can be adapted for a variety of ingredients.
You know, of all the scenes in all the Harry Potter movies that would seem likely to inspire a dish, I might have picked the merpeople scene last. That or the cave troll scene.
The popularity of the young adult category is driven largely by adult book buyers. Readers 18 and older accounted for 79% of young adult unit purchases in the December 2012 through November 2013 period, according to Nielsen. The single largest demographic group buying young adult titles in the period was the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket. And even as book buyers age, they still tend to buy most young adult books for themselves rather than for a child or grandchild.
I feel like we sorta knew this. After all, how many under 18 year-olds buy books for themselves? Library borrowing would be interesting to see here as well.
Old ladies suddenly learn to use their elbows as weapons. Gentlemen who hold doors for you suddenly pretend they don’t see you and grab that book you’re reaching for. Looking for some children’s books for $0.25? You and half the people in the city. — How To Rock A Library Book Sale | BOOK RIOT