The Tournament of Books brackets have been announced, and we couldn’t be more excited!
The book world was abuzz last week with rumors that Amazon was going to open 300-400 new brick and mortar bookstores. We’re sure you saw the headlines. Though we have zero inside information, we don’t believe it. And as the week went on, the rest of the media started to question it as well and the original source of the story walked back his statements. The real story? We’ll just have to wait and see.
In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan, narrated by Steven Crossley, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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Brackets! We love brackets! (07:03)
It’s our favorite time of year! The time to get ready for the Tournament of Books. In this segment, we tell you all about The Tournament of Books, for which we will be the guest commentators during one matchup. The shortlist and matchup schedule have just been announced, so it’s time to fill out your brackets (PDF) and predict who will take home the Rooster. We’re thrilled that some of the books we’ve discussed here on BOTNS have made the shortlist, including:
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson
- Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
- A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
- The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
- The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Two books we can’t wait for you to read (27:47)
I had a fun time reading Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling, in which Bryson revisits the England he first discovered in Notes From a Small Island. Bryson is now looking at England through the eyes of a long-time resident, and it is both humorous and also a lament to the changing times and landscapes of Great Britain.
Michael recommends The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks, a collection of stories that I love as much as he does. Amber Sparks is a true literary talent, and you should read this and her earlier collection, May We Shed These Human Bodies.