Friday, May 18, 2012

The New Yorker's Page Turner

When I was a little girl, my dad took me to the used bookstore each month, one of his absolute favorite places to go. I remember staring up at the endless bookshelves of dusty and worn books and wondering what was waiting for me inside their creased jackets and rickety spines. He let me pick out any book I wanted on each of our trips and it was a place I grew to love. Little did I know back then, that he was passing on his love of books and learning on each of of our trips. Today, I've usually got two books (invariably one fiction and one self-help/find-your-destiny type) and a few magazines on my bedside table. My time for reading ebbs and flows with the daily demands of work and life, and I rarely have an opportunity to keep up with the newest releases, the most recent Pulitzer winners or Franzen's latest tome. 

Cartoon courtesy of The New Yorker. 

Enter the New Yorker's newest blog, Page-Turner, which launched Tuesday. Self-described as "Criticism, contention and conversation about books that matter," its a place where New Yorker writers talk about the books they are currently reading, review new releases, profile authors, and discuss just about anything and everything having to do with books. It's a one stop shop to find your next engaging read and these people know their books - not surprising coming from a magazine known for regularly excerpting great works before their publication. It was just such an excerpt of The Lost City of Z that lead me to one of the best non-fiction reads in recent memory. So when you turn the last page of your current novel (what is everyone reading right now???), stop by Page Turner before heading to the bookstore. Have a great weekend everyone!


Anonymous said...

Their cartoons are the best! Have a great weekend! Teri

Celeste said...

great post! I love all your childhood memories. Your parents should've written a book on parenting!

tina said...

This is so heartfelt. I love that your father facilitated your love for books. That's really inspiring!

Page Turner looks fantastic...

As usual have about 4-5 books and magazines on the go:)

Theresa / InspirationCOOP said...

I think it's wonderful that your father helped foster your love for books by taking you to his favorite shop. I hope I'm doing the same when I take the kids to the library (fingers crossed ;).
I'm so glad you posted about this new site. I do read reviews when deciding which book to read next, and who does the reviewing matters to me. The New Yorker would be a reliable source.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

turista project said...

this is sort of like my connection with old magazines. i can't bear to throw them away. they're a collection.

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