Monday News: Two trains, coffee table books, the state of U.S. women, and Winnie the Pooh
A Tale Of Two Titles: A Girl, A Train And Thousands Of Confused Readers – So a cover may not matter, but a title sure can, as both readers and authors discovered this year. Especially Alison Waines, whose 2013 book sold about 30,000 copies this year, because readers picked up or clicked on the link to her book, instead of Paula Hawkins’s highly touted book of virtually the same title. I wonder how often this happens with Romance, where titles so often overlap and duplicate.
The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and a female author — Paula Hawkins. It was published this year, and received wide acclaim.
Girl on a Train is a psychological thriller, set in contemporary London, with a female protagonist and a female author — Alison Waines. It was published in 2013, and received almost no attention. – NPR
Best Coffee Table Books of 2015 – I admit to a weakness for big, beautiful, expensively produced books that, more often than not, are displayed rather than fully read. Still, there are some cool looking books on this list, from Jürgen Holstein’s chronicle of book covers from the Weimar Republic to E.P. Cutler and Julien Tomasello’s Art and Fashion.
Pictorial books to adorn your coffee table or some such, that represent some artist or art form are pretty straightforward—subject and basic materials— some as exhibition catalogues, some as pedagogic monographs and some simply as displays of compelling images. There are oddities which often are surprising that delve in to pop culture and commerce—tomes on movie posters, classic designers (a book on Brioni), graphic narratives (Red Rosa, a biography of Rosa Luxembourg), illustrated design manuals (How To, by Micheal Beirut), icons and classic brands, celebrities (director Terry Gilliam’s Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir), tie-ins with the resurrection of a movie (Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History) or musicians (The Complete Beatles Songs: The Stories Behind Every Track Written by the Fab Four) or an unusual connection between media or an artist outside his art form (American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood), or a focus on the information architecture via maps and atlases or spotlight a region or facet of the natural world (a lifetime travelogue such as Enchanted Lands: Roland and Sabrina Michaud). Needless to say, the titles that follow are such oddities. – Daily Beast
The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified. – This would be funny if it weren’t so dangerously true. From violence against women (including gun violence) to lack of paid maternity leave (the U.S. is apparently one of only THREE countries with this “missing right”) to reproductive rights, U.S. women have been conned into believing that we have it so much better than women in other countries.
A delegation of human rights experts from Poland, the United Kingdom and Costa Rica spent 10 days this month touring the United States so they can prepare a report on the nation’s overall treatment of women. The three women, who lead a United Nations working group on discrimination against women, visited Alabama, Texas and Oregon to evaluate a wide range of U.S. policies and attitudes, as well as school, health and prison systems.
The delegates were appalled by the lack of gender equality in America. They found the U.S. to be lagging far behind international human rights standards in a number of areas, including its 23 percent gender pay gap, maternity leave, affordable child care and the treatment of female migrants in detention centers. – Huffington Post
New Book Chronicles Real Bear Behind ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ – A.A. Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh books based on a bear in the London Zoo, to whom his own son, Christopher Robin Milne, had a particular attachment. Lindsay Mattick, whose great-great-grandfather owned the bear, has written Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, which was published in sync with the 90th anniversary of the first of Milne’s books.
The family history goes like this: Her great-grandfather, Lt. Harry Colebourn of Canada, bought an American black bear cub from a hunter while Colebourn was on his way to fight in World War I in 1914. Colebourn, a veterinarian, raised the female bear and named her after his home city, Winnipeg — or Winnie for short. He took Winnie on the long journey by train and ship to his training camp in England.
The story came to light in the late 1980s, when another regiment was incorrectly linked to the bear, which by then had been made famous by Milne’s classic childhood tales. Mattick’s grandfather wanted to set the record straight. – ABC News