Posted on November 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner

November 7

French novelist Albert Camus was born on this date in 1913 in Algiers. He moved to France at the age of 27 and joined the French Resistance during World War II. He also wrote one of his best-known novels, "The Stranger" (Kindle, Nook, iBooks)  during the war. Camus was just 44 when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. (Only Rudyard Kipling won at a younger age.) Camus would die less than three years later, killed in an car crash in 1960. 

"So many books, so little time.” -- Frank Zappa (1940-1993).


  • "The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)" (Jeff Kinney, children's) Kindle, Nook, iBooks.
  • "Let Me Be Frank with You" (Richard Ford, literary fiction). Kindle, Nook, iBooks.


  • "Because We Are" (Ted Oswald, mystery/thriller). $1.99.  Kindle.
  • "Home Before the Leaves Fall: A New History of the German Invasion of 1914" (Ian Senior, history). $1.99 Kindle.
  • "Tears in Rain" (Rosa Montero, science fiction). $1.99. Kindle.
  • "The Inner Circle," Brad Meltzer, thriller). $2.99. iBooks.


  • It's taken 70 years, but a new John Steinbeck short story -- "With Your Wings" -- has been published by Strand Magazine. (Associated Press.)
  • Netflix plans to adapt Daniel Handler's Lemony Snicket books into a live-action series. No, really. (
  • Lydie Salvayre has won France's top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, for her novel "Pas Pleurer." The novel, whose title translates to "Don't Cry," is set during the Spanish civil war. (The Guardian.)
  • Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard gives a lengthy interview about his six-volume, 3,200-page autobiographical novel "My Struggle." (Three volumes have been translated into English so far. (Kindle, Nook, iBooks.)


  • Anjelica Huston's new memoir, "Watch Me," (Kindle, Nook, iBooks) is "like reading a screenplay rather than a memoir — as if she expected that these actors she mentions would come in to give her words the intensity that isn't there on the page." (National Public Radio)
  • Han Jin's "A Map of Betrayal" (Kindle, Nook, iBooks) is "an innovative twist on an immigrant novel, exploring themes of identity, assimilation and confused loyalties through the high-stakes narrative of a spy novel." (Los Angeles Times).


<p>well, this was interesting...thanks.</p>
maria grazia swan | 5/24/18 at 2:32 AM
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