'Fifty Shades' of complaints: Erotic trilogy makes list of challenged books Here's a list "Fifty Shades of Grey" was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Monday, E L James' multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association's annual study of "challenged books," works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public. More
Love 'Fifty Shades'? 'Twilight' fan fiction faces off Has Christian Grey been dethroned as the steamiest Edward Cullen-inspired character? Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (which is the pen name of writers Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) is the latest Twilight fan fic-turned-novel (formerly known to more than 2 million online readers as The Office)--but don't expect it to be the same BDSM-filled fantasy. More
'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James turns down the heat for next book Readers hoping for more erotic exploits with a certain domineering millionaire and innocent college student will be sorely disappointed. Speaking at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Monday night, "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James told the New York Post that her next novel will be, shall we say, tamer than her first. More
Book Buzz: 'Fifty Shades Freed' is Amazon's top seller 'Freed' at last: What was the top-selling book of 2012 on Amazon? Fifty Shades Freed, the third book in E.L. James' erotic trilogy. No. 2 was Gillian Flynn's twisty thriller, Gone Girl. (Amazon did not count the first and second books in James' trilogy because they were released in 2011.) Read the entire list, which includes print and digital sales. More
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Sports novels generally rank low on the literature scoreboard — unless you regard “Moby-Dick” as a harpooning competition. But Robert Coover, Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace have shown that it is possible to write ultraliterary, even experimental novels about sports. What they did for baseball and tennis is matched, if not trounced, by what British writer David Peace has done for soccer, first with “The Damned Utd” (2006) and now with his massive, mesmerizing “Red or Dead.” Read full article >>
Unlike the books in Jacqueline Winspear’s popular Maisie Dobbs series, “The Care and Management of Lies” is not a mystery — although its scenes of World War I trench warfare certainly leave a reader in suspense. As much a story of the home front as of the battlefield, this new stand-alone novel is, above all, a moving tale about the beauty of those very virtues — fortitude, faithfulness, compassion — that the Great War called into question.