It’s a weird collection of book news this Monday. To start with, Jimmy Carter has a new book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, which hits shelves tomorrow. The 39th President has published more than 25 books during his career, covering everything from history to politics to “The Virtues of Aging.” But his newest book is on the subjugation of women around the world, looking closely at how religion is used as a tool of oppression. NPR interviewed the former president this weekend and you can listen to an excerpt on their website.
Second piece of strange news: There’s a book in Germany that imagines Hitler as a comedian and YouTube sensation. The satirical novel, Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, sold 1.4 million copies and topped the bestseller list Germany when it was published in 2012. Now it is being published in English for the world to enjoy. The story begins with Hitler waking up in Berlin in 2011 after an Austin Powers-style cryo-freeze situation, and he wanders around making people laugh with his spot-on impression of the Fuehrer. Someone hooks him up with an open-mic slot and his career snowballs from there. He becomes a YouTube fad and then he’s doing talk shows and trying to transition into politics.I’m intrigued, but some people are wondering “too soon?” What do you think? [The Guardian]
Author Louise Erdrich, who won last year’s National Book Award, tells The New Yorker about the time she was sent to a bizarrely patriotic summer camp. Pretty funny stuff. Looking back at childhood summer camp experiences is always a weird mix of nostalgia and disturbing revelations. Check out her fiction short “The Big Cat” in this week’s New Yorker as well. [The New Yorker]
Cassandra Clare of The Mortal Instruments and Holly Black of The Spiderwick Chronicles have teamed up on a new children’s fantasy series that has a very Harry Potter-y storyline. A young boy is deeply frustrated by the knowledge that he is a magician, but he’s sent to wizard school against his will where he spends his time trying to get kicked out and learning “what it means to be a hero, what it means to be a villain and a little bit about what it means to be an underground lizard,” according to the authors’ introduction video. The first book, The Iron Trial, will kick of the Magisterium series in October 2014. [The Guardian]