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In a world where agents receive thousands of query letters. In a time when authors dream of having their books published. The search for a good query letter continues. Tune in tomorrow for… ANATOMY OF A GOOD QUERY LETTER PART II: The authors strike back. (dun dun dun)…
Ahem. And now for your regularly scheduled You Tell Me:
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, some guy in some state in the middle of the country put a match to a pile of books, supposedly to raise awareness about society’s diminished appreciation for the written word. Yes, because as we all know taking books out of circulation through fire is the best way to get people to read. Well done. I shan’t provide a link to the story about this individual, because if we know his name then the book burners have already won.
Now, maybe this extremely smart individual didn’t catch this week’s New York Magazine, which had some great articles in its summer reading issue, including one that asked reviewers to name their favorite underrated books. This is just the tip of the iceberg of incredible books that are published every year and don’t get their fair due.
Well, TWO can play that game (actually anyone can play). So you tell me: What is your favorite gem of a book published in the last few years that others might not have heard about?
Mine is (Curtis Brown Ltd. books excluded) GENTLEMEN OF SPACE by Ira Sher, about an imaginative young boy whose father is chosen to be the first civilian astronaut in space in 1976. It’s fascinating, with great moments and an original style.