Monday, March 19, 2007
Bestselling Books -- Still No Literary Fiction In Sight
Usually, there's at least SOME serious fiction on the best-seller list. The closest we come this week is the well-reviewed horror title by Joe Hill, who now sheepishly reveals he is the son of Stephen King. Mostly, it's just bargain-basement genre fiction, and not particularly well-considered genre fiction at that. Thank God for the non-fiction list, which proves we haven't completely abandoned serious reading. Mixed in with the Presidential contenders and Oprah's pick (Sidney Poitier), you'll find good books like "A Long Way Gone," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone; the well-reviewed Joh Grisham book about an innocent man on death row; and Thomas L. Friedman's collection of essays.