Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

February 26, 2010


*Earlier this week, Michelle Obama was accused of bringing "socialist" books into the White House. Turns out the story wasn't quite accurate; the controversial books are indeed in the library, but Michelle wasn't the culprit - it was Jackie O! Oh snap.

*Comic book fans everywhere grew misty-eyed at the news that a rare copy of the first Superman comic sold this week. For $1 million. In one minute. Not to be outdone, a copy of the comic book that first introduced Batman sold a few days later for $1,075,000. Kapow!

*A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for forging the signatures of famous authors in books that he then sold on eBay. Authors included Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Ann Rice and Kurt Vonnegut. He made about $300,000 in the scheme.

*If you read just one thing this weekend, make it this. Apparently, the story behind Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped is a true one. And it's even better than the book, if you can believe it. An excerpt from the article: "As yarns go, it pretty much has it all. There's a street waif who's actually an aristocrat, heir to half a dozen titles and estates in England, Ireland and Wales. A dastardly uncle who'll stop at nothing to usurp him. A kidnapping most foul, and a decade of toil as an ­indentured servant in 18th-century America. Then, against impossible odds, a dashing return, and a quest for justice through the courts that held all society spellbound." And it just gets better from there, folks.


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