Monday, December 10, 2012

Eight top books about parents and kids

Ken Jennings broke game show records in 2004 with his unprecedented seventy-four game, $2.52 million victory streak on Jeopardy!. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as was his follow-up, Maphead. He is also the author of Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac.

Jennings’s new book is Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.

One of Jennings’s favorite books about parents and children, as told to Publishers Weekly:
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

How do you write like the magician Cormac McCarthy? Please, someone, tell me, I want to know. I will do whatever it takes. I will grind up fiery eighteenth-century Congregationalist church sermons into a fine paste and inject it into my veins. I will abandon my home and live for ten years with a family of coyotes in the hills of West Texas. This book says every single important thing about being a father, the love but mostly the fear.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Road appears on Anthony Horowitz's top ten list of apocalypse books, Karen Thompson Walker's list of five notable "What If?" books, John Mullan's list of ten of the top long walks in literature, Tony Bradman's top ten list of father and son stories, Ramin Karimloo's six favorite books list, Jon Krakauer's five best list of books about mortality and existential angst, William Skidelsky's list of the top ten most vivid accounts of being marooned in literature, Liz Jensen's top 10 list of environmental disaster stories, the Guardian's list of books to change the climate, David Nicholls' top ten list of literary tear jerkers, and the Times (of London) list of the 100 best books of the decade. Sam Anderson of New York magazine claims "that we'll still be talking about [The Road] in ten years."

--Marshal Zeringue