Candid McMurtry Hits the Airwaves: In typically self-effacing style, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer that over the years he's written some "pretty good books." The author's candid comments set the stage for reading his just released Literary Life: A Second Memoir, the follow-up to his 2008 bookseller's bio, Books: A Memoir. [NPR]
Different Jacket, Still Numero Un Like the US, Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol is the topselling book in the UK for holiday gifting. Seems fiction is in, while celebrity bios are out among British readers. Check out the UK edition's very different cover. [The Guardian]
Tintin Creator Like Charles Schulz?: Charles McGrath reviews Pierre Assouline's HergÃ©: The Man Who Created Tintin. McGrath observes similarities between the life of George Remi (aka HergÃ©) and Charlie Brown-creator Charles Schulz who's professional life and fictional heros far outpaced a troubled personal life. [The New York Times]
Moving & Shaking: This morning's Today show feaure on Kevin Michael Connolly--a professional photographer and athlete born without legs--puts his memoir Double Take in a top spot on today's Movers & Shakers list.