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[The Millions] ‘In the Country of Women’: Featured Nonfiction from Susan Straight
In our latest edition of featured nonfiction, we present an excerpt from National Book Award finalist Susan Straight’s new novel, In the Country of Women, out now from Catapult. The book—which is part social history, part personal narrative—earned praise from The New York Times Book Review,

[The Millions] Malcolm Gladwell Talks to Strangers
As Malcolm Gladwell sees it, nearly nothing is as simple as it seems, and just about everything warrants curiosity and caution. Behind even the most mundane human exchange lie intricate systems of psychology, sociology, philosophy, and a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle composed of beguiling historical

[Book Forum] Andy Ward named publisher of Random House; Julia Phillips on what it means to be a writer
Random House editor in chief Andy Ward will succeed the late Susan Kamil as the imprint’s executive vice president and publisher, the New York Times reports />.

[Guardian Books Blog] Ever heard of Blade Runner: A Movie? No, not that one
There’s Ridley Scott’s film. There’s the Philip K Dick’s book it was based on. And then there is William Burroughs’ forgotten screenplay-turned-novellaHave you read the book Blade Runner: A Movie? It’s not the book of the movie Blade Runner – the book of that movie is called Do

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring MacLaughlin, Gritton, Hamilton, Dunn, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Nina MacLaughlin, JP Gritton, Saskia Hamilton, Stephen Dunn, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep

[The Millions] In the Kitchen with Shirley Jackson
For the Paris Review, Valerie Stivers crafts recipes inspired by literature, and for fall, she turned to Shirley Jackson. Stivers takes on the poisoned meal from We Have Always Lived in the Castle —minus the arsenic-sprinkled blueberries, of course. “Can all witches cook?” Stivers

[The Millions] The Joys of Reading with a Second Grader
“Why do you only read one book at a time?” my eight-year-old daughter asked me recently. It isn’t true. I have piles of books stacked around the house, some homework for my writing projects, others written by friends, a few I have the best intentions for but just can’t seem to finish.

[Guardian Books Blog] Excitable Edgar under fire: John Lewis plagiarism claims are now Christmas tradition
Three children’s authors have accused the retailer of ripping off their books for the new advert starring Excitable Edgar – and it is not the first timeThere are two traditions that are rapidly becoming as good markers to the start of the festive season as an advent calendar: John Lewis

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] The Private Life of Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry shot to international stardom in the late 1970s as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. Now, at age 74, Harry has produced a candid, harrowing, and humorous memoir, Face It, that looks back at her eventful life—as a child put up for adoption, as a dreamer scuffling in New

[Book Forum] Margo Jefferson and Darryl Pinckney at the New York Public Library
Tonight at the New York Public Library, Darryl Pinckney will discuss Busted in New York, his new book of essays about race in America />,

[Salon Books] "See Jane Win": How Democratic women drove the 2018 blue wave
In "See Jane Win," journalist Caitlin Moscatello takes a deeper look at the women who took back power in 2018

[The Millions] Constance Garnett Gets Her Due
At Lit Hub, Sara Wheeler shares an excerpt from her book, Mud and Stars, focusing on Constance Garnett, an “indefatigable worker” who translated the works of Dostoevsky and Chekhov. As she brought these writers further into the English mainstream, the translator gained her fair share of

[Book Forum] D.H. Lawrence's stunning, indefensible essays
My relationship with D. H. Lawrence began in high school, when I bought a copy of Sons and Lovers more or less at random and proceeded to read it all the way through, by which I mean that my eyes

[The Millions] The Humanity of Being Freakish: The Millions Interviews Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here celebrates weirdness. “A writer like Carson McCullers was so important to me, to reveal that freakishness but to also assert the humanity of being freakish, that meant the world to me,” Wilson told The Millions. “And so I try to do that in my work, try to

[Book Forum] Carley Moore and James Polchin in conversation
James Polchin’s new book, Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall, uncovers queer true-crime stories from a time when newspapers often wouldn’t print the word

[Book Forum] Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist announced; Ahmet Atlan rearrested in Istanbul
The Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist /> was released yesterday. Nominees include Angie Cruz’s

[The Millions] In Witchcraft There Are No Spectators: The Millions Interviews Amanda Yates Garcia
In 2017, I published an essay on The Millions called “How a Witch Cured My Writerly Envy” about receiving guidance from a professional witch named Amanda Yates Garcia (aka the Oracle of Los Angeles) in order to rid myself of professional jealousy. Last month, Garcia’s book, Initiated: Memoir

[Book Forum] Prepare to Merge
Monopolies have long been a fixture of American life. Since the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan’s free-market policies reshaped the economy, they have become especially persistent. Today, companies with

[The Millions] You’ll Need Me When They’re Gone: The Poems We Reach For in Grief
I began composing the work that would eventually become Why I Didn’t Go to Your Funeral in 2010, and when I read these new poems publicly a strange thing occurred. Whereas at previous readings my work mostly elicited the generic I-Liked-That-One-Poem-About-X reaction from polite listeners,

[Book Forum] Lucy Ellmann wins Goldsmiths prize; The New York Times launches new impeachment podcast
Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport has won /> the Goldsmiths prize. Judging chair

[The Millions] Twenty-Five Ways to Roast a Raven: The Spiciest Criticism of Edgar Allan Poe
“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult I opened a Google doc and started keeping track.” That’s how the story goes, right? Well, no, but isn’t it high time we made a list of all the worst insults lobbed at Edgar Allan Poe? Seems like

[Book Forum] Carmen Maria Machado’s genre-bending tour of a relationship gone wrong
There are a handful of novels in the English literary canon that directly concern domestic abuse. Most of them are light on direct testimony from victims, instead sublimating the violence of the marriage

[The Millions] The Refugee’s Story with Dina Nayeri
As the author of two novels, Dina Nayeri uses fiction to inform nonfiction in her latest book, The Ungrateful Refugee. Jessica Goudeau spoke to Nayeri for Guernica about the ways fiction has helped her when working with refugees and their stories. “You have to learn to write fiction in order

[The Millions] Dear Someone: On Asian-American Writers and Letters as Storytelling
1. I’ve recently noticed a spate of work by Asian-American authors in epistolary form. Correlation is not causation, and there may be nothing to this trend other than a cluster of coincidence. But historically, the Asian-American story has been ignored, erased, overlooked. Asians in America have

[Book Forum] Public memorial for Toni Morrison announced; Zadie Smith working on debut play
Tomorrow night at the New York Institute for the Humanities, Hanif Abdurraqib will present />

[The Millions] Love Your Bookstore: Greenlight Bookstore
This piece is the fourth in a series of posts supporting the 2019 Love Your Bookstore Challenge, which is sponsored, in part, by The Millions. For this year’s Love Your Bookstore Challenge—a campaign that promotes physical bookstores and runs from November 8 through November 17—we asked

[The Millions] The Dead Do Not Return: Featured Poetry by Barbara Crooker
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Some Glad Morning, the new collection by Barbara Crooker. “No one gets excited when they see sparrows,” the narrator writes—an apt metaphor for how Crooker looks at human bodies aging and worn, in fear of being forgotten.

[Book Forum] Do You Have a Reservation?
At the beginning of Lara Williams’s Supper Club, we find the narrator Roberta stuck in a typical millennial holding pattern. As she enters her late twenties, Roberta is working an uninspiring assistant

[Book Forum] Dublin Literary Award longlist announced; Jaquira Díaz on her new book
Ordinary Girls author Jaquira Díaz talks to /> Literary Hub about villains, music, and how she motivates herself to write. “I think of

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