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[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Julia Phillips
This year for me seemed sure to be defined by the publication, in May, of my first book, which disrupted absolutely everything around it, like a bowling ball dropped onto a spring mattress in one of those 1990s commercials. In this metaphor, the mattress is my life. The bowling ball is a bowling

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Jedediah Britton-Purdy
At the end of 2019, I am reading with very different eyes from a year ago. My wife and I learned that she was pregnant on the last day of 2018, and our son, James, was born just before Labor Day. Two weeks after we learned of the pregnancy, we moved from North Carolina, where between us we had

[Guardian Books Blog] Two authors, one prize: competing with my spouse for the same award
We have shared each other’s books as we share our lives. So it’s more than a little odd to be lined up against each other on the Portico prize shortlistThere are an infinite number of things for couples to fall out over – a husband’s slovenly attitude towards domestic hygiene, for example,

[Book Forum] Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay gets TV adaptation; Bloomberg buys CityLab
At the New York Times, Emma Goldberg looks at /www.nytimes.com/2019/12/08/business/media/feminist-blogs-feministing.html> the decline of feminist blogs and websites. After a decade of feminist publishing,

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: C Pam Zhang
There are years in which you are a stranger to yourself. This was one of them. I stopped keeping to-do lists, forgot obligations, hit pause on making sense of my life: why I cried when I should have been happy, why I grew angry or listless, why convictions I’d held no longer convinced even me. It

[Salon Books] Britain's big election, and ours: David Kogan on "a critical turning point" in left history
What impeachment? U.K. voters face a stark left-right choice that will (finally) decide Brexit and shape the future

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Venita Blackburn
I almost had a tarot reading this year (or last, my memory is not great). I have a special relationship with magic of that kind; it’s forbidden. I had a deep-woods old-school church kind of perspective programmed in me that said Ouija boards and tarot cards and conjure-woman mumbo jumbo were

[The Millions] ‘Africaville’: Featured Fiction from Jeffrey Colvin
In today edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Jeffrey Colvin’s debut novel, Africaville, out today from Amistad. The novel—named one of the Best Books to Read This Winter by Vogue—earned praise for Victor LaValle, who said:

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Jennifer Croft
Maaza Mengiste has a new novel out this year called The Shadow King, but I took a while in the spring to read her first book, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, which is easily one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Its spirited prose, its pulsing life force, and the incredible economy of its magnificent

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Iva Dixit
Sometime around February, both somewhat crassly and in complete seriousness, I took to describing the still-newish 2019 as The Year of the Great Unclenching. The frenetic anxiety that had possessed me from working in a news cycle for the past four years that I can adequately only describe as a

[Book Forum] Esmé Weijun Wang signs two-book deal with Riverhead; Nobel literature laureates give lectures
Esmé Weijun Wang has signed /ew.com/books/2019/12/09/esme-wang-riverhead-book-deal/> a two-book deal with Riverhead, Entertainment Weekly reports. The announcement included details about the two upcoming

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Jason R Jimenez
I’m in the middle of Wuthering Heights as I write this, anxiously anticipating the greatest scene in all of English literature. You know the one. As I pass through what might be my fourth or fifth visit at the Heights, I wonder if it’s Emily or Charlotte I admire most. But then they’re both

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Colvin, Awkward-Rich, Sarginson, Grey, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Jeffrey Colvin, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Saskia Sarginson, Iona Grey, 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

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli is our book for December
Telling the stories of child migrants on the US border, this novel is one of 2019’s most acclaimed books. Will we admire it too?Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive has come out of the hat and will be our reading group choice for December.The first English-language book written by the

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Devi S. Laskar
This year has been a blur of landscape from the window of a bullet train. My debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, came out in February to critical acclaim and it’s been a whirlwind. Even before the novel’s official entrance, from August 2018 I was one of five debut authors managing the

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Rion Amilcar Scott
Each year begins with a post-midnight call from my parents. I expect such a call this coming year, but it will be sans one parent. Perhaps when my father calls, my grieving mind will play one of those mean tricks it’s been playing since March, and for a hopeful half-second I’ll wait for Mom to

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: November 2019
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[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] A Year in Reading: Merve Emre
I have a hard time remembering the books I have read without also remembering who I have read them with or where. Increasingly, since so much of my reading is done out loud to my children, it seems natural to me that all reading should be shared reading of one sort or another. Sifting through text

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: The Flea by John Donne
A ludicrous image of physical intimacy provides a suitor with a feeble wooing ruse – and us with sharp romantic comedy Related: 'Sometimes the world goes feral' – 11 odes to Europe Continue reading...

[Salon Books] Author Chris Hedges on Trump, the Democrats and the dying American empire
Impeaching Trump without addressing America's deeper structural problems, says Hedges, will only make things worse

[Book Forum] The Finalists for the 2019 John Leonard Prize Have Been Announced
In our favorite podcast of the week, book critic Parul Sehgal discusses Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley serie /longform.org/posts/longform-podcast-371-parul-sehgal>s with Terry Castle, Gillian Flynn, and

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Adam O’Fallon Price
Of all the books I read this year, none stuck with me quite like Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I realize the greatness of this book is not, as they say, new news—my temperament is such that I often come late to long-beloved novels and unnecessarily evangelize them. The Prime of

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Kate Gavino
At the time of writing this, I’ve read 83 books this year. Of those 86 books, 60 were audiobooks, 12 were e-books, and 14 were physical books. I read 45 works of fiction, 27 works of non-fiction and/or memoirs, seven YA books, and five graphic novels. Twenty-three and a half books I read this

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Nick Moran
I love references, how they operate like conversational shorthand. When I describe the main character of The Invitation as “a store-brand Chris Stapleton,” I feel clever and efficient. If brevity is the soul of wit, then references are the bees of conversation, pollinating subjects by imbuing

[Salon Books] "Irony and Outrage," part 2: Why Colbert got serious — and why Donald Trump isn't funny
Media scholar Dannagal Goldthwaite Young talks Colbert, Oliver, Maddow — and Donald Trump's humor impairment

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Jianan Qian
During our school years in Shanghai, we were always reading two books at the same time. One was our textbook, which sat open on the desk, protected by extra covers, lines highlighted and margins filled with tidy handwriting, reflecting our diligence; the other was the book we were actually reading,

[The Millions] A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg
When I think back on my reading life to date, there are maybe a couple dozen writers who stand out from the rest as the true friends of my mind: Woolf, Bellow, Proust, Dostoevsky…And the weird thing is that none of these—well, none except the poets—were love at first sight. I remember

[The Millions] Year in Reading: Nick Ripatrazone
Maybe this is the result of going on long runs in the woods, but I am pulled toward itinerant literature: the whisky priest moving across the Mexico countryside in The Power and the Glory, the Bundrens bungling their way across Mississippi in As I Lay Dying, Sethe moving from a past she can never

[Salon Books] "My Name Is Prince": A graceful, powerful photographic tribute to the Purple One
Randee St. Nicholas' book of photographs taken over 25 years is a lavish look at an artful, inspired life




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