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[The Millions] August Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around).  Here’s what we’re looking out for this month. (“Phew, it’s a hot

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Zhang; Perrotta; Binet; Senna; Gurnah; Lish
Out this week: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang; Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta; The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet; New People by Danzy Senna; Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah; and White Plains by Gordon Lish. For more on these and other new titles, go read our most recent

[Guardian Books Blog] Mumbo Jumbo: a dazzling classic finally gets the recognition it deserves
Praised by the likes of Tupac and Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed’s experimental novel about race in the US is, more than ever, a book for todayAmerica, wrote Ishmael Reed in his 1972 novel Mumbo Jumbo, is “mercurial, restless, violent ... the travelling salesman who can sell the world a Brooklyn

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump so bad
Republicans can still save America from Trump

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: which book about gay life should we read in August?
To mark the 50th anniversary of decriminalisation in the UK, please help choose a novel to mark the occasion. There are hundreds to choose fromThis month we’re asking for nominations for books that can bring us a bit of Pride. As you’re probably aware, 27 July marked 50 years since the 1967

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Claudia Rankine on the legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks; Why MTV abandoned longform
Mic examines MSNBC’s thwarted evolution into a centrist news channel. Chairman Andrew Lack had been planning to reorganize the network and increase its ratings by cancelling opinion-based programming in favor of more balanced news coverage. “But the election of Donald Trump has complicated that

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Donald Trump has his finger on the nuclear button
Nuclear diplomacy from Iran to North Korea

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: How to Lose Your Country
Demolishing the political myths of Erdoğan’s Turkey

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: One step closer
An icy standoff

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Mary Gaitskill: The Mare

[The Millions] Nicknames I Have Known (Or: An Elegy for the Mooch)
Last summer, right before my grandfather died, my mother and her boyfriend, Jim, rode their bikes to his house. My grandparents live four miles away from my mom, and it’s a straight shot down a semi-wooded New Jersey street where cars can only go 35 miles per hour but usually go 50. Jim’s in

[The Millions] To Save a Draft
“Save everything, she said. Everything. When your archive gets bought, they pay by the cubic foot.” Sarah Manguso in The New York Times about drafts in an era of digital writing. And while we’re on the subject , here’s what Ben Fountain, Emily St. John Mandel, Emma Straub and a

[Guardian Books Blog] The search for the Great American Read is on (again)
Broadcaster PBS is set to rally the US’s readers to vote for the country’s all-time best read – which should be the making of another Great American DebateIt has been a good few months since we were last treated to a literary “best of” list to squabble over. Not the Booker prize

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: African edition
Are colonial-era laws holding Africa back?

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Democrats to the left
Can the Left create a diverse class-based alliance?

[Salon Books] Salon’s author questionnaire: Inside Tom Perrotta’s “Mrs. Fletcher” and more summer must-reads
Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta; Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy; The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder by Carolyn Murnick For August, I posed a series of questions — with, as always, a few verbal restrictions — to five

[Salon Books] The violent policing of Black motherhood: How and why cops target mothers of color
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (Credit: Beacon Press) Malaika Brooks, 33 years old and seven months pregnant, was driving her 11-year-old son to school in Seattle one November morning in 2004 when she was pulled over for speeding. She

[The Millions] Why We Read and Why We Write
Samuel Johnson said the greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write. But reading, unlike writing, is a pursuit decidedly devoid of glory. Ideally, it cultivates the quiet virtues of patience, attention, and self-denial. Yet, in the broader scheme of literary life, the

[Guardian Books Blog] Up lit: the new book trend with kindness at its core
From Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time to Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the empathetic literature inspired by a year of tragedies, political upheaval and economic uncertaintyA bruising year dominated by political and economic uncertainty, terrorism and tragedy has, publishers

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Everyone into fighting climate change
Sustainability, common concern and public goods

[Guardian Books Blog] The Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize 2017 – enter now!
The annual award for aspiring cartoonists offers the chance to be published and win a cheque for £1,000, with past winners going on to further successThe brilliant and inspirational Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic short story prize, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, is now open

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Patti Smith remembers Sam Shepard; Why we read dystopian fiction
Patti Smith remembers friend and collaborator Sam Shepard, who died last week from complications of ALS. “He liked packing up and leaving just like that, going west,” she writes. “He liked getting a role that would take him somewhere he really didn’t want to be, but where he would wind up

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Contradictions in modern conservatism
The GOP is about annoying liberals, not conservatism

[The Millions] In a Fugue State
“Could I write a novel about fugues in the form of a fugue?” Margot Singer wonders in The Paris Review, remembering the process of writing her first novel and considering other authors – Joyce, Nabakov, Woolf – who have tried to compose words musically. See also: our own Jacob Lambert

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: An era of mass migration
The world’s advanced economies should think twice about curbing migration

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Andy Tobias: "LGBT Activism from the 70's through to Today"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Directly implicated
Hold the applause

[The Millions] Patricia Smith Wants You to Hear Every Gunshot: The Millions Interview
Over the course of her career, Patricia Smith has a reputation for tackling complicated ideas, combining humor and tragedy, and bridging the gap between spoken word and lyrical prose. She’s a four-time National Poetry Slam champion, a finalist for the National Book Award, and has received many

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Military power is all about people
The glory and agony of the US military

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The corporate role
When firms have market power, they will seek and obtain political influence

[The Millions] Shots Fired
“While I’m glad we’ve had this chance to talk, because of time constraints I cannot answer these basic questions about race and how racism works.” Colson Whitehead considers new business cards. See our review of his Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad here. The post

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Workings of international relations
Globalisation and fragmentation in world politics

[Salon Books] How 9/11 led to President Donald Trump
(Credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Thomas Shanahan) It is sometimes hard to locate the genesis of a catastrophe. Most examples of societal breakdown are preceded by a long period of decay, before a moment of truth sets a country on an irreversible downward plummet. The French Revolution came

[The Millions] Dear White People
As part of a recent tweet about his availability for racial consultation, Colson Whitehead recommended an evergreen Huffington Post piece entitled “16 Books About Race That Every White Person Should Read“, a list that includes Claudia Rankine‘s Citizen, T. Geronimo

[The Millions] Sexy Backs and Headless Women: A Book Cover Manifesto
1. Before I saw the cover of my second novel, I worried about it. My greatest fear was this: A woman, looking out to sea. Her back is to the reader. Her hair is thrown up in a vague style that if nothing else can be described as “timeless.” Her stance evokes a wistful, feminine longing—for a

[Salon Books] WATCH: Does the “women’s fiction” label limit a book’s reach?
Bestselling author Janelle Brown has scored yet another hit with her new novel, the twisty, suspenseful “Watch Me Disappear.” Brown’s tale of a seemingly idyllic California family upended when the mother goes missing and is presumed dead has garnered accolades writers dream of.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is destroying
The chaos, legislative fumbling, and legal jeopardy should not obscure the ways that the administration is remaking federal policy in consequential ways

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Remembering Judith Jones; Sarah Schulman on Trump’s victimhood
Editor and author Judith Jones died yesterday at 93. The New York Times writes that Jones—who pulled the manuscript for the diary of Anne Frank out of a reject pile and published Mastering the Art of French Cooking after it had been passed over by other publishers—“modestly ascribed her

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The devastating harms of solitary confinement
America’s invisible inferno

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Dr Willie Parker, "Life's Work"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: No matter how
Simultaneously horrific and satirical

[The Millions] In Search of Lost Words: Novels on Dementia
André’s disintegrating mind stars in The Father, a play by Florian Zeller (translated from French by Christopher Hampton).  André’s dementia progresses rapidly through one short act.  By the time the curtain falls, he can no longer decode his environment, including his daughter and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump panders to white fragility
Trump’s white nationalism torments us now, but the “centrality of whiteness” will fade away

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: July 2017
  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

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Is China facing destabilizing changes?
The dark side of China’s national renewal

[Salon Books] WATCH: “It may be mission impossible” — John Kelly faces struggle as new chief of staff
“There’s never been a White House this dysfunctional in the first six months, and it may be mission impossible.” So says Chris Whipple, the author of “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.” Whipple shared his expertise on chiefs of staff with

[The Millions] A Pattern of Freedom: On Can Xue’s ‘Frontier’
If in The Last Lover, Can Xue’s Best Translated Book Award-winning novel from 2014, characters seem to be wandering in and out of each other’s dreams, in Frontier, the author’s latest work to be published in English, experience has almost become detached from bodies entirely. It floats as if

[Guardian Books Blog] Sun, sea, sand, text: the 10 hottest highbrow books for the beach
Ditch domestic thrillers and romcoms and pack fiction by literary giants with seaside settings instead. From Death in Venice to Persuasion, how to be one up on the beachCrusoe’s rescue of Friday from cannibals on the beach in the seminal castaway tale initiates their ... friendship? Or

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Why the leaked presidential transcripts are so frightening
Why leaking transcripts of Trump’s calls is so dangerous

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jenny Zhang on language in “Sour Heart”; National Book Festival lineup announced
Literary Hub talks to Jenny Zhang about childhood, representing the immigrant experience in fiction, and her new book, Sour Heart. While Zhang was a student at the Iowa Writers Workshop, her classmates often said that the language of her stories’ Chinese-American subjects wasn’t believable to


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