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[The Millions] June 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. Let us know what you’re looking

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Breaking the Waves
Second-wave feminism and the legacy of intergenerational conflict

[Book Forum] SYLLABI: Mike Wendling: The Roots of the Alt-right

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Everything you need to know about the Republican Party
Trump isn’t an aberration of the conservative movement

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Tommy Orange on Native American identity; NBCC announces next class of Emerging Critics
At the Los Angeles Review of Books Blog, Rebecca Schultz talks to The Perfect Nanny author Leïla Slimani about the strange space that nannies occupy in a household and how identity factored into her novel. “I don’t care about identity, I don’t really understand what it means. I’m not

[The Millions] A Quick Guide to the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist
The winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize and the Baileys Prize) will be announced on June 6. Since 1996, the award has recognized the best English-language novel by a woman published in the U.K. in the previous year, and it has steadily built a distinguished

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Always been
Ubiquity and the rejection

[The Millions] A Book for the Moment: On Helen Weinzweig’s ‘Basic Black with Pearls’
This post was produced in partnership with Bloom, a literary site that features authors whose first books were published when they were 40 or older. 1. In our current moment, a chorus of “nasty women” has flooded social media with grievances. Unfortunately, these grievances recur with grim

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The protection of migrants
Do states have the right to exclude immigrants?

[Salon Books] The art of war: “Brothers of the Gun” illustrates the Syrian War with dignity and depth
Salon talks to artist and journalist Molly Crabapple about the power of illustration and the Syrian War

[The Millions] Global Fame for a Literary Icon
“She told the students not to explain too much, that they could throw in expressions in Igbo or Yoruba or pidgin and trust the reader to get it. She told them that even if a story was autobiographical it should be shaped—that, for instance, although in life you could have ten close friends,

[Salon Books] “We’re closed!”: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, immigration panic and the toxic allure of the past
One president thinks history can be stopped; the other thought he was shaping the future. They were both wrong

[The Millions] A New Native American Epic
There There by Tommy Orange is one of our most anticipated books of the year. It debuts next week and this week Orange receives the New York Times treatment along with a few other rising star indigenous writers in an excellent profile. “Mr. Orange is part of a new generation of acclaimed

[The Millions] Seeking Order in Chaos
“Writing an autobiography was therapeutic and traumatic at times, but unlike the novel it continues its therapies and trauma long after I’ve written it.” Laura van den Berg interviews Porochista Khakpour about the differences between novels and memoirs, structure, and

[The Millions] Life on Mars
“One of the advantages to being a novelist is removing oneself from the chatter of the fray and trying to get a read and a historical context on what’s happening in one’s own time.” The Guardian interviews Rachel Kushner about women’s prisons, remorse, and her new

[Salon Books] Writing affirmative consent into YA novels: Teens need healthy models in fiction, too
Fiction can help teens learn what the internet might not teach them about sex

[The Millions] The Summer Rooster Strikes Back
The second annual Rooster Summer Reading Challenge starts next week with two selections for June: Julián Herbert‘s Tomb Song and Tayari Jones‘s An American Marriage. Get yourself ready with an essay about black love stories featuring Jones’ novel. The post The Summer Rooster

[Salon Books] Retta on why she’s “So Close to Being the S**t, Y’all Don’t Even Know”
The “Parks and Rec” star sits down with “Salon Talks” to discuss how she built her career and her new memoir

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Michael Lewis Becomes Audible’s First Magazine Writer
Moneyball author Michael Lewis is giving up his position as a contributing writer at Vanity Fair to work for Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook company. Lewis has signed a multi-year contract with the Audible, for which he will produce original audio nonfiction stories, the first of which will be

[The Millions] What Makes Me Catch My Breath: Erika Swyler in Conversation with Adrienne Celt
I first met Adrienne Celt at the Tucson Festival of Books, where, after watching her befriend a macaw, I knew I needed to know her better. We’d both written novels involving family secrets and the same Slavic folklore. The Daughters went on to win the 2015 Pen Southwest Book Award. I devoured it

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Husk by Margot Armbruster
A strikingly accomplished work from a 16-year-old poet reflects on the resonances of anorexia with religious fastingHusk How did we ever get here? I have been measuringmy worth in etched wrists for so long I think my bonesare made of aspartame. Or plum blossom. Can Igain solubility, dissolve? Can I

[Salon Books] Keys to the cyber-caliphate: An excerpt from “Hacking ISIS”
How a daring 2015 special-ops raid in eastern Syria yielded an enormous ISIS database that exposed its finances

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Pardons, obstruction of justice and the rule of law
Trump is probing the constitution for weaknesses, and finding them

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The Puerto Rican colonial case
The new estimate of deaths in Puerto Rico reflects a broader and shameful neglect

[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 themAre 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 blog.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Still run
Closer to beast than angel

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Rebecca Saletan Remarks: Annual Dinner 2018

[The Millions] Reconsidering Pablo Neruda in Light of ‘The Poet’s Calling’
When Pablo Neruda was expelled from France in 1952, he wrote this to his beloved countrymen in Chile: “The future of humanity may be endangered in the hands of a few evil men, but it does not belong to them. The future of man is ours, because we are the embodiment of hope.” There was a time when

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of strict new abortion laws
Trump is already the anti-abortion movement’s best president ever

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: How neoliberalism worms its way
Neoliberalism still going according to plan

[Salon Books] In “Dear Rachel Maddow,” the MSNBC anchor becomes a fictional teen’s muse
Novelist Adrienne Kisner’s outsider heroine is having a very bad year

[Salon Books] Stop thinking you need to have all the answers: Knowing what you don’t know is more important
I don’t know. Neither do you. That’s OK

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Cusk; Orange; Daley-Ward; Homes; Jeong; Wood; Kumarasamy; White; Khakpour; Immergut; Hodson; Celt; Groff
Out this week: Kudos by Rachel Cusk; There There by Tommy Orange; The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward; Days of Awe by A.M. Homes; The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong; Upstate by James Wood; Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy; Sweet and Low by Nick White; Sick by Porochista

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: June 2018
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in June. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes “I wanted to have my form and explode it too,” said Wanda Coleman of sonnets. Hayes names her with gratitude in this book. Athletic, punchy, sardonic, and swift, Hayes

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: In the Fascist Weight Room
1968’s dangerous and grandiose fantasies

[Guardian Books Blog] The Return of the Soldier: an incendiary, formidable debut
Rebecca West’s novel, published when she was just 24, took a maverick line on everything from sexual politics to class and the first world war“I’ve aroused hostility in an extraordinary lot of people,” Rebecca West told the Paris Review in 1981. “I’ve never known why. I don’t think

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump thinks he is a king
Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him

[The Millions] 2018 Lambda Literary Awards Honor LGBTQ Literature
The 2018 Lambda Literary Awards were announced last night in New York City. The annual award, now in its 30th year, celebrates the “best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm[s] that LGBTQ stories are part of the literature of the world.” In addition to the

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Porochista Khakpour on writing about chronic illness; Marian Keyes accuses Wodehouse Prize of sexism
Porochista Khakpour tells Tin House about writing her memoir, Sick. “I felt I had to be really careful not to make my book appear like it represents the experience of all chronically ill or disabled America,” she said. “In that sense I also felt if I paraded around Audre Lorde’s experience

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling
Supreme Court holds that religious conservatives are special snowflakes who need a safe space

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Francisco Cantú in Conversation with Misha Glenny

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: From the inside
Removal from the record

[The Millions] It’s All So Much: On Lauren Groff’s ‘Florida’
When I was growing up in Florida, we called it God’s Waiting Room, but not because we thought it was heavenly. The elderly retired in Florida, “waiting” for death, and we kids who joked about it were waiting, too. Not for death, but to leave for older, darker, nobler, safer states. I say safer

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Inquiry in social sciences
The history of the social sciences

[Salon Books] Can a literary thriller heal divides? Silas House’s “Southernmost” isn’t preaching to either choir
Salon talks to Silas House about writing an LGBT rights novel from a conservative rural minister’s point of view

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Things everyone should understand about tech
The winners and losers of technological advancement are determined by very deliberate policy choices

[Salon Books] From “Star Wars” to our wars: What the Force has in common with “Thank you for your service”
Salon talks to Max Brooks about why the U.S. is neither Empire nor Rebel Alliance (and why we really hate Jar Jar)

[The Millions] Memoir as Addiction: On Michelle Tea’s ‘Against Memoir’
Though she has published about as many books of fiction as she has memoir, Michelle Tea is probably best known for writing about her own life. This is due in part to the fact that even some of her fictional characters—in particular, the writer character named Michelle who starred in 2016’s

[Guardian Books Blog] A queer, diverse Nancy Drew: is this how to keep children's classics alive?
The girl detective and Little Women are both being updated to include LGBTQ and multiethnic characters to cater for a new generation of readers – but this doesn’t always workWhen the news broke that Nancy Drew, that plucky, “Titian-haired” girl detective with her handsome boyfriend and

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Trump is getting away with the biggest scandal
The Trump era can’t end soon enough

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