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Top Book Blogs 11/2018

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Top Shelf
Writers choose the best books of the year.

[Guardian Books Blog] From Muriel Spark to Angela Carter: which women should get blue plaques?
English Heritage wants to boost the number of female recipients of its prestigious blue plaques. It could honour more scientists and ethnic-minority achievers, tooEnglish Heritage this week asked for suggestions to increase the number of women honoured by its blue plaques. The current proportion is

[Salon Books] Author David Neiwert on the outbreak of political violence: Expect “an intense period of terrorism”
Expert on right-wing terror expects “a lot more of this type of violence,” no matter who wins the midterms

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Days before the midterms
It’s time to make Election Day a holiday

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jhumpa Lahiri and Jennifer Croft on writer’s block
Lithub talks to National Book Award finalists in translated literature Jhumpa Lahiri, Domenico Starnone, Olga Tokarczuk, and Jennifer Croft. Lahiri says that she doesn’t suffer from writer’s block. “At times I’m ‘blocked’ by the obligations and complications in life that keep me from

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Keith O'Brien, "Fly Girls"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Far from it
Bizarro world

[The Millions] Lives We Could Live but Don’t: The Funnel Crisis and the Slow Burn of Academia
1. It’s become quite common by now for me to tell people who ask why I am doing a doctorate in biology that I really have no real idea. But in point of actual fact, I do very much know why I am here—or rather, I know at least one very good reason why I am here. When I was 17, a friend and I

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Brexit crashout
This is why the E.U. is being so tough about Brexit

[Salon Books] Rebecca Traister on the long history of women’s anger: “There is no peak fury”
An Inflection Point talk with Rebecca Traister, author of “Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power Of Women’s Anger”

[The Millions] November 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. Find more November titles at

[The Millions] Bringing ‘All-of-a-Kind Family’ into the World
The 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. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor is still, five decades after its publication, one of the best-known books about American Jewish children.

[Salon Books] What it takes to elect people like us: Will women of color change American politics?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley are just the beginning. But major obstacles still lie ahead

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Happiness report
A “happy” world requires institutional change

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: New columnists at “The Guardian”; Jorie Graham wins Bobbitt Prize
The Guardian has added four new columnists to its US opinion section. Moira Donegan, Bhaskar Sunkara, Rebecca Solnit, and David Sirota will all contribute writing on different angles of American politics. The group brings “a range of perspectives that will help Guardian readers make sense of the

[Guardian Books Blog] Th*nks for asterisks: the maligned punctuation enjoying Twitter revival
They can sometimes draw attention to what they aim to conceal, but they have found useful new life on social media as a marker of disdainIs “n*gger” the same as the N-word? It’s a question we chose to avoid earlier this year. When writing a piece about the differences between book titles in

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Lucy Hawking on Stephen Hawking's Brief Answers to the Big Questions

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Almost here
Next move is coming soon

[The Millions] Hanne Ørstavik’s ‘Love’ Marries Escapism and Neglect with Force and Beauty
On the back cover of Hanne Ørstavik’s novel Love is a one-line quotation attributed to a significantly more famous Norwegian writer. According to Karl Ove Knausgaard, “Love is Hanne Ørstavik’s strongest book.” The statement is disappointing for two reasons. It is both patently

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What social science can tell us
The methods of inquiry in social sciences

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: “The Color Purple” returns to the screen; the “Times” passes 4 million subscribers
has won the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, which honors “an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding that illuminates the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide.” Kassabova is the author of Border: A

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Green Boughs by Naomi Mitchison
Ahead of the Armistice centenary, this impassioned work records the poet’s grief and outrage at the lives destroyed by the first world warGreen BoughsMy young, dear friends are dead,All my own generation.Pity a youthless nation,Pity the girls unwed,Whose young lovers are dead.They came from the

[The Millions] But Let Us Cultivate Our Garden
“But let us cultivate our garden.” —Candide by Voltaire (1759), translated by Theo Cuffe (2009) 1. The first real garden I grew on my own was in 1996, when I was in my mid-20s. I had graduated as an engineer and started working at a pneumatics manufacturer in the British Midlands. My

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: City in the world
Changes wrought by globalization have made cities the center of our world

[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

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Know how
It is hard work

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Appel Salon | Gary Shteyngart

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: November 2018
Here are five notable books of poetry publishing in November. Rosarium by Hannah Dow “Mother, Father, I am trying to make my way / to you, but I have found no laws proving / the logic of a body that journeys without wings.” Dow’s graceful, pensive debut brings to mind the work of Allison

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Ahead of election day
Sorry, pundits, but you have no clue what will happen on Tuesday

[Salon Books] The Great American Dream Value Menu: The hard truths nobody tells young people about their dreams
Nobody tells you that the most you get is three items. Many of us will have to fight hard for even one

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Berlin; Novey; Iduma; Somers; Meijer; Lethem
Out this week: Evening in Paradise by Lucia Berlin; Those Who Knew by Idra Novey; A Stranger’s Pose by Emmanuel Iduma; The Naked Woman by Armonía Somers; Northwood by Maryse Meijer; and The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem. For more on these and other new titles, go read

[The Millions] The Syllabus of St. Benedict
Last week, a friend and I were discussing Robert Frost’s jab that “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.” My friend (a poet himself) elaborated: Anyone can go out to a parking lot with a couple of rackets and swat a ball around. It soon becomes boring, pointless,

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Dusty Pink by Jean-Jacques Schuhl
If Millennial Pink captures something of 2018’s youth zeitgeist, then according to French author Jean-Jacques Schuhl, winner of the 2000 Goncourt Prize for his novel Ingrid Caven, the late 1960s and early 1970s might be characterized as the years of “dusty pink.” His cult classic

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: Agatha Christie's Endless Night is our book for November
Written in just six weeks when she was 76, Christie’s favourite of her own novels is our pick this month – alongside The Murder of Roger AckroydAgatha Christie’s 1967 novel Endless Night has topped our poll and will be the subject of this month’s Reading group.That evocative title comes from

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Of work
The broken relationship between employers and their employees

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Jelani Cobb on the importance of newsroom diversity; Roger Angell reminds readers to vote today
Leslie Jamison lists her favorite books about drinking. “They aren’t chronicles of the way many people can drink,” she explains, “but stories that have made me feel less alone in the way I used to drink: desperately, repetitively, often gracelessly, delivered constantly back into the dingy

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Isabel Allende: "The Influence of Hispanic Culture in Literature"

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: About the effects
Do a better job

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: In the midterms
Voters like a political party until it passes laws

[The Millions] Seeing the Forest for the Trees: ‘The Overstory’ and ‘Eucalyptus’
1. Step beneath the outermost leaves and the temperature drops, the light dapples, the path narrows, the situation becomes uncertain. There, out of direct sunlight, life rushes out in cacophonies of saturated color. Tree bark and humus curl past the edge of sight in choppy, gray-brown waves.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: After all the votes are counted
The 2018 campaign revealed the true fissure in American democracy

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Haruki Murakami donates manuscripts to Waseda University; Alice Quinn leaving Poetry Society of America
Haruki Murakami is donating his manuscripts and other items to his alma mater, Waseda University. According to Japan Times, the donation includes translated versions of his work and his record collection. “I don’t have any children, and it would cause trouble for me if those materials became

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Isaac Shapiro | Edokko: Growing up a Stateless Foreigner in Wartime Japan

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Always look
After years

[The Millions] No Mexico, No Europe: The Millions Interviews Álvaro Enrigue
In early 2016, during a monthslong relocation to Barcelona, I fell under the spell of three contemporary masters of Spanish-language fiction: Javier Cercas, of Barcelona, Javier Marías, of Madrid, and Álvaro Enrigue, of Mexico and New York. Even now, back in the U.S., I feel with these writers the

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Continental thoughts
Emancipatory possibilities

[The Millions] Unreliable Unreliable Narrators
All first-person narrators are unreliable. This is less a structural feature of storytelling and more a structural feature of the human condition. We lie to ourselves, we lie to others, and even if we mean to tell our story with complete honesty, we can never fully understand it. As the saying goes,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What the 2018 midterms mean
The midterms altered the 2020 redistricting landscape

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Nicole Chung on memory; Remembering Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
New York Times book critic and obituary writer Christopher Lehmann-Haupt has died at the age of eighty-four. Lehmann-Haupt worked at the paper for over thirty years, during which he wrote 4,000 essays and reviews. “Readers and colleagues called him a judicious, authoritative voice on fiction and a

[Book Forum] VIDEO: Tayari Jones: 2018 National Book Festival


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