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Top Book Blogs 07/2019

[Book Forum] Carmen Maria Machado Is Writing a Horror Comic
Carmen Maria Machado, the author of story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir In the Dream House, is writing a horror comic (a "Pennsylvania Gothic />")

[Salon Books] "The Long Southern Strategy": How Southern white women drove the GOP to Donald Trump
Political scientist Angie Maxwell on how the anti-feminist movement and the Baptist church drove the GOP right

[The Millions] Ten Ways to Change Your God
“Well, it may be the devil or it may be the LordBut you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” —Bob Dylan (1979) 1.Walking Cambridge’s Trinity Lane in 1894, Bertrand Russell had an epiphany concerning the ontological proof for God’s existence, becoming the unlikely convert effected by

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: To a Gentleman … by Elizabeth Carter
A plea from the 18th century to preserve the shaded peace of a tree-lined walk folds some feminism into its classical allusionsTo a Gentleman, on his Design of Cutting Down a Shady WalkIn plaintive Notes, that tun’d to WoeThe sadly sighing Breeze,A weeping Hamadryad mourn’dHer Fate-devoted

[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

[Guardian Books Blog] Why should authors read your bad reviews?
After Angie Thomas requested that she not be tagged into negative reviews of her books on social media, she has received a torrent of abuseHistory has yet to find the book that is universally adored – or the author who enjoys reading bad reviews. While Angie Thomas has topped the charts and

[The Millions] Why We Need Memoirs
1. I’ve been a practicing psychologist for more than 40 years and an experience I had recently with a client gave me some insight about memoirs, maybe not about why I chose to write one, but about the value of that kind of project. A kind of retrospective view. My client had somehow come across my

[The Millions] Colson Whitehead, Book by Book
Elevator inspectors, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, zombie movies: these are just a few of the things that have inspired Colson Whitehead’s books over the years. For Time, Whitehead goes over each of his books and the subjects that compelled him to write them. For his upcoming novel, The Nickel

[Book Forum] The best book prequels; Emilie Pine on her new book
The Guardian lists /> the best book prequels. Emilie Pine talks to />

[Salon Books] Tomi Lahren wants to have "the difficult conversations." This would be one of those
Fox News' millennial star tells Salon she wants to "bridge the gap," if only lefties would stop the "name-calling"

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: we're marking Primo Levi's centenary this month
The Italian author, who would have been 100 on 31 July, provides calm clarity in the face of the Holocaust in If This Is a Man and The TruceThis month on the reading group, we are going to look at If This Is a Man and The Truce by Primo Levi, who would have been 100 on 31 July. These are two books

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Orner, Dermansky, Simic, Tate, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Peter Orner, Marcy Dermansky, Charles Simic, James Tate, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Book Forum] Bookforum talks with Chia-Chia Lin
Author Interview: Chia-Chia Lin Chia-Chia Lin’s debut novel The Unpassing follows an immigrant family from Taiwan as they adjust to life in Alaska and grapple with the death of the family’s youngest

[The Millions] Get on Your Knees Again: Featured Poetry by Mark Yakich
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Spiritual Exercises by Mark Yakich, a writer whose mixture of irreverence and the sublime results in a unique tone. Yakich always feels one line away from a joke or an epiphany, making “Revelations” an appropriate title for his

[Salon Books] Scammers hid behind his face — but he had hidden for years, too
"We were stuck in the closet," William Dameron, author of "The Lie," tells Salon. "The world changed"

[Salon Books] "The grief of miscarriage can last forever": A conversation with "Brink of Being" author Julia Bueno
The "Brink of Being" author discusses the "pecking order of grief" and why we need to talk about miscarriage

[Book Forum] Bad news on the journalism job market; Aleksandar Hemon's new book
The Columbia Journalism Review reports /> on the dismal prospects for people working in media. Between January and May of this year, roughly

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: July 2019
Here are five notable books of poetry publishing in July. In Her Feminine Sign by Dunya Mikhail In her note to this collection, Mikhail explains that she drafted these poems “from right to left and from left to right, in Arabic and in English. I didn’t translate them; I only wrote them

[Guardian Books Blog] The Sandman, Catch-22, Cloud Atlas ... is there such thing as an 'unfilmable' book?
Books by authors like Neil Gaiman and Gabriel García Márquez have been dismissed as too difficult to adapt. With Netflix offering both time and cash, is that true anymore? It’s remarkable how many “unfilmable” books have been, well, filmed. With this week’s news that Neil Gaiman’s

[The Millions] Ten Books Every Creative Person Should Read
A large room, with good light. Walls: primer white, pocked with holes and scraps of masking tape. Floor: level, probably concrete, maybe plywood, either way, scuffed and stained with ink, paint, grease, dead gobs of plaster, resin, hot glue. Of the furniture, there are probably shelves, a large

[The Millions] Recovering Iris Murdoch
Over at The New York Times, Dwight Garner remembers the novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch on the centennial of her birth. With many of her books no longer in print, Murdoch’s posthumous reputation leaves much to be desired, and her ardent fans seek to rectify this. “She was the rare

[Book Forum] Publishers Closely Watch Tariffs on Good from China; A New Chapter to John Edgar Wideman's "Brothers and Keepers"
Robert Wideman, the subject of John Edgar Wideman’s 1984 memoir Brothers and Keepers, has been serving a sentence of life without parole, but now that Governor Tom Wolf has commuted his sentence /

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction’ by Inio Asano
Set in Tokyo, three years after a mammoth alien spaceship arrived to hover menacingly over the city, Inio Asano’s charming and unusual sci-fi manga series Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction follows the lives of two irresistible girls—Kadode and Ontan—as they navigate high school,

[Guardian Books Blog] I can’t write about a world without rape – because I don’t live in one
Women read and write crime fiction as a way to understand real experience. I was raped – and being told by the Staunch prize that books like mine are preventing justice is outrageousThat rape cases are hard to prosecute is no shocker, but the claim that crime writers are partly to blame shocked

[The Millions] Sor Juana, the 10th Muse
For JSTOR Daily, Matthew Wills remembers Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun who went on to become the founding mother of Mexican literature. From inside the convent, Sor Juana ran a literary salon and published poetry, comedies, drama, and more that expressed her political opinions.

[Salon Books] When Philip K. Dick turned to Christianity
After a terrifying vision the novelist turned to the Episcopal Church. Soon after he became a countercultural hero

[Salon Books] "American Carnage" isn't about Donald Trump: "I don't think the Trumps are that interesting"
Salon talks to DC Comics writer Bryan Edward Hill about his book about the far right and ethical questions of today

[Salon Books] Searching for Ernest Hemingway in Cuba
This is how a cultural and intellectual exchange between Cuba and America, frozen for 60 years, starts back up

[Salon Books] Who's your daddy? The twisty history of paternity testing
Salon talks to author Nara B. Milanich about why in the politics of paternity and science, context is everything

[Book Forum] Poet Marie Ponsot Dies; Dani Shapiro's Memoir "Inheritance" Is Being Made into a Film
In a rumored six-figure deal, Scribner has bought two books /> by deputy op-ed editor Clay

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: June 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] Poem of the week: Bus Station by Sheenagh Pugh
Travellers using their waiting time to access the streaming world of 21st-century information are seen from a surprising new angleBus StationPassengers on the move, not moving,becalmed in a between place Continue reading...

[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] I Have Never Felt That I Have Roots: The Millions Interviews Isabel Allende
Largo pétalo de mar (A Long Petal of the Sea), the latest book by bestselling author Isabel Allende, is a historical novel that could very well be set in present time. The central theme is immigration—from those who fled Spain during Franco’s dictatorship and arrived in Chile, only to have to

[The Millions] The Chekhovian Rules of Writing
How did Anton Chekhov approach his writing? Over at Open Culture, they go over the lauded short story writer’s rules of writing, as stated in an 1886 letter to his brother Aleksandr. “In 1886, Chekhov advised that if Aleksandr wished to get published in the magazine Fragments, he should

[Book Forum] The "Chicago Defender" goes online-only; A profile of Helen Phillips
The Chicago Defender, the legendary African American newspaper, will cease /> its print publication

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Ulitskaya, Phillips, Zentner, Savage, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Ludmila Ulitskaya, Helen Phillips, Alexi Zentner, Lila Savage, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want

[Guardian Books Blog] Primo Levi brings readers as close as prose can to the horror of Auschwitz
If This Is a Man’s vivid, precisely told story keeps us aware of all the individual tragedies occurring amid the mass barbarity of the campsWhile in Auschwitz, the exhausted and starving Primo Levi was not even granted the reprieve of a night’s sleep. The hours of darkness were, he writes in If

[Salon Books] Why the sex lives of "Three Women" are so fascinating: "We're used to listening to men's stories"
Salon talks to Lisa Taddeo about her stunning new reported nonfiction book about women, desire and power

[The Millions] If You Haven’t Seen ‘Billions’ Yet, You Should
1. The Showtime series Billions finished its fourth season last month. I’ve been watching since the 2016 premiere, but I’ve been a staff writer for The Millions since 2009, so…there was no way that, in my household, we wouldn’t be referring to the show as THE Billions. The Millions founder

[The Millions] ‘Let’s Hope for the Best’: Featured Fiction from Carolina Setterwall
In today’s featured fiction, we present our readers with an excerpt from Carolina Setterwall’s debut novel, Let’s Hope for the Best, out today from Little, Brown. Publishers Weekly called the book—in which Setterwall recounts the intensity of falling in love with her partner and the

[Book Forum] Famed NYC bookseller Michael Seidenberg has died; Mary Gaitskill on #MeToo fiction
After Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for the alleged sex trafficking of minors on Saturday, journalist Vicky Ward claimed />

[The Millions] Mitchell Zuckoff on Writing His 9/11 Magnum Opus
The seniors graduating from high school this year know what 9/11 is. They know four planes, two towers, 3,000-plus victims, 19 terrorists, Osama bin Laden. They know all of that because they were taught it in history classes. Because, to them, that’s all it is: history. With each passing year, the

[Book Forum] Facts and Mysteries
The novel as found document has a long history. The gothic novels that helped establish the horror genre--think Dracula, think Frankenstein--often take the form of found documents, of reconstructions

[The Millions] Ibram X. Kendi Has a Blueprint for How to Be Antiracist
There have been millions of pages written about what racism is and who is a racist, but there have been fewer pages devoted to the concept of organizing around antiracism. Now Ibram X. Kendi, a historian at American University, has produced a major work that defines and refines the concept of

[The Millions] At Home with Sara Borjas
Over at Electric Literature, Sara Borjas, author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff, reflects on writing about love and identity and building a Latinx community in a candid interview with Leticia Urieta. “As I wrote, and loved, I realized that there was such a power imbalance and

[Salon Books] Eve Ensler on Donald Trump, rape culture and the "unreckoned history" of America
"America's next stage," says Eve Ensler, is about "atonement and accountability." Her new book offers an example

[The Millions] 13 Songs That Prove Lou Reed Was a Literary Master
Intriguing both bibliophiles and music geeks in one gesture, the New York Public Library recently established a Lou Reed archive that makes accessible hundreds of hours of the man’s labyrinthine audio and video recordings, many photographs taken of and by Reed himself, press clippings from his

[Book Forum] Michael Eric Dyson writing new book on Jay-Z; Philip Roth's estate goes to auction
Michael Eric Dyson is working on /> a new book about Jay-Z that “wrestles with the biggest theme of his career, hustling, and what it

[The Millions] I Am Loudermilk: The Millions Interviews Lucy Ives
In Lucy Ives’s gorgeous and funny second novel Loudermilk—after 2017’s Impossible Views of the World—we follow the adventures of aspiring writer Troy Augustus Loudermilk and his best friend, Harry Rego, as they attempt an audacious con at the country’s most prestigious creative writing

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