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Top Book Blogs 08/2019

[The Millions] A Pure Life of the Mind: The Millions Interview with Karen Olsson
When novelist Karen Olsson was in high school in Washington, D.C., she checked The Simone Weil Reader out of the library and became obsessed by the French iconic thinker and activist. Later, after studying higher mathematics at Harvard and going on to become a writer, Olsson still found herself

[Book Forum] Juliet Escoria on writing about mental illness; Evgenia Peretz working on series about Hollywood college-admissions scandal
At The Nation, over three dozen writers have signed /> an open letter urging Congress “to take immediate steps to rectify the

[Salon Books] Tomi Lahren, who lectures against "mean girls," suggests Kamala Harris slept her "way to the top"
Lahren denounced "mean girls" in her book. Now she's apologizing for accusing Harris of using sex for advancement

[The Millions] Another Other: Gideon Glick on Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’
To Kill a Mockingbird is a Broadway juggernaut. Harper Lee’s classic novel is currently one of the most successful Broadway productions ever, setting attendance and box office records since opening in December 2018. Met with positive reviews and a slew of Tony nominations—and a Featured Actress

[Salon Books] Does Trump want a race war? Tim Wise on right-wing terrorism and our president
Anti-racism activist and author: It's time for white people who believe in justice to stand up and step forward

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival’
Legendary underground comics artist, editor, and feminist Diane Noomin served as the editor for Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival, a comics anthology that features a foreword by Roxane Gay. The book is a powerful and instructive collection of short stories

[Book Forum] Edward Snowden writing memoir; Alexandra Petri signs two-book deal with Norton
Edward Snowden is writing /> a memoir. Permanent Record, which details how Snowden “helped create a system of mass surveillance the N.S.A. used

[Salon Books] Surviving "God Land" in the age of Trump: Lyz Lenz on faith, politics and the Midwest
Salon talks to the author about evangelicalism in the Midwest, from megachurches to Trump (and even "hot Jesus")

[Salon Books] You need to read this: 5 hot new fiction books coming in August
Turn off Twitter and Netflix for a few hours and reach for these literary page-turners instead

[Book Forum] A YA Retelling of Anna Karenina
Jenny Lee’s Anna K, the anticipated YA retelling of Anna Karenina set in present-day Manhattan (with a hint of Gossip Girl), will be published in early 2020, and will become a TV series shortly after

[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—for more

[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

[Book Forum] Time Regained
“The impulse to stash things away,” Nick Yablon writes in Remembrance of Things Present: The Invention of the Time Capsule, “is ancient, perhaps universal.” This accounts for the cornerstone ceremonies

[The Millions] Thoughts and Prayers
Shannon Watts was in college when the massacre at Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX occurred. She was a young mother with small children at the time of Columbine. A slightly older mother when Virginia Tech happened. And the Gabby Giffords shooting. And Sandy Hook. And El Paso. For the L.A.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Tolentino, Valentine, Folarin, Marías, Price, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Jia Tolentino, Sarah Valentine, Tope Folarin, Javier Marías, our own Adam O’Fallon Price, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most

[Guardian Books Blog] The Grapes of Wrath is our reading group book for August
John Steinbeck’s novel about a family’s desperate journey across the US is our migration-themed reading this monthJohn Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath has come out of the hat and will be the subject of August’s reading group.I have to admit that this safely established novel by a great

[Salon Books] Remembering Toni Morrison: Nobel Prize-winning author dies at 88
In her groundbreaking books, Morrison explored race, racism and the pursuit of freedom within societal boundaries

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize 2019: the first three books on our shortlist are ...
After a lively week of voting, three novels have made it to the final stage – where your opinions will remain crucialThe votes have been cast. They have been counted. We have whittled down our very long longlist and now have a very short shortlist of three books:• The Unauthorised Biography of

[Book Forum] Literary Hub starts new podcast; Karen Olsson on math
At The Millions, S. Kirk Walsh talks to /> Karen Olsson about Anne Carson, the struggles of novel-writing,

[Book Forum] Toni Morrison dead at 88
Toni Morrison died /> last night in Manhattan. She was 88. The author of eleven novels and a number of essay collections, Morrison was also the

[The Millions] This Is Our Intimacy Now: Featured Poetry by Carmen Giménez Smith
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a poem from Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith. Her poems often reflect a narrator’s childhood memory or perspective—and these glimpses into the past help sharpen the present. In this poem, Smith shows the pain of seeing a parent struggle,

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: August 2019
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing in August. Or What We’ll Call Desire by Alexandra Teague “Because without words what are we // but ourselves—inarticulate as the sky.” Teague’s poems, so often first anchored in singular moments, evolve into mazes of time and space, as with

[Book Forum] Julia Angwin returns to The Markup; Jia Tolentino on internet life
Atlantic staff writer and former ESPN correspondent Jemele Hill is working on a memoir. “I hope that by sharing some very personal experiences in this memoir--things I’ve never shared publicly

[Book Forum] Pictures from an Institution
Today’s challenges of transparency and opacity in everything from the personal to the institutional have created a desire to experience these qualities afresh in literature. I have often thought of

[The Millions] The Best Book You’ve Never Read: ‘Pieces for the Left Hand’
“Our town is famous for its deep, beautiful mountain gorges spanned by one-lane bridges, and it is from these bridges that local would-be suicides typically jump.” So begins “Copycats,” the sixth piece in J. Robert Lennon’s collection Pieces for the Left Hand: 100 Anecdotes, published by

[Guardian Books Blog] Stephen King has written another new ending to The Stand – but do we need it?
King has already written two endings for his masterpiece and now he’s found a third coda for the TV adaptation. As a fan, I’m warySpoiler warning for two of The Stand’s three endingsStephen King fans, gather ye here: our lord and master has written a new ending to The Stand, his story of a

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: July 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

[Book Forum] Pacific Standard to shut down; Phoebe Waller-Bridge working on Fleabag book
Model, dietitian, and Elon Musk’s mother Maye Musk is publishing a book. According to the press release, A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success will be “a fount

[The Millions] Magic in the Mundane: The Millions Interviews Kimberly King Parsons
In Kimberly King Parsons’s debut story collection, Black Light, we see the wide world of Texas, and of her character lives, drawn for us in fine and lovely lines. Their bodies and surroundings, their desires and anxieties are fully rendered, inside and out, in every story. These characters watch

[The Millions] Toni Morrison Dies at 88
Novelist of our hearts Toni Morrison died Monday night, her publisher reports, at the age of 88. Morrison won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her best-selling, groundbreaking novel Beloved, and was the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1993. She wrote 11 novels as

[Guardian Books Blog] Why are there so many new books about time-travelling lesbians?
At a time when historical amnesia is making itself widely felt, these stories show how readily the past can be rewrittenTime-travel stories sit at a nexus of the literal and figurative. All of us are travelling through time – at the ambling pace of a human life, moving in a direction we think of

[The Millions] Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ Took its Author to Uncharted Territory
“I’ve always tried to do something I haven’t done before, because I have a low boredom threshold,” Salman Rushdie says while seated in the book-lined conference room at the Wylie Agency. “There was certainly a point in my life where I guess I could have written a version of

[Book Forum] Bryan Washington on Houston; Molly Young joins New York magazine
At The Guardian, Richard Lea talks to /> Bryan Washington about homophobia, Houston, and his story collection, Lot. “There

[Book Forum] The Story of the New Yorker's Toni Morrison Cover; Proust's Secret Stories
After the news of Toni Morrison’s death last week, the New Yorker decided to pay tribute to the author on the cover />

[The Millions] The Horror, The Horror: Rereading Yourself
Here is a secret about writers, or at least most writers I know, including me: we don’t like to read our published work. Conversations I’ve had over the years with author friends have tended to confirm my own feelings on the matter—namely, that it is very nice and fortunate and rewarding to

[Salon Books] He sounded the alarm on "Hateland": Daryl Johnson warned us about right-wing terror in 2009
Daryl Johnson was a DHS analyst — and a Republican. Then he lost his job for warning us about right-wing violence

[Guardian Books Blog] Not the Booker prize 2019: three more finalists revealed
After the public vote last week, our judges and book champions reveal their choices to complete the six-novel field. Let’s start reading!We now have a full size Not the Booker prize shortlist. Following on from the public vote, our judges from last year have selected Spring by Ali Smith, while our

[Book Forum] Remembering David Berman
Three writers pay tribute to the poet and songwriter David Berman, who passed away last week. Berman was the inimitable force behind the bands the Silver Jews and, most recently, Purple Mountains. His

[Book Forum] David Berman (1967–2019)
Three writers pay tribute to the poet and songwriter David Berman, who passed away last week. Berman was the inimitable force behind the bands the Silver Jews and, most recently, Purple Mountains. His

[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] Shane Jones’s New Book Takes on the World of Work
Shane Jones’s new novel Vincent and Alice and Alice is about divorce, America, desire, decline, time, money, and work—work, work, work. Vincent is a Divorced Guy. Former artist, now a state employee. A shady employee-enhancement consulting firm called PER selects him as a test subject for its

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Obreht, Tokarczuk, Nganang, Parsons, Kendi, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Téa Obreht, Olga Tokarczuk, Patrice Nganang, Kimberly King Parsons (whom we interviewed recently), Ibram X. Kendi, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read

[Guardian Books Blog] 'My nerves are going fast': The Grapes of Wrath’s hard road to publication
Famously written in 100 days, John Steinbeck’s novel drew on years of other work and an agonised sense of duty to migrant farm workersIn March 1938, shortly before he began working on The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck wrote to his agent Elizabeth Otis to turn down a commission to write about

[Book Forum] Ringer staff unionizes; Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation
After analyzing the words of Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, and others, the New York Times has concluded />

[Book Forum] Epistolary Blazing
The year is 1927. A schoolteacher who twenty-three years ago showed up with a bicycle and a duffel bag in Thyregod, Denmark, has just lost her husband. Vigand was a cold, pretentious doctor. Once, he

[Salon Books] Authors Steve Cavanagh and Adrian McKinty: How growing up in Northern Ireland's Troubles shaped them
Two authors with new thrillers out now discuss literary influences, generational responses to violence and more

[The Millions] This Is the Right Way to Capitalize Headlines
Welcome to Do You Copy, a semi-regular column on copyediting (copy editing? copy-editing?) that investigates some of the editorial life’s deepest mysteries. When is an en dash a better hyphen than a hyphen? Why are there so many stylebooks? Should we give a dang about the interrobang!? Learn the

[Guardian Books Blog] Too busy? Distracted by your phone? How to love reading again
If reading has given way in your life to social media and other distractions, it can be hard to return to books – but these tips could helpIn 2019, books are not just a last resort when the wifi is down. There are Instagram accounts, podcasts and even subscription boxes dedicated to reading.

[The Millions] Little Islands of Faith: The Millions Interviews Tupelo Hassman
Early in gods with a little g, the story’s teenage narrator, Helen Dedleder, describes a night with her friends: “And on one of those early evenings as the light in Rosary was fading, back in the early days when the glow from those first beers still warmed us all the way home, we were

[Book Forum] Yoko Ogawa on motherhood and writing; Sarah Elaine Smith on being called "quirky"
The New York Times talks to /> Yoko Ogawa about writing, motherhood, and her recently-translated book, The Memory Police. “Now that my son

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