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[Book Forum] El Caserío
This is where I begin. I come from poverty, from El Caserío Padre Rivera, the government housing projects, and there are stories here I never want to forget. In El Caserío, Anthony and I spent most

[Book Forum] Mary Ruefle chosen as Vermont's poet laureate; Crystal Hana Kim on translation
At Guernica, Crystal Hana Kim reflects /www.guernicamag.com/translation-and-the-family-of-things/> on translating her grandmother’s poetry from Korean into English and how the work changed her relationship

[The Millions] Six Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Flannery O’Connor
Flannery O’Connor is a master of the American short story, joining since her untimely death in 1964, Hawthorne, Poe, Hemingway, and Faulkner in the literary canon. Now a fixture in textbooks and collections, she composed on an old typewriter with bookshelves nearby of modern fiction,

[The Millions] Hobbit House Hunters
Looking to upgrade your hobbit hole? The Oxford home where J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy is on the market for a cool $6 million. According to House Beautiful, the estate will leave you plenty of room to write your own epics: “A little over 50 miles away

[Salon Books] Rap legend Rakim opens up about finding his unique, intellectual sound and transforming hip-hop
In a rare in-depth interview, lyricist Rakim opens up on "Salon Talks" about his debut memoir "Sweat The Technique"

[Salon Books] Donald Trump and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Disordered Minds" who think alike
Author Ian Hughes on why al-Baghdadi's death solves nothing, and how Trump is part of the same global disorder

[Book Forum] Dorothea Lasky Reads New Work; Edwin Frank Reflects on the NYRB Classics Series
Tonight, poets Dorothea Lasky and Timothy Donnelly read from their latest books /www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/evening-wave-books>, Animal and The Problem of Many, at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore.

[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—for more November titles, check

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: My Hat by Stevie Smith
From a poet known for her gloom, this is a sunny, witty vision of a young woman’s liberationMy Hat Mother said if I wore this hatI should be certain to get off with the right sort of chapWell, look where I am now, on a desert islandWith so far as I can see no one at handI know what has happened

[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] Chris Ware Opens Up About ‘Rusty Brown’
To read Chris Ware is to be struck by the joyous forms storytelling can take while being devastated by his characters’ personal tragedies. Ware’s vibrant experiments in layout and design—he often packages his graphic novels with oddities like flipbooks—are anchored by men and women hounded

[Salon Books] November must-read books: Lynda Barry's comics, Carmen Maria Machado's "In the Dream House" and more
The women of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" speak for themselves; disquieting novels revisit the Nazi and Pinochet regimes

[Book Forum] “I want a full refund.”
The first page of Exquisite Mariposa, the debut novel of Canadian-American artist, writer, and organizer Fiona Alison Duncan, finds the narrator, also named Fiona, pitching a reality TV show about her

[The Millions] Angie Cruz’s Working Women
Author Angie Cruz started the Instagram account, Dominicanas NYC, when she couldn’t find photos of 1960s Dominican working-class women while researching her novel Dominicana. Cruz spoke to the Cut about this community-driven project that shares photos and stories of Dominican women from

[Book Forum] Rachel Monroe's study of women and true crime
In her 2017 memoir After the Eclipse, Sarah Perry describes preparing for the trial of the man who raped and murdered her mother, Crystal, while twelve-year-old Sarah was asleep--and then not asleep--in

[Guardian Books Blog] The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles is our Reading group book for November
Published 50 years ago this month, Fowles’ lacerating take on the Victorians is a lot of fun‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman is immensely interesting, attractive and human,” declared the New York Times in its front page review of John Fowles’ third novel, which came out 50 years ago this

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Machado, Pico, Sexton, Tariq, Older, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Carmen Maria Machado, Tommy Pico, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Malcolm Tariq, Daniel José Older, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Book Forum] The Crying Game
I suppose some people can weep softly and become more beautiful, but after a real cry, most people are hideous, as if they’ve grown a spare and diseased face beneath the one you know, leaving very

[Book Forum] Andrea Long Chu on takedowns; Hadada prize to be awarded to Richard Ford
The Paris Review's Hadada prize will be awarded /www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/11/04/richard-ford-will-receive-our-2020-hadada-award/> to novelist Richard Ford. The prize will be presented by Bruce

[The Millions] Her Moment of Escape: Featured Poetry by Shimon Adaf
Our series of poetry excerpts continues with a piece from Shimon Adaf‘s book-length elegy, Aviva-No. Exquisitely translated from Hebrew by Yael Segalovitz, the book is a song of grief and absence. In this section, Adaf captures the feeling of a life—a relationship—forever unfinished. How

[The Millions] Love Your Bookstore: Books Are Magic
This piece is the third in a series of posts supporting the 2019 Love Your Bookstore Challenge, which is sponsored, in part, by The Millions. As part of this year’s Love Your Bookstore Challenge—which aims to draw attention to physical bookstores and runs from November 8 through November

[Book Forum] Tori Amos writing memoir; Lindy West on preaching to the choir
Tori Amos is writing /ew.com/books/2019/11/05/tori-amos-memoir-resistance/> a memoir, Entertainment Weekly reports. Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage employs “her most

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: November 2019
Here are five notable books of poetry publishing this month. Aviva-No by Shimon Adaf (translated by Yael Segalovitz) “I can’t speak about it in Hebrew, but in English it’s easier. Maybe because for me the English language contains distance. Hebrew is too intimate.” Shimon Adaf wrote

[The Millions] The First Banned Book in America
It seems fitting that the author of the first book explicitly banned in the United States should have the nickname the “Lord of Misrule.” At Atlas Obscura, Matthew Taub recounts the story of Thomas Morton, an English businessman who had a knack for riling up Puritans. “[Morton]

[Salon Books] Sen. Sherrod Brown on a "new progressive era" in America — and no, he's not running
Ohio senator visits Salon to talk history, try out lines for a campaign that absolutely, definitely isn't happening

[The Millions] John Waters Has Never Been Wrong
Back in Baltimore after the third annual John Waters Camp, where fans live and dress like his characters over a long weekend, the transgressive filmmaker was still processing his new status of respectability. “A lot of people said, ‘My parents told me about your movies,’” he says. “When I

[Book Forum] Édouard Louis on the power of theater; James Andrew Miller working on book about HBO
For The Week, Phillip Maciak reflects on the death of “the good internet” and what the loss of websites like Gawker, Deadspin, and Grantland, among others, means for writing and journalism. “What these

[Book Forum] "She said she needed writing as a weapon"
Was writing Susan Sontag’s biography an exercise in deconstructing the image of “Susan Sontag”? I think it became that. I wouldn’t say it started out that way. I didn’t have a set image I wanted to

[Guardian Books Blog] Does it matter if Mary Shelley was bisexual?
Her letters show that the author turned to women after her husband’s death. It’s an important insight into intimate history – and an inspiring exampleMary Shelley is a queen. Daughter of modern feminism’s founder, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the radical thinker William Godwin, this rebellious

[Salon Books] Walter Mosley on the fantasy of Whiteness and how Dubya was worse than Trump
The award-winning author spoke to Salon about the paucity of writers of color, working with the late John Singleton

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: October 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

[The Millions] The Greeks Aren’t Done with Us: Simon Critchley on Tragedy
We know that ghosts cannot speak until they have drunk blood; and the spirits which we evoke demand the blood of our hearts.Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Greek Historical Writing, and Apollo (1908) Thirteen years ago, when I lived briefly in Glasgow, I made it a habit to regularly attend the

[Book Forum] Carmen Maria Machado on creating a new canon; Alex Pareene on the decline of "rude media"
Hope Reese talks to /longreads.com/2019/11/07/interview-with-carmen-maria-machado/> Carmen Maria Machado about domestic violence in queer relationships, using fiction in memoir, and her new book, In

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘The Drops of God’
First published in English in 2011, this new edition of manga The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi—a pseudonym for sibling creators Shin and Yuko Kibayashi—with artwork by Shu Okimoto, will be released digitally by Comixology Originals. It’s the story of a rivalry between Kanzaki Shizuku, the only

[The Millions] A Postcard from Your Favorite Author
A personalized postcard from the likes of Viet Thanh Nguyen, Valeria Luiselli, or Edwidge Danticat could be a unique holiday gift for someone, and The Common has you covered. This month it launches its sixth annual postcard auction, headlined by the above authors, as well as André Aciman, Susan

[Salon Books] Lindy West reclaims the "witch hunt": On comedy, feminism and why terrible men think they're victims
In her new book "The Witches Are Coming," Lindy West turns her gimlet eye on the ruin of America in the Trump era

[Salon Books] Mothers and monsters: On writing through the terror of parenthood
"I don’t understand how a mother could write a book like that," my neighbor told me. How could I not?

[Salon Books] Saeed Jones on "How We Fight For Our Lives" and writing with "skin in the game"
Salon talks to the award-winning author of the new memoir "How We Fight For Our Lives"

[Salon Books] Why one philosopher believes dogs are the bridge between humanity and nature
Mark Alizart argues that dogs are the bridge between nature and us — and, like us, possess a "will to be"

[Book Forum] Stephen Dixon, 1936–2019
Associated Press sources say that former Trump adviser John Bolton has signed a book deal /www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/11/09/arts/ap-us-books-john-bolton.html?module=inline> with Simon & Schuster,

[Salon Books] Who fights our "forever wars"? Pulitzer-winner C.J. Chivers on the true cost of Iraq and Afghanistan
Award-winning author of "The Fighters" and "The Gun" on the "enormous human consequence" of America's wars

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: Drunken Bellarmine by Emily Berry
Seething with contradictory impulses and emotions, this character study is also full of life and witDrunken Bellarmineafter Renee SoIn this spirit of affliction I beheld two things,that shame is also revelry, and a bodyis a spillage, or an addiction. I do not knowif this thing belongs to me,

[The Millions] A Truth Accuracy Could Never Achieve: The Millions Interviews M. Randal O’Wain
M. Randal O’Wain‘s Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South is part of the University of Nebraska’s American Lives series, edited by Tobias Wolff. It offers a rich and moving portrayal of O’Wain’s hardscrabble childhood in Memphis and

[Salon Books] Mo Rocca on "Mobituaries," celebrity deaths and what we get wrong about Billy Carter
Salon talks to Mo Rocca about presidential history and why New Jersey should re-name a rest stop after Meryl Streep

[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’d Rather You Decide: The Millions Interviews Susan Choi
Susan Choi is faced with a rather delicious dilemma with her new novel, Trust Exercise. The story, even on a structural level, is so filled with twists and turns that she can’t really discuss any of it without giving spoilers. Her reticence is provocative. It seems Choi is challenging readers to

[The Millions] Aja Gabel on Apocalypse Stories
As a first-hand witness to the California wildfires, Aja Gabel reflects on how the natural disaster has changed her views on apocalypse stories for Alta. “I’m disoriented and nauseated watching what I love burn up,” Gabel writes. “It’s not as easy to describe as what I wrote

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Davis, Jackson, Comensal, Pinckney, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Lydia Davis, Lauren Michele Jackson, Jorge Comensal, Darryl Pinckney, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to

[Guardian Books Blog] The French Lieutenant's Woman: a novel that comes from both the head and the heart
Fowles may do the most postmodern thing ever – disavow postmodernism – in his re-creation of a Victorian novel, but it isn’t a cold or showy exerciseAt first glance, The French Lieutenant’s Woman appears to be a modish, postmodern product of the 1960s, a dry intellectual exercise carefully

[Book Forum] Dublin Literary Award longlist announced; Jaquira Díaz on her new book
Ordinary Girls author Jaquira Díaz talks to /lithub.com/lit-hub-asks-5-authors-7-questions-no-wrong-answers-2/> Literary Hub about villains, music, and how she motivates herself to write. “I think of


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