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[Salon Books] The art of scientific deception: How corporations use "mercenary science" to evade regulation
David Michaels, former Assistant Secretary of Labor, explains how corporations whitewash harmful products and drugs

[Book Forum] Mary Higgins Clark, 1927-2020
Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark died on Friday. She wrote more than fifty novels /www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/books/mary-higgins-clark-dead.html>, and has sold more than 100 million

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: In the Rose Garden by Helen Tookey
This elliptical story of a young woman is rich with possible readingsIn the Rose GardenShe’s in the rose garden again, staring at her right arm, its pale soft underside that never gets the sun, never gets tanned. Continue reading...

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: February 2020
Here are six notable books of poetry publishing this month. Through a Small Ghost by Chelsea Dingman “I wanted to give you the world.” The narrator of “Memento Mori,” the first poem in Dingman’s new book, speaks those words to the child inside of her. And yet she knows “my body is / the

[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] Dreaming with N.K. Jemisin
For N.K. Jemisin, dreams shape and drive the imaginary worlds that populate her works of speculative science fiction. For The New Yorker, she spoke to Raffi Khatchadourian about writing herself into the stories she wanted to read, as well as what the future holds for her as her latest book, The

[Salon Books] 7 must-read novels to transport you in February
From the riots in Chicago to a dystopian future with queer badass librarians, take a leap with these curated picks

[Book Forum] Queering the Archive
In 2012, Jenn Shapland was an intern at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center. While working there, she discovered the archives of Carson McCullers, the inspiration for Shapland’s new book.

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Jen, Yuknavitch, Missaghi, Nemens, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Gish Jen, Lidia Yuknavitch, Poupeh Missaghi, Emily Nemens, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep

[Book Forum] Scarlett Thomas on dark humor; Edwidge Danticat wins Vilcek Prize
Literary critic, professor, and novelist George Steiner has died /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/books/george-steiner-dead.html> at the age of 90. Steiner wrote over twenty books and was the New Yorker’s

[The Millions] February 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—if you want even more to look

[Book Forum] Emily Books stops publishing; Miranda Popkey on truth in fiction
Emily Gould and Ruth Curry are shutting down /tinyletter.com/EmilyBooks/letters/thank-you-and-goodbye-for-now> their publishing imprint, Emily Books. “When we launched the first Emily Books website,

[The Millions] Young Adult Fiction’s New Chapter
YA authors Tomi Adeyemi, Akwaeke Emezi, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas, and Nic Stone joined forces for Elle to discuss the changing tides in young adult fiction, as well as the work that still needs to be done. The five authors also touched upon their influences and delved into their creative

[Book Forum] Our Dreams Are Bigger Than Your Walls
In books on the borderlands, the white gaze abounds: Latinx authors are told there’s just no budget for our stories, while seven-figure advances are granted to establishment writers who consider the

[The Millions] Steal This Meme: Beyond Truth and Lies
“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”—Audre Lorde At that unhappy moment when Donald Trump took the oath of office with what has proven to be an attitude of obscene disingenuity, I happened to be 38,000 miles in the air somewhere above the Pacific off the coast of

[Salon Books] Impeachment, the Constitution and Donald Trump: Scholar William Howell on America after acquittal
Trump got away with it, mostly. But Howell believes trying to hamstring the presidency would be a big mistake

[Book Forum] Spotify buys The Ringer; Parul Sehgal profiles Jenny Offill
For the New York Times Magazine, Parul Sehgal profiles /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/05/magazine/jenny-offill-weather-book.html> Jenny Offill, whose new novel Weather is out next week. “Offill doesn’t write

[The Millions] ‘Children of the Land’: Featured Fiction from Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
In our latest edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Children of the Land by poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, out now from Harper. Publishers Weekly, in its starred review, called the book an “impressionistic memoir of growing up as an

[Book Forum] Marilynne Robinson announces next book in Gilead series; Lidia Yuknavitch's favorite writing advice
Marilynne Robinson will publish /lithub.com/the-next-novel-in-marilynne-robinsons-gilead-saga-could-be-one-of-the-most-important-books-of-2020/> the next installment of her Gilead series this year.

[The Millions] Jericho Brown and the South
For Garden and Gun, poet Jericho Brown discusses how the push and pull of the South fuel his powerful work. The Louisiana-born writer looks back on his career, focusing on the ways the South repeatedly influences his poetry. “I’m interested in—what is that word? Posterity,” Brown says.

[Book Forum] A New Prize Will Provide $100,000 to Women and Nonbinary Writers
Marie L. Yovanovitch, the ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post last spring, is writing a book, and is being represented by the Javelin literary agency /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/08/us/politics/trump-vindman-sondland-fired.html>,

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: January 2020
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] 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] Dorothy Parker Loses Her Day Job
Known for her biting fiction, wry poetry, and time among New York City’s sharpest literary circle, Dorothy Parker wasn’t a stranger to controversy. For the Public Domain Review, Jonathan Goldman recounts the time Parker was fired from her post as theater critic for Vanity Fair for harsh

[Salon Books] Author Gabriel Bump: "We might be moving towards worse racial issues"
Bump appeared on "Salon Talks" to discuss his debut novel, what it takes to feel safe these days & "American Dirt"

[Book Forum] A Theory of Too Muchness
A weeping woman is a monster. So too is a fat woman, a horny woman, a woman shrieking with laughter. Women who are one or more of these things have heard, or perhaps simply intuited, that we are

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Offill, Stuart, Sharlet, Sparks, Lavery, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Jenny Offill, Douglas Stuart, Jeff Sharlet, Amber Sparks, Daniel M. Lavery, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book preview. Want to help The

[Book Forum] Pedro Almodóvar working on A Manual for Cleaning Women film; Jenn Shapland on love and objects
At the New York Times, MJ Franklin talks to /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/books/brandon-taylor-real-life.html> Brandon Taylor about short stories, choosing between science and writing, and his new book,

[The Millions] Only the Lonely: The Millions Interviews Teddy Wayne
Teddy Wayne has an interest in loneliness. “I’ve always been most drawn to novels about protagonists who are deeply alienated; it’s where I’ve felt artistic empathy the most intensely, with both the character and, often, the author, in that the character’s attempts to break free of his or

[Book Forum] Reuters creates an AI reporter; Jenny Offill on climate-change fears
In the New York Times, Lucinda Rosenfeld reviews /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/books/review/in-the-land-of-men-adrienne-miller.html> Adrienne Miller’s In the Land of Men, a memoir about working for men’s

[The Millions] A Forgotten Classic of the Harlem Renaissance
Almost 90 years after it was written, Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay is getting a chance to reach wider audiences thanks to Penguin Classics. The book’s plot seems contemporary by today’s standards, as it delves into issues of queerness and cultural displacement. For The New York

[Book Forum] The Nobel Women of Eastern Europe
Of the fifteen women who have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, six are from Eastern or Central Europe. Born between 1891 and 1962, in the stretch of land from East Germany to Belarus, these

[The Millions] Modern Feminism’s Big Lie: On ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’
In her debut novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, New York Times Magazine staff writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner has done something astounding. The astounding thing isn’t that she’s written a book that’s garnered praise in both commercial and literary circles. Although yes, Fleishman Is in Trouble is a

[Book Forum] Hamed Aleaziz on investigating ICE; Zadie Smith on Kara Walker
The New Republic is redesigning /www.mediapost.com/publications/article/346939/the-new-republic-redesigns-erects-metered-paywa.html> its print edition, introducing a metered paywall to its website,

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Big Black: Stand at Attica’
Big Black: Stand at Attica is the memoir of Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner-negotiator during the Attica prison revolt, and a grim history of one of the bloodiest rebellions in the history American prisons. More than 1,200 Attica inmates took control of the prison in September 1971, captured

[Book Forum] Conde Nast opening five film studios; Andrea Bernstein on oligarchy in America
Conde Nast’s entertainment division is launching /variety.com/2020/digital/news/conde-nast-entertainment-publication-studios-tv-film-1203501369/> television and film studios for five magazines: the

[The Millions] Jane Austen’s Emma: The Ultimate Insider
With another film adaptation coming soon, Jane Austen‘s Emma is back in the cultural conversation. For JSTOR Daily, Erin Blakemore examines the popularity of the novel’s matchmaking protagonist, questioning whether she or another character, Jane Fairfax, is the true heroine.

[Salon Books] Can Democrats reclaim rural America? Jane Kleeb says yes — and wants to show them how
Nebraska Democrat Jane Kleeb on the Keystone pipeline and how her party can win back the heartland: Part 1 of 2

[Salon Books] Dr. Justin Frank: "On a fundamental level, Donald Trump does not believe in America"
Psychoanalyst and author on Trump's "God complex" and our dangerous collective addiction to his unhinged behavior

[Salon Books] What it's like working for a doomed presidential candidate
I worked for both John Edwards and Anthony Weiner. This is what it feels like when your candidate is doomed

[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

[Salon Books] Democrats can reclaim rural America — and Jane Kleeb wants to show them how: Part 2
Nebraska Democrat Jane Kleeb on how Democrats can still win rural votes — and how to address guns and abortion

[Salon Books] "Too bad you were born a girl"
The first thing I did when I returned home to L.A. was to thank my parents for immigrating to the U.S.

[Book Forum] Spiral-Walking
Born in 1940 during a lunar eclipse, the poet and novelist Fanny Howe is the black sheep of her blue-blooded Boston family. Daughter of Mark DeWolfe Howe, a Harvard law professor and civil rights

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Burns, Adiga, Taylor, Phillips, Vollmann, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Anna Burns, Aravind Adiga, Brandon Taylor, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, William T. Vollmann, and more—that are publishing this week. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then go read our most recent book

[Guardian Books Blog] 'The most boring part': why the killer didn't matter to Georges Simenon
Identifying the murderer in Maigret and the Man on the Bench is of scant concern to a writer preoccupied with deeper secretsIt isn’t normal to begin reviews of detective novels by discussing their last chapter. But Maigret and the Man on the Bench is not a normal detective novel – and its

[Book Forum] Charles Portis has died; Brandon Taylor on being a “reluctant novelist”
The reclusive writer Charles Portis--author of Norwood and True Grit, among other novels--has died at the age of eighty-six /www.nytimes.com/2020/02/17/obituaries/charles-portis-dead.html>. The New

[The Millions] Craft Corner: The Millions Interviews Sarah Moss
Sarah Moss’s Ghost Wall was published in 2019 to a chorus of near-unanimous praise. Reviewing it at The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot wrote, “[Ghost Wall] is a worthy match for 3 a.m. disquiet, a book that evokes existential dread, but contains it, beautifully, like a shipwreck in a bottle.”

[Salon Books] Trump and the Christians: Evangelical historian John Fea on decoding the great paradox
Historian and author of "Believe Me" on his struggle to reach the embattled evangelicals who oppose Trump

[Book Forum] Conor Dougherty on books about the housing crisis; Julia Phillips on the legacy of violence
Golden Gates author Conor Dougherty lists /lithub.com/americas-housing-crisis-a-reading-list/> the books that helped him write his study of the Bay Area’s housing crisis. “Anytime you read a book, even


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