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What to Read When You Want to Understand Middle America

A list of books about middle America that can, maybe, help us understand some of the stories we tell about ourselves about ourselves.

Ten Minutes of Motherhood: A Conversation with Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy on The Rules Do Not Apply, the illusion of control, and language’s inability to express grief.

Pick Your Perfect Partner

How to Pick a Mate The Guide to a Happy Marriage Adams and Packard 1946 Finding the perfect match is a tough job. This book has all the quizzes, testimonials, case studies, and facts, to help you make a good decision about a life mate. Sample chapters include: Attracting the one you want; Is it […]

Newswire: This Clue #1 exclusive begins a murder mystery by breaking the fourth wall

The Hasbro board game Clue has been adapted for other media in the past with the 1985 cult classic film, and it’s the basis for another new story courtesy of IDW, the comics publisher with a long-standing relationship with Hasbro. Written...Show More Summary

Crime: Unmasking Magic and Murder in the Best New Crime

Alchemists and archaeologists are among the characters in this week’s mystery column. Also crooked cops and a very sad, very dead homeless man.

Paperback Row

Six new paperbacks of interest this week.

The Golden Arches of Nostalgia

We’d walk into a McDonald’s and smell the familiar fried food and order the same burger and French fries and I'd taste the idea of home on my tongue. I would awake to the realization that this taste could be home. The post The Golden Arches of Nostalgia appeared first on The Millions.

Where to Begin

“I saw a novel with a mysterious-looking black woman on the cover. That was why I picked it up – because of the African woman on the cover of a book in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section. I read the first page and my eyes nearly popped out.” Book Riot has a killer roundup […] The post Where to Begin appeared first on The Millions.

The Harrowing Translations of Valeria Luiselli

The number of refugees is staggering and the circumstances harrowing: If you are a girl crossing the border from Mexico, there is an 80 percent chance that you will be raped. The post The Harrowing Translations of Valeria Luiselli appeared first on The Millions.

The Book Review Podcast: ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.

20 Years of L.G.B.T.Q. Lit: A Timeline

From “The Vagina Monologues” to “The End of Eddy,” here are 25 books by and about L.G.B.T.Q. individuals that have shaped the genre.

For These Collaborators, There’s No ‘I’ in ‘Best Seller’

Neal Stephenson and the novelist Nicole Galland have teamed up on a fantasy story, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.,” at No. 11 in hardcover fiction.

Open Book: Class Ed.

In a new book, Joan C. Williams says progressives have a strategic and ethical responsibility to try to understand the white working class.

sketchbook / graphic review: ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’

A graphic review of Steven Pinker’s book about the dramatic decline of violence in human affairs over history.

Nonfiction: A Trip to Southern Italy to Shed Light on a Family Scandal

Helene Stapinski has been haunted by the thought of her “criminal genes.” In “Murder in Matera,” she investigates her family’s past.

The Shortlist: Four New Collections of Omnivorous Literary Criticism

These writers range widely, giving free play to their personal aesthetics and their avid curiosity.

Nonfiction: Where Do Babies Come From? And Why Did It Take Scientists So Long to Find Out?

For centuries, the mysteries of egg and sperm eluded even the greatest minds, Edward Dolnick writes in “The Seeds of Life.”

Fiction: When the Fox Becomes a Friend

In Paula Cocozza’s hypnotic first novel, “How to Be Human,” a lonely woman strikes up a relationship with a feral fox.

Fiction: A Nuanced Novel Examines the Mystery of Radicalization

Laleh Khadivi’s novel “A Good Country” poses the question: How does a studious American boy, the child of prosperous Iranian immigrants, fall into radical Islam?

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