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Murder In The Bayou

Ethan Brown's explosive new book, Murder in the Bayou, looks at the murdered women known as the Jeff Davis 8 in a Louisiana parish. The book details how the bodies of eight women were found in the crawfish ponds, canals and dumped on the side of the road in Jennings, a Louisiana bayou town of 10,000. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue

The first part of Volker Ullrich’s two-volume biography examines Hitler not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with “undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.”

Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Author Stacy Schiff on Writing

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answers by Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Cleopatra, The Witches: Salem,...Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Mapping the real-world locations that inspired great children’s books

Although many books written for children and young adults take place in entirely fictitious worlds, there are plenty more whose plots unfold in actual, real-world locations that can be found on the map. A team from Atlas Obscura hasShow More Summary

Cultural Appropriation - Thank You Lionel Shriver

I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance. Show More Summary

Cookbooks: Review: ‘The Red Rooster Cookbook’ Is a Homage to Modern Harlem

The chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant draws on the neighborhood’s rich array of cultural influences.

HaBO: SWAT Hero Won at Bachelor Auction

This HaBO comes from Amanda (not me!) and is in search of a contemporary romance set in Texas: I can’t remember the name of this book for the life of me. It’s a contemporary that takes place in Texas, I think. The heroine lives and works on a farm after leaving her fundamentalist Christian dad and community. Show More Summary

Ask Bear: My Boyfriend Hates Leaving the House

Ask Bear S. Bear Bergman Ask Bear is an advice column written by S. Bear Bergman. Bear is a busybody know-it-all with many opinions who is only too happy for a sanctioned opportunity to tell you what he thinks you ought to be doing (as...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is Clearly Running for Mansplainer in Chief

Election 2016, Donald Trump, HIllary Rodham Clinton Sarah Mirk During last night’s debate, it didn’t look like Donald Trump was running for president. It looked like he was running for the title of Mansplainer in Chief.   We all know...Show More Summary

Are You There God

As part of his ongoing campaign to atone for his sin of helping Trump, ghostwriter Tony Schwartz is consulting for the Clinton campaign. And dear god if ever we’ve wished a writer well, it’s now. The post Are You There God appeared first on The Millions.

Let’s Write About Sex Baby

“Her pincers tore at me… I stormed her openings as if she was a beleaguered fortress.” We’re wincing-slash-laughing at Lapham’s Quarterly‘s infographic of authors’ attempts to put sex down on the page throughout history. Pair with author Julia Fierro‘s great piece about trying to do it in her first novel. The post Let’s Write About Sex Baby appeared first on The Millions.

David D. Levine on His "Regency-set Interplanetary Airship Adventure": Arabella of Mars

We chat with David D. Levine about how he came to write Arabella of Mars, his debut novel and a rollicking alt-history, steampunk adventure set during the Napoleonic wars—in space.

Cookbooks: Review: An Indian Twist on Southern Cuisine in ‘My Two Souths’

The chef Asha Gomez brings Indian spice to the South’s greatest recipe hits in her debut cookbook.

A Decade in the Literary Wilderness: A Conversation

This isn’t something that you hear discussed or praised much these days, but other writers do support each other. Their community is real and valuable. I wouldn’t have made it through this book without them. The post A Decade in the Literary Wilderness: A Conversation appeared first on The Millions.

Tuesday New Release Day: Modiano; Krasznahorkai; Hua; Franklin; Gleick; Springsteen

Out this week: The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano; The Last Wolf & Herman by László Krasznahorkai; Deceit and Other Possibilities by Vanessa Hua; Shirley Jackson by Ruth Franklin; Time Travel: A History by James Gleick; and Born to...Show More Summary

In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams

Sasha Archibald reviews In Praise of Profanity by Michael Adams today in Rumpus Books.

HaBO: Former Students Reunite After Teacher’s Death

This HaBO request is from Jeni and she’s after a book from the early 90s: I read this book probably in the early 90s. It was a mass market format with flowers and a yellow-y background (I think). I remember mostly the mystery elements, but I believe there was a romance between former high school sweethearts. Show More Summary

Unni Turrettini: Profile of an Author

It's hard to know where Norwegian author Unni Turrettini's life will take her next. Her book, "The Mystery of the Lone Wolf Killer: Anders Behring Breivik and the Threat of Terror in Plain Sight (Pegasus Books, November 16, 2015) about the tragedy of the 2011 Norway attacks, is receiving excellent reviews. Show More Summary

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