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Celebrity Picks: Yotam Ottolenghi's Favorite Reads of 2017

What does this world-renowned chef and cookbook author read when he's not whipping up something delicious? See Yotam's Ottolenghi's top three favorite books of 2017...

8 Excellent Books That Will Take You Out of This World

It Devours! by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor "A confident supernatural comedy from writers who can turn from laughter to tears

The Rec League: Non-Inspirational Mail Order Brides

It’s time for another Rec League, where we gather the power of the Bitchery to help fulfill recommendation requests. This request comes from Jess: I have a serious problem though, and I hoping you and the fellow website readers can help me out. Show More Summary

2018 SBTB Hanukkah-palooza, Part Three

Earlier this year, I did a podcast with Sarah where I described making myself a self-care bag to help me get through my mom’s two surgeries and subsequent in-home care. I put things in my bag that were designed to give me comfort and help me break away mentally from the stress going on around me. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Vanessa Hua

We live in a time when immigrants, people of color, refugees, women, disabled people, LGBT people, the poor, and others in the margins are denied their stories—and denied their humanity. Reading about lives different than our own is an act both of empathy and resistance. Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Kaveh Akbar

It’s been a long 2017. So much of being a poet as I understand it is about maintaining a permeability to wonder, and that’s been difficult work in a year spent in the long shadow of a fascistic regime, a year in which the earth has grown increasingly desperate in its attempts to warn us … The post A Year in Reading: Kaveh Akbar appeared first on The Millions.

Book News: From Two Scholars, African-American Folk Tales for the Next Generation

In their new collection, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar have reintroduced stories from the African diaspora.

Review: ‘Ferdinand’ Delivers a Timeless Be-Yourself Message

Ferdinand, the picture-book bull that is actually quite tame, gets new life in a computer-animated adaptation from Carlos Saldanha.

Rolling Harvey Down the Hill

Rolling Harvey Down the Hill Prelutsky 1980 Submitter: This is another children’s book that was initially pulled because of its condition. It has had a lot of circulation since it was acquired in 1989 but only 2 circulations in 20 years. Show More Summary

Movie Review: A Princess for Christmas

Princess for Christmas is a truly terrible Hallmark Channel Original Movie movie that nonetheless delighted me no end thanks to the efforts of actors that approach this material as earnestly as if someone was waiting backstage with an Oscar nomination for each of them. Show More Summary

The 19 Best Sentences of 2017

“Style is not a glaze applied late in the day to make prose look or sound better.” —Geoff Dyer, “Dead Ball Situation,” Harper’s “Is there anything less clear than an accusation made when you’re running out the door?” —Durga Chew-Bose,...Show More Summary

Best Books of the Year: Dav Pilkey Drawing & Talking About "Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties"

Bestselling children's book author Dav Pilkey let us watch him draw and ask him questions at the same we made a video of it, of course.

A Year in Reading: Kima Jones

When my father was dying in the hospital I read poems to him. The post A Year in Reading: Kima Jones appeared first on The Millions.

Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers ...)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.

Anthony Scaduto, an Early Biographer of Dylan, Dies at 85

Mr. Scaduto, a journalist with a long tenure at The New York Post, also wrote a book challenging the verdict in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.

Links: Writing Advice, Royal Romances, & Hillary Clinton

Happy Hump Day! These links are all about writing, reading, and romance, which are a few of our favorite things in the Bitchery. I hope your week is going well and, if it isn’t, you’re able to engage in some self-care soon! … If you’re...Show More Summary

Amazon Charts: 2017—This Year in Books

This week, Amazon Charts takes a look back at 2017 and reveals the Most Read fiction and nonfiction, which book was most listened to on Alexa, and much more.

'The Handmaid's Tale' is the most-read Kindle book of the year, says Amazon

The online retailer Amazon released its list of the most-read Kindle and Audible books of 2017, with Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid's Tale” taking the top spot in the fiction category. Coming in second on the list, which doesn't reflect physical book sales, was Stephen King's...

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