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‘The Evenings,’ a Dutch Classic, Arrives in English. It Only Took 70 Years.

A translation of a novel by Gerard Reve that centers on a young clerk has invited recent comparisons to books like “The Catcher in the Rye.”


After more than sixty years, Antonio di Benedetto has had his book Zama finally translated into English. The novel, which kicks off in the 1790s, depicts a Spanish administrator named Don Diego de Zama, whose viceroy dispatches him to a town in the scrublands of Paraguay. Show More Summary

There Is No End

“In the years before my book came out, I was writing frantically. I remember a week when I was working late at my job, late enough that the buses had stopped running and I had to take a cab home, and I still wrote into the night, trying to finish an essay I had promised […] The post There Is No End appeared first on The Millions.

Does Goodreads Care More About Clicks Than Truth?

Over a year ago, I contacted Goodreads to let the managers of the site know that the top quotation they list by George Eliot is bogus: It is never too late to be what you might have been. Yes, you've seen it attributed to Eliot everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, t-shirts, kitchen magnets, mugs, bookmarks, tote bags, tattoos. Show More Summary

Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders

In an age of rising populism, fear and xenophobia, what better time to read a rich enlightening book on love, multiculturalism, inspiration and beauty chronicling the life and work of a man who transcends borders and generations. I believe you can say to the founders of this great nation. Show More Summary

Lightning Reviews: Travel, a Thriller, & Nonfiction

Happy Sunday! We have more Lightning Reviews this week! Yay! This time, we have quite the selection. Sarah reviews a funny, nonfiction book about travel. Elyse, of course, picks up a thriller. And Carrie reads a nonfiction title about a group of women at Harvard!

Romance Wanderlust: The Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France is a haven of art and glamour and formal gardens. It’s also a place rich in history, and its history is dominated by women. The site as we know it was constructed under the watchful...Show More Summary

To Believe Your Own Thought

Recommended Reading: Sophie Atkinson on Frank Ocean as Emersonian hero. The post To Believe Your Own Thought appeared first on The Millions.

Historian’s Latest Book on Mao Turns Acclaim in China to Censure

Yang Jisheng’s effort to “recover the history” of the Cultural Revolution has become part of the struggle over China’s Communist past, which has widened under President Xi Jinping.


To mark the end of the Obama years, the crew at n+1 rounded up their best writing from his presidency. Head on over to read Aziz Rana, George Blaustein, and more. The post Forty-Four appeared first on The Millions.

Whatcha Reading? January 2017 Edition

It’s the first Whatcha Reading of 2017! And I’m sure we’re all diving into books for a variety of reasons – self-care, comfort, getting cozy in the winter weather, or maybe even using it to relax on a warm beach somewhere. We hope you’ve...Show More Summary

"Sanctuary of the Psychic Life"

Britt Ashley It’s no secret that our Cheeto-in-chief had more than a little trouble finding entertainers who were willing to participate in his inauguration. The poor guy couldn’t even book a Springsteen cover band, and much of the media...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, neanderthals, body-snatching cicadas, and other "skullduggery."

The Story Behind This Week’s Best Sellers

It’s not common for macroeconomists to hit the list, but with “The Great Equalizer” (new at No. 8 in hardcover nonfiction), David M. Smick pulls it off.


Katie Presley The executive branch of the federal government is undergoing an overhaul this month, and along with all of these new Secretaries and Heads and Directors comes a new wave of attacks on women's health. (My home state of Texas...Show More Summary

Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

A medical mystery, a diabolical architect, some very desperate Pennsylvanians and a treacherous British boarding school.

Nonfiction: How Did Rumi Become One of Our Best-Selling Poets?

“Rumi’s Secret,” by Brad Gooch, traces the life of the Persian mystic whose rebranded love poems are best sellers today.

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