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The Best Books of October, Part Two: A Smorgasbord of Books

Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in October’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week. We run the gamut here--from debt, the military, and a novel...

Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"

About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her. My own 14-year-old musical tastes were mellower (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, and the like)....

Hauntingly Good Halloween Books for Kids

I love Halloween for many reasons (the candy, the costumes, the candy...) but particularly for how much fun it is for little ones. Besides putting up spider webs and skeletons, or carving this year's pumpkins, Halloween is a great time...

Jim Gaffigan Eats His Way Across the USA

Jim Gaffigan has been making us laugh for years, both as a top performing stand-up comedian and the author of last year's best-seller, Dad Is Fat. On stage, Gaffigan freely shares his thoughts, obsessions, and observations of food and food...

Cook This: Chicken Parm in 30 Minutes, from Mark Bittman

I've never been good at being told what to do. In the kitchen, that resistance is to blame for the testy relationship I have with cookbooks. I love them, but I'm not a paint-by-numbers cook, preferring to snag bits and...

An Amazon Exclusive: Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Everything

It's not often that you get a behind-the-scenes peek at a book's creation. Read on to see what it took to write Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (and some other guy). ---------------------------- Like many memoirists before him,...

A Seventh Edition of the Mother-Daughter Book Club? If You Can Wait Until 2016, Author Says

Mother-Daughter Book Club fans, rejoice. Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the erudite and beloved series of novels for and about girls who love to read, has reversed her decision to end matters after six volumes and will publish the...Show More Summary

Fashion Is Around Us and Within Us

The new Women in Clothes (Blue Rider Press), edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, is a wonderful collection of essays, diary entries, surveys and conversations about women's relationship to clothes. I'm thrilledShow More Summary

Newswire: J.K. Rowling releasing new Harry Potter story about Dolores Umbridge

Hem hem... there’s a new Harry Potter announcement this week. Pottermore, the official Harry Potter site, has featured a variety of odd clues and games with the promise that “all will be revealed October 31.” Today, it’s been announced just what will be revealed on Halloween: a new story from J.K. Show More Summary

Yasmin Altwaijri: A Saudi Scientist Tackles Mental Health and Obesity

As one of Saudi Arabia's most senior scientists, Yasmin Altwaijri leads epidemiology research at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh. She's been a pioneer in spearheading countrywide studies measuring obesity, diabetes, and mental health issues in Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

REVIEW: ‘Chizi’s Tale’ about an orphaned black rhino is a charming call to action

My nephews were quickly taken in by the story of a baby rhino written by high school senior Jack Jones. Jones, the son of billionaire Paul Tudor II. Jones writes in an easy, readable style despite the book’s dire message about how people need to protect the increasingly endangered animal.


“At bottom, the argument about copyright is not really a philosophical argument. It’s a battle between interest groups.” Louis Menand writes about American copyright law in the digital age for The New Yorker, and his essay pairs well with the many articles on copyright we’ve published over the years.

J.K Rowling to publish piece about Dolores Umbridge on Pottermore

J.K. Rowling is returning to the wizarding world to focus on one of Harry Potter’s most twisted foes. According to a

On the Books: Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize keeps him from returning to mines

- Earlier this month, Aussie author Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the

See the cover for ‘The Heir,’ Kiera Cass’ new Selection novel

In August, fans of Kiera Cass’ best-selling Selection trilogy got some pretty awesome news: the trilogy will be a trilogy

On the Books: Dave Gibbons named the first-ever comics laureate

- Renowned graphic novelist Dave Gibbons became the United Kingdom’s first comics laureate this week. Gibbons—the co-creator of and artist

Simon and Schuster inks deal with Amazon: Publisher will control ebook prices

Simon & Schuster has signed a new multiyear contract with Amazon that gives the publisher nearly full autonomy over ebook pricing. Both dealmakers appear

What We’re Reading Now: ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Dunham

Another week, another handful of days spent pacing the halls and circling the conference rooms asking everyone if they were

White Noise on White Noise

“In the silence, there is solitude. In the solitude, there is silence. This is the whole point of technology. It creates an appetite for immortality on the one hand. It threatens universal extinction on the other. Technology is lust removed from nature.” Don DeLillo, author of White Noise, “reviews“ Taylor Swift‘s white noise for The […]

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