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Talking Seveneves

Recommended listening: David Naimon talks with Neal Stephenson about his new novel, Seveneves. Pair with Chris Barsanti‘s Millions review.

Exposing the workers in the modern-day shadows: us

Book review: Craig Lambert argues that technology has created a middle-class serfdom preventing us from enjoying life The post Exposing the workers in the modern-day shadows: us appeared first on

RITA Reader Challenge Update

We’re about a third of the way through this year’s RITA® Reader Challenge and I want to thank everyone so far for participating! We’ve had some great reviews! However, we also understand that life happens, and we have some books still needing to be reviewed and are passed their deadline. Show More Summary

Microbes prove that size doesn’t matter

Paul Falkowski's book is a big read about a little thing: the sophisticated, durable bacteria The post Microbes prove that size doesn’t matter appeared first on

Seeing life through grim prose-coloured glasses

Book review: Graham Swift's morose stylings come through in his pensive short story collection The post Seeing life through grim prose-coloured glasses appeared first on

What's With Jonathan Franzen Bashing Edith Wharton?

Planning to teach Wharton soon, I took another look at Franzen's New Yorker hatchet job on Edith Wharton and it was worse than I remembered. The critics' darling praises her classics The House of Mirth, The Custom of the Country, and...Show More Summary

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 12-19 May 2015

This week’s bestsellers are brought to you by spring cleaning, warmer weather, and the fickle ways of our affiliate sales data.

Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry

I first discovered Sarah Mayberry last year with her self published novel Satisfaction . I enjoyed that so much that I started picking up some of her earlier backlist. When I saw this one was up on the RITA Reader Challenge list, I had already picked up a copy but hadn’t had time to read it yet. Show More Summary

How to Research

David Nicholls wonders: When researching a novel, is Google maps enough?

Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry

Usually when I approach a book for review, I carefully analyze the positive and negative qualities of said book and then determine a grade, often with a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing. In the case of Her Kind of Trouble, I knew from the first that the grade was going to be a nice, solid B. Show More Summary

Happy 750th!

This month marks Dante‘s 750th birthday. In an essay for the New Yorker John Kleiner considers what the poet means to Italy, from the middle schools where his poetry is taught to pre-teens to televised readings of the Paradiso in sp...

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing by Paul Muldoon

Ann Van Buren reviews Paul Muldoon's One Thousand Things Worth Knowing today in Rumpus Poetry.

Whatcha Reading? May 2015 Edition

It’s time for our monthly thread of reader recommendation and discussion, where you tell us what you’re reading and we all buy a heaping ton of books because romance readers. Right? Right. I’ll start: I’m on a road trip this weekend,...Show More Summary

Outlander Episode 15: Wentworth Prison

TRIGGER WARNINGS UP THE WAZOO, PEOPLE. Torture, sexual assault.  Even beyond those things, it’s a dark, dark episode with a lot of terrible things happening. I promise you I will not use any explicit gifs for this episode or next episode. Show More Summary

Staff Picks: Musical conjoined twins, cute kitten notecards, and a fangirl’s guide

Evelyn Evelyn, Evelyn Evelyn There have been only two instances in which I purchased music based solely on the album art. Both times I was encouraged by my favorite record shopping partner, The A.V. Club’s digital manager, David Anthony. Show More Summary

River House by Sally Keith

Jessie Carty reviews Sally Keith's River House today in Rumpus Poetry.

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

A cornucopia of political platitude is the American opiate of the moment, drawing a hazy veil over American injustice and inequity. That is the thrust of John O'Kane's just-out book: A People's Manifesto, available now on Amazon. But...Show More Summary

Table for Three: A Family Drama in Three Acts

Tatum O’Neal and her son Kevin McEnroe, both sober and healthy, are celebrating the publication of his debut novel.

Inside the List

Jessica Knoll’s novel “Luckiest Girl Alive,” which is No. 12 on the hardcover fiction list, is the latest best seller with a mean girl for a protagonist.

The Shortlist: Essays

New books by Sarah Manguso, Edward Mendelson, Donald Hall, Mohsin Hamid and Ander Monson.

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