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Coming of Age with Video Games

One of the most profound effects that a novel can have on the young mind is to reveal a harrowing truth: your life is not the axis on which the world spins. In the pages of a book, you meet people who, incredibly, do not think, act, or live like you, and who, in contrast to those around you in real life, are not there to meet your every need. Show More Summary

The Personal Is Political, the Political is Personal

Over at Electric Literature, John Freeman profiles Year in Reading alumnus Ben Lerner, newly minted MacArthur genius and author of two novels in which “the political opens a path for the personal, just as the personal urges him to engage the political.” Freeman writes, “This blending—of perception and politics—comes right out of how Lerner sees […]

Tuesday New Release Day: Tuil; Curtright; Young; Hall; Bukowski

New this week: The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil; The Burned Bridges of Ward, Nebraska by Eileen Curtright; Shock by Shock by Dean Young; The Selected Poems of Donald Hall; and On Cats by Charles Bukowski. For more on these and other new titles, check out our Great Second-Half 2015 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when […]

The 23 Best Lines of 2015

“Florida is California on a Troma budget.” –Kelly Link, Get in Trouble “She always expected to grow up boyish like Meg, but she took after Lee’s mother instead: an eye-popping hourglass in miniature, but nervous about it, with skinny...Show More Summary

Newswire: The Duplass brothers are writing a book about the “awkwardness of life”

Having already dramatized it to great effect on the big and small screens, Jay and Mark Duplass are now putting together a book of essays on the “messiness and awkwardness of life.” According to Deadline, the multi-hyphenate duo has followed up their Netflix multi-picture contract by signing a deal with Ballantine Books. Show More Summary

‘Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon’ reveals movie character

'The Perfect Weapon' tells us all about mercenary Bazine Netal.

Comics Panel: McFarlane and Larsen team up for an exhilarating Spawn bloodbath

Image Comics co-founders Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane made names for themselves drawing bombastic superhero action for Marvel Comics, and their new collaboration on Spawn takes full advantage of those specific skills. Spawn #258 (Image)...Show More Summary

The Duty of Thankfulness

“The worst insult people hurl at adoptees is that they are ‘ungrateful’ and should ‘go back’ (to their ‘own’ countries, to their old families). That is the moment when adoption becomes a gift—because that is the moment when it becomes clear that adoption belongs to people like the adoptive parent and not people like the […]

HaBO: Arabian Prince Helps Runaway Bride

This HaBO request comes from Joy, who is looking for a Harlequin title: This is an older Harlequin and part of a series that I just can’t locate. A prince of a small Arabian country is working as an executive in US. He helps a woman who is fleeing dressed in a wedding dress that doesn’t quite fit and they fly out on his plane. Show More Summary

Eve’s Hollywood by Eve Babitz

Courtney Allison reviews Eve's Hollywood by Eve Babitz today in Rumpus Books.

The One Essential Holiday Book for Kids and the Adults Who Love Them: Chris Van Allsburg's 'The Polar Express'

What is the most interactive medium of all? A rich, wise man in Silicon Valley -- so rich he did not need to offer up the knee jerk response: "online media" -- had the right answer: A person in a chair, reading a book. I instinctively knew that was right. Show More Summary

Leave room for the Holy Spirit

Dating for Young Catholics Kelly 1963 Dating is serious business. Just so you know, the only reason to date is because you want to get married, otherwise hands off, and keep walking. So kids, don’t get too close to each other and make sure you make room for the Holy Spirit. These books are an […]

A Year in Reading: Stephen Dodson (Languagehat)

I know what you’re thinking: you know little and care less about the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries; why not go back to Julius Caesar or forward to Charlemagne?

'What She Knew,' A Conversation with Gilly Macmillan

Photo: Gilly Macmillan Gilly Macmillan grew up in England and lived in Northern California during her late teens. She studied art history at Bristol University and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked as a lecturer...Show More Summary

Get Your Game On

If you’ve nosed around your branch’s AV section in the past few days, you may have noticed that things were shuffled around a bit to make room for a new collection. That’s right, we are all circulating video games now! … Continue reading ?

A Year in Reading: 2015

There are a huge number of books represented in the series this year, many fantastic lists, and many extraordinary meditations on reading and life. We think you’ll enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

‘The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic’ and ‘Graphic Passion’

A new collection of book covers, jackets and bindings from the years of the Weimar Republic, and a catalog of Matisse’s work in the book arts.

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