“A Difficult Death” is the first critical biography in English of the 19th-century Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen.
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: an endorsement of James Billington’s sharp intellectual study of Russian culture.
Readers respond to Jan Morris’s review of “Victoria & Abdul” and more.
The second volume of Stephen Kotkin’s biography “Stalin” reveals the ideologue and the opportunist.
The author of the two-volume “Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900” didn’t finish reading Elena Ferrante’s “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay”: “I left.”
Unwanted Girl deals with serious topics and yet manages to be a sweet, satisfying romance. It’s quite a balancing act in terms of tone. The hero of Unwanted Girl is Nick Dorsey, the writer of a series of bestselling spy novels of the James Bond type. Show More Summary
This is something of an all-in-one episode. Ready? We begin with one last recommendation request for Amanda and me, and then we squee! Amanda and I both read a book we loved, and want to tell all of you about it. We go on at length, too, so be ready. Show More Summary
Our community at the Bitchery is full of warm & fuzzy moments and as the person who puts together the Books on Sale posts, sometimes we get some kickass, budget-endangering comment threads. For example, KateB alerted us to a mega Mary...Show More Summary
Trigger warnings for rape, gaslighting, infidelity, and discussions of Joss Whedon. I DNF’d this book so hard I’m a little surprised my Kindle isn’t embedded in the drywall. First, a few points. I am aware (and was aware when I started this book) that this is Not a Romance. Show More Summary
Family Circle Buffet Entertaining Robinson, ed. 1978 When I think of buffets, I usually think of potlucks and lots of informal, easy prep food. I am a Midwesterner, after all. This book actually surprised me on the complexity of some of the dishes. Show More Summary
David Hicks discusses his debut novel, White Plains, the reasons why he thinks readers are fascinated by how much truth resides in a work of fiction, and what it’s been like to make the transition from a “professor who occasionally writes fiction to a fiction writer who occasionally professes.”
The stories [in THE TRUTH ABOUT ME], like Marburg herself, are insightful, witty, to the point, and told with her wonderfully dry sense of humor.
It’s sometimes when we’re most at sea, even desperate, that novels speak to us most strongly, as if our lives depend on learning something from them essential to our own survival. The post Then Who Am I? The Millions Interviews Kathleen Hill appeared first on The Millions.
“We break down thirty-nine literary journals and well-respected periodicals, tallying genre, book reviewers, books reviewed, and journalistic bylines to offer an accurate assessment of the publishing world.” This year’s VIDA Count is out. The post Viva La Vida appeared first on The Millions.
In Hardwick’s criticism, we encounter an uncondescending intelligence, a humane sensibility, and a forthright independence of mind for which we, in our scatterbrained era, cannot be grateful enough. The post A Sense of Sensibility: On ‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ appeared first on The Millions.
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When Adam Gopnik arrived in Manhattan in late 1980 he was an art history postgrad so poor that he and…
Complaints about the decline and fall of political oratory are nothing new. Back in 1865 a British reporter branded the…