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Inside the List: A Science Writer Embraces Buddhism as a Path to Enlightenment

Robert Wright, whose book “Why Buddhism Is True” is a best seller, has been a spiritual seeker for a long time.

Fiction: When Selling Out Brings Cash but Not Happiness

A writer finds commercial success in Scott Spencer’s novel “River Under the Road,” but at what cost to his self-esteem and his marriage?

Fiction: Money, Murder and a Missing Heir in a Thriller Set in Greece

In Christopher Bollen’s new literary thriller, “The Destroyers,” a young playboy vanishes on the Greek island of Patmos.

16 Members of White House Arts Committee Resign to Protest Trump

Artists, authors, performers and others stepped down from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities after Mr. Trump’s remarks about white nationalists.

This Week in Books

The sun goes dark, Trump faces fallout, and Taylor Swift gets a win in this week's rundown of the books behind the headlines.

Entering an Open Doorway: Marjorie Agosín’s Las Islas Blancas / The White Islands

Agosín’s poems, though quiet and seemingly simple, linger with an interior elasticity that does not break.

Outraged Romantic

About halfway through the 19 th century, a fundamental change occurred in the relationship between people and cities. For the previous 5,000-odd years, cities had served as totems of human memory and achievement. Construction of a single building, like the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, could unfold over 10 generations. Show More Summary

Cambridge University Press Removes Academic Articles on Chinese Site

The Chinese authorities had ordered the publishing house to censor more than 300 articles related to sensitive issues or its site risked being shut down.

My Dream is Yours – Friday Fiction

My Dream is Yours Asquith 1973 Another romantic tale for your Friday Fiction. Flip (yes, that is her name-short for “Phillipa”) grew up as an orphan and doesn’t seem to have the pedigree that is what one would call “impressive”. Michael, Flip’s intended, wants to make a good impression. Show More Summary

Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder

Poetry is not the only genre that requires resident apologists, but poetry's form and function inherently require defense. Simply put, prose is our default mode. Poetry is a process of selection, of white space and rhythm. If prose is prayer, poetry is hymn. The post Better Experienced than Explained: On ‘Why Poetry’ by Matthew Zapruder appeared first on The Millions.

The Shortlist: Disappearing Acts: Thrillers Stalk Women With Deadly Secrets

In three new thrillers the search is on: for a missing best friend, a possibly dead mom and a really angry stalker.

Nonfiction: ‘Surfing With Sartre’: Does Riding a Wave Help Solve Existential Mysteries?

In his latest book, the philosopher Aaron James finds profound meaning in his favorite pastime.

Nonfiction: The Russian Revolution Recast as an Epic Family Tragedy

Yuri Slezkine’s “The House of Government” tells the story of Bolshevik elites who became targets of their own terror.

Fiction: Food, Folklore and Fulfillment Against a French Backdrop

The protagonists of two summer novels, by Nina George and Hannah Tunnicliffe, discover the lives they really want in the French region of Brittany.

Nonfiction: Giving the Lie to the Notion that Warfare Is ‘Unwomanly’

Svetlana Alexievich’s “The Unwomanly Face of War” collects memories of the Russian women who fought against Hitler.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to the single genre issues, Allen Ginsberg and more.

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich

First, a note: this is more of a review of the series, but the books therein need to be read in order so I shall start here. Second, I will avoid spoilers as much as possible, focusing mostly on what I like, what I find bothersome, and whether I recommend the book and the series. Show More Summary

260. Inspiration and Illegal Contact: An Interview with Santino Hassell

I interview author Santino Hassell about his new series with Berkley, starting with Illegal Contact, which just went on sale on August 15th. We discuss his inspiration for football romance since he’s a baseball fan, and we talk about his being one of few men writing romance. Show More Summary

Profile: Why George Guidall Is the Undisputed King of Audiobooks

His rich baritone has been called the voice of choice for more than 1,300 pieces of literature, including “Crime and Punishment,” “The Corrections” and plenty of Stephen King.

Hollywood on Tape

Many celebrities are in on the audiobook business. Here, readings from more than 20 of them.

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