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Irreverant stories of Arab-American women fill Randa Jarrar's 'Him, Me, Muhammad Ali'

One is a tightrope walker in a French circus who tries to lasso the moon. Another is a child who’s been kidnapped from a Pathmark in New Jersey by people kinder than her own mother. And another searches for the remnants of family in the bombed out buildings of the Gaza Strip. There is no easy way...

"Homeland's" Sixth Season Could Help the Espionage Thriller Ditch Its Islamophobic Rep—But Will It Work?

Beth Winegarner   Claire Danes returns as ex-CIA operative Carrie Mathison Warning! This article contains spoilers for season six of Homeland. Homeland, Showtime’s mega-popular espionage thriller, spent its first five seasons portraying...Show More Summary

A Woman Looking at A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women

There is a great deal of looking going on in Siri Hustvedt’s new collection of essays, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women. The first section scrutinizes various artists, Hustvedt’s time in therapy, her stint teaching writing atShow More Summary

BitchTapes: Holidaze Come-down

Maggie Owsley It's the first full-moon of the new year, and maybe you're still nursing that holiday burn-out. Full-moon feels combined with these sweet, somewhat dark, mysterious voices will help you settle in; get back to you. Stay in the now, and ease into the new year gently. Track List: 1. Show More Summary

Open Book: Celebrating Two Centuries of Thoreau

Several new books about the naturalist on the bicentennial of his birth.

Author’s Note: On Being Translated Back to Myself

An author in translation finds himself caught between English, Estonian and Russian.

Children’s Books: Young Jim Thorpe, Native American, and His Game-Changing Football Team

In “Undefeated,” Steve Sheinkin recounts how Jim Thorpe and his Native American teammates overcame oppression and changed the game of football.

Big Issues: Image Comics’ Beowulf delivers a brutal, enchanting take on the mythical hero

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic-book issue of significance. This week, it’s Beowulf. Written by Santiago García (Las Meninas, Fútbol) with art by David Rubín (Ether, The Hero), this hardcover invigorates the myth of Beowulf with brilliant artwork and a clever metatextual twist. Show More Summary

A Grown-Up Learning Experience for a Nine-Year-Old: A Week in Jail

What's a parent to do when their nine-year-old daughter has been influenced by a family friend, named Mike, who often dropped in for a family dinners? Mike was what they called him but his real name was Dr. Martin Luther King. Cynthia...Show More Summary

Here Comes the Rooster

The Tournament of Books has returned, and this year’s judges include our own Kirstin Butler! The post Here Comes the Rooster appeared first on The Millions.

Xu Hongci - Mao's victim, freedom's hero - tells his story in 'No Wall Too High'

Xu Hongci is a legend in a certain Chinese subculture: The estimated 550,000 people who were accused of being “rightists” in Mao Zedong’s purge of the late 1950s and spent 20 years or more as inmates of China’s gulag archipelago. In that large crowd of unjustly, illegally imprisoned people, Xu...

Stranger by Adam Clay

Brian McKenna reviews Adam Clay's Stranger today in Rumpus Poetry.

What Martin Luther King Sr. Wrote About His Son’s Death

In 1980, four years before his own death, Martin Luther King Sr. published the autobiography Daddy King. The book, which had been out of print for nearly two decades, is now being released in a new edition. In this excerpt, King recalls how he and his wife—whom he called "Bunch"—learned that their son had been assassinated.

Library Extension

A simple web browser extension will tell you if the book you’re reading about online is available at your local library. Currently a Chrome version is available, and Firefox is on the way. The post Library Extension appeared first on The Millions.

Psychic Pets

Psychic Pets: The Secret World of Animals Wylder 1978 Submitter: The eyes of the dog and cat on the cover are very disturbing.  If glowing ink had been on offer from the publisher, I’m sure this book would have used it. Inside there are few pictures, none of them seemed to “capture” phychicness, in my […]

The System Is Rigged: The Millions Interviews Leland Cheuk

An argument can be made that the big houses are really in the business of publishing cookbooks, celebrity memoirs, and adult coloring pads. The post The System Is Rigged: The Millions Interviews Leland Cheuk appeared first on The Millions.

Covers & Cocktails: Frost’s Thaw

Happy 2017! While I celebrated the new year surrounded by new friends, good food, and a bit of love, I was also pretty sick. The sickness, nearly two weeks later, is still holding on and I’m onto the mucous-laden stage, where a glob will surprise me mid-sentence. Show More Summary

229. Romance, Dating, and Very Real Expectations: An Interview with Alisha Rai

This week, we have a longer-than-usual, in person conversation with author Alisha Rai! Yup, a live recording, and of course we start by talking about my “professionalism” as a podcaster. Over brownies and tea, we discuss sexxytimes romance,...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe discusses her latest book, A Thin Bright Line, uncovering the remarkable story of her aunt, and illuminating history through the lens of imagination.

11 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from editors of the Book Review and The Times’s book critics.

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