We’re planning another meetup in the Boston area! Reader Nam has generously agreed to have us at her house in Coolidge Corner (so accessible by T and bus) for an evening of book talk and book-swapping and snacking. Bring baked good to share if you can (there might be some historically-based things from my kitchen) (no, there definitely will be). Show More Summary
In the most recent issue of Pank, read new fiction from Diane Williams. We review her collection Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty.
Hare discusses “The Blue Touch Paper,” and Sarah Vowell talks about “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.”
New novels include roles for Friedrich Engels, Alice James and Mark Twain.
Audio recordings of erotic fiction are a booming business.
Monetary policy’s role in overcoming the Great Depression.
Magna Carta’s historical importance is still debated, but the story behind it has its own merits.
Have you ever opened a business book and thought it should be a Hollywood movie? They're out there. Few and far between, but they are out there. And now you can add Millionaire Within: Untold Stories from the Internet Underworld by E. Show More Summary
A group of veterans start a volunteer organization for soldiers who have returned to civilian life.
Ted Koppel says a cyberattack on the nation’s power sources is likely, and we’re nowhere near ready.
Two historians offer a revisionist account of the years since 1890.
Two books examine the dire health consequences of soda, and the effort to limit them.
Brownstein’s memoir highlights the role of music in her life.
A British historian covers roughly the first half of Augustine’s life, running from his youth to the writing of “Confessions.”
One history of ancient Rome and another of the first five Roman emperors.
Malkovich reads an offbeat 1973 novel.
A survey of the Pacific includes chapters on coral reefs, thermonuclear bombs and cyclones.
The Little Bighorn duly noted, a book recalls George Custer’s brash, colorful life.
A novel by Umberto Eco recalls a political scandal in Italy in 1992.
The Wallace Stevens poem from which it takes its title helps structure the novella anchoring Colum McCann’s book of short fiction.