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Books of The Times: In John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down,’ a Teenager’s Mind Is at War With Itself

Green’s follow-up to “The Fault in Our Stars” involves a small cast of tenderhearted, manically articulate teenagers and the mystery of a missing billionaire.

Nora Johnson, Author of ‘The World of Henry Orient,’ Dies at 84

Ms. Johnson, a novelist, essayist and memoirist, had early success with “Henry Orient,” a satire involving private school girls in Manhattan. It was adapted for film and the stage.

The Crash

“Throughout the Crash, I wrote free-hand, not caring about the style or if something I wrote in the afternoon contradicted something I’d established in the story that morning. The priority was simply to get the ideas surfacing and growing. Show More Summary

Generally Five Stars

“Even weeks after its publication, no one agrees on What Happened and Clinton’s ability to assess her own past. But in post-truth America, the truth that becomes history may well be decided by star-rating.” The Guardian considers how Amazon reviews became the new battlefield of US politics. Show More Summary

The Complete Vonnegut

“It all adds up to a fascinating portrait-of-the-artist-on-the-make in the booming 1950s. And it makes you wish the stories were better.” Year-in-Reading alum Jess Walter reviews a new (911-page) collection of stories by Kurt Vonnegut. See...Show More Summary

'Experiment I' turns a literary event into performance art

Live, unabashed nudity is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rarity at public literary events. Dance, performance art, wigs, one-liners, keyboards, skateboards, popcorn, dental floss, video loops, audience participation, and even, quite frankly, unfettered joy, also make infrequent appearances on the reading...

Little Loos

Dolls’ House Bathrooms Lots of Little Loos King 1997 My knowledge of doll houses is limited to a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms and whining for a Barbie dream house sometime in the mid 1960s. I never got one, by the way. I know that there are lots of […] The post Little Loos appeared first on Awful Library Books.

Books of The Times: ‘The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick’ Gives Off a Bright Light

Hardwick scrutinized the work of American writers ranging from Melville and Wharton to Capote and Didion, as well as topics like the civil rights movement and feminism.

Fiction: How Kurt Vonnegut Found His Voice and His Themes

“Complete Stories” shows Vonnegut using short fiction to test the ideas he would put to better use in his famous novels.

Nonfiction: The 20 Years That Made New York City

“Greater Gotham,” Mike Wallace’s sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gotham,” focuses on the two decades between 1898 and 1919.

Front Burner: New Book Glorifies the Cocktail Basics

“3-Ingredient Cocktails” by Robert Simonson, a contributor to The New York Times, looks at the basics and forgotten simple drinks.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of October: Our Top 6 Picks

Two very different debut fantasy novels, a brilliant overturning of social hierarchy, monsters galore, an insidious fungus, and Ann Leckie's return to the universe of the Imperial Radch are among our top picks of the month of Octobe

Family Portraits - from Beyond the Grave!

Images from The Apparitionists, Peter Manseau's weird tale of "spirit photographer" William Mumler, his ghostly images, and those who dearly wanted to believe him.

2017 Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced

The Baillie Gifford Prize, which celebrates the best of non-fiction writing, announced their shortlist. The post 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize Shortlist Announced appeared first on The Millions.

An Aneurism of Axe Murders: On ‘The Man from the Train’

You can’t help but read these murders as a parable of alienation. The lone drifter stalking the country by train, itself a mode of transport from a bygone era, to literally smash apart families with an instrument that evoked America’s timbered frontier. The post An Aneurism of Axe Murders: On ‘The Man from the Train’ appeared first on The Millions.

Death and the Poet: Inside the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast

Abby was murdered in the morning while Andrew was out of the house, a fact established by forensic examination of the couple’s stomach contents. He came home a few hours later, sat down on the sofa in the sitting room and was killed,...Show More Summary

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