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The Last Book I Loved: I Sang to Survive

“And I think you’d like this,” he said, bringing out a book for me. “My mother wrote it." I thought: Oh, shit.

The Maverick Genius of John R. Gordon

John R. Gordon (image courtesy of Team Angelica Press) The maverick genius of John R. Gordon lies in the fact that he does so many things so well. He is an incredibly gifted novelist and playwright and an award-winning screenwriter, editor, visual artist and publisher. Show More Summary

Down Syndrome: Poetry, Painting, Perspective

Photo by TUC. Used with permission. Damage or gift? Sunshine or darkness? These are perennial questions, when things don't go "as planned." In the end, it often comes to perspective, to how we both literally and figuratively see. When artist Dale Chihuly lost sight in his left eye, it was tragic. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Weekly Review of Books

Dispatches from Gaza and a poet named Israel. A book of talented children and a book of sexually abused children. It's all here in Rumpus Books.

The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons

The following post is an excerpt from The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons (Wiley) by Vicky Ward published this week. Chapter 9: Donald's "Force Majeure" "Pardon me if I get a little emotional. Show More Summary

Don't Ignore the Banks for the Stream

No hay mal que por bien no venga Translation: There is no bad from which some good doesn't result. Transcreation: The bitterest trials are often blessings in disguise. Jim Estrada uses this popular Spanish dicho (saying) early in his...Show More Summary

Why Isaacson's Rewrite of Tech History Is So Timely

By Alison van Diggelen, Host of Fresh Dialogues Last Tuesday was the kind of evening when you just want to snuggle up with a good book and a warm mug of Earl Grey. But I rallied and zipped up my winter boots to go to Silicon Valley's geek mecca, The Computer History Museum. Show More Summary

Mulling the Motherhood Mandate

Of all the important decisions we make in our lives, questions about whether to have a child or not, or even when to have a child, have to be near the top of the list, and while that is true for men, it is certainly the case with women. Show More Summary

Special Snowflakes

“There are people who believe that readers and writers—at least the right kind of readers and writers—are special snowflakes, existing on a more exalted plane than mere mortals. Book people are educated. They are privileged. They are brave enough to speak out when the emperor shows up naked. They sup on nectar from flowers grown […]

On the Books: Barnes & Noble reverses decision to close Bronx store

- Barnes & Noble has reversed this week’s decision to close its Bronx branch, the only major bookstore in the

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Abingdon Press 208 pages This month's release of Barbara Mahany's most recent venture, Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door, is just in time for the upcoming holiday season. For decades Mahany has engrossed thousands...Show More Summary

Four Great Novels That Can Be Called Post-Multicultural (Or Not)

Jeff Chang has spent the better part of his adult life analyzing and chronicling the role of race in America. The result is Who We Be, a compendium of essays, photos, lyrics, and other snippets that define, well, Who We...

The Only Way Out of the Apocalypse Is Through

Published earlier this year, Claire Cameron's novel, The Bear, opens on a very dark night: On a family camping trip, a savage attack from a 300-pound black bear orphans five-year-old Anna and her younger brother, sending them on a terrifying...

Interview with John Darnielle

Recommended viewing: John Darnielle talks about his debut novel, Wolf in White Van, in a video for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The Best Books of October, Part Two: A Smorgasbord of Books

Last week I wrote about the Editors' first five picks in October’s Best Books of the Month and promised to write about the rest of the picks this week. We run the gamut here--from debt, the military, and a novel...

Zeppelin Porn — "Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page"

About ten years ago, my wife stumbled across the Led Zeppelin film, The Song Remains the Same, which awakened the 14-year-old fanboy inside her. My own 14-year-old musical tastes were mellower (Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Allman Brothers, and the like)....

Hauntingly Good Halloween Books for Kids

I love Halloween for many reasons (the candy, the costumes, the candy...) but particularly for how much fun it is for little ones. Besides putting up spider webs and skeletons, or carving this year's pumpkins, Halloween is a great time...

Jim Gaffigan Eats His Way Across the USA

Jim Gaffigan has been making us laugh for years, both as a top performing stand-up comedian and the author of last year's best-seller, Dad Is Fat. On stage, Gaffigan freely shares his thoughts, obsessions, and observations of food and food...

Cook This: Chicken Parm in 30 Minutes, from Mark Bittman

I've never been good at being told what to do. In the kitchen, that resistance is to blame for the testy relationship I have with cookbooks. I love them, but I'm not a paint-by-numbers cook, preferring to snag bits and...

An Amazon Exclusive: Neil Patrick Harris Reveals Everything

It's not often that you get a behind-the-scenes peek at a book's creation. Read on to see what it took to write Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris (and some other guy). ---------------------------- Like many memoirists before him,...

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