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Nonfiction: Replaying the Holocaust in the Middle East

Nadia Murad’s “The Last Girl” describes a Yazidi woman’s kidnapping by Islamist militants.

Fiction: Knausgaard’s Seasonal Book Series Continues With a Wintry Mix

The essays in “Winter” have a characteristically Scandinavian focus on darkness, snow, quiet, emptiness and depression.

By the Book: Simon Sebag Montefiore: By the Book

In childhood, the historian and novelist was a “voracious, excitable, starry-eyed” reader. He still is.

On Home and Elsewhere

Among the myriad English-language travel blogs, you’re likely to come across two specific words of German origin. The first, more common word is “wanderlust.” Though the German origins of the word are more concerned specifically with...Show More Summary

Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge

This is a difficult book to grade. I finished it because I wanted to see what happened. At the same time, I was easily distracted while reading because I got bored being told everything. I was curious about the rules of the magic and...Show More Summary

Culinary cold war at the White House

The revolting food served by Eleanor Roosevelt not only depressed her husband but scandalised all Washington, according to Laura Shapiro

Leeches, bats and toxic sap in Borneo’s Eden

We bled so much when the tiger leeches dropped off us, the camp looked like a bombsite’, says the explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison

An 80th birthday party causes no end of trouble in Barney Norris’s latest novel

Both Ireland’s Troubles and the anxieties of a 25-year-old anorexic unfold over a single day in Turning for Home

Ethnic cleansing and the horrors of Buczacz

The bloodbath involving former friends and neighbours in the East European border town in 1941 makes this atrocity especially shocking, says Omer Bartov

Mary Shelley’s monstrous creation close up

Fiona Sampson traces Mary’s life from unmarried teenage mother to the author of one of the most enduring of all horror stories

Getting women on board: the history of the WRNS

Though women had for centuries nursed and cooked for British sailors, it wasn’t until 1917 that they were officially recruited by the Royal Navy

Jenny Erpenbeck finds a novel way to tackle the migrant problem

Her thoughtful Go Went Gone sees the plight of refugees through the imaginative eyes of a retired academic in Berlin

Bookshelf: ‘A Time to Stir’ Evokes the Zeal of Columbia’s 1968 Protests

A new collection of essays by people linked to the student protests at Columbia University offers a fresh view of the uprising, nearly 50 years later.

‘Fire and Fury’ May Be Coming to a Screen Near You

Endeavor Content has acquired the rights to Michael Wolff’s No. 1 best-selling book. But no TV network or film studio is attached to the project.

PBS, with help from celebrities and authors, aims to find 'The Great American Read'

PBS has enlisted the help of several celebrities to determine “The Great American Read” in an upcoming competition series, the network announced Wednesday. The network's eight-part show will begin with a two-hour special on May 22. Throughout the series, stars such as Gayle King, Lauren Graham...

Books of The Times: If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?

In “Why Liberalism Failed,” Patrick J. Deneen argues that mere tinkering will not address profound discontent with the political establishment.

Books News: Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Children’s Book

Drawing on her experience as a child who felt self-conscious about her dark skin, the actress hopes to help other kids reimagine what is beautiful.

Links: Cats, a Romance Book Club, & More Recs

Happy Wednesday! There are no Star Wars links this time, I promise! No guarantees for next week though. We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and are ready to get through the rest of the week. Power through! You got this! … Bawdy Bookworms...Show More Summary

The American West was even wilder than we think

Historian and author Mark A. Lause contends the cowboys of the mythic American West were more diverse—and downtrodden—than we realize. The post The American West was even wilder than we think appeared first on Macleans.ca.

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