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Rachel Cusk’s Anti-Narrative

In Transit, the second novel in an enigmatic triad that began with 2014’s Outline, Rachel Cusk reprises her strategy of seeding the title into an early sentence. The narrator, Faye, receives an email from an astrologer (likely computer-generated,...Show More Summary

Making America Smart Again

There are many reasons for Donald Trump’s electoral victory—some trivial, some not—but one of the most important is America’s Trumpist political culture. For several decades, American political culture has glorified ignorance, incoherence, and vulgarity—the very qualities that Trump embodies. Show More Summary

Hostel Directory

  Hostelling International Guide to Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific 2002 International Youth Hostel Federation 2001 Submitter: This is basically just a hostel directory, but it’s horribly out of date. The website on the cover (which is also plastered on about every page) does not exist anymore. We are a public library and the […]

The National Book Foundation President Has Reading Recommendations for Donald Trump

Nearly a year into her tenure, the executive director of the National Book Foundation reflects on her first award season and the future of reading

The Silver Linings of the Short List

Death lurks around every corner in Irish novelist Sebastian Barry’s new book Days Without End. But narrator Thomas McNulty is a survivor: the potato famine in Ireland, the immigrant fever sheds and mass graves in Canada, the Indian Wars, the Civil War and the random violence of the postbellum South. He has witnessed enough tragedy…

"I Wanted to Bring the Inimitable Energy of Australia to Life": Jane Harper on "The Dry"

A disheartening visit to a childhood haunt inspired the writing of this thrilling debut...

‘A Walk in the Woods’ vs. A Walk in the Woods: On Reading as a Substitute for Experience

Reading is an incredible thing, but it’s a poor substitute for life. The post ‘A Walk in the Woods’ vs. A Walk in the Woods: On Reading as a Substitute for Experience appeared first on The Millions.

Fiction: Monica Ali on Rachel Cusk’s Risky, Revolutionary New Novel

“Transit” is the second novel in a trilogy by Rachel Cusk that began with “Outline.”

The Rumpus Interview with Larissa MacFarquhar

Larissa MacFarquhar discusses her book Strangers Drowning, why she finds nonfiction so compelling, and how she gets inside the minds of her subjects.

Keeper Shelf: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Squee from the Keeper Shelf is a new feature wherein we share why we love the books we love, specifically the stories which are permanent residents of our Keeper shelves. Despite flaws, despite changes in age and perspective, despite...Show More Summary

Peter Abrahams, a South African Who Wrote of Apartheid and Identity, Dies at 97

The journalist and novelist’s moral center of gravity was located in the country he left at age 20. His 1946 novel, “Mine Boy,” drew global attention.

‘The Evenings,’ a Dutch Classic, Arrives in English. It Only Took 70 Years.

A translation of a novel by Gerard Reve that centers on a young clerk has invited recent comparisons to books like “The Catcher in the Rye.”

Purgatorio

After more than sixty years, Antonio di Benedetto has had his book Zama finally translated into English. The novel, which kicks off in the 1790s, depicts a Spanish administrator named Don Diego de Zama, whose viceroy dispatches him to a town in the scrublands of Paraguay. Show More Summary

There Is No End

“In the years before my book came out, I was writing frantically. I remember a week when I was working late at my job, late enough that the buses had stopped running and I had to take a cab home, and I still wrote into the night, trying to finish an essay I had promised […] The post There Is No End appeared first on The Millions.

Does Goodreads Care More About Clicks Than Truth?

Over a year ago, I contacted Goodreads to let the managers of the site know that the top quotation they list by George Eliot is bogus: It is never too late to be what you might have been. Yes, you've seen it attributed to Eliot everywhere: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, t-shirts, kitchen magnets, mugs, bookmarks, tote bags, tattoos. Show More Summary

Kahlil Gibran: Beyond Borders

In an age of rising populism, fear and xenophobia, what better time to read a rich enlightening book on love, multiculturalism, inspiration and beauty chronicling the life and work of a man who transcends borders and generations. I believe you can say to the founders of this great nation. Show More Summary

Lightning Reviews: Travel, a Thriller, & Nonfiction

Happy Sunday! We have more Lightning Reviews this week! Yay! This time, we have quite the selection. Sarah reviews a funny, nonfiction book about travel. Elyse, of course, picks up a thriller. And Carrie reads a nonfiction title about a group of women at Harvard!

Romance Wanderlust: The Château de Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France is a haven of art and glamour and formal gardens. It’s also a place rich in history, and its history is dominated by women. The site as we know it was constructed under the watchful...Show More Summary

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