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If “The End of Men” Were a Novel

Tom Perrotta is the acknowledged literary king of the suburbs, producing a long line of critical and popular hits that often—Little Children, Election, The Leftovers—become onscreen gold. The cover of Mrs. Fletcher, his latest, is adorned...Show More Summary

A Communist Insider Tells All

The Communist Technique in Britain Darke 1952 This Cold War relic is actually an interesting book. It’s less dogma and more about the inner politics of the Communist Party in Britain and how the British Communists exert a great deal of influence more than would be indicated by the size of the party. Show More Summary

Chinese Crime Novelist Is Arrested in 4 Murders From 2 Decades Ago

Liu Yongbiao, author of “The Guilty Secret,” had planned a novel about a writer who got away with a series of killings.

By the Book: Karl Ove Knausgaard: By the Book

The author of the six-volume autobiographical novel “My Struggle” and, most recently, “Autumn” steers clear of crime fiction: “I only read crime novels when I’m depressed, so I try to avoid them.”

Nonfiction: Ellen Ullman’s New Book Tackles Tech’s Woman Problem

The pioneering programmer discusses her career and the dangers the internet poses to culture, privacy and civility in “Life in Code.”

Crime: Crime Fiction: Sue Grafton Nears the End of Her Alphabet Mysteries

Kinsey Millhone makes one of her last crime column appearances. Elsewhere, we meet rough limo drivers, inept Laotian athletes and a wry L.A. coroner.

Think What a Poem Might Do: A Conversation with Jill Bialosky and Matthew Zapruder

What, if anything, do you think poetry can do for us in these difficult times? The post Think What a Poem Might Do: A Conversation with Jill Bialosky and Matthew Zapruder appeared first on The Millions.

Guest Squee: The Works of Fred Vargas

NB: We have a guest squee or rather an author squee for Fred Vargas’ mystery novels. It’s made a couple of us at SBTB HQ add the books to our TBR piles. This squee comes from Lara. Here is Lara’s bio: “A burlesque-dancing feminist with a deep yearning for solitude and a library of my own. Show More Summary

August 17, 2017: Podcast Episode Recommendations

In our first installment of Podcast and Episode recommendations, my playlist grew by giant leaps and piles of downloaded audio – thank you for all the suggestions! I have a few more episodes to suggest this week, especially because I found these to be very thought provoking – sometimes enough to listen to multiple times. Show More Summary

Two enquiring minds

Samuel Pepys, wrote John Evelyn, was ‘universally beloved, hospitable, generous, learned in many things’ and ‘skilled in music’. John Evelyn,…

Change and decay

Writing of his grandmother’s cremation, Kushanava Choudhury reflects in The Epic City that, while his expatriate Indian cousins are separated…

The end of brotherly love

You can never completely leave a religious cult, as this strange and touching memoir demonstrates. Patterns of thinking, turns of…

The roots of witchcraft

Until the mid-1960s many historians believed witchcraft was a pre-Christian pagan fertility ritual, witches worshipping the Horned God, whose consort…

A bad taste in the mouth

Here is the opening sentence of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s meditation on beds.: With its four legs and its flat, soft…

In Woolf’s clothing

Martin Amis once said that the writer’s life is half ambition and half anxiety. While one part of your brain…

The search for meaning

He’s not what you’d call prolific, Bernard MacLaverty. Midwinter Break is his fifth novel in 40 years, and his first…

The man who disappeared

Walking out of one’s own life — unpredictably, perhaps even without premeditation and certainly without anything approaching a plan —…

A countercultural upheaval

‘New York stories in a way are always real estate stories,’ says the journalist Alan Light in Lizzy Goodman’s bustling…

Books of The Times: A Personal, Breezy Tour of Classic Children’s Books

In “Wild Things,” Bruce Handy curates passages from his favorite books for kids, allowing readers both literary pleasure and a kind of time travel.

Newswire: Cher Horowitz looks to her future in this Clueless: Senior Year exclusive

With ’90s properties and trends getting revived everywhere in pop culture, it was only a matter of time before the 1995 teen comedy classic, Clueless, got back in the game. Clueless coming back in comic-book form was a surprise, butShow More Summary

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