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Books of The Times: Review: Kevin Kwan’s ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ Skewers Vulgar Wealth in Asia

The second volume in what has been projected as a gossipy, good-humored trilogy features tales of the young and superrich as they squander huge sums of money.

Columbia University Press to Publish New Translations of Russian Literature

The project envisions dozens of new translations of Russian modern literature and classics, selected by Columbia University Press with support from a committee of Russian and American academics.

To Scotland with Love by Patience Griffin

Contemporary romances aren’t usually my thing, but Tom Hiddleston is. That made this book sound like catnip – a handsome movie star retreats to a seaside town in Scotland when he needs a break from the limelight. My mind was already picturing Hiddles in a kilt and heavy cable-knit sweater, his cheeks ruddy from the cold wind, his... Show More Summary

To Scotland with Love by Patience Griffin

This is my country, The land that begat me, These windy spaces Are surely my own. and those who toil here In the sweat of their faces Are flesh of my flesh And bone of my bone. – Sir Alexander Gray Caitie MacLeod returns home to Gandiegow, a small village along Alba’s coast, after a failed marriage. Show More Summary

At Box Office, ‘Ted 2’ Disappoints, but ‘Jurassic Word’ Still Roars

Seth MacFarlane's film took in an estimated $32.9 million, or 50 percent less than analysts had projected based on pre-release tracking surveys

Essayification

Recommended Reading: “The Essayification of Everything.”

Sally Mann: By the Book

The photographer and author of “Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs” says her favorite novelist is Nabokov. “But wait — here comes Herman Melville in the homestretch. I think it’s a dead heat.”

‘Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series,’ by Leah Dickerman and Elsa Smithgall

The images in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series are perhaps the most recognizable images of ­African-Americans in the 20th century.

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Christine Sneed

Suzanne Clores talks with novelist Christine Sneed about Paris, beauty, and her latest book, Paris, He Said.

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 16-23 June 2015

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Lock and Load by Kimberley Troutte

This is my third try at writing a review. Seriously. I was too ranty on the first and too detailed on the second. I’m going to try the thematic approach this time. Warning: ALL THE SPOILERS. Things I like: Meet cute: they play online games together and chat, but meet IRL in this crazy situation. Show More Summary

Lock and Load by Kimberley Troutte

Lock and Load is the second book in the SEAL EXtreme Team series.  The opening paragraph has to speak for itself. Communications Expert Charlie Handly checked for messages on his cellular watch.  Still no orders.  When would his Commanding...Show More Summary

The New Translators

Since they got married and began working 33 years ago, Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear have translated around 30 works of Russian literature, from The Brothers Karamazov to Doctor Zhivago. Now their interview with the Paris Review is available online from the Literary Hub, and this seems as good a time as ever to bring […]

#ALAAC15 Let’s Be Librarians!

Librarians A to Z Johnson 1988 Submitter: When I first started at this job back in 2000, we were still using those flip ledgers that women is using on the back cover. It seemed ancient then. After two weeks, I was done and automated the process. I of course had to include W is […]

Writing Catholic

Over at the New Republic Year in Reading alum William Giraldi writes his “Confessions of a Catholic Novelist,” and they include ruminations on Graham Greene, Flannery O’Connor, and Walker Percy, as well as on the inevitable impact being raised in the Church has on his own work and the writing of many, many others. Giraldi’s […]

The Saturday Rumpus Interview: Sarah Hepola

Editor and writer Sarah Hepola talks about her new memoir Blackout, how gender affects alcoholism, writing about female friendships, and the writers who've influenced her.

The Bitches Celebrate Marriage Equality!

We here at the Hot Pink Palace of Bitchery are thrilled about yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling regarding marriage equality. The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. In the words of Justice Anthony M. Show More Summary

Guest Squee: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, reviewed by Betty Fokker

I am a woman of eclectic genre reading habits, and wander far afield in the fertile lands of literary licentiousness. I am especially a fantasy and sci/fi junkie. However, I love it with all my heart when the sci/fi or fantasy novel I am reading adds at least a dollop of romance in its pages. Show More Summary

'The Life and Death of Sophie Stark': book review

North’s novel is an intricate, abstract portrait of an artist as a young woman.

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