The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Boubacar Boris Diop's The Knight and His Shadow. Diop will be part of the PEN World Voices Festival in New York in May, and it's great to see this book available in time...Show More Summary
In an essay/review in The New York Review of Books ("The Biology of Being Good to Others," NYRB, 3/19/15), H. Allen Orr revisits the question of how altruism can be equated with natural selection. The occasion of the piece is the publication of a book by David Sloan Wilson, Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others. Show More Summary
Pamela Paul, the editor of The New York Times Book Review, has signed a deal for her memoir. Henry Holt & Company executive editor Paul Golob negotiated the terms of the agreement with literary agent Lydia Wills. The release date for My Life with Bob has been set for Fall 2017. Show More Summary
In a review of Israeli S. Yizhar's novel Khirbet Khizeh in the NYT, Dexter Filkins uses words like herded, roundup, evacuate, left, fled, deport, leave, to describe the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948. These words wash over the devastating reality of the Nakba.
A new book by investigative journalist Gerald Posner, a 732-page tome titled God’s Bankers, lays bare "the history of money and power at the Vatican."Writes reviewer Damon Linker in the New York Times:[T]he church from the beginningShow More Summary
The New York Times Book Review interviewed author and professional provocative person Ayaan Hirsi Ali for its "By the Book" column this week. Here is part of the Q&A: Read more...
The New York Times Book Review interviewed the controversial author Ayaan Hirsi Ali – too anti-Muslim for Brandeis to allow speak at commencement – for their “By The Book” feature appearing this Sunday and asked about her taste in books...Show More Summary
We’ve introduced Kate Tempest before, here as one of twenty “next generation poets” recognized by the UK’s Poetry Book Society. Now, word of Tempest’s talent hits stateside with this review by Michiko Kakutani at The New York Times. A wunderkind rapper and spoken word performer equally influenced by Wu-Tang Clan and Joyce, Bukowski and Blake; […]
It has become a rite of passage for new authors in the digital age to obsessively check Amazon to track book sales and tweet positive reviews in the hopes of picking up new readers. But for one author, whose book was on the New York Times best-sellers list for three weeks, this isn’t possible. Show More Summary
New York has named Christian Lorentzen its book critic. Lorentzen most recently served as a senior editor at the London Review of Books. He will continue to work there as an editor-at-large. “Christian’s a gifted writer and originalShow More Summary
Daylight savings time = more daylight to read by, and as luck would have it New York Review Books is having their winter sale, so you have no excuse to be out of reading material. You can stock up on titles 50% off through the end of March / the beginning of actual Spring.
This coming weekend in New York City, the New York Review of Books is hosting an event titled What's Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics? A Saturday afternoon panel, "Economics after the Crash: A Discipline in Need of Renewal?"...Show More Summary
Two of fly fishing’s literary greats have recently released new books. Jim Harrison’s novel, “The Big Seven” is reviewed by Smith Henderson in The New York Times. And Tom McGuane’s “Crow Fair: Stories,” released on March 3, was recently reviewed … more ?
The Adventures of Sindbad, The Moro Affair and Great Granny Webster are the three books I would get as part of the New York Review Books Winter Sale, but lucky for all of us (but especially you) you are not me, so you very well might make other choices. You have until the end of […]
Sarah Manguso is the author of a number of poetry collections including The Captain Lands in Paradise and Siste Viator but in recent years she has also developed a successful career as a non-fiction writer. Her book, The Guardians, remembers a friend who was killed by a Metro-North train. (The New York Times calls it […]
Fur is flying in the literary community this week over British writer Lynne Truss’s new novel, “Cat Out of Hell” (reviewed in Wednesday’s Washington Post.) Cats Rights Activists (CRA) in New York claim the book is “anti-cat.” While Truss continues to deny those allegations, her publisher, Melville House, has released this disturbing report from the Feline […]
- Gordon College's planned sale of some 500 books with an estimated value of $2-3 million from the Edward Payson Vining collection at Doyle New York this fall (postponed from April) rated an article in the Boston Business Journal this week, as well as coverage in the Boston Globe. Show More Summary
Poet Purdey Lord Kreiden, French heir-apparent to the transfigured decadence throne, if she wants it, has been reading in New York for the past week with a new chapbook, Children of the Bad Hour (Ugly Duckling Presse 2015). The book is propelled by a charmed prophesy–or as Sarah Nicholson and Jane Gregory have put it: […]
Steelheart is the first book in Brandon Sanderson’s young adult series The Reckoners. The second book in the trilogy, Firefight, was recently released and joined the ranks of the first book as a #1 New York Times bestseller. The conclusion, Calamity, doesn’t appear to have a release date yet. Show More Summary
Robert Laurence’s “Letters from Brooklyn: A slightly irregular memoir of everyday life in New York City, with a tour guide thrown in” is required reading if you’re going to the Brooklyn and New York area, required reading if you’re there — and even more required if you’ve ever wondered “why is there always all this [...]Show More Summary