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September 17, 2017

Are Book Blurbs Helpful or Harmful? 1

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Man Booker judge Colin Thubron expressed frustration with gushing book blurbs, which he says “almost blackmail” readers: “you’re either intellectually or morally incompetent if you don’t love this book or you’ve failed if you haven’t understood it.” Our own Bill Morris tackled the age old question—”To Blurb or not Blurb”—a few years ago.

September 17, 2017

The App that Helps You Speed Read? 0

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Riane Konc reviews the app Blinkist: “Blinkist is decidedly not a substitute for reading books. It may be a substitute for reading books that no one actually needs to read in the first place, books that only contained 15 minutes worth of an idea but had to be stretched out to 200 pages for the publishers.” […]

September 16, 2017

Writing the Transracial Adoptee Experience 0

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“I wanted to be really careful about not pretending to write The Transracial Adoptee’s Experience, because (1) there is no such thing, it’s going to be different for everyone, and (2) I feel strongly that those stories should be told by the adoptees themselves, if they choose to share them,” Year in Reading alum Celeste Ng, […]

September 16, 2017

It’s Official: U.S. Poet Laureate Signs In 0

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This past Wednesday Tracy K. Smith officially began her term as the new U.S. Poet Laureate. After adding her name to the guest book traditionally signed by poet laureates upon the start of their one year term, she read aloud from previously published poetry collections and introduced new work. Ron Charles from the Washington Post […]

September 15, 2017

Impeachment 101 0

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“The purpose of this initiative, and this book, is to show everybody the actual definition of impeachment as set down by the Founding Fathers, and ask whether it applies to anything that is going on now.” Melville House books has discounted copies of A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, which can be sent to a member […]

September 15, 2017

Making Myths in the Space Between the Lines 1

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What we see is a living hell. What we see is the world we live in.

September 15, 2017

2017 National Book Award Longlists Unveiled 0

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An eclectic Fiction longlist includes some highly touted titles alongside intriguing favorites.

September 15, 2017

Doing What Is Right: The Millions Interviews Jade Wu 0

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The struggle to play against stereotype continues, but the battle these days is less scarring.

September 14, 2017

Publishing a Novel, as Explained to Aliens 3

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Much of Under the Cover is written in a curiously anthropological tone, as if Childress were explaining how to eat a bowl of cereal to a race of aliens who had never seen a spoon.

September 14, 2017

Chocolate Tears 0

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“I can tell you that it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero.” Roald Dahl‘s widow says that he intended for the eponymous hero of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to be “a little black boy.” Pair with our own Jacob Lambert‘s fond recollection […]