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September 18, 2017

Closer to Truth: On Nicole Krauss’s ‘Forest Dark’ 0

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Forest Dark is perhaps not particularly believable, but it is elegant and shimmering, a slant of light shining long enough to make us wonder.

September 18, 2017

Reading My Mother’s Mind: On Packing Up a Personal Library 0

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Books had always been a language my mother and I shared when she was well. And yet—once I was alone in her apartment with a stack of boxes, tasked with this move, and her books were all mine to do with as I liked, I knew one thing right away: I didn’t want them.

September 17, 2017

Sherman Alexie’s “Part-Time Indian” Turns 10 0

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To celebrate its 10th birthday, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award winning YA novel, is being reissued. The special anniversary edition features a new introduction by Jacqueline Woodson, family photographs, a new afterward, and an excerpt from the book’s upcoming sequel, Rowdy, Rowdy, Rowdy. Also worth your time is Woodson’s 2016 year […]

September 17, 2017

A Consolation Prize 0

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In the wake of her 2016 Presidential loss, Hillary Clinton’s best-selling book What Happened sparked the question: “Would you rather be president of the United States or a No. 1 best-selling author?” The Washington Post asked several authors including Cheryl Strayed, Erik Larson, and  Joyce Carol Oates for their thoughts. See also our interview with Strayed from our archives.

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.