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What Quote From Literature Changed Your Outlook On Life?

"So we beat on, boats against the current." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Literature

6 New Books We Can't Stop Talking About

A real-life atrocity that gets us to look at issues bigger than ourselves, a love story set along the Coney Island boardwalk and other tales we couldn’t stop talking about this month.<p><b>1. Bark: Stories By Lorrie Moore</b><p>Death, divorce, and indecision haunt the characters in <i>Bark</i>, Lorrie Moore's eagerly …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 31, 2014 : NPR

Boyhood Island review – the 'masterpiece for the age of the selfie' continues

The latest volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's six-part My Struggle memoir-novel proves less addictive than earlier books<p>Don't let his status as highbrow crush du jour put you off: like WG Sebald in the 1990s and Roberto Bolaño in the 2000s, Karl Ove Knausgaard is a writer strong enough to survive the …

How Do You Write a Novel? Six Things That Stay the Same Every Time

My friend Susan Straight and I have been swapping manuscripts-in-progress since graduating from the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst over two decades ago. Since then, she has published nine books and earned buckets of prestigious literary awards. I've been dogging her since …

Writing

The Quarry review – Iain Banks's last book contains a final irony

Iain Banks's final work is not his best but his fans will love it<p><i>"If I'd known it was going to be my last book, I'd have been quite disappointed that I'm going out with a relatively minor piece."</i><p><i>The Quarry</i> is about somebody dying. The terrible irony is that when he was writing this book, Iain Banks …

11 Underappreciated Literary Masterpieces

Addie Lockwood, the protagonist of my debut novel <i>Byrd</i> (Dzanc Books), is the owner of a secondhand bookshop and an evangelist about books.<p>Addie and William like discovering important books that aren't as famous as they should be, like <i>The Diviners</i> by Margaret Laurence, and <i>The Brothers K</i> by David …

Books