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Amazon's 10 Best Books Of The Year So Far Are Perfect For Your Summer Reading Plans

2018 is only half over, but so many truly incredible books have already been released. In the past six months, readers have been treated to dozens of …

'Eleanor Oliphant's is Completely Fine' crowned Book of the Year

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, the debut novel that became a publishing sensation, has been named Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.<p>The word-of-mouth hit is a study of loneliness, with a central character who struggles to interact with colleagues and spends each weekend alone in her …

Books

What Mary Shelley's Frankenstein teaches us about the need for mothers

Motherhood is getting considerable attention, even if much of the news is concerning. Fertility rates are falling in America as millennials decide …

My Dear Hamilton

• <b>Author:</b> Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie<p>“Not since I read Erik Larson’s Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. [...] No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book.”–Karen White, New York Times bestselling author<p>From the New York …

Why Orwell’s 1984 could be about now

Audiences around the world are re-reading George Orwell’s 1984, which is ‘a handbook for difficult times’, writes Jean Seaton.<p>Reading 1984, George Orwell’s claustrophobic fable of totalitarianism, is still a shock. First comes the start of recognition: we recognise what he describes. Doublethink …

Literature

How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence

The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Literature

Meet Tracy K. Smith, the Nation’s Poet Laureate

Director of Princeton’s creative writing program is focused on outreach to rural communities<p>Tracy K. Smith, the nation’s 22nd poet laureate, was just …

Princeton University

Frozen with fear: a photographic journey into the icy landscape of Frankenstein

Shelley recognised that the towering snow-covered Alps reflect our hubris and our helplessness in the face of nature<p>In the bunkers, as in Shelley’s Frankenstein, the idea of scientific progress is ​imbued with a darker dystopian aspect<p>In the summer of 1816, we visited Switzerland, and became …

The Stories Behind 15 Poems We All Learned in School

Poetry can seem impenetrable for many readers, but the best examples usually have a simple message behind all the flowery language and symbolism. …

Literature

Poem of the week: Class Photograph by Douglas Dunn

A return to black and white avoids the sepia of nostalgia, in this poem written for an anthology to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee

Poetry

47 of Your Favorite Writers on Their Favorite Poems

It’s April, which according to Wikipedia, is Financial Literacy Month. It is also Jazz Appreciation Month, Mathematics and Statistics Awareness …

Nick Chater picks five books to explore the mysteries of the mind

Confabulator, storyteller, illusionist … psychology and neuroscience suggest that everything we thought we knew about the inner world is false<p>Since Plato, philosophers have had doubts about how our senses provide knowledge of the external world. But surely we are the ultimate arbiters of the …

Consciousness

Millennials destroyed the rules of written English – and created something better

The spelling and grammar rules do not apply on the Millennial Internet™.<p>That's because millennials have created a new rulebook for a variant of …

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

• <b>Author:</b> Min Jin Lee<p><b>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 *</b> <b>JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS</b><b>Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post</b><b>NEW YORK</b> …

A Master Of Historical Fiction Takes On Shakespeare

“Fools and Mortals” seems at first a departure from his normal fare of straight-up military historical fiction. We are in the world of Elizabethan …

Books

The Value of Remembering Ordinary Moments

Though writing down daily events may seem mundane, participants in a recent study were happy to have records of them in the future.<p>At Christmastime, my brother, my father, and our chocolate Labrador pile into the car to drive across the state of Washington to see my grandparents. We’ve been doing …

Meet the Press

The Last Tudor

• <b>Author:</b> Philippa Gregory<p>The latest novel from #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous women in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.<p>Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies …

3 Ways Listening to Music Actually Makes You More Productive

Yes, listening to music can actually make you more productive. Here's how.<p>It's no secret that music can be powerful. Music is an inherent part of just about every culture on the planet, and in addition to being a central force for entertainment and everyday discussion, music might even have hidden …

From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. <i>Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli, editor of the website TV Worth …

Life According to Seamus Heaney

Life According to Seamus HeaneyMarch 13, 2018Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney has been described as “the most important Irish poet since …

Seamus Heaney

10 Facts about John Knowles's A Separate Peace

John Knowles’s 1959 novel about a conflicted prep school friendship has become a coming-of-age classic.<p>1. KNOWLES BASED <i>A SEPARATE PEACE</i> ON HIS OWN …

13 grammar myths you should stop believing

Myth 1 — Never start a sentence with 'and,' 'but' or 'so'<p>According to the grammar experts at the 'Chicago Manual of Style,' you don't have to do mental gymnastics to avoid starting a sentence with a conjunction. "There is a widespread belief — one with no historical or grammatical foundation — that …

Language

Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

Aethelflaed (r. 911-918 CE) was the daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 871-899 CE) and became queen of Mercia following the death of her …

World History

Who Was the Most Powerful Woman in Ancient History?

As the #MeToo movement takes center stage, we asked historians to look to the past for lessons from powerful women.<p>From politics to the Oscars, the #MeToo movement is spotlighting the nature of women’s relationship to power. Why are traditional positions of power still closed to so many? How do …

Fall of Troy: the legend and the facts

The legendary ancient city of Troy is very much in the limelight this year: a big budget co-production between the BBC and Netflix: Troy, Fall of a …

Facts about Shakespeare's sonnets and poems

Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems may often feel less familiar than his plays, but they have also seeped into our cultural history. Within them, they …

Literature

Storytelling Techniques: 15 Hardwired Expectations

A Reader’s Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story<p>May 10, 2018<p>First, a question. We’re writers, not to mention readers …

Regular people who went undercover at a high school found cell phones pose a bigger problem than adults can imagine

High school isn't what it used to be.<p>In fact, rapidly changing technology has made the typical American high school experience nearly unrecognizable for the average adult.<p>No technological advance has changed the game more than smartphones, according to seven young adults who relived their …

High School

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet …

5 Science-Backed Benefits of Yoga that Go Beyond the Mat

Even the most die-hard yoga enthusiast can sometimes get in a bit of a slump. (And no, “slump” isn’t the name of a pose.) When life gets in the way, hauling out your mat and busting a downward dog may be the last thing you feel like doing. For those times, it helps to remind ourselves that yoga …