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Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read …

Artificial Intelligence

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

How my novel ended up on David Bowie's must-read list

I spent most of 1997 living in a small ground-floor apartment in Rome. One morning the phone rang. It was Interview magazine, calling from New York. The man told me they had a great new idea for a series of interviews: they would be asking famous people to talk to people who were much less famous. …

Books

Paul Theroux Picks ‘The Structures of Everyday Life’ as a Book He Can’t Live Without

The noted fiction and nonfiction author celebrates Fernand Braudel’s illuminating history of quotidian objects and practices, from coffee drinking to …

Chart Every Country's Favorite Book on This Map

Navigate the world of literature through the books that impacted a country’s population the most.<p>A well-intentioned illustrated map colors the globe with book covers representative of popularitywithin their country of origin. Reddit user Backforward24 respectfully pulls beloved literature and …

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10 books everyone is reading right now

But that conversation will be a lot more interesting if you're reading the same thing.<p>We went through the top 50 Amazon bestsellers and grabbed 10 of the most popular, critically acclaimed books on the site across a variety of genres. We skipped children's books and super-niche reads.<p>Amazon's list …

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47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the wall, period blood staining her sweatpants and …

Books

10 (More) Must-Read Books That Explain Modern China

China’s been a tough place to understand recently. Regressive politics, advanced weaponry unveilings, and, despite an economic slowdown, an economy …

China

How J.R.R. Tolkien Redefined Fantasy Stories

<i>This article, and others about one of the most celebrated writers, is featured in</i> Newsweek's Special Edition: J.R.R. Tolkien—The Mind of a …

13 books Ernest Hemingway thought every young writer should read

In 1934, a young man named Arnold Samuelson was fresh out of journalism school at the University of Minnesota when he read "One Way Across," a short story by Ernest Hemingway.<p>The story later became part of Hemingway's fourth novel "To Have and Have Not."<p>Samuelson admired the story so much that he …

Literature

You, Too, Will Love Big Brother: A Life Of Reading And Rereading '1984'

It was a bright hot day in June. Or possibly July. And the clocks almost certainly weren't striking thirteen, because they don't do that in this country.<p>But it WAS the summer of 1984. I was 9 years old, and my father was handing me a beat-up paperback with an anonymous-looking white and green …

Time I

86 Books Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

After an eventful and historic run, Barack Obama’s final term as president comes to a close on January 20. One of the legacies he will leave behind …

The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

The 5 best fiction books of 2016

<b>1. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead</b> (Doubleday, $27)<p>This year's National Book Award winner is "something much more interesting than a …

The 22 Best Books I Read in 2016

These books helped keep my brain sane amid a year of near-complete fuckery.<p>I read less this year than I have in almost 15 years—less than I did in 2014, 2013, 2012 (when I read 135 books), and every other year since I was still in college. From what I'm told, this is true of a lot of people. How …

Books

Books for the Trump years: For when your heart aches and you can’t leave the bed

As we reach the end of annus horribilis 2016, take some time to read — or listen — to these suggestions<p><i>These are the times that try men’s and women’s souls. With inauguration day just weeks away, if you must curl up in a ball in front of a fireplace or elsewhere,</i> <i>why not do it with a book or two</i> …

Books

Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books

The internet stole the monopoly on knowledge but it can’t recreate a sense of place. Revival is possible<p>Public libraries have had another bad year. They are like churches and local railways. People like having them around, and are angry if they close. But as for using them, well, there is so little …

Books

The novel ‘Underground Airlines’ is too real

A riveting tale of present-day American slavery is one of the best books of 2016<p>His name is not his name. His life is not his own. His face is an …

Books

Meet the writers who still sell millions of books. Actually, hundreds of millions.

Reading, contrary to previous reports, is not dead. In fact, it’s very far from it.<p>Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has legions of readers. His best-known book, “The Alchemist,” the story of a young Andalusian shepherd on a personal quest, spent almost eight years — two presidential election cycles — …

Writing

Our 20 favorite books of 2016

When things get hard, you can always retreat into a good book. For all the drawbacks of 2016, the year produced some wonderful books to lose …

Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

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The 13 best novels of 2016

2016 will go down in history as a year that changed America’s political landscape forever. And it gave us books that grapple with that changing landscape, fiercely and provocatively; books that delve deeply into the American identity and change the way we see it.<p>But it also gave us books that allow …

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These Are the 10 Best Books of 2016

Just when we need it most, the American novel has never felt more relevant and important. Our picks for the best books of 2016 include masterly debuts, unforgettable female characters, and empathy-enlarging themes. Explore them all below.<p><b>The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead</b><br>Whitehead’s …

Eight Creative People Recommend Their Favorite Classic Books

Despite the influx of new things to read this holiday season, there’s nothing quite like curling up with a classic. Every week, creative people share the 10 titles they would most want with them if they were marooned on a desert island — a part of the editor Aaron Hicklin’s ongoing project …

Literature

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016

The Italian writer Italo Calvino defined a classic as “a book that’s never finished saying what it has to say.” This year, The Times’s daily critics reviewed nearly 250 titles. What follows are their lists of the fiction and nonfiction books that most moved, excited and enlightened them in 2016 — …

Books

19 Nonfiction Books From 2016 That Will Expand Your Mind

While we do love our fiction at HuffPost Arts & Culture, 2016 ushered in ample nonfiction work that’s just as worthy of your time and eyeballs.<p>What many need after a drawn-out and frightening election season are resources to unplug and reconnect to our humanity. The sprawling category of …

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Literature

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author Tim Ferriss shares the 5 books that have influenced him most

Since writing his 2007 book "The 4-Hour Workweek," Tim Ferriss has built a career around collecting the, as he puts it, "tactics, routines, and habits," of the world's top performers, from Navy SEALs to entrepreneurs.<p>His new book "Tools of Titans" is a collection of those lessons, drawn from more …

Self-improvement