Denise Dowdell-Stent

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14 beautiful ghost towns where you can now spend the night

Newly discovered 60 million-year-old penguin in New Zealand is about the size of a man

Back in 2004, a fossil hunter came across the bones of a peculiar creature, which at that time had not been identified yet by both scientists and …

The novelist on writing about sex, her turbulent home life and why short stories are particularly hard to craft<p><b>The Booker-shortlisted author is known for her sharp focus on wild landscapes and the natural world, winning fans with The Electric Michelangelo and</b> <b>The Wolf Border</b><b>. But her latest</b> …

Books

I tried to write a novel in a month and now I have a publishing offer

Back in December 2015, I wrote a fairly waffling account of my attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days for National Novel Writing Month.<p>You can read …

Writing

A tiny Indian publisher is translating hidden gems of world literature for global readers

“It isn’t about size. Or the scale. It is about the choice. The instinct that allows you to take the risk to step outside the structures the world of corporate publishing has so magnificently set up. And publish books that in your opinion need to be read.”<p>The mission statement of Seagull Books says …

Books

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Popular Fiction

1. DO — WRITE A PAGE EVERY DAYThat’s about 200 words, or 1,000 words a week. Do that for two years and you’ll have a novel that’s long enough.Nothing …

Every single Stephen King novella, ranked

There aren't many best-selling authors out there who still write novellas.<p>In publishing terms, the form is a tricky one: often too short to stand …

Books

For Father's Day, 9 famous writer dads and their awesome authorial offspring

While some dads were busy tossing the ball around with their kids, these literary fathers instilled a love of literature into their children — a love so deep, in fact, that they followed in their father’s footsteps to become writers themselves. For Father’s Day, a sampler of literary …

He Built Roads. He Oversaw Mines. He Shrank the Deficit. He Was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

<b>GOETHE</b> <b><br>Life as a Work of Art</b><br>By Rüdiger Safranski<br>Translated by David Dollenmayer<br>651 pp. Liveright Publishing. $35.<p>In many instances, the Germans have been content for the lives of their great literary figures to be written by Anglo-American biographers; there is a narrative flair, a curiosity, an …

Dear Match Book: I Need Short but Great Books for My Commute

<b>Dear Match Book,</b><p><i>Although I adore reading, my annual reading goals are disappointingly low. Currently I am overwhelmed by the number of books I saved to read later and feel as though I can never get to them due to the distractions and demands of college life and working an internship. I am a</i> …

Writers recommend great books you've (probably) never heard of

A new book app is challenging the notion that reading “well” necessarily means falling back on the same old classics, from Trollope to Tolstoy. Each week, Alexi, a “digital book club”, turns to writers for inspiration, asking them to rout out hidden gems which are then offered to members to read on …

23 Books Guaranteed To Give You That Summer Feeling

"The locations alone make you want to pack up and travel all summer long."<p>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

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'The Book Of Joan' Is A Dizzying, Dystopian Genre Mashup

In one of my favorite paintings of Joan of Arc — created by Jules Bastien-Lepage at the end of the 19th century — a disheveled, flush-faced teenager stares into the middle distance in the tangle of a garden. Behind her, faint images of saints emerge from the foliage. Unlike so many other paintings …

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From Dante to John Clare and James Joyce, matters arboreal have inspired many writers. These are among the choicest specimens<p>Every kind of tree has its own, distinctive silhouette, but I especially like the wave-shaped branches of the ashes, the open-armed oaks, wispy birches, orderly alders 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 …

Time Out: The Beauty of J. A. Baker’s “The Peregrine”

Last fall, like many people, I felt overwhelmed. A friend I loved had died at the end of the summer, and I had quarrelled with and parted from another. I found myself unable to unhitch from the four or five or six news feeds that I was checking daily, then hourly, and I was travelling a lot. In the …

'The Book Of Joan' Recasts A Historic Heroine — In Space

What does it mean to be human? In Lidia Yuknavitch's new novel <i>The Book of Joan</i>, what's left of the human race is orbiting above the Earth, sexless and ageless, prisoners in a technological hell. Their lives are preserved through growing limbs and grafting skin. Presiding over it all is a one-time …

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley in May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at USC. I look back on myself with …

Humanities

My Brilliant (Doomed) Friend

Julie Buntin’s Marlena is the latest in a string of novels to frame a coming-of-age narrative around an intoxicating teenage girl.<p>Julie Buntin’s debut novel, <i>Marlena</i>, opens with the narrator, a 15-year-old girl named Cat, hurtling toward Lake Michigan in a car that’s going far too fast. The driver …

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Edgar Allan Poe Published a “CliffsNotes” Version of a Science Textbook & It Became His Only Bestseller (1839)

A fascinating 20th century literary strain, “documentary poetics,” melds journalistic accounts, photography, official texts and memos, politics, and …

Literature

9 Entertaining Books That Will Make You LOL

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p><b>Startup</b> by Doree Shafrir<p>“To call it expertly observed is an understatement.” Veteran journalist Shafrir, currently of BuzzFeed News, sharply skewers tech culture in a feminist satire that’s as addictive as it is biting. Read full book …

Read a crucial set of essays from the progenitor of “mansplaining”

Rebecca Solnit, an author long esteemed for her thoughtfulness and variety of interests, jumped to the kind of weird prominence made by the internet …

Spain has cultivated support among bloc members over control of the Rock, senior EU diplomats tell the Guardian<p>The EU will not back down in its support for Spain’s demands when it comes to the Rock of Gibraltar in Brexit negotiations, senior European diplomats have said. The European council, whose …

United Kingdom

The Best Books of April 2017: From Anne Lamott to Sheryl Sandberg

A Novel<p>Omar El Akkad<p>The year is 2076 and the Second American Civil War is underway. Omar El Akkad’s brilliant and compelling debut imagines what happens when America splits at the seams and turns in on itself. The surreal setting feels oddly familiar, as the Mississippi River Delta is sinking, …

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee

Coffee is a diverse beverage enjoyed by people the world over. As one of the most popular drinks on the planet, experts estimate that approximately …

A Terrifying Reason Why Everybody Should Avoid Gluten

Here we go again with glyphosate, that ubiquitous toxin used as Round Up’s primary ingredient. It’s infamous for the ability to kill weeds, along …