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Book Your Calendar

Keep up with the latest and greatest in books. The New York Times Book Review has curated a calendar of must-know literary events in 2018, including new books, festivals, film adaptations, and more.

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

M3 Architecture adds music studio with its own stage to garden of Australian residence

This music studio in the garden of a home in Newcastle, New South Wales, is entered via a house-shaped porch that doubles as an outdoor recital space.<p>…

A Layered Home in Coastal Australia That Merges With the Limestone Terrain

Located in Victoria, Australia, on a site that's lined with limestone shelves and underground caves, this house was designed as a series of layers with intersecting zones that frame private vistas.<p>Though the 4,844-square-foot house is close to the beach, it didn't have panoramic sea views. So, when …

Architecture

Mt Pleasant Home / Cymon Allfrey Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This home is sited in a semi-rural environment, high on a spur of Christchurch’s Port Hills featuring …

Frank Walker's 'Traitors: Why Australia and its allies betrayed our Anzacs'

<i>Bilal Cleland discusses the depth of the betrayal of Australian forces by the post-war settlements as exposed in 'Traitors' by Frank Walker.</i><p>AS LATE …

6 Powerful Refugee Reads

If there’s one reason you should pick up one of these new books about refugee experiences, it’s to remind yourself that there are many sides to a …

Phillip Island House

Set along the rugged shore of Bass Straight, the Phillip Island House is a modular home with unparalleled views. The structure is composed of two …

This Weatherboard Workers Cottage in Melbourne Gets a Stunning New Extension

Few cities in the world see as many home conversions and extensions as Melbourne. It is a sign of how most homeowners in Melbourne are looking for …

Interior Design

A Touch of Whimsy: Modern Melbourne Home with Edwardian Aesthetics

Adaptive reuse and smart extensions have largely replaced home transformations that involve replacing existing structures with entirely new …

Home renovation adds a curving roof to let in light

Clever!<p>This home extension in Melbourne was initially a tricky ask. The client wanted something modern and bright, but the addition would have to be nestled between the boundary walls of neighbors, with a less-than-optimal north-facing orientation and a historically protected facade that can’t be …

We Are Not Hysterical: 18 Strong Female Voices You Should Read

Strand Book Store staff recommends reads by outspoken women.<p>For every positive attribute a woman may possess ― strength, persistence, decisiveness ― there seems to be a popularly used synonym that casts the same quality in a negative light. Women who lead may be painted as curt, loud or cold ― or, …

Feminism

The Rose Bay House

Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia<p>This two-storey house in Sydney’s Rose Bay is a completely customised design by Pleysier Perkins. The owners sought out land purely to facilitate building their custom home with Prebuilt. The Rose Bay house features a beautiful large curved timber wall that faces …

Architecture

Australia's amazing Upcycle House is made from the ruins of an old home

Australian architecture firm Alexander Symes has given an old building a new lease on life by repurposing its materials into a beautiful new home. …

Elegant Australian home shows the beauty and toughness of rammed earth

Rammed earth may be an ancient building material, but the modern homes that use compact earth are anything but old-fashioned. One such example is …

This Post-War House in Melbourne Gets a Cheerful, Modern Makeover!

The idea of giving old homes a new lease of life with a modern revamp instead of opting for a completely new structure makes plenty of fiscal sense …

Interior Design

Book Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife – Dinah Jefferies

I’ve been trying to delve a little deeper into Sri Lanka’s history and culture by visiting the Museum and other cultural institutions around Colombo. …

8 books to take on your holiday, based on your destination

Having lived in Mumbai all my life, when I found out <i>Shantaram</i> by Gregory David Roberts featured the city heavily, I was intrigued and initially …

23 Books Mark Zuckerberg Thinks Everyone Should Read

The Facebook CEO's best picks and why he thinks everyone should read them.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a single mission: to connect people around …

My Summer Reading List (no "beach reads" here)

Recent recommendations from fellow book nerds, the latest in YA, and anything else that catches my fancy<p>Reader, writer, globetrotter. Seattle native …

Great Books About War by Authors Who Have Been in It

Here are some of the best novels and short stories about conflict by veterans and others who served.<p>This Memorial Day, while lying on a beach, flipping some 'burgs with your buds, remembering the troops, or all of the above, consider picking up a book written by a vet. If you need suggestions, …

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

College professors dole out an incredible amount of required reading to their students.<p>But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, professors at America's most prestigious colleges — those in the top 10, according to US News & World Report — shared with Business Insider the single book …

College & University

8 summer books to read on the beach this Memorial Day Weekend

While summer will not officially begin until late June (the exact date depends on your time zone), Memorial Day Weekend has generally been understood …

The Most Honest Coming-of-Age Story of the Year Is About a Sexually Repressed Bookworm

Elif Batuman’s big spring novel, <i>The Idiot</i>, tells the story of Selin, a Harvard freshman in the 1990s whose delightful inner observations are paired …

Stone faced: an Australian family home by BE Architecture is an ode to granite

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Crescent Shapes And Bright Colors Feature In This Architect's Home

Robert Puksand of Australian architecture & interior design practice Gray Puksand, has designed a modern house for himself and his family, located in …