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15 Phenomenal Historical Fiction Books That Bring Your Favorite Era to Life

<b>Time-travel to</b> 1920 when Ernest Hemingway meets his first wife, Hadley Richardson, in Chicago. The two then move to Paris with the likes of Gertrude …

Time Travel

Your Digital 'Purchases' Are Not Really Yours

When you purchase music, movies or books from Amazon or Apple’s iTunes store, you might be under the impression that that material is yours to enjoy …

Lifehacks

Can you guess which of these paintings was not made by a human?

Take a look at the paintings above. Five were painted by artists from around the world. One was painted by a robot. If you can’t tell the difference, you’re not alone.<p>The pieces were commissioned as part of an experiment by GumGum, a Santa Monica-based artificial intelligence company, and the Art & …

Design Thinking

The Burning Chambers: Preview your next historical-fiction obsession

Meet <i>The Burning Chambers</i>, the first entrant in a sweeping new historical-fiction saga.<p>The latest from best-selling author Kate Mosse (<i>The</i> …

Books

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

That most iconic of American literary private eyes, Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, has enjoyed a fitful afterlife that has included Benjamin Black/John Banville’s pastiche <i>The Black-Eyed Blonde</i> in 2014. In the latest riff, <b>Only to Sleep</b> (Hogarth, £12.99), Lawrence Osborne tries something fairly …

Books

An Incomplete Biography of Marcel Proust

<i>Liana Finck’s cartoons appear regularly in</i> The New Yorker <i>and on her Instagram feed. Her graphic memoir,</i> Passing for Human<i>, will be out in September.</i>

Literature

21 New Books Your Friends Are Going to Be Talking About This September

Just because the season of kicking back by the pool with a good book is over doesn't mean your reading list has to suffer. If anything, cozying up next to a warm fire with a cup of tea and a page-turner sounds just as lovely (and you won't get sunburned in the process). Since we've already blazed …

Fred Rogers

From Khaled Hosseini to Hank Green: The Best Books of September 2018

Yuval Noah Harari<p>In <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, Yuval Noal Harari examines the most pressing issues of our time, from fake news to the technological renaissance. Harari breaks things up into twenty-one accessible chapters for the modern-day thinker. This book will ground readers in the present …

Books

Amazing Photos from the Inside of a Cello

Adrian Borda is an artist (surrealist painter) and photographer from Reghin, Romania. Inspired by an old print campaign for the Berlin Philharmonic, …

Photography

The Best Psychological Thrillers of 2018 Are Guaranteed to Keep You Up at Night

Summer, otherwise known as psychological thriller season, might be winding down, but that doesn't mean that you need to part ways with the gripping …

Books

The Best Grown-Up Reads of September 2018

September is here, which means the kids will soon be (or already are) back in school, the days will soon grow shorter, and the weather, we hope, will …

Books

The best books about Tokyo

There’s a world of great fiction beyond Haruki Murakami. Here’s our reading list<p>It sometimes seems that there are two infallible routes to success as …

Books

19 Books You Need to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen This Fall

The book may always be better than the movie, but when the movie's casting is incredible, then it's totally worth seeing regardless. From astronauts to ballerinas, here are the true stories, novels, and classics that will be coming to the big screen this Fall — we promise we won't tell anyone if …

Books

'Severance' Is A Sardonic Wake-Up Call For All Of Us Stuck In Routine

There's a sentence at the beginning of Ling Ma's standout debut novel, <i>Severance,</i> that stopped me cold: "When you wake up in a fictitious world," one character tells another, "your only frame of reference is fiction."<p>Lots of readers these days share the feeling that fiction, specifically apocalyptic …

10 Famous Historical Figures With Bizarre Secret Lives

We tend to think of history like a comic book: we have heroes, we have villains, the end. But that is not how real life works. People are too complex …

10 Things You Might Not Know About Columbo

For more than 40 years, Peter Falk entered living rooms around the world as Lieutenant Columbo, an unconventional L.A. homicide detective known for …

Culture

Secrets, lies and a child: William Boyd on the truth behind Chekhov’s marriage

Chekhov was no fool. He even wrote to one of the surgeons at Olga’s operation seeking an explanation<p>On 25 May 1901, Anton Chekhov, aged 41, married the actor Olga Knipper, eight years his junior. The marriage provoked great surprise and consternation among his friends and family. In Russia at the …

Literature

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018 That Are Actually Worth Your Time

As balmy summer nights give way to brisk autumn evenings, we're breaking out our woodsy-scented candles, filling our glasses with full-bodied red …

What you read matters more than you might think

A study published in the International Journal of Business Administration in May 2016, found that what students read in college directly affects the level of writing they achieve. In fact, researchers found that reading content and frequency may exert more significant impacts on students’ writing …

12 Books About Mental Health Everybody Should Read

Help to understand yours a little better.<p>When the world feels like a confusing place, seek solace in books. Here, The Reading Agency, a charity that believes in tackling life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading, have pulled together a list of 12 books about mental health that …

8 New Thrillers You May Have Missed This Summer, But Definitely Need To Read Before The Season Is Over

The summer may be winding down, but there is still plenty of time left to squeeze in a few more days of marathon-reading at the beach. If you are in …

Billionaires have franchised the modern art museum | Financial Times

On holiday last week, I went to view a retrospective of the British artists Gilbert & George in an industrial shed next to a shiny tower designed by …

The 10 Richest People of All Time

A comparison of wealth across history<p>Who had more money, John D. Rockefeller or Genghis Khan? It’s a simple question with a very difficult …

Six media giants control 90 percent of the content we consume (infographic)

Are you in to independent films? You probably enjoy the Focus Features studio, which prides itself on its indie credentials. Focus Features is owned …

Why Reese Witherspoon's new Book Club pick may be her boldest choice yet

Reese Witherspoon’s new Book Club pick is not for the faint of heart — nor for those looking for a breezy mental escape.<p>On Thursday, Reese announced …

11 Magical Realism Short Stories You Can Read Online Right Now

In some ways, magical realism is an easy genre to define: it incorporates fantastical elements into otherwise realistic fiction. That seems simple …

The Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

Whether you’re looking for a captivating novel, a spine-tingling thriller, a fascinating investigation, or a poignant memoir, 2018's new book …

Books

Ernest Hemingway story from 1956 to be published for the first time

It may sound like many other Ernest Hemingway stories – with themes of Paris, wartime, battle talk over a bottle of wine – but A Room on the Garden Side, a story written by the American novelist in 1956, is set to be published for the first time.<p>Not seen by many beyond scholars and academics over …

Books

Beyond Haunted House: Fictional Houses in Novels that Jump off the Page

A Novel<p>Katharine Kilalea<p>Katharine Kilalea’s fascinating debut uses an extraordinary and somewhat terrifying home to both spur along and represent a concert pianist’s slow descent into madness. The Villa Savoye was built as a “machine for living;” its narrow windows, winding hallways, and rooms that …

The 15 Most Frequently Unfinished Reads, According To Goodreads' "Popular Abandoned Books" Shelf

It's happened to the best of us. You pick up a new book and at first, it's great. This books just seems to <i>get you.</i> The two of you go everywhere …

Books