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Novel recipes: apple charlotte from Marking Time by Elizabeth Jane Howard

Still savouring the second novel in Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles, Kate Young makes a cosy apple and bread dessert, perfect for autumn<p>Scroll down for the recipe<p>Louise said truthfully that it was not at all bad. But that did not satisfy Stella, and by the time she had finished her apple charlotte, she …

Baking

The 14 Most Anticipated YA Books to Read In November

Can you believe it’s almost November, book nerds?! Time is flying by and we’re totally okay with it because that means <b>all the exciting fall books</b> …

Books

Isabel Allende Shares the Inspiration Behind In the Midst of Winter

<i>Bookish is dedicated to giving readers the best content around; that’s why we’re partnering with BookTrib to bring you this podcast interview:</i><p>This …

Books

John Grisham - Interview

John Grisham’s fans await his annual legal thriller the way a starved jury anticipates free donuts in the break room. Through 30 novels, the master …

Authors

Best Fiction of 2017 by Category

Kirkus' editors have sifted through all of this year's books to tell you which rise to the top. Check out the best fiction books of 2017.

Books

'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

Hoaxes work when we want them to. These longings can be benign: think of Herman Rosenblat's beautiful, fake story about a girl who kept him alive by throwing apples over the fence of a concentration camp, and meeting her years later on a blind date. Who wouldn't want to believe a love story like …

George Washington

Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

Andy Weir's debut novel, <i>The Martian</i>, was an unrepeatable success story, largely because its path to the bestseller lists was so unconventional. Weir posted it as a free serial on his website, then self-published it as a 99-cent e-novel. His Kindle sales led Podium Publishing to create an audiobook …

Scientific Research

Time-travelling with Michael Brooks and Britt Wray – books podcast

We examine the ethics of de-extinction and the origins of quantum mechanics with two science writers reaching across the centuries<p>This week we’re heading back in time to find a mathematical pioneer and a host of dead beasts.<p>The science writer Michael Brooks joins us to talk about his unconventional …

Books

Watership Down author's personal library reveals precious treasures

Richard Adams’s books, going to auction in December, include a first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma, Shakespeare’s Second Folio and Boswell’s Life of Johnson<p>The vast library of the late Richard Adams, which ranges from a rare copy of Milton’s epic poem Lycidas to a first edition of Jane Austen’s …

Literature

'Lenin' illuminates one of history's most destructive leaders

'The regime [Lenin] created was largely shaped by his personality,' writes Victor Sebestyen, 'secretive, suspicious, intolerant, ascetic, …

Russia

On Being Forced to Read

A common complaint I hear about reading from my students, who are mostly freshman in college, is that being forced to read in school turned them off …

Education

Bowling, Football and Edna St. Vincent Millay

<b>GEORGE & LIZZIE</b><br>By Nancy Pearl<br>278 pp. Touchstone. $25.<p>The retired librarian Nancy Pearl loves books. In fact, Library Journal named her librarian of the year in 2011. She appears on public radio to talk about books, has a monthly television show in Seattle called “Book Lust With Nancy Pearl” and is …

Bowling

In ‘Nomadland,’ the Golden Years Are the Wander Years

<b>NOMADLAND</b> <b><br>Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century</b><br>By Jessica Bruder<br>Illustrated. 273 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $26.95.<p>At the steering wheel of her Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is a silver-haired grandma named Linda May, towing her home: a secondhand, pale-yellow 10-foot-long fiberglass trailer …

Myrtle Beach

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2017

2017: the year that became an adjective. A year during which the only status quo became the lack of one, and the only thing stranger than the day’s …

Books

How Emily Wilson, The First Woman To Translate 'The Odyssey' Into English, Is Rethinking Gender Roles In The Greek Epic

The first English translation of <i>The Odyssey</i> appeared around the year 1615. The first translation by a woman came out on Tuesday.<p>After several …

Literature

Kinetic Adaptations of Nineteenth-Century Novels

Kate Hamill has turned “Sense and Sensibility” and “Vanity Fair” into fast-paced romps. Now she tackles “Pride and Prejudice.”<p>It was 2010, and Kate Hamill, an aspiring actress, was frustrated. The casting notices all seemed to call for bikini babes, long-suffering girlfriends, or thirty-year-old …

Literature

The 'inevitable sadness' of Kazuo Ishiguro's fiction

On a damp October day in 2006, I followed Kazuo Ishiguro and my 10-year-old daughter Grace to a back table at a bustling cafe in London for an …

Literature

The story of America, as told through diet books

“The South Beach Diet” sold 23 million diet books. Dr. Atkins sold another 15 million. Even lesser-known diet books like Christian best-sellers “The …

Diets

Redefining Jewish Authenticity: An Interview with Eli Valley - Los Angeles Review of Books

<i>FOR THE PAST DECADE, Eli Valley has been drawing comics unlike any other. Bombastic, frenzied, and often grotesque, Valley’s work unrestrainedly</i> …

Israel

Victoria Aveyard reveals the cover for final Red Queen book, War Storm

On May 15, 2018, Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series will finally come to an end. In the high-stakes conclusion, <i>War Storm,</i> Mare Barrow and her …

Lord of the Rings: Three other fantasy novels that would make better TV

The Lord of the Rings

10 Award-Winning Optical Illusions and Brain Puzzles

"The Spinning Disks Illusion"<p>"The Spinning Disks Illusion"<p>When the new book <i>Champions of Illusion: The Science Behind Mind-Boggling Images and</i> …

Alzheimer's Disease

Paul Hollywood Recounts His 'Baker's Life,' From Ginger Biscuits To Fancy Cakes

Paul Hollywood is all about the bake. He grew up in a flat that always smelled of bread, above his father's bakery in Merseyside, became a baker in his teens, then head baker at five-star London hotels, then off to resorts in Cyprus, and ultimately became a judge — the one with a twinkle in his …

Baking

The Body of Loneliness Was Embraced: Two Poems by Leonard Cohen

<b>Too Old</b><p>I am too old<br>to learn the names<br>of the new killers<br>This one here<br>looks tired and attractive<br>devoted, professorial<br>He looks a lot like me<br>when I was …

Leonard Cohen

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Education

Jeffrey Eugenides’s Killer Advice

<b>1.</b><br>A good friend of mine recently sent me an email with the subject line, “so so great.” The body of the email was just a link to a speech <b>Jeffrey</b> …

Authors

'Against Everything' Captures Mark Grief's Journey Towards Transformation

The problem with time-sensitive topics like social networks, reality TV, or even the concept of the Hipster in the observational essay, is that they …

Henry David Thoreau

'NYTBR,' NYPL Announce Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017

The <i>New York Times Book Review</i> has revealed the 10 titles on its 65th annual list of Best Illustrated Children’s Books. For the first time, the list …

New York Public Library

The Original Master of Ghost Stories

Lost keys, a snagged button, a wine glass upset—you spilled it, didn’t you, the wine didn’t spill itself? “The Complete Ghost Stories,” by M. R. James, first published between 1904 and 1935—and reprinted this year by Macmillan, in a hardbound pocket edition, perfect for reading in a stalled subway …

Popular Fiction

Kaveh Akbar: “Bewilderment is at the Core of Every Great Poem”

“I was not a good person,” Kaveh Akbar tells me. Though it’s the province of his work––in his chapbook, <i>Portrait of the Alcoholic</i>, and his debut …

Poetry