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Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success

The movie triumphantly breathes new life into the Hollywood rom-com.<p>I’m not sure any Hollywood romantic comedy has hit the big screen bearing more expectations than <i>Crazy Rich Asians.</i> It’s the first contemporary English-language Hollywood movie with an almost all-Asian cast in a quarter-century (the …

Romantic Comedy

The Man Who Builds Beaches

<i>The following is an excerpt of</i> The World in a Grain <i>by Vince Beiser.</i><p>Then there are the places where the beach itself is being hauled off. Illegal …

Beaches

Service change impacting all routes and riders scheduled for Aug. 19 | DART - Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

DART will make major changes to its service on Sunday, August 19, 2018. This service change will have an impact on <b>all DART riders</b> because it will …

Trains

Astronauts Are Reading Children’s Books in Space to Encourage a Love of STEM

If you’re a parent of a certain age, you probably remember the joy of watching the hosts of <i>Reading Rainbow</i> or <i>Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood</i> reading to …

Space

Giant Omelette Festival

A brotherhood is behind this 15,000-egg tradition.<p>Every Easter, the Brotherhood of the Giant Omelette gathers, as they have for decades, in …

Eggs

45 of the Best Feminist YA Books According to You

This Riot Recommendation for the Best Feminist YA Books is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, bringing you <i>The Forest</i> …

Books

Atlas Obscura's Summer Radio Road-Trip

<i>Atlas Obscura</i> and <i>All Things Considered</i> have joined forces this summer for an epic road trip up America’s Pacific Coast. From the high desert of …

Los Angeles

100 Best Thrillers of All Time

Psychological Thrillers<p>Patricia Highsmith<p>Patricia Highsmith was a master of macabre scenarios and the grand dame of the psychological thriller. In Tom Ripley, she created one of literature’s most fascinating characters — charming, intelligent, utterly ruthless, and amoral. Over the course of five …

Books

Vinyl Cup, Des Moines' newest record store, opens in Beaverdale this weekend

CLOSE<p>Luke Dickens, a music lover from Des Moines, will open Vinyl Cup soon in the Beaverdale area.<p>Luke Dickens started a Facebook group last summer …

The 10 Children’s Books You Need to Create Lifelong Book Lovers

August 9 is the unofficial holiday Book Lovers Day, which encourages folks to pick up a book (or three) and spend the day reading. Rioters like you …

Books

R.O. Kwon Doesn’t Trust Garamond, And Neither Should You

R.O. Kwon’s <i>The Incendiaries</i>is the rare debut novel that excels on every level. The writing is superb, the story is brilliant, and the mechanical …

Writing

Best summer books 2018, as picked by writers – part one

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>Meg Wolitzer’s <i>The Female Persuasion</i> (Chatto) is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life.<p><i>Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A</i> (Bodley Head) by Danielle Allen, a memoir about the loss of a beloved cousin, is …

Books

Read 'The Cabin At The End Of The World' And You Won't Sleep For A Week

The worst kind of horror plays for shock — for extremes of blood and gore and screaming nonsense. It is instantly recognizable for existing in a universe too far gone from our own to truly haunt anyone still tethered to the everyday.<p>The best kind of horror is soft. Quiet. Almost gentle in its …

Books

What a child saw, and what you'd never believe

<i>It’s Private Eye July at BookPage! This month, we’re celebrating the sinister side of fiction with the year’s best mysteries and thrillers. Look for</i> …

Trespassing

BUILT TO LAST

To keep the world safe, the undercover agent known as Angel has given up everything, including the only woman he ever loved. Now he’s back in her …

INTERPOL

'Squeezed' paints a dark picture of an American middle class that can't keep up

Alissa Quart's new book <b>Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America</b>sports a cover blurb by Barbara Ehrenreich, whose 2001 book "Nickel and Dimed: …

These Are The Best Audiobooks As Read By The Authors

Some books are just meant to be listened to.<p>Some books are meant to be read, others are best listened to. The audiobooks below are all narrated by their authors, adding another form of intimacy to the experience. In their expert voices, they might deliver a great joke, or emphasize a great sentence …

Joseph Heller’s Handwritten Outline for Catch-22, One of the Great Novels of the 20th Century

We remember <i>Catch-22</i>, more than half a century after its publication, as a rollicking satire of American military culture in wartime. But those of us …

Ten books to read in July

From a true-crime tale of 1930s Shanghai to a contemporary Native American poetry collection, these titles are worth your time, writes Jane Ciabattari.

All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years

Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once came with being picked for Oprah’s book club.<p>So just what does Gates read? Quartz manually compiled …

Books

If You Think Horror Movies Are Scary, Wait Until You Read These Novels

If you've ever wondered whether or not your love of horror movies and scary stories is creepy, this should give you some peace of mind: There's …

Six Essential Anthony Bourdain Books You Should Read

The chef and TV personality was also one of our great storytellers.<p>Anthony Bourdain was one of the world's most recognizable chefs thanks to his TV shows. But before he became a celebrity thanks to the hit series <i>No Reservations</i>, Bourdain told rollicking tales of the wild and unpredictable …

Travel Writing

Wow Your Book Club With 1 of These 50 New Book Suggestions

Want to impress your book club with a read everyone will like? We're here to help you find a book that every member will rave about. We've rounded up a list of 50 new books to bring to the table, all ripe for discussion and many that might be totally new to your members.<p>Whether your group favors …

The 8 Best Travel Books of All Time

At their worst, travel books are dated, deeply racist, or just painfully dull. But at their best, they capture the spark of seeing something new, as well as the way your perspective shifts when you’re out of your rut with your eyes open. Here are some of the best—including some by writers who have …

10 books to read if you love Westworld

Books to Read After Re-Entering <i>Westworld</i>

How To Run a Medium Publication

Everything You Need To KnowWhen I first came to Medium I didn’t know what I was doing. But through reading and paying attention, I started to see how …

Summer 2018 book preview: 7 thrillers you need to read this summer

A summer of scandal

14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch

It's mighty easy to feel like you don't have time to read — especially quality literature. Life is hectic, jobs are busy and it's much easier to …

10 Dalai Lama Quotes to Make You Happier, Stronger and More Successful

Some words of wisdom from one of today's most influential spiritual figures.<p>From happiness to personal growth and empowerment, Tenzin Gyatso, better recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama, has much to teach the rest of us. Beyond his presence in Asia, throughout his life the Dalai Lama has spread his …

Dalai Lama

What Donald Hall Understood About Death

In the pieces he wrote for The Atlantic, the late poet embraced the inevitability of aging and decline.<p>Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall, who died Saturday at the age of 89, was a frequent voice in <i>The Atlantic</i> over the past 60 years. He often contributed verse, short fiction, personal essays, …

Literature