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Book clinic: what are the best novels about ancient Greeks and Romans?

<b>Other than</b> <b>Madeline Miller</b> <b>and</b> <b>Mary Renault</b><b>, what literature can I read that explores the classical setting of ancient Greece and Rome?</b><br>Livvy Muir, 18, hoping to study comparative literature with ancient Greek at University College London<p><b>Natalie Haynes</b><b>, writer, broadcaster and classicist:</b><br>For ancient …

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Hilary Mantel: ‘Dickens seems such awful stuff – coarse, sentimental, conceited’

The author on her frustration with Dickens, why Yeats makes her cry and scaling Sir Walter Scott’s Peveril of the Peak<p><b>The book I am currently reading</b><i><br>Birds of America</i>, the absorbing 1971 novel by Mary McCarthy, soon to be reissued by Penguin.<p><b>The book that changed my life</b><i><br>Feel the Fear and Do It …

Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War

On Monday, the retired four-star general and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” This was an incredibly stupid thing to say. Worse, it built on a long tradition of endorsing stupidity in hopes of making Americans stupid …

100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

So, my favorite thing to read is probably medieval historical fiction. Well, maybe it is Star Trek. Historical fiction that is somehow also Star Trek …

Amos Oz and Ismail Kadare named on Man Booker international prize longlist

Oz’s first novel in a decade joins Kadare’s gruesome Ottoman tale in ‘ferociously intelligent’ selection – but one with very few women<p>A Chinese satire of communism, a retelling of the Robin Hood myth set in the Republic of Congo and a coming-of-age tale in a still-divided Jerusalem are among 13 …

Books for the Trump years: For when your heart aches and you can’t leave the bed

<b>(AP/Beth J. Harpaz)</b><p>As we reach the end of annus horribilis 2016, take some time to read — or listen — to these suggestions<p>Michael Winship<p>December 25, 2016 4:59pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p><i>These are the times that try men’s and women’s souls. With inauguration day just</i> …

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A Reading Guide for Those in Despair About American Politics

Nearly three dozen book recommendations to help make sense of the state of U.S. democracy, from academics, comedians, activists, and more<p>No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on November 8, America’s got some grappling to do. This race has been full of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, …

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10 Books About the Paradox & Mystery of Venice

A Reading List from Martin Seay<p>Like many people, I have written a novel about Venice. (<i>Ed. note</i> — <i>The Mirror Thief</i>, out this week from Melville …

9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don't Like Science Fiction

So there's someone in your life who doesn't like science fiction. Nobody's perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there's almost …

Correcting the Canon 10 Books at a Time

<i>This year, the Feminist Press at CUNY, in partnership with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, launches the Corrective Canon, a new initiative that aims to</i> …

Fiction highlights for 2016

A host of strong debuts plus new novels from Don DeLillo, Julian Barnes and Nicola Barker promise a strong year for fiction<p>Once the <i>Star Wars</i> tie-ins (my favourite was <i>Slave to the Empire: An Erotic Star Wars Adventure</i>) and novelty Christmas books for people who don’t read (remember <i>A Simples Life:</i> …

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9 Books From 2015 That Everyone Over 50 Should Read

The holidays are the perfect time to play catchup.<p>This past year has been chock-full of incredible reads, thanks, in part, to highly-anticipated releases from authors such as Harper Lee and John Banville. There have been books about falcons and friendship and everything in between. As always, there …

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Best crime and thriller books of 2015

From Girl on the Train to Girl in the Spider’s Web – a look back on a year that lived up to the hype<p><b>Vote:</b> What was your favourite book of the year?• <b><br>Best of culture in 2015:</b> see this year’s cultural highlights, chosen by the Guardian’s writers and critics<p>Books that arrive on a tide of chatter about …

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15 Remarkable Stories to Celebrate Jewish Book Month

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf<p>In 1925 Fanny Goldstein, a librarian in Boston, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and began what she called Jewish Book Week. Over the years, this celebration has reached across the country, and November is now officially Jewish Book Month. Here at Off the Shelf, we …

5 Epic Fantasies You Need To Read/Re-Read & Why

Epic fantasies. Readers in legions! Since so many people love a big ol' fat fantasy novel, I thought it might be fun to make a list of epic fantasies …

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22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

On the case: Six crime novels worth a read

<b>As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust</b><p><i>By Alan Bradley, Doubleday Canada, 360 pages, $29.95</i><p>Just when I think I've had enough of young Flavia de Luce and her quaint English gardens and her poisonous potions, Alan Bradley turns her around and makes her new again. That's what happens in this, the seventh …

Our favorite books of the year

This was an odd year for books, usually the quiet introspective cousin at the pop culture family gatherings. But the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute …

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