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What to read next? A summer book list like no other

So many books, so little time, and, worst of all, so little space. It is a privilege to write for The Washington Post every week, particularly given my eclectic — some would say eccentric — tastes. Yet for every title I review, there are a half dozen I would like to cover and cannot. I am allocated …

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22 New Books to Read on Your Summer Vacation

These new books are the perfect travel accessory.<p>Whether or not you actually go on a vacation this season, summer is synonymous with lazy days spent …

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In the Beginning...

LARB <i>presents Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “In the Beginning,” translated from the Yiddish by David Stromberg. This is the story’s first appearance</i> …

Literature

Summer fiction: the best new novels, thrillers, crime books and short stories

Stuck for holiday reading? Whether you’re looking for literary fiction, thrilling page-turners or hardboiled mysteries, our critics have the answer<p>Novels<p>Kudos by Rachel Cusk<p>Few fictional projects have been as subtly shape-shifting as Cusk’s trilogy, starting with Outline (2014) and Transit (2016), …

Creative Writing

Anthony Horowitz is committing (and solving) literary crimes in his new meta-mystery

Anthony Horowitz has a murder to solve.<p>In <i>The Word is Murder</i>, one of the author’s most audacious experiments to date, a brilliant but nettlesome …

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8 New Books You Should Read This June

<i>Each month,</i> <i>Boris Kachka</i> <i>offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.</i><p>$29, Amazon<p><b>Flash: The Making</b> …

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Summer 2018 book preview: The best beach reads for vegging out

What to read if you want to veg out

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These Are This Summer’s Best Foreign Novels

Books from Argentine author Rodrigo Fresán, Jamaican writer-performer Marcia Douglas, and more offer an international perspective.

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The 17 Best Books to Read This Summer

Summer reading. Are there two more beautiful words in the English language? The porch, the beach, the pool; the smell of sunscreen and hot sand; the taste of ripe blueberries and a big glass of rosé—it all adds up to the perfect time to curl up or stretch out with a book. And just so you don't have …

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19 Translated Books to Add to Your Reading List This Summer

A Bäckström Novel<p>Leif G.W. Persson<p>Leif Persson served as an adviser to Sweden’s Ministry of Justice and is renowned for his work in criminal profiling, so who better to write Scandi-noir novels? In <i>The Sword of Justice</i>, DS Evert Bäckström celebrates when he receives news that mafia lawyer Thomas …

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Brilliant Books To Bring To The Beach This Summer

"Beach reads" are often considered a genre unto themselves: light, breezy fare that match the light breezes of the seaside. This narrow …

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Summer Reading: This Season’s Ultimate Fiction List

From debut authors R. O. Kwon and Fatima Farheen Mirza to veterans Rachel Cusk and Amitava Kumar, 13 novels and short-story collections you won’t want to miss.

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10 Best Summer Reads of 2018

Page turners for the beach and beyond.<p>Whether it’s an hour before a flight or a full day by the pool, the structure of summer travel affords us precious windows for reading. Here are the books to pack this summer, recommended by the <i>Traveler</i> editors whose advance copies already have sandy spines.

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The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The best thrillers offer something more ambitious than simply raising the pulse rate of the reader. In <b>Star of the North</b> by DB John (Harvill Secker, £12.99), it is geopolitical complexity: the book is set in North Korea and includes unusual protagonists as well as an unsparing picture of the regime …

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The next Elena Ferrante? The best European fiction coming your way

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96%. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first translations, is that publishers seem to be taking more account of what people actually want to read. For a long time, he says, the emphasis was on “quite …

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The 25 Best New Books to Put in Your Beach Bag This Summer

<i>Brenda Janowitz is the POPSUGAR books correspondent. She is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party.</i><p>We can feel it — the beach is calling us. Calling out to us, because after that long (so very long!) Winter, Summer is here to entice us with its sunny, lazy days. And what's the best …

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The Best Books of the Year (So Far)

$15, Amazon<p><b>1. The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson</b><br>This posthumous collection of five stories includes at least one masterpiece. Johnson …

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld – perfect miniature portraits

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of five acclaimed novels, perhaps most famously <i>American Wife</i>, based on Laura Bush, and fans may pick up her first short story collection for its opening piece, “The Nominee”, which is narrated by a pantsuit-wearing female presidential candidate. They won’t be …

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Kudos by Rachel Cusk – a daringly truthful trilogy concludes

In <i>Outline</i>, the novel she published in 2014, Rachel Cusk found herself a new sort of protagonist. Her narrator, Faye, is neither an autobiographical fiction, struggling with disguises, nor a memoirist even more embarrassed by the facts. Faye is a woman like Cusk – middle-aged, a writer, a mother, …

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What to Read in May

Rachel Kushner offers a masterful take on the chaos of 1980s San Francisco, and the irreverent Blanche McCrary Boyd is back with her first novel in two decades.<p>One woman’s entire novel is <b>Rachel Kushner’s</b> aside. A master of cultural analysis by decade, Kushner now gives us <i>The Mars Room</i> (Scribner). …

All The Books You’ll Want To Add To Your Picnic Or Beach Bag This Spring And Summer

Bookworm Fodder<p>Unwifeable: A Memoir by Mandy Standtmiller<p>This memoir details the tawdry (and occasionally A-list) flings of sex columnist Mandy …

The Best Books Of 2018 We Can't Wait To Read This Year

This is how I know I’m reading an incredible book. All of the day’s obligations — making my bed, walking to the subway, cooking dinner — become …

Zagat's 10 Best NYC Restaurants

The opportunities for dining out in New York City are practically endless — but your time and budget almost certainly aren’t. If you want to making …

Meg Wolitzer Asks The Big Questions In 'The Female Persuasion'

At the beginning of Meg Wolitzer's <i>The</i> <i>Female Persuasion</i>, shy, bookish Greer Kadetsky is groped at a frat party. Her best friend, "innately, bracingly political" Zee, urges her to report it, but Greer feels sick at the thought. "The idea that <i>something had been done to you</i> seemed to implicate you, …

Feminism

What to Read in April

The latest from Mia Couto, Curtis Sittenfeld, Meg Wolitzer, and more.<p>If you’re not familiar with the extraordinary oeuvre of Mozambican writer <b>Mia Couto,</b> <i>Woman of the Ashes</i> (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a good introduction. Based on historical events (with layers of magic realism, Achebe-style …

10 of the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

It’s undeniably good to curl up with a book when the weather is spiteful, as it is to tote one along to the beach—but what about spring book season? Is spring the underdog of reading periods, not yet the subject of clichés and best-of lists but yet arguably the best time to get into a new title? …

13 Brand New Books to Read in April

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Every Book You Need To Read This Spring, From Rachel Kushner To Sloane Crosley

It is 2018, and anything is possible: Driverless cars! Nuclear war! Equal pay between movie stars of opposite genders! (Okay, maybe not that.)<p>The …

This week’s must-read books

<b>Alternate Side</b> <i><br>Anna Quindlen (fiction, Random House)</i><br>Nora and her husband, Charlie, live on a close-knit upscale block in NYC, where time is marked by …

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, this year's book …