Julie Greene

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Normal People: Sally Rooney's follow-up to Conversations with Friends

When she was 22 Sally Rooney was the top competitive debater in Europe. But then she gave it up, partly because she didn’t want to perform for points …

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Top 10 books about Americans abroad

My second novel, Feast Days, is narrated by a young American woman whose husband is relocated from New York to São Paulo. “We were Americans abroad,” she says. The novel of Americans far from home has a long history, and is perhaps distinct from its cousin, the novel of Britons overseas. Both get …

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“The Terror of History”: On Saul Bellow and Mircea Eliade

I.<p>“IF I AM out of my mind, it’s all right with me,” announces the narrator of Saul Bellow’s <i>Herzog</i>. Moses Herzog’s personal life has gone to pieces …

Literature

15 of the Best Books for Long Flights That Make the Time Fly By

Call me old fashioned, but I cannot travel without bringing a book along. Sometimes this book is literally old—I brought a vintage edition of <i>The</i> …

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A moving new photo exhibit explores the inner lives of migrant domestic workers

New York City’s oppressive heatwave was a poetic, if unplanned, touch for <i>We Are Like Air</i>, Xyza Cruz Bacani’s unmissable exhibition at the Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn.<p>Displayed in a garage-like space without air-conditioning, the 31-year old Filipino documentary photographer’s work takes …

Hong Kong

“The Shakespeare Requirement” Is a Sad-Professor Satire That Burns with Moral Anger

The sad professors of campus fiction tend to be either clowns or saints. If they are clowns, what emerges is a comedy of academic malaise, such as Richard Russo’s “Straight Man” or Kingsley Amis’s “Lucky Jim.” (Amis’s protagonist characterizes his scholarly output as “a funereal parade of …

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Migration helps balance our ageing population – we don't need a moratorium

Australia’s population is set to reach 25 million in the coming weeks. This is much earlier than expected. Eighteen years ago, projections estimated …

Geography

UN Pact Acknowledges Climate Migration for the First Time

The final draft of a UN compact on migration published July 11 recognized the existence of climate refugees specifically for the first time, The …

Climate

EU grants Spain €3 million in emergency migration funds

The European Commission has unblocked an additional €3 million in emergency funds to assist Spain in handling a surge in arrivals via the Western …

Migration

German Seals Migration Accord With Spain Ahead of Merkel Visit

Spain agreed to take back asylum seekers within 48 hours if they make their way to Germany’s border, following up on a pledge made to Chancellor …

ICE stepping up deportation of crime victims requesting visas: report

The Trump administration has reportedly stepped up prosecution and deportation of migrants who cross the border illegally and apply for a visa while …

Immigration

New study shows that 22 per cent of US citizens do not speak English as their first language at home and that the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest level ever with approximately 44 million

Nearly a quarter of American households do not speak English as their first language, a new study published on Tuesday has found.<p>The Migration Policy …

Demographics

The Trump Administration’s Crackdown on Legal Immigrants Exposes Its Racism

Lost amid the harrowing stories of children separated from their families is another xenophobic aspect of President Trump’s immigration policy. …

Immigration

The Perils of Housecleaning Abroad

The Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Alqattan recently unleashed a storm of criticism after saying that Filipino domestic workers in the Persian Gulf region should not have the right to take a day off or hold on to their own passports. Activists the world over were quick to condemn her remarks, and …

Human Rights

Afghan migrants in Iran deported amid weakening economy

Three million Afghans live in Iran but as the economy weakens, many of them are losing jobs and being deported<p>The renewed sanctions on Iran has led to almost 400,000 Afghan migrant workers and refugees returning home.<p>Three million Afghans live in Iran but as the economy weakens, many of them are …

Economy

Contemplating no Brexit

As Brexit draws closer, there is growing desperation among the British. The front-page headline in <i>The Sunday Times</i> of July 22, “Voters turn to far …

European Union

Farmworkers protest treatment in Italy after migrant deaths

ROME (AP) — Hundreds of crop pickers held a one-day strike and protest march in southeastern Italy Wednesday to protest the exploitation of migrant farmworkers.<p>Labor union activists organized the strike and march from the shanty town of San Severo to the city of Foggia after 16 farmworkers died in …

Migrant Workers

10 Books About the Plague

This list of books about the Plague is sponsored by THE LAST HOURS by Minette Walter.When the Black Death enters England in 1348, no one knows what …

Books

First Fiction: 11 best debuts of 2018 (so far!) - Blog Post

During August, the editors of BookPage celebrate the best new voices in fiction with First Fiction Month! Is there anything more rewarding than …

Books

The Best Book Database You’ve Never Heard Of

Recently, I was looking for books on (as it happens) readers’ advisory. Readers’ advisory is what happens when you go to the library and request a …

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What Can We Learn from Utopians of the Past?

Four nineteenth-century authors offered blueprints for a better world—but their progressive visions had a dark side.<p>Michael Robertson’s “The Last Utopians: Four Late Nineteenth-Century Visionaries and Their Legacy” (Princeton) is instructive and touching, if sometimes inadvertently funny. The …

Literature

Erotic Exploration in “Immigrant, Montana”

Amitava Kumar’s latest novel explores the intersection of the sexual and the political.<p>“You look at a dark immigrant in that long line at JFK,” Kailash, the protagonist of Amitava Kumar’s new nonfiction novel, “Immigrant, Montana” (Knopf), says of his fellow New Yorkers. “You look at him and think …

Literature

Homeland Security Advisory Council members resign over 'morally repugnant' immigration policy

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Four members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, which advises the Department of Homeland Security, have resigned, saying in a letter that they can no longer be associated with the Trump administration's immigration policies and calling the separation of migrant families …

Homeland Security

Ten essential summer reads according to the Swedish bookstore voted world's best

<b>Fiction</b><p><i>"Less" by Andrew Sean Greer</i><p>"This great, funny, empathic book about a middle-aged writer and his insecurities won the Pulitzer this year."<p>Read …

13 New Historical Fiction Books To Read If You Want To Escape 2018 For A Little While

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and I'm looking to escape the rest of the world for a little while. It's one one thing to take a social …

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How Many Of Our Favorite 2018 Books Have You Read So Far?

So many amazing reads, and we've still got almost half the year left.

Deborah Smith recommends: 5 extraordinary novels by women writers around the world

A Man Booker International prizewinner shows us how to read to shake up a patriarchal worldview<p><i>Deborah Smith is a Translator and Publisher. She is</i> …

The Importance of Sentence Length in Writing

First published in 1985, <i>100 Ways to Improve Your Writing</i>, is a book by author Gary Provost that is loaded with constructive tips for writers of all …

Creative Writing

If you only read one book this summer … make it this one

<b>Literary page turner</b><i><br>Home Fire</i> <i>by</i> <i>Kamila Shamsie</i><br>Sophocles’s <i>Antigone</i> is remodelled for a searingly contemporary tale of state violence, Islamist radicalisation and family duty in this year’s Women’s prize winner.<p><b>Beach read</b><i>Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney</i><br>Catch up on the witty Irish debut about …

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