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Every book Barack Obama has recommended during his presidency

Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.<p>POTUS is an avid reader and recently spoke to the <i>New York Times</i> about the significant, …

Literature

The New "O" Book Club: 12 Fiction Picks from President Obama

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf<p>President Obama has made it clear over the past 8 years that books are a big part of his life--whether he's shopping on Small Business Saturday or releasing his vacation reading list. (Plus, he did an impressive interview with author Marilynne Robinson, which you …

Literature

Top 10 megacities in fiction

The creativity and energy coming out of these vast human jostles is a challenge for writers. From Dickens to Anita Desai, here are some who meet it<p>There are cities and then there are megacities. The most prosaic definition of a megacity is one that has more than 10 million inhabitants. Lahore makes …

Literature

These Are All the Books Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced Tuesday, with established novelists Louise Erdrich, Michael Chabon, Zadie …

Authors

In 'Homesick,' Ottessa Moshfegh Makes The Unlikable Understandable

It's become a common joke that the Germans have a word for everything (and that many of them are comically long and impossible to pronounce). But there's a grain of truth to it — take <i>Sehnsucht</i>, a German term that's hard to explain in English. It's sometimes translated as "longing," but it carries a …

Literature

Good Atticus, Bad Atticus

Last week, in an uncomfortable but enlightening coincidence, America was confronted with the two faces of its most ambiguous fictional hero, Atticus Finch, the principled racist who bestrides Harper Lee’s <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> (1960) and <i>Go Set a Watchman</i> (2015). On Tuesday, Finch took to the public …

Literature

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists - PEN America

• Home<br>• 2017 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists<p>PEN America is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. These …

Authors

“Jewel ice” is a natural phenomenon that makes Japanese beaches look like the setting in a fantasy novel

Imagine this: It’s winter, you’re walking along a beach, and beneath your feet are smooth and glittering chunks of ice that look like jewels. That …

Fantasy Fiction

The Novel of the Century by David Bellos review – the story of Les Misérables

Victor Hugo was paid a fortune for his masterpiece about the poor. This biography of one of the world’s most read novels is rich in extraordinary detail<p>Victor Hugo, born in 1802 in the garrison town of Besançon, belonged to the first generation to write about the French Revolution of 1789 without …

Literature

Hulu Is Following Netflix's Lead & You Will Be Thrilled

At the end of November, Netflix gave loyal fans what they had long been asking for: the chance to download movies and shows to watch while offline. For a major streaming service, this was a first. But now, it looks like Hulu is following in Netflix's well-paved digital footsteps.<p>In an interview …

Netflix

Six authors from around the world we’re excited to hear at JLF 2017

Beyond the usual suspects.<p>As the tenth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival gets underway on January 19, here are some of the writers who are …

Man Booker Prize

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

<i>Miss Buncle’s Book</i><p>1934<p>D.E. Stevenson was a prolific and beloved writer who lived from 1892 – 1973, though her first book was published in 1923. She …

Literature

Margaret Atwood brings her prescient tales to the small screen

Margaret Atwood has attended countless book-world events during her literary career, but last week she brought her star power to a <i>fête</i> for the film world – the annual gala of the Toronto Film Critics Association. The reason: Two of her most acclaimed novels, <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> and <i>Alias Grace</i>, will …

Margaret Atwood

Mary Karr: Stop Asking Me About David Foster Wallace, Thanks

Lena Dunham recently interviewed the great memoirist, poet, and “lefty ho” Mary Karr for Lenny, and the entire interview is a treat, mostly because …

Literature

Charles Stross on Why Scifi Matters More When the Future Looks So Dangerous

“Hello? Is this the complaints department? I want to register a complaint about last year’s future; it’s completely broken!”<p>Quite a few of us have …

Cool Stuff

Female Protagonists in Crime Fiction: What You Need to Know

Raymond Chandler, in <i>The Simple Art of Murder</i>, famously described the heroic detective: A man who is neither mean nor tarnished. Who is unafraid and …

Crime Fiction

Feminism and the corporatization of kink

The second <i>Fifty Shades</i> movie – <i>Fifty Shades Darker</i> – is set to be released for Valentine’s Day and it won’t be the only S&M-themed entertainment heavily marketed to you this year. The acceptability, indeed corporatization of all things bondagey and female-submissivey show no signs of weakening. The …

Literature

What Happened to Paul Auster? From Nobel Candidate to Joke in the Span of a Decade

What if you were made to account for the books on your shelves, the way souls have to account for their sins? I’m not talking about some bogus social …

Literature

Politics ,Race and 7 Ways That Charles Dickens Was Both A Writer and A Prophet!

Yes!I admit.I do love to write.For me it’s one of life’s simple pleasures to sit back and observe things and then to use words to write something …

Literature

Emma Flint - Little Deaths - Book Review

Little Deaths<p>By Emma Flint<p>Hachette<br>$26.00<br>ISBN 9780316272476<br>Published 01/17/2017<p>Fiction / Mystery & Suspense / Suspense<p>Buy the book<p>Trending Book Reviews<p>…

Book Reviews

Scenes of Terror, Deluge, and Sudden Death: A Life of Thomas De Quincey

ON DECEMBER 7, 1811, a grisly crime occurred in a house on London’s seedy Ratcliffe Highway: a family of three and their apprentice had their throats …

Literature

The Way Individuals Survive: On Jen George’s ‘The Babysitter at Rest’

There’s a point late in Jen George’s <i>The Babysitter at Rest</i> when an aspiring artist named Lee earns entry into an arts program held inside the …

Literature

AA Milne's 135th birthday: Quotes from the author's most memorable character, Winnie the Pooh

The author's birthday on 18 January is also celebrated as Winnie The Pooh Day.<p>Alan Alexander Milne is best known as the creator of the lovable story …

Literature

2017 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE - PEN America

• Home<br>• 2017 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE<p>The $3,000 PEN Translation Prize honors a book-length translation from any language into English published during the …

Translation

On Writing, Smoking, and the Habit of Transcendence

Gregor Hens’s 'Nicotine' describes a life spent chasing moments of heightened power.<p>Writers have long found rich fodder for their work in their leisure pursuits. John Updike, writing about golf in <i>The New York Times</i> in 1973, described the pastime as “a non-chemical hallucinogen” that “breaks the …

Literature

Fiction Book Review: The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker. Random House, $27 (384p) ISBN 978-0-8129-8928-1

The Animators<p>Kayla Rae Whitaker. Random House, $27 (384p) ISBN 978-0-8129-8928-1<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Updating the theme of how artists turn personal pain …

Book Reviews

Style and Substance: The Eminently Erudite Kathleen Collins

<b>Kathleen Collins</b> wore many hats, both literally and figuratively. A black and white photograph of her in front of New York’s skyline shows the …

Literature

What It's Like to Be a Professional Drug Hunter - Tonic

The biggest impact of reading the newly published book <i>The Drug Hunters,</i> in which pharmaceutical industry consultant Donald Kirsch writes about the histories of medicines like aspirin, penicillin, and insulin, is how it messes with your confidence about the future of health care.<p>Take the story of …

Literature

The Biblioracle: Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

Two librarians of East Lake County Library in Lake County, Fla., are the subject of investigation for creating a fake patron, "Chuck Finley," who checked out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016.<p>I call them heroes.<p>According to the Orlando Sentinel, the librarians created Mr. Finley when it appeared …

Literature

Barack Obama, Writer

In response to a question posed to him by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, concerning which historical era he believes would best suit …

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