Books

Michael Wolff claims Trump is having an affair: 'Read between the lines'

Michael Wolff has given several interviews about his bestselling bombshell book, <i>Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House</i>, but his appearance on …

Entertainment

Ending the Intersex Exception: The Battle for Informed Consent for People Born with Atypical Sex Characteristics

IT WASN’T UNTIL the 1980s, after a series of nervous breakdowns, that Bo Laurent — then in her 30s — set out to investigate the source of her deep …

Medicine

How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

Take a little Hitchcock and a touch of <i>Gone Girl</i>. Add in a mysterious author and rumors of a very big price tag. Stir them all together and you come up with a rare bird: A debut novel that hits number one on the <i>New York Times</i> bestseller list in its first week on the market.<p>Brand name authors like …

Culture

Kamila Shamsie: ‘It took me 17 years to get round to War and Peace’

The author of Home Fire on how she was transported by Midnight’s Children and by a flying car – and why she turns to Michael Ondaatje for comfort<p><b>The book that changed my life</b><p>A novel called <i>All Dogs Go to Heaven</i> by Beth Brown<i>,</i> which I read when I was 11, and which persuaded my best friend and me to …

Literature

Why children need to read

<b>A children’s book should do more than educate or amuse, says Costa-winner Katherine Rundell – it can blow open their world</b><p>I used to have a low tightrope strung across my room, the wire about 8ft long and just over half an inch wide. To walk a tightrope (even, as I do, fairly badly) bestows on the …

A Maine Bookstore Owner Nightmarishly Loses His Stephen King Collection

If you’ve read or seen or heard whispers of any Stephen King stories, you know one thing for sure: Maine is a hotbed of fictional nightmares. …

George R.R. Martin

These Are the Best Coloring Books for Adults Who Need to Decompress

Since 2005, there have been various studies published in the Journal of American Art Therapy Association that reveal guided coloring can be a way to …

Breaking the Habit of Whiteness

IN HER BOOK <i>Race and Popular Fantasy Literature: Habits of Whiteness</i>, Helen Young tracks how whiteness appears, has been disavowed, and is challenged …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Elena Ferrante: 'I loved that boy to the point where I felt close to fainting'

In the first of a new weekly series, the novelist recalls her first love<p>Some time ago, I planned to describe my first times. I listed a certain number of them: the first time I saw the sea, the first time I flew in an aeroplane, the first time I got drunk, the first time I fell in love, the first …

Literature

‘When you write about a dead person you loved, you must tell their version too’

An interview with Gayathri Prabhu, author of the literary memoir ‘If I Had to Tell It Again’.<p>Gayathri Prabhu’s memoir of unconventional grieving in …

Authors

Misleading Titles: Fiction That Sounds Like Nonfiction

There are lots of misleading titles out there. Some of them are particularly misleading because they don’t sound like the title of a work of fiction …

Emily Dickinson

John Darnielle's statement about how to punctuate a Mountain Goats classic is tearing The A.V Club apart

It’s safe to say that we here at <i>The A.V. Club</i> are generally fans of John Darnielle’s work; outside his enjoyably macabre novels, Darnielle is best …

Offbeat News

Denis Johnson Leaves Us With His Best In 'Largesse Of The Sea Maiden'

Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson. Nobody ever came close. The author of books like <i>Jesus' Son</i> and <i>Tree of Smoke</i> was a hardcore minimalist who could say in one sentence what other writers wouldn't be able to say in a whole chapter. His stories and novels embraced the dark, but reluctantly; he …

Culture

The Books About the Holocaust That Changed My Life

I have always fancied myself an amateur World War II historian. I have been fascinated with that war since I was a child and my grandfather, a WWII …

European History

The Wanderers by Tim Pears review – a hypnotic paean to rural England

The second instalment of Pears’s West Country trilogy, set in the run-up to the first world war, is testament to his uncommon skill<p>Last January <i>The Horseman</i>, the first instalment in Tim Pears’s West Country trilogy, introduced us to young Leo Sercombe, a Devon carter’s son with an exceptional …

Books: Susan Straight and David L. Ulin take on innovative memoirs and more in books

Good morning! Or afternoon — whenever you’re reading this. I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg with this week’s books newsletter.<p><b>THE BIG STORY</b><p>We’ve got a pair of really interesting stories this week that explore innovative memoirs and how we tell autobiographical stories. The first is by critic at …

Literature

The Majesty and the Mystery of Impeachment

UNITED STATES POLITICS in the Donald Trump era is a jolting matter: at this point, we can only be uncertain where it will lead. The obvious question …

Constitutional Law

Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'Together We Rise'

What should you read this weekend? USA TODAY’s picks for book lovers include a new book celebrating the Women's March, timed to the one-year anniversary.<p><b>Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World</b> by the organizers of the Women’s March and Condé Nast; Dey Street, 320 …

Peter Thiel

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Are you off to a women’s march event? Gearing up for a football party? Catching up on movies that might be Oscar worthy? Or, are you just looking for something great to read or watch? Let us give you a hand with that last one, your morning jog (grocery shopping, call to your mom, Netflix marathon) …

Award Shows

Sherlock Holmes and 2018 Edgar Award Nominees

by Scott Monty January 20, 2018<p>"you remind me of Edgar" [STUD]<p>It's that time of year when the Mystery Writers of America makes its annual …

Literature

The Devil’s Highway by Gregory Norminton review – on a Roman road to ruin

An ancient route links Britain’s deep past and far future in an ecologically aware tale spanning thousands of years<p>Gregory Norminton’s fifth novel arrives after a gap of nine years and is very much the ecologically aware fiction you would expect of a contributor to Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald …

HT-Nielsen top 10: Miss Malini’s To The Moon new entrant on nonfiction list

After being at the second spot for a long time, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist has displaced Dan Brown’s Origin from the top position on the …

Harry Potter

Retirement isn’t an option for author Shobhaa De whose latest book is on being 70

“If you can’t be candid about something in your writing, don’t even go there,” said acclaimed author Shobhaa De in the session titled Seventy And To …

No Man’s Land – BLARB

<i>For the Provocations series, in conjunction with UCI’s “Who Do We Think We Are” conference.</i><p>“Ours is the government of the white man,” John C. Calhoun …

History

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 20th, 2018

Grab our limited edition ISBN Thinking of You t-shirt while you can. Order by 1/26 if you want one, because after that, they are gone.<b>Today’s</b> …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Book Club with Lisa Gray - The Inside Story on Hero Risen plus a review of Bloq

Andy Livingstone tells us about the final instalment of his fantasy trilogy and our columnist's thoughts on Alan Jones' gritty thriller.<p>INSIDE …

J.R.R. Tolkien

Elena Ferrante, Author. Columnist?

Today's edition of Book Reviews Worth Reading: <b>Kathryn Schulz</b>'s first official outing as the book critic for <i>New York</i> Magazine (on the late <b>Anthony</b> …

Literature

BOOK REVIEW: Tessa Bailey's romantic novel, 'Disorderly Conduct'

Does queen of romance, Tessa Bailey's novel 'Disorderly Conduct' tick the right boxes? Photo: Image supplied<p>“Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t …

News (South Africa)

The Hindu Lit For Life 2018 that saw brilliant speakers and engaged audiences

Visitors to The Hindu’s Lit for Life 2018 were a confused bunch. Should they grab a spinach & corn sandwich or get a selfie with Sebastian Faulks …

Books (India)

Jeanette Winterson on Accrington: 'I love the north; our energy, toughness, humour'

The author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit reveals how the town where she grew up helped to mould her and her writing<p>I was born in Manchester. If I had been brought up there, with my biological mother, that would have been a different life. I can imagine it, but I am a fiction writer, and I like …

Literature