Books

Great Books About War by Authors Who Have Been in It

Here are some of the best novels and short stories about conflict by veterans and others who served.<p>This Memorial Day, while lying on a beach, flipping some 'burgs with your buds, remembering the troops, or all of the above, consider picking up a book written by a vet. If you need suggestions, …

Literature

10 hot books you won't want to miss this summer

Don't fill up your beach bag just yet. Save space for these hot new summer books. Whether your taste runs to mysteries, romance, humor or sports, USA TODAY's <b>Jocelyn McClurg</b> has you covered.<p><b>1. I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons</b> by Kevin Hart (37 INK/Atria, non-fiction, on sale June 6)<p><b>What it’s …

John McEnroe

6 books that transformed Dennis Lehane's thoughts on writing

<b>The Wanderers by Richard Price</b> (Mariner, $16).<p>My urtext as a writer. The members of an early 1960s Bronx street gang try to navigate their way to …

Literature

The Year of the Blockbuster Novel

For fans of blockbuster authors, this year’s calendar is turning out to be a page-turner.<p>Stephen King, Paula Hawkins and other best-selling writers who don’t publish on regular schedules all have new books out in 2017. John Grisham is releasing a novel next month, the first time in five years he …

Publishing

Bill Gates: Your Summer Reading List Should Include These 5 Books

Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book. This year, I found myself drawn even more than …

Bill Gates

Why We Should All Read Alice in Wonderland Right Now

By Brad Evans It really is difficult trying to come to terms with atrocious events like the one recently witnessed in Manchester. This is especially …

Literature

Do You Know The Original Language Of These Famous Novels?

Me encantan todos los libros.

Penguin Random House

Read the First Excerpt From Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS Companion Trilogy

Back in February, we got the first information about Philip Pullman’s return to the world of what American audiences know best as <i>The Golden Compass</i>, …

The Handmaid's Tale was full of heavy drama and dark themes – and it got lots of people talking online

Did you spot Margaret Attwood?<p><i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> has FINALLY arrived in the UK and wow – it is amazing, but there is definitely a <i>seriously</i> …

Margaret Atwood

Book Review: HAVEN Is A Fever Dream Of Stephen King Tropes

<b>Haven</b> is Massachusetts author Tom Deady’s first book, and right out of the gate, it has won a Stoker Award for the “superior achievement in a first …

Book Reviews

Grandfathers and Child Molesters

<i>IN HER STUNNING first book,</i> The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir<i>, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich doesn’t so much introduce her two main characters</i> …

Harvard Law School

Meet Chloe Esposito: the 'good girl' behind this summer's raciest read

The relationship between identical twins has long fascinated popular culture, from Sebastian and Viola in Twelfth Night to Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter. But currently getting publishers – as well as Hollywood – over-heated is Beth and Alvina Knightly, the lookalike twin sisters in Mad, …

Feminism

Go Against the Devils

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Authors

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopia that feels troubingly real

Like all good dystopian visions, the brilliant TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's seminal novel is not all that far from reality<p>Hulu’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale,</i> which aired on Channel 4 on Sunday night, is not an easy watch. Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel of the same name, the show …

Literature

Bad memories: Colm Tóibín urges authors to lose the flashbacks

Speaking at the Hay literary festival, the Irish novelist said modern writers should emulate Jane Austen and stop overdoing the backstory<p>Colm Tóibín has issued a rallying call against what he sees as the scourge of modern literature: flashbacks.<p>The Irish novelist said the narrative device was …

Literature

The Day Reading Died

I still remember it.<p>It was an ordinary Saturday in the eighth grade. I’d spent the day hanging upside-down off the couch, reading novels.<p>For some …

The Transferred Life of George Eliot by Philip Davis review – psychologically acute

Philip Davis’s nonstandard biography looks at the woman behind the literary mask<p>In his thoughtful and searching account of the writer we know as George Eliot, Philip Davis undertakes a project of which his subject would have approved. Rather than attempt a straightforward biography of the complex …

Literature

7 summer reading challenges to set for yourself this year

Summer is breathing warm, sandy breath down our necks, and we just can’t wait to finally get to the season of swimming, BBQs, and, of course, reading …

Handmaid's Tale, episode one: we are beholden to this scary dystopian world of mob murder: review

Stick up a paw if you’ve not read <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b>. (I am typing with one hand here.) Margaret Atwood has hordes of devotees but membership of her cult looks primed for expansion with this commanding new adaptation of a novel published in 1985.<p>While bad books tend to prosper on screen, the good …

Margaret Atwood

Channel 4’s The Handmaid’s Tale is not really fiction, or dystopia, at all

The Handmaid’s Tale is a terrifying piece of dystopian fiction. But what makes it so much harder to stomach is the fact that it’s not really fiction, …

Literature

The Handmaid’s Tale review – the best thing you’ll watch all year

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel gets the chilling and brilliant TV adaptation it deserves, including a standout performace from Elisabeth Moss<p>‘Blessed are the meek, dear,” says Aunt Lydia to a young woman called Janine in the extraordinary, affecting new TV adaptation of <b>The Handmaid’s Tale</b> …

Margaret Atwood

'Camino Island': Grisham's tasty thriller about a literary heist

Camino Island: A Novel<p>by John Grisham<p>(Doubleday)<p>in Mystery<p>Buy Now<p>Buy Now<br>• Amazon<br>• Barnes & Noble<br>• Google Play<br>• iBooks<br>• Indiebound<br>• Kobo<br>• Zola<p>USA TODAY Rating<p>John Grisham is full of surprises this summer:<p>First, the best-selling author who reliably delivers legal thrillers in the fall (as he will this year) is …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

6 beach reads to start this Memorial Day weekend

When it comes to good summer reads, it can be hard to find a book you really love. From going to amazing bookstores to even ordering a book off of …

Memorial Day Weekend

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Best Seller<p>Buy<p>By Laura Moriarty<p>By Laura Moriarty<br>Read by McGovern Elizabeth<p>Buy<p>Buy<p>Buy<p>$16.00<p>Jun 04, 2013 | 416 PagesBuy<p>$12.99<p>Jun 05, 2012 | 416 …

“Are You Anybody?” Salon talks to Jeffrey Tambor about his new book

In a lighthearted collection of biographical essays, Tambor creates a memoir that doubles as a life manual<p>Sometimes Jeffrey Tambor does this thing called the “callback.” He does it with friends. He does it with potential directors and producers. And, perhaps it goes without saying, he does it with …

Liberal POV

Slight Exaggeration: An Interview with Adam Zagajewski

<i>A WEEK AFTER the September 11 attacks,</i> The New Yorker<i> ran Adam Zagajewski’s poem, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” on its back page. Though he’d</i> …

Poetry

Books: New and noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.<p><b>1. Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002</b> by David Sedaris (Little, Brown, non-fiction, on sale May 30)<p><b>What it’s about:</b> Daily diary “jottings” by the popular humorist, which his publisher calls the “closest thing to a memoir …

The Best Beach and Vacation Reads: Critical Linking, May 28, 2017

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A Town’s Own Story: Édouard Louis’s “The End of Eddy”

BOOK-READING has become a form of slow activism. On erudite corners of the internet, Trump syllabi proliferate. The mainstream press, too, chimes in …

Nell Stevens: penguins, paranoia and an old potato on the island of Bleaker

The author of the memoir Bleaker House tells of writing the book in a lonely winter on the Falklands with a meagre diet and a lot of Shakespeare<p>Nell Stevens was not the woman I was expecting to meet after reading her memoir, <i>Bleaker House</i>. This is an entertaining, perverse and singular book about …