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March 10, 2009

Staff Picks: Morrison, Marcom, Lethem, Frankfurt, Binelli, Seidel 2

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many former (and current) booksellers in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. A Mercy by Toni […]

March 7, 2009

Curiosities: Hamsters in Jackets 0

Book lists galore: The Believer announces its annual book award winner, along with the always eclectic reader survey results; Forty of Nick Hornby’s favorite books – he thinks you’ll like at least a few; You may not be able to register for Zadie Smith’s fiction seminar, but you can read the same books. Rushdie considers […]

March 5, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Three) 6

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]

March 4, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part Two) 1

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. Via email, we conducted a bicoastal conversation about Octavian Nothing, Volume I: The Pox Party, which we’re sharing with you this week in three installments. Part […]

March 3, 2009

The Millions Conversation: M.T. Anderson’s Octavian Nothing (Part One) 7

This winter, Millions contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg both happened to pick up the first volume of M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. This 2006 novel was a National Book Award winner and a New York Times Bestseller. However, the literary-industrial complex hasn’t given Anderson the […]

March 1, 2009

The Millions Top Ten: February 2009 1

Time again for another installment of one of our newer features, The Millions Top Ten. Check out last month’s introduction for an explanation of how it works. The new list: ThisMonth LastMonth   Title On List 1. – Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences 1 month 2. 1. […]

February 28, 2009

Curiosities: Bootleg Translations 1

Rumors of John Cheever’s death? Greatly exaggerated. HarperCollins sets out to test the proposition that there really is no such thing as bad publicity. BHL rips Valkyrie and Tom Cruise. Maud lauds Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women. The New York Public Library names Millions guest contributor Sana Krasikov a finalist for […]

February 23, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids) 4

Betsy recently wrote in with this question: I’m looking for some good non-fiction titles about “People and Places That Interest Us” for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds […]

February 21, 2009

Curiosities: the Department of Dead Horses 0

Tranquility by Attila Bartis is named winner of the inaugural Best Translated Book Award. Scott rounds up some reviews and background on the book. Video: Tom Perrotta on the state of American literary culture. “Art History books are full of errors.” This one is about La Raie Vert [the Green Stripe] from 1905 by Henri […]

February 15, 2009

Curiosities: No Glamour in Publishing 0

Want to catch up on John Updike in a single summer? Dick Cavett reminisces about the time Updike and John Cheever appeared on his talk show… together. Clancy Martin on his failed attempt to become the world’s largest maker of Fauxbergé eggs and how he evaded the Russian police. Ward Sutton literalizes the idea of […]