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Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (Hardcover)

by David Shields

When We Aspire to Write Like Ourselves: A Conversation with Carl H. Klaus 13

I wanted to see if I could create literary non-fiction out of short-term memory.

A Year in Marginalia: Sam Anderson 34

It's the most intimate, complete, and honest form of criticism possible.

Some Answers after The Ask from Sam Lipsyte 5

Exactly six months after the release of The Ask, sales are strong, it sits proudly on featured tables in bookstores, and every lit nerd that you know is raving about it. How Sam Lipsyte grabbed the literary limelight.

Millions Top Ten: August 2010 1

You know who grabbed the top spot, but which other two literary superstars made a splash on The Millions' list in August?

The Millions Top Ten: June 2010 5

With four books heading to the Hall of Fame, that means we have four new books landing on the list, ranging from hard-boiled Scandinavian thrillers to historical fiction in 18th century Japan to a 12-year-old literary biography with a twist.

The Millions Top Ten: May 2010 0

Tinkers debuts and The Corrections graduates. Plus, a controversial new number one.

What He Said 1

Long Live the Anti-Novel, Built from Scraps 68

The author of Reality Hunger explains it all for you: "When I began, I was just trying to follow the Kafka dictum 'A book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us.'"

The Millions Top Ten: April 2010 3

Franzen stays on top. Sebald to the Hall of Fame. Tolstoy debuts.

The Millions Top Ten: March 2010 2

David Mitchell graduates to the Hall of Fame, Michael Lewis debuts, and we have a new number one.

The Millions Top Ten: February 2010 0

Cloud Atlas keeps the top spot. Reality Hunger debuts.

New Release Tuesday 0

The Millions Interview: David Shields (Part Two) 5

"Crucial for me in writing this book was my vexed sense of the way in which great nonfiction is badly boxed in by straightahead memoir, on the one hand, and straightahead fiction, on the other."

Most Anticipated: The Great 2010 Book Preview 68

There's something for every lover of fiction coming in 2010, but, oddly enough, the dominant theme may be posthumous publication.

A Year in Reading 2009 21

Amid all the lists to round out the year, we offer a new installment of our annual Year in Reading series: an anti-list, as it were.

A Hunger for Reality Hunger 10

Essayist and author David Sheilds' forthcoming book Reality Hunger bears "Manifesto" as a subtitle, and it may break the mold.