Lists

December 2, 2014

Before They Were Notable: 2014 0

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This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out.

December 1, 2014

Beyond Bookmarks: 10 Gifts For Readers 3

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For the past few years, The Millions has offered a holiday gift list for writers. This year we’d like to give readers their due, with a list of bookish treats. Because where would writers be without readers? Also, let’s face it: discriminating and avid readers can be as difficult to shop for as cranky writers.

November 17, 2014

An Ode to Photocopies: 50 Versions 3

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There are a lot of words worth sharing. Photocopies are my contribution to this literary communion.

November 6, 2014

Name Your Darlings: Writers on the Titling Process 4

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The process of titling remains individualized and mysterious: methods range from intuition to reason, from revelation to painful labor. Here, five contemporary authors tell us about theirs.

October 29, 2014

Getting to Know the Presidents, Part 2: From the Compromisers to the Beards 1

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Rud Hayes is one of my favorite presidents, and not just because I can get lost for days in his eyes.

October 8, 2014

How History Becomes Story – Three Novels 4

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Historical novels, in particular, allow us to relive the past without the neatness of history, and with all the complexity of the present. Here are three novels that successfully transform fact into fiction.

August 27, 2014

Three Books to Get Over an Affair 4

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For an acute case, read all three.

August 15, 2014

The Thriller, Reinvented 3

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During the Cold War, the conflicts that powered the thriller were rooted in ideology: Le Carre’s Berlin and Greene’s Havana were mainly backdrops against which the clash of the superpowers was played out. The new thrillers were not focused on ideology but on place; it was the peeling away of layers of culture and history that gave these novels their impetus.

July 28, 2014

The Book That Wasn’t: 5 Fiction Writers Talk About their Novels in Drawers 4

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What are we to do to with our books that weren’t? How can we learn from them, and when should we let them go?

July 7, 2014

Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2014 Book Preview 18

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At over 8,000 words strong and encompassing 84 titles, this is the only second-half 2014 book preview you will ever need.