Lists

July 28, 2014

The Book That Wasn’t: 5 Fiction Writers Talk About their Novels in Drawers 1

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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 11

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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.

June 25, 2014

Alternate Routes: A Summer Reading Itinerary 1

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I never can quite fathom summer’s end at its start, and so my reading lists stretch on endlessly, too, crammed with long novels too unwieldy for the demands of other seasons.

May 27, 2014

55 Thoughts for English Teachers 23

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You need to love words. You don’t need to love a certain type of book or a particular writer, but you need to love letters and phrases and the possibilities of language. You will spend most of your days dealing with words, and students can sense if words do not bring you joy.

March 25, 2014

No Right Path: Arriving at Writing from Outside the Humanities 6

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Fear and wonder pulled me toward both astronomy and writing. If the world does not create awe in us, we will neuter the beautiful and complex. The profound becomes prosaic.

March 11, 2014

“My First Buy”: Book Editors Discuss Their Earliest Acquisitions 2

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I wondered about the first professional decisions of newly minted editors — be they powerful tastemakers blissfully ignorant of P-and-L statements or recently promoted assistants. What drew them to the first proposal they tried to acquire? Did they look upon the decision as a momentous one? Do they even remember it now?

March 10, 2014

Five Crime Novels Where Women are the True Detectives 19

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Whether or not True Detective returns for another season and solves its woman problems, here’s a list of crime novels where there’s a woman in charge. You might discover, like me, that you’re an accidental fan of the female detective.

February 18, 2014

The Author Sends Her Regrets: J.K. Rowling and Other Writers with Second Thoughts 4

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Is a writer allowed to have regrets? Certainly. Is she allowed to air them publicly? I mean, yeah, it’s a free internet, why not? Do I want to hear a single additional word about the world of Harry Potter from J. K. Rowling that is not in the form of another book? No, not particularly.

February 18, 2014

28 Books You Should Read If You Want To 36

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I discovered one of my favorite books because the author called our store and charmed the living daylights out of me. I found another in a box of old books that my Russian literature professor left outside his office to give away.

January 6, 2014

Most Anticipated: The Great 2014 Book Preview 44

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At 9,100 words strong and encompassing 89 titles, this is the only 2014 book preview you will ever need.