Lists

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 41

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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.

January 3, 2014

January Books: A Reading List for the First Month of the New Year 0

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It’s with a sense of incompletion that I offer my nine recommendations here for January, books and poems that begin, or hinge, or are contained in the year’s first month.

December 30, 2013

Students’ Picks: The Best YA Books of 2013 3

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I watched my students run through a whole lot of books. Here are three published in 2013 that won the hearts of some young adults I know, recommended in their own words. Pick one up for a young adult in your life: satisfaction guaranteed.

December 23, 2013

The Best of The Millions: 2013 0

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Before we get into 2014, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2013.

December 2, 2013

The Ultimate List: 25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 13

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I realized that I had a drawer full of blank journals that I had never used, all given to me by friends and family wanting to support my writing habit. I knew I couldn’t be the only writer with this particular surplus, so I decided to draw up a list of items that writers might actually use.