Lists

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 40

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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.

November 30, 2013

Before They Were Notable: 2013 0

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

November 4, 2013

We the Narrators 14

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Why would anyone decide to write a novel in first-person plural, a point of view that, like second-person, is often accused of being nothing but an authorial gimmick? Here are a few novels that prove first-person plural is more of a neat trick than a cheap one.

October 30, 2013

Beyond Alice Munro: A Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Lit 24

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For Americans who have plowed through Munro’s Selected Stories and are looking for a broader taste of Canadian literature — or CanLit, as it is called here — I offer a partial and admittedly idiosyncratic “Beginner’s Guide to Canadian Literature.”