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June 3, 2009

The Best Books… Squared 1


You may have heard of Google Squared. It’s a new service in development from Google that, as Wikipedia puts it, “extracts structured data from across the web and presents its results in spreadsheet-like format.” Basically, it returns your results in a list-like format with some additional descriptive columns. Trying it out, we naturally entered some […]

April 15, 2009

Family Ties: Childhood, Motherhood, and Fatherhood in Literature 11


In advance of Mother’s and and Father’s Day (May 10 and June 21 respectively) I am putting together a catalog of the best representations of Childhood, Motherhood, and Fatherhood in literature. There is a long list of great childhood memoirs, many of which pivot around either a mother or a father. So far I’ve got: […]

February 23, 2009

Ask a Book Question: #71 (Non-Fiction for Kids) 4


Betsy recently wrote in with this question: I’m looking for some good non-fiction titles about “People and Places That Interest Us” for a 7th grade reading unit at my school. I plan to introduce Three Cups of Tea and Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. Do you have any other recommendations for page turners that 13 year olds […]

February 17, 2009

Literature in Lieu of the Tour Guide: Fiction (and Non) to Take on Vacation 21


On the last Sunday in November, book critic Adam Begley scooped Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd for the top spot in the New York Times most emailed list. Not with a review though. Instead, he wrote an excellent piece about Florence for the travel section, in which he recommended E.M. Forster’s Room with a View […]

January 6, 2009

Most Anticipated: 2009 May Be a Great Year for Books 12


The publishing industry (and every other industry) may be going down the tubes, but readers won’t be wanting for good new books this year, I suspect. Readers will get their hands on new Pynchon, Atwood, Lethem, and Zadie Smith – those names alone would make for a banner year, but there’s much more. Below you’ll […]

January 5, 2009

A Year in Reading: New Yorker Fiction 2008 12


Looking back through old posts at The Millions, one of my favorites is my post going through every New Yorker story in 2005. It was a somewhat grueling post to compile, but in the spirit of recent New Year’s resolutions, also very rewarding. I spend a lot of time each year reading the New Yorker […]

January 2, 2009

Millions Meta-Data 2008 1


Before we get too far into 2009, let’s take a look at what was keeping readers interested on The Millions in 2008. This year, I’ll divide the most popular posts on The Millions into two categories, and we’ll start with the “evergreens,” posts that went up before 2008 but continued to interest readers over the […]

December 3, 2008

Making a Novel 5


In the novel writing workshop I taught this fall, I asked my students to write down as many novel devices they could think of, starting with the basics (plot, character, and so on), and continuing into more shadowy, magical territories. I participated as well, and after a few minutes I found myself writing down some […]

November 26, 2008

The Notables: 2008 0


This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well: Beautiful Children by Charles Bock (Garth’s review, Beautiful Children […]

November 6, 2008

Amazon Names its Favorites for 2008 0


Best of lists for 2008 are already starting to pop up. Amazon recently posted its Top 100 of 2008. The surprise at the top of the list is The Northern Clemency, the Booker shortlisted novel by Philip Hensher. The year’s fiction phenomenon The Story of Edgar Sawtelle was fifth, and Millions favorites Neverland and 2666 […]