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December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Bich Minh Nguyen 0

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And with all of this rage and sorrow and longing, there is laughter in these books.

December 8, 2016

Biblio-klepto-mania 0

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“Symptoms included a frenzy for culling and hunting down first editions, rare copies, books of certain sizes or printed on specific paper.” Lauren Young writes in Atlas Obscura about the phenomenon of bibliomania, “a dark pseudo-psychological illness” that afflicted upper-class victims in Europe and England during the 1800s. And for a first-hand account of more contemporary book theft, read John […]

December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Sally Rooney 0

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A grim and angry novel to begin a grim and angry year.

December 8, 2016

No Bastion for Books 0

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“She gathered books to display for attendees and discovered that inside the cover of one, ‘The Koran for Dummies,’ someone had written “lies cover to cover,” drawn a swastika and made a disparaging remark about the Prophet Muhammad.” The president of the American Library Association reports “startling increases” in 2016 of vandalism, including hateful messages, at […]

December 8, 2016

A Year in Reading: Yuri Herrera 0

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I so liked the character waiting for me when I came home: her litany of complaints, dry humor and self-deprecation, and the weird suspense that fills every day of her life.

December 7, 2016

Around the World with Books 0

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Bibliophiles will rejoice at The New York Times‘s current travel section, which is entirely book-dedicated. The staff lead with “Temples for the Literary Pilgrim,” which profiles jaw-dropping bookstores, cafés, and restaurants around the world; Ann Patchett provides a U.S. based bookstore pilgrimage; seven writers, including Geraldine Brooks and Ta-Nehisi Coates, reflect on their personal favorites; and Jennifer Moses writes […]

December 7, 2016

A Year in Reading: Imbolo Mbue 0

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I love books that devastate me.

December 7, 2016

A Year in Reading: Basma Abdel Aziz 0

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The most striking and painful conclusion, that “the CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees,” is ignored at our peril.

December 7, 2016

A Year in Reading: Brandon Shimoda 0

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It is a masterpiece of synthesizing, and building a tragic narrative out of, the unending cascade of facts and figures by which the United States could be appraised as the slow-boiling terrorist organization that it is.

December 6, 2016

A Year in Reading: Teddy Wayne 2

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Haruf’s modesty and commitment to his craft are worthy of learning from and attempting to emulate, particularly as all of us — even writers of quiet fiction — become increasingly expected to brand ourselves like celebrities.