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December 13, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Sheck; Yoshimoto; Manning; Axat; Norton 0

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New this week: Island of the Mad by Laurie Sheck; Moshi-Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto; One Man’s Dark by Maurice Manning; Kill the Next One by Federico Axat; and Loveland by Graham Norton. For more on these and other new titles, go read our latest fiction and nonfiction book previews.

December 13, 2016

A Year in Reading: Natashia Deón 0

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I believe that words are swords. For my purposes, swords against injustice, a voice to the marginalized. Words are power that come from our lips, or are read from our pages.

December 12, 2016

A Year in Reading: Ed Yong 0

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It’s shocking, beautifully written, and, with white supremacy knocking on the White House door, more important than ever. Some books are great, some books are essential. White Rage is the latter.

December 12, 2016

Another Iraq 1

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“In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion’s architects, force them to see everything through these writers’ words.” NPR reviews Iraq + 100: Stories from Another Iraq, a collection in which 10 Iraqi authors […]

December 12, 2016

A Year in Reading: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 0

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What a relief to be reminded of the vital importance of books when it feels like the world around is crumbling. Worth remembering as we stumble together into 2017.

December 12, 2016

Jenny Diski In Memoriam 1

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“On the outside, she was immaculately poised, always elegantly dressed, with perfectly cut, silver hair; witty, brilliant company, properly opinionated, impatient with compromise or cant, what the book blurbs called ‘fiercely intelligent.’ But this came at a cost.” Jenny Diski‘s husband, the poet Ian Patterson, remembers his wife for The Guardian.

December 12, 2016

Longlisting Other Languages 0

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PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 Translation Prize, including Deborah Smith for Han Kang’s The Vegetarian (see our review here), Carlos Rojas for Yan Lianke’s The Explosion Chronicles, and Victoria Cribb for Sjón‘s Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was. (We profiled Sjón’s work at length a few years back!) The winner will be announced in […]

December 12, 2016

A Year in Reading: Kiese Laymon 1

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It was the stuff I read online, in magazines, or poems I heard in person that made my heart quake this year.

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 1

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How does one reconcile the impossibility of making a difference in the world while attempting to live as if you still can?

December 11, 2016

A Year in Reading: Claire Cameron 0

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These are poems I wish for my younger self to read. The arc, told over four parts — the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing — is different to the world I knew, especially the healing part. It is not a story about fitting into someone else’s world, but about how to imagine your own.