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September 20, 2016

Tuesday New Release Day: Donoghue; Vásquez; McBride; Raboteau; Olds; Bishop 0

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New this week: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue; Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez; The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride; American Prophets by Albert J. Raboteau; Odes by Sharon Olds; and The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop. For more on these and other new titles, go read our Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview. Support The Millions: Bookmark this link and start there when you shop at Amazon.

September 20, 2016

An Essential Human Respect: Reading Walt Whitman During Troubled Times 7

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Rather than succumbing to self-righteous demonization, Whitman illustrated the power of a human empathy that transcends ideological bellicosity.

September 20, 2016

BLM, the Novel 0

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“Starr-Starr, you do whatever they tell you to do,” he said. “Keep your hands visible. Don’t make any sudden moves. Only speak when they speak to you.” Read an excerpt from the Black Lives Matter–inspired YA novel The Hate U Give by A. C. Thomas, scheduled for release next June. See also some of our […]

September 20, 2016

Own a Piece of Paradise 0

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“He was known to step out for cigarette breaks onto a narrow ledge beyond the bedroom windows. Attached to the wall next to a door is a brass speaking tube that he used to call down for lunch.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby house on Long Island sold for $3 million earlier this year, but you […]

September 19, 2016

Place Your Bets 0

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This year’s Nobel in literature will be announced in early October, so there’s still plenty of time to get in on the gambling! Currently leading in all the over/unders? Haruki Murakami, whose book covers we considered here.

September 19, 2016

Loving That Wild Thing: Leigh Stein’s ‘Land of Enchantment’ 1

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He’s the guy with the electric eyes and unkempt hair. The guy with the daddy issues and the temper and the drug problem. We are the good girls. We don’t drink or make trouble. We come from good families. So why do we need to tame that wild thing?

September 19, 2016

Art as Activism 0

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“In the media there are a very limited number of ways that people are used to seeing sex-worker characters, and I definitely wanted to break out of that.” The Los Angeles Review of Books interviews Aya de León about her debut novel, Uptown Thief.

September 19, 2016

In Memoriam, Edward Albee 0

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“For example, I don’t feel that catharsis in a play necessarily takes place during the course of a play. Often it should take place afterward.” The Paris Review offers a manuscript page from playwright Edward Albee, who died this past weekend. See also: this amazing piece of lore behind the titling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

September 19, 2016

Books Per Square Foot 0

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Via BookRiot we came across this ranking of the top 10 U.S. cities for book lovers; scroll down to see the methodology behind the list. Also pair with our own Janet Potter‘s relationship history with bookstores.

September 18, 2016

A Liquid State 0

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“Thus it is our [feminists’] historical task … to define what we call oppression in materialist terms, to make it evident that women are a class, which is to say that the category ‘woman’ as well as the category ‘man’ are political and economic categories, not eternal ones.” This essay in remembrance of Alexis Arquette […]