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Issue 50 / December 2012

May 2010

Hay festival diary: Simon Schama's advice for Barack Obama

Sack the advisers, says historian; Grayson Perry has an empty tool shed; and a diplomatic incident averted✒At a debate on Obama's America, the historian Simon Schama had some advice for the US president. "He is really hopeless, disastrous, feeble at... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 31 May, 2010

Antony Beevor: Journalism has spoilt the ground for historians

A reliable history of Iraq is now impossible, says author at Guardian Hay festivalJournalism is the enemy of history when it comes to constructing a scholarly account of recent conflicts, according to Britain's leading military historian.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 31 May, 2010

Helen Dunmore warns the Hay festival of the dangers in fictionalising history

Novelists are in 'dangerous territory' when they use real-life figures, Helen Dunmore tells a Hay festival audienceNovelists are straying into "dangerous territory" when they fictionalise the lives of real historical figures, the Orange prize-winning writer Helen Dunmore – author of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 31 May, 2010

Author Henning Mankell aboard Gaza flotilla stormed by Israeli troops

Fears for safety of bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell after surprise attack results in at least 10 deathsThe bestselling Swedish author Henning Mankell was on board a convoy of Gaza-bound aid boats stormed by Israeli forces today, resulting in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 31 May, 2010

Pervez Musharraf uses Hay festival to hint at possible return to power

'Many people are asking that I should come back,' says former president of Pakistan - citing 200,000-strong Facebook 'fan club'Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, tonight used the Hay festival to help launch a possible return to power. He said he... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Nadine Gordimer advocates book over screen for the imagination - and Africa

Nobel laureate defends printed word and calls for libraries in shanty towns in Hamelin lecture at Guardian Hay festivalNobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, one of South Africa's most distinguished literary figures and a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, has mounted a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Jack Rakove’s ‘Revolutionaries,’ Founding Fathers

Jack Rakove’s new book tells the story of the American Revolution from a multitude of shifting angles.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Ed Miliband at Hay festival: Coalition was betrayal of Lib Dem principles

Former climate change secretary points to party's about-face on cuts to programmes like child trust fundsLiberal Democrat voters have been "betrayed" by their party's coalition with the Conservatives, according to Ed Miliband, the former climate change secretary.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Hay festival diary: Tales of the interpreter

How François Mitterrand used to tease Margaret Thatcher, plus a translatorless German's cock-up✒Amanda Galsworthy was one of four siblings, each of them raised by their linguist father in a different European language. Thus she has been the interpreter for every... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Hay's unmissable (if you can get there…)

Britain's foremost literary festival kicked off this weekend with literary stars serving up something for every tasteFull online coverage of the Guardian Hay festivalTo Hay, for the day, they say. Wey hey. Hay on Wye on Earth would I want... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

The Censor and the Censored, Linked by Literature

South African writer J. M. Coetzee learns too late who was watching and editing him during apartheid.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Making Hay while the sun don't shine

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Sunday, 30 May, 2010

Sunday Routine | A. E. Hotchner: To A. E. Hotchner, a Day for Chickens and Peacocks

The friend and biographer of Hemingway and Paul Newman relaxes with his flocks. (The pedigree chickens love Newman’s Own popcorn.)... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

In Ink on a Flyleaf, Forever Yours

Another reason to lament the fading of printed books in the digital age: the loss of handwritten inscriptions left by others.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Bill Bryson: I'll cheer for England, but I won't risk citizenship test

Author Bill Bryson tells Hay Festival he is 'too cowardly' to take UK citizenship test, but will support adopted nation in World Cup... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Maldives president calls for direct action over climate change

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives told a Hay festival audience that grassroots 'street action' was needed to change the focus of the debate on climate change in the USA 1960s-style campaign of direct action must ignite on the streets... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

A Book Agent’s Descent and Ascent From the Ashes

At the time, it seemed as if the entire New York literary world witnessed the drug-fueled meltdown of the literary agent Bill Clegg, who describes his descent in a new book.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Noises Off

Books by George Michelsen Foy, Garret Keizer and George Prochnik pay homage to silence, and discover that the harder you look for it the more it resists.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 29 May, 2010

Neighborhood Joint | The Village: Inside Partners & Crime, Rivers of Blood

At Partners & Crime, an independent bookstore, a helpful staff knows the merchandise.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Necessary Secrets - By Gabriel Schoenfeld

An inquiry into the costs and benefits of publishing government secrets.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - The Second Sex - By Simone de Beauvoir

The first English translation of “The Second Sex” in 60 years restores cuts from Simone de Beauvoir’s landmark study of women.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Ether - By Evgenia Citkowitz

A debut story collection peopled with mothers and fathers who are fumblers at best, remorseless alcoholics at worst.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Although off Course You End Up Becoming Yourself - A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace - By David Lipsky

David Lipsky excavates his abundant notes from five days on the road with David Foster Wallace.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Elliot Allagash - By Simon Rich

A high school loser becomes a pawn in a worldly student’s games in this comic novel.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - The Promise - President Obama, Year One - By Jonathan Alter

This appraisal of Barack Obama’s presidency by a Newsweek columnist is mercifully free of the sensationalistic tone of recent campaign books.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest - By Stieg Larsson

In the third installment of the pulse-racing trilogy featuring Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, the pair are threatened by an adversary from deep within the very government that should be protecting them.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Nomad - By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s second memoir is as provocative as her first.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - My Queer War - By James Lord

James Lord recalls his time in the Army in World War II as a period of turmoil and sexual awakening.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - The Invisible Bridge - By Julie Orringer

This novel of family secrets, set in Hungary in the time of the Nazis, examines the less tangible costs of war.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Up Front: Jed Perl

The critic Jed Perl has written that his ideal artist is a traditionalist with radical ambitions.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Essay: The Joy of (Outdated) Facts

Older books of supposedly impartial information can be a useful reminder of just how slippery facts really are.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Book Review - Inseparable - Desire Between Women in Literature - By Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue’s adroit study considers relationships between women, erotic and otherwise, across centuries of Western literature.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

A few quote-unquote literary novels are surviving the summer reading onslaught, including Brady Udall’s “Lonely Polygamist.”... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Ian McEwan collects award for novel that tackles climate change

At the Guardian Hay festival, Ian McEwan receives Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for his new novel Solar... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Jean M Auel announces final Earth's Children novel

The last novel in Jean M Auel's epic prehistoric series, The Land of Painted Caves, will be published in March 2011Thirty-one years after readers first embarked on Jean M Auel's epic prehistoric Earth's Children series, the author is finally bringing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Guardian children's fiction prize shows wealth of literature for under-10s

Balance shifts in longlist for award dominated recently by books for teenagersAfter years of domination by teen fiction, a resurgence in quality writing for younger children has packed the line-up for this year's Guardian children's fiction prize with stories for... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 28 May, 2010

James Fogle, ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ Author, Arrested

James Fogle, 73, the author of the novel “Drugstore Cowboy,” about a fumbling band of thieves and addicts, was arrested, again, in a drugstore robbery.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 28 May, 2010

Jeffery Deaver given licence to thrill with new James Bond book

US author commissioned by Ian Fleming's estate to continue British spy's adventuresHe might be the quintessential English spy, suave, laconic and comfortable in a dinner jacket, but the adventures of Ian Fleming's iconic creation James Bond are set to be... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 28 May, 2010

American thriller writer to pen the next James Bond novel

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Friday, 28 May, 2010

Crowd Pleasers: New Books by Tommy James, Dave Barry and John Grisham

Memorial Day marks the start of summer reading season. Here is a beach bag full of books by authors like Tommy James, Dave Barry and John Grisham.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child2. STORM PREY, by John Sandford3. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. INNOCENT, by Scott Turow... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WITH THE OLD BREED, by E. B. Sledge2. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert3. HELMET FOR MY PILLOW, by Robert Leckie4. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, by Rhoda Janzen5. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge4. WICKED PREY, by John Sandford5. THE LAST... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush2. WAR, by Sebastian Junger3. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis4. THE PROMISE, by Jonathan Alter5. TO SAVE AMERICA, by Newt Gingrich with Joe DeSantis... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Currents | Books: Chronicling New York’s Buildings

The fifth edition of the AIA Guide to New York City, with many more buildings since the last edition in 2000, will be published next week.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 27 May, 2010

The battle to write the inside story of New Labour

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Thursday, 27 May, 2010

At BookExpo America, Anxiety Amid the Chatter

At the publishing industry’s annual convention, there were worries about the threat of piracy, the decline of brick-and-mortar stores and the price of e-books.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Books of The Times: In Thomas Perry’s ‘Strip,’ Affable Thugs, Rough Justice

The many characters in Thomas Perry’s latest crime novel are caught in the story’s multiple double-crosses.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Nick Clegg among speakers at Guardian Hay festival

The Hay festival has signed up many political stars and new MPs as well as its usual galaxy of literary giants... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Picador launches prize for unpublished poets

Entrants will submit selection of work to be judged by award-winning poet Don Paterson, with advance and publication the prizePicador is launching a new poetry prize that hopes to find the best previously unpublished poets in the UK, to be... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Samuel Johnson shortlist spurns war stories and biographies

Nonfiction prize judges choose books about cooking, maths and fishing over more traditional fareFrom a history of cooking to a memoir about fishing, the judges for this year's Samuel Johnson prize have steered clear of the more traditional nonfiction fare... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Samuel Johnson prize shortlist announced

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Wednesday, 26 May, 2010

Books of The Times: In ‘Globish,’ Robert McCrum Traces the Spread of English

A journalist’s account of the spread of English as a worldwide language.... More...

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Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Jackie Brown characters to hit big screen again, without Tarantino

Elmore Leonard's The Switch, which first introduced villainous characters Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, to be adapted for filmIt is the novel that first introduced Jackie Brown's Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, played so memorably by Samuel L Jackson and... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Towel day: Douglas Adams remembered across the globe

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans celebrate author's life by carrying towelsAre you the kind of hoopy frood who knows where your towel is? If so, you're in good company. All over the world today fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Ian Thomson wins £10,000 Ondaatje prize

The Dead Yard, Ian Thomson's book about the gritty underbelly of Jamaica, hailed for its candid portrait of a 'corrupted Eden'Ian Thomson's investigation into the gritty underside of "corrupted Eden" Jamaica has won him the Ondaatje prize, which goes to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Ian McEwan brings home bacon with comic novel gong for Solar

Booker winner bags pig and champagne for 'laugh-out-loud' climate change novelIan McEwan's trophy cabinet has heretofore been home to more serious awards, but the Booker prize-winning author will today be making room on the shelves for his first comic-fiction accolade,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

The word of God – in every language on Earth

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Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

McEwan wins prize for genre he 'hates'

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Tuesday, 25 May, 2010

Parties for ‘Mockingbird’ Birthday, but Don’t Expect Author

Events around the country this summer will celebrate “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a cultural touchstone and a staple of high-school reading programs.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Books on Science: Higher Education and the Pursuit of Living High Off the Hog

“Tech Transfer” is the deceptively mild title of a mordant satire about scientists and universities and how they do business.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Books of The Times: In Jane Smiley’s ‘Private Life,’ a Marriage With No Sparks

Jane Smiley’s new novel spans the 1880s through World War II, as a woman learns about her husband’s emotional instability and that she is, fundamentally, alone.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Student Challenge | The Times as Your Summer Reading

Starting today, students ages 13-25 are invited to tell us what they're reading and why in The Times each week; we'll then choose our favorite responses to feature on the blog.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Century-long wait for Mark Twain's autobiography is over

The University of California is publishing Mark Twain's memoirs, after the author requested that they be held by his estate until he was 'dead, unaware and indifferent'"It will be unparalleled in the history of literature," predicted the Times in 1899... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Martin Gardner, Puzzler and Polymath, Dies at 95

A prolific and wide-ranging writer, Mr. Gardner was fascinated by mathematics, magic and Alice in Wonderland.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 24 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Looking at Limbaugh in Zev Chafets’s ‘Army of One’

An admiring look at Rush Limbaugh, talk-show host and political force.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 23 May, 2010

‘An American Type’ Is Henry Roth’s Posthumous Novel

“An American Type,” a posthumous novel by Henry Roth, who died in 1995, came to publication largely because of the editing of Willing Davidson, a fiction editor at The New Yorker.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 23 May, 2010

Stephen Fry to judge Guardian Hay festival's Twitter competition

This year's Guardian Hay festival will include an award, judged by Stephen Fry, for 'the most beautiful tweet' ever written... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 23 May, 2010

Hans Fallada's anti-Nazi classic becomes surprise UK bestseller

First English translation of novel about Gestapo hunt for German couple who defied Hitler enjoys record salesA little-known thriller about the German resistance against the Nazis has become the sleeper hit of the summer – more than 60 years after... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 23 May, 2010

After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

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Sunday, 23 May, 2010

Pippi Longstocking and Lisbeth Salander, Girls With Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson’s darkly kooky antiheroine Lisbeth Salander owes a lot to the 9-year-old troublemaker created by the earlier Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 22 May, 2010

Book Review - War at The Wall Street Journal - By Sarah Ellison

A former Journal reporter’s definitive, even cinematic, account of Rupert Murdoch’s conquest and occupation of the paper.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - What Becomes - Stories - By A. L. Kennedy

Though her characters buckle under the weight of misfortune, A. L. Kennedy can go from darkness to humor in a heartbeat.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - The Last Hero - A Life of Henry Aaron - By Howard Bryant

Howard Bryant’s illuminating biography of Henry Aaron shows how persistent racism was in baseball through the 1970s.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - The Pregnant Widow - By Martin Amis

Martin Amis’s novel concerns three students from the University of London, one male, two female, who stay at a castle in Italy in 1970, during the opening skirmishes of the sexual revolution.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

The Afterlife of Stieg Larsson

Who will get to control the disputed legacy and vast estate generated by the Swedish writer’s three posthumous thrillers?... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto - By Maile Chapman

This novel is set in a Finnish sanitarium with more than its share of malingerers.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Making Haste From Babylon - By Nick Bunker

A new history of the Pilgrims asks the question: Who were these people? The answer: good businessmen as well as religious zealots.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Last Call - The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - By Daniel Okrent

A remarkably original account of the Prohibition era, a 14-year orgy of lawbreaking that permanently transformed American social life.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Molly Fox’s Birthday - By Deirdre Madden

In this novel, a playwright swaps houses with her friend the leading lady and only then begins to understand her.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - The Nearest Exit - By Olen Steinhauer

The C.I.A. spy in this thriller is sick of his trade’s duplicity, amorality and rootlessness.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Steinbrenner - By Bill Madden

A biography of George Steinbrenner, the owner who yearned to be bigger than the biggest team in sports.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - By Deborah L. Rhode

A Stanford law professor’s brief against the cruelty and waste that are the effects of appearance-based bias.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Book Review - Agaat - By Marlene van Niekerk

A novel of two women, black and white, nurturer and nurtured, that spans apartheid from beginning to end.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Up Front: Lloyd Grove

Lloyd Grove served as a combatant in the so-called newspaper war between Mort Zuckerman’s Daily News and Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Thomas Perry, Nancy Pickard, John Sandford and Nicci French

Mystery novels by Thomas Perry, Nancy Pickard, John Sandford and Nicci French.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Essay: Memoirs by First Ladies

Every first lady since Lady Bird Johnson has written a memoir — with the exception of Pat Nixon.... More...

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Friday, 21 May, 2010

Zadie Smith dismisses big society and multiculturalism policy

White Teeth author tells BBC's Today she does not understand thinking behind either conceptThe writer Zadie Smith has taken a swing at two of politicians' favourite concepts: multiculturalism and the big society.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 21 May, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Sebastian Junger’s first book, “The Perfect Storm,” spent 189 weeks on the best-seller lists. His new book, “War,” makes its debut at No. 3.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer faces fan questions with fangs

Bestselling writer of vampire saga sets up meeting with most ardent admirers ahead of film of third novel, EclipseIt's a risky decision, but the Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer, is setting out to meet her most rabid fans next month.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Theakstons prize: women close the gap in crime

Longlist for major UK crime writing award shows more even gender balance, with Susan Hill, Val McDermid and Martina Cole in runningWomen have made a much stronger showing in the competition for this year's major UK crime award, with blood,... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Desperate science fiction author offers cash for readers

Writer who failed to clinch publishing deal puts up $3,000 prize pot for answering questions about novelThe cut-throat world of publishing has forced a science fiction writer to take the drastic step of offering people a cash incentive to read... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 21 May, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris2. HEART OF THE MATTER, by Emily Giffin3. FEVER DREAM, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child4. INNOCENT, by Scott Turow5. THE 9TH JUDGMENT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, by Rhoda Janzen3. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler4. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. THREE CUPS OF TEA,... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge3. WICKED PREY, by John Sandford4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. THE LAST... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Jennifer Weiner... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush2. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis3. WAR, by Sebastian Junger4. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler5. THE LAST STAND, by Nathaniel Philbrick... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Settling Scores in Stieg Larsson’s ‘Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest’

The last novel in Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy shows off the maturation of the author’s storytelling talents.... More...

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Thursday, 20 May, 2010

George Washington's library book returned, 221 years later

Book on international affairs that first US president borrowed in 1789 finally replacedIt was over two centuries late, but a copy of a library book George Washington borrowed was returned yesterday to a New York library.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Ondaatje prize shortlist wanders from Pakistan to Hackney

Biography of one North Yorkshire acre and novel set in Nigerian prison cell in running for £10,000 prize for books evoking spirit of placeThe Ondaatje prize can always be relied on to produce an eclectic shortlist and this year is... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

JG Farrell's Lost Man Booker prize for Troubles – a literary resurrection

Winning the Lost Man Booker prize is a deserved reward for an author whose reputation is still growing 30 years after his deathIn the post-Warhol world, where any wannabe can grab 15 minutes of literary fame, it's a rare writer... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Moshe Greenberg, Jewish Biblical Scholar, Dies at 81

Professor Greenberg, a winner of the Israel Prize, took the historical-critical approach to the Bible.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 20 May, 2010

'Lost' Booker winner is named, 40 years on

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Thursday, 20 May, 2010

Newly Released - Coming of Age Novels

Coming-of-age novels by Jean Kwok, Andrea Levy, Jessica Jiji, Eleanor Catton and Steve Stern — and a collection of “sex and crime” stories.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Destinies Found and Lost in Julie Orringer’s ‘Invisible Bridge’

Julie Orringer’s novel tells the evocative, coincidence-strewn story of Andras Levi, a young Hungarian Jew who travels to Paris in 1937 to study architecture.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Found: JG Farrell a worthy winner for the Lost Booker

Troubles, the first book in Liverpool-born author's Empire trilogy, triumphs in readers' voteWinning the Booker prize almost 40 years ago for The Siege of Krishnapur, JG Farrell used his acceptance speech to denounce capitalism, specifically in the form of the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Orwell Prize goes to blogger who writes about 'working with the underclass'

Judges praise anonymous author of Winston Smith blog for accounts of his encounters with unruly teenagers and the 'useless' social services systemAn anonymous social worker who writes an online diary about "working with the underclass" won a prestigious Orwell Prize... More...

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Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Ghostbusters called in over case of libraries' disappearing funds

Spectral browsers shock readers at New York library, in re-enactment of filmNew York's public libraries are facing the worst budget cuts in their history. Who are they going to call? Ghostbusters, of course.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Wimbledon appoints its first official poet

Matt Harvey becomes the All England Club's first writer in residence after tournament organisers team up with Poetry TrustPrevious Wimbledon tennis champions may have been motivated to greatness by the rousing passage from Rudyard Kipling's If inscro Centre Court.... More...

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Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Matthew Freud takes over literary agency

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Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Freud takes over literary agency

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Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Leo & His Circle,’ by Annie Cohen-Solal

A biography of Leo Castelli, who changed not just the way American art was bought and sold but the way it was discussed and the way it was perceived around the world.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Final twist for PFD as literary agency caught in takeover plot

Peters Fraser Dunlop, the London-based firm with distinguished client list, to become The Rights House after internal wranglings... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Barack Obama declares $5.5m income in 2009

Most of earnings came from book sales, as Obama family discloses assets of $7.7m and charitable donations of $329,000... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Bernard Schoenbaum, 89, New Yorker Cartoonist, Dies

Mr. Schoenbaum’s hundreds of New Yorker cartoons often depicted well-fed-looking figures in settings that would ring with familiarity to upper-middle-class sophisticates.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Paolo Bacigalupi wins Nebula award with The Windup Girl

Tale of engineered girl in calorie-counting world takes best novel prize at US sci-fi and fantasy awardsA debut about an engineered girl who longs to be human in a world ruled by calorie companies has won the best novel prize... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Matthew Freud and Michael Foster take over Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Leading talent and literary agency that has struggled since takeover by Andrew Neil is to become The Rights HouseThe name of one of Britain's oldest talent and literary agencies, Peters Fraser & Dunlop, is to disappear following a takeover by... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Some of Adam Rapp’s Life, in “The Metal Children”

Adam Rapp’s play “The Metal Children” originated with his experience with a banned book.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Robert J. Serling, Aviation Writer, Dies at 92

Mr. Serling was known for the best-selling novel “The President’s Plane Is Missing,” published in 1967.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Findings: Doomsayers Beware, a Bright Future Beckons

While schools of despair await the end of modern civilization, the writer Matt Ridley expects less poverty and disease, and greater freedom and happiness.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

On the Road: ‘Titanic Awards’ Catalogs the Misery of Travel

In “The Titanic Awards: Celebrating the Worst of Travel,” the author Doug Lansky writes about people who have overcome the irritations and pitfalls of travel.... More...

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Tuesday, 18 May, 2010

Arts, Briefly: ‘Seabiscuit’ Author Has New Book

The second book by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of “Seabiscuit,” is to be published in November, Random House announced on Monday.... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘A Great Unrecorded History’ of E. M. Forster by Wendy Moffat

Wendy Moffat’s biography of E. M. Forster sheds light on its subject’s homosexuality.... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Books: Meditations on Noise in 3 Books About Silence

Three new books — “The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want,” “Zero Decibels” and “In Pursuit of Silence” — explore the meaning of noise in our increasingly cacophonous world.... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Chaim Grade’s Yiddish Manuscripts Unearthed

Chaim Grade’s widow had vigorously barred access to his manuscripts, but now that she has died, more of this Yiddish writer’s work may come to light.... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Tamara Drewe comic strip charms Cannes in film form

Stephen Frears and an uncannily apt cast bring sexy rural shenanigans of Posy Simmonds's strip to life on big screenThe Tamara Drewe comic strip, by illustrator and writer Posy Simmonds, was a firm favourite of readers when it ran in... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Laura Bush autobiography finds favour with American public

Former first lady shifts almost 150,000 copies of her memoir in a week, taking No 2 spot in American book chartsIt's not quite at Harry Potter levels, but Laura Bush's memoir, Spoken From the Heart, has sold almost 150,000 copies... More...

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Monday, 17 May, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Award for Sports Books

PEN American Center has teamed up with ESPN to create a new $5,000 award to honor the best nonfiction books about sports.... More...

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Sunday, 16 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Ruth Kassinger’s ‘Paradise Under Glass’

Ruth Kassinger chronicles her decision to add a greenhouse to her Maryland home in “Paradise Under Glass.”... More...

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Sunday, 16 May, 2010

Off the Shelf: ‘The Promise’: Obama’s First Year, Steeped in Finance

Journalism mixes with history in Jonathan Alter’s new book on the issues — many of them financial — that the Obama administration faced in 2009.... More...

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Saturday, 15 May, 2010

A Bernanke Bibliography

Some books by and about Ben S. Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman.... More...

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Saturday, 15 May, 2010

Book Review - The Dead Republic - By Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle concludes his trilogy of Henry Smart novels with the hero’s return to Ireland.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - A Measureless Peril - By Richard Snow

How the Allies wrested control of an ocean from Nazi U-boats.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Operation Mincemeat - By Ben Macintyre

A nonfiction spy tale about the British ruse that employed a corpse to cover up the invasion of Sicily.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Finding Chandra - By Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz

An account of the killing of a Washington intern that grabbed headlines until 9/11.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - War - By Sebastian Junger

The author of “The Perfect Storm” spent months with American soldiers in a lethal corner of Afghanistan and details their intense lives in this original account.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - The Lonely Polygamist - By Brady Udall

In this novel, a man with four wives and several houses full of children fights his inner emptiness.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Good to a Fault - By Marina Endicott

A woman living alone provides shelter to a family left stranded after a car crash.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - The Dream of Perpetual Motion - By Dexter Palmer

In this fantasy, machines and a magician threaten humanity.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Innocent - By Scott Turow

Exercising a crafty fascination for the intricacies of repetitive behavior, Scott Turow brings back Rusty Sabich, now a judge and on trial again, 23 years after “Presumed Innocent.”... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Hellhound on His Trail - By Hampton Sides

A minute-by-minute reconstruction of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination and the man behind it.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Fiction by Kenzaburo Oe, Macedonio Fernández, Yoko Ogawa, Peter Esterhazy and Annie Ernaux

Fiction in translation by Kenzaburo Oe, Macedonio Fernández, Yoko Ogawa, Peter Esterhazy and Annie Ernaux.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

On Poetry: Robert Hass’s Empathy and Desire

Robert Hass’s greatest strength as a poet is his equanimity, a quality that sets him apart from peers who rely on a sense of imbalance.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Essay: How Chinese Censorship Affects Writers in the West

As China’s influence spreads throughout the world, so does a willingness to play by its rules.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Up Front: Anthony Julius

If a public intellectual is someone who can discourse knowledgeably on a wide variety of subjects, then Anthony Julius is surely one of England’s leading public intellectuals.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

Nine months after Justin Halpern started a Twitter feed that we’ll call “Stuff My Dad Says,” he has a book on the nonfiction list and a deal for a sitcom starring William Shatner.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - The Flight of the Intellectuals - By Paul Berman

Paul Berman takes aim at the widespread admiration for the Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, which he believes is misplaced.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - The Death and Life of the Great American School System - By Diane Ravitch

An expert on schools changes her mind about testing and choice.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Jesus Boy - By Preston L. Allen

In this novel, a 16-year-old churchgoer is introduced to furtive fornication and an all-powerful God.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Private Life - By Jane Smiley

This novel traces the life stages of a passive, avoidant woman, including her sad marriage to a delusional astronomer.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Book Review - Slow Love - By Dominique Browning

The former House & Garden editor discovers that there is life after employment.... More...

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Friday, 14 May, 2010

Independent foreign fiction prize goes to Philippe Claudel

Judges applaud Bafta-winning French writer Philippe Claudel for Brodeck's Report, a 'convincing fable of persecution, resistance and survival'The French writer Philippe Claudel has won the Independent foreign fiction prize for Brodeck's Report, his story of a murder in a post-war... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 14 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Lee Child’s ‘61 Hours,’ a Jack Reacher Thriller

Lee Child’s tough, cerebral hero Jack Reacher returns in a thriller that finds him snowbound in South Dakota.... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, by Rhoda Janzen2. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert3. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin4. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET, by Debbie Macomber4. WICKED PREY, by John Sandford5. THE LAST SONG, by... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush2. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis3. THIS TIME TOGETHER, by Carol Burnett4. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler5. MOM, edited by Dave Isay... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris2. THE 9TH JUDGMENT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro3. INNOCENT, by Scott Turow4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett5. DELIVER US FROM EVIL, by David Baldacci... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

My Hero, Emily Dickinson, Outlaw of Amherst

Sifting through the many versions of Emily Dickinson, who is once again having a cultural moment.... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Uncle Bulgaria and friends womble back onto bookshelves

Elisabeth Beresford's Wombles are being returned to print by Bloomsbury, more than 40 years after the author first created themIt was addressed simply to "Elisabeth Beresford, creator of the Wombles, Alderney, The Channel Islands", but the letter sent by publisher... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Phone Smart: The Future of E-Reading With the Kobo App

Because the reading experience on book-reading apps is not significantly different, the hard choice comes down to differentiating how you select your books, and how you may one day like to use them.... More...

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Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Promise: President Obama, Year One’ by Jonathan Alter

“The Promise: President Obama, Year One” by Jonathan Alter looks at how the president runs the White House.... More...

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Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

Alastair Campbell to publish unexpurgated Labour diaries

Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell will next month publish his uncut account of life in Labour between 1994 and 1997Alastair Campbell will publish the uncut first volume of his diaries next month, he said yesterday. The former Labour spin... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

Sarah Palin set to publish new book celebrating American values

Former vice-presidental candidate follows up memoir with paean entitled America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and FlagJust a year after her memoir hit the shelves, Sarah Palin is to release her new book - a paean to American values... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘Operation Mincemeat’ by Ben Macintyre

Ben Macintyre’s nonfiction thriller tells the strange, true tale of a World War II ruse and the eccentric British spies who pulled it off.... More...

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

Gordon Brown's resignation: a publisher's Christmas present?

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

'This remarkably tedious novel': Michiko Kakutani skewers Martin Amis

New York Times reviewer of The Pregnant Widow has a wince with words for English novelistIt is the curse of the English novelist. First, you have to sit back and take it on the chin as literary critics from the... More...

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

Ireland names Siobhán Parkinson first children's laureate

Award-winning Irish author and publisher Siobhán Parkinson becomes Ireland's first laureate for children's literatureAward-winning Irish author and publisher Siobhán Parkinson was named yesterday as Laureate na nÓg, Ireland's first laureate for children's literature, by Irish president Mary McAleese.... More...

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

House where Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's on sale for $18m

Townhouse that provided the backdrop to composition of celebrated novella becomes available at a cool $18m"I live in Brooklyn. By choice," wrote Truman Capote in 1959. Now anyone with a cool $18m to spare can make that choice too and... More...

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

NYC house where Capote lived is on sale for $18m

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2010

Studying Links Between Anatomy and Crime

Economists study links between anatomy and criminal activity.... More...

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Monday, 10 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Martin Amis Dissects the Sexual Revolution in ‘The Pregnant Widow’

In his new novel, Martin Amis suggests that his story is an allegory about the baby boom generation.... More...

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Monday, 10 May, 2010

School ban on gay anthology challenged by US free speech organisations

New Jersey school's decision to remove critically acclaimed collection from library shelves sparks major backlashAmerican free speech organisations are fighting a decision by a New Jersey school to remove a critically acclaimed anthology of writing about teenage homosexuality from library... More...

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Monday, 10 May, 2010

Egyptian Christians file complaint over "insulting" novel

Coptic organisations have filed a complaint against author Youssef Ziedan over his novel Azazeel, which tells the story of religious turbulence of fifth-century EgyptAn Egyptian author who last year won the Arabic equivalent of the Man Booker prize could be... More...

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Monday, 10 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Last Hero,’ Howard Bryant on Henry Aaron

Thirty-six years after Henry Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record, a proper full-dress biography has appeared.... More...

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Sunday, 9 May, 2010

Castaway Fay Weldon speaks out candidly about her many lives and loves

Veteran novelist Fay Weldon reveals the ups and downs of her life on Desert Island DiscsFay Weldon, the veteran novelist and author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, is to reveal a long list of her own lives... More...

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Sunday, 9 May, 2010

An Expatriate Filipino Writes of a Parallel Life

Miguel Syjuco’s first book, a satire of the chaos and violence of Philippine politics called “Ilustrado,” won the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize.... More...

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Saturday, 8 May, 2010

Chronicling Steinbrenner During a Turbulent Era

In “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball,” Bill Madden of The Daily News recounts George Steinbrenner’s blustery, profane, sometimes wacky ways.... More...

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Saturday, 8 May, 2010

A Name for Newborns Thanks to the Vampires

Cullen, the surname of a vampire in the “Twilight” series, leaped almost 300 spots on the Social Security Administration’s list of most popular baby names.... More...

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Saturday, 8 May, 2010

Bookshelf: A Black Abolitionist and Barbecue Diplomacy

Short takes on books by Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Robert Egan, Kurt Pitzer and Samuel Zipp.... More...

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Saturday, 8 May, 2010

The Mind Research Network and Charting Creativity

Researchers are making new inroads into the neurology of inspiration.... More...

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Saturday, 8 May, 2010

From Sarah Silverman, an Adorable Look, Followed by a Sucker Punch

Sarah Silverman’s look is an integral part of her comedy: it provides the buffer of adorableness.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers - By Thomas Mullen

Brothers with special powers rob banks in 1930s Chicago in this novel.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Eaarth - By Bill McKibben

Earth is irreparably broken, Bill McKibben argues. So now what?... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - American Subversive - By David Goodwillie

A bombing unites a blogger and a beautiful eco-terrorist in this literary thriller, an exploration of what motivates radicalism in an age of disillusion.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - The Long Song - By Andrea Levy

In this novel, a former slave tells Jamaica’s story, and describes the false promises of emancipation.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Gen X Has a Midlife Crisis

How can a generation whose cultural trademark is a refusal to grow up have a midlife crisis? Sam Lipsyte’s novel “The Ask” and the films “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Greenberg” ponder this predicament.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Digital Wizardry in Children's Literature

There's a wealth of choices of e-books for children.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

The Jewish Question: Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger was undeniably a Nazi. But was his affiliation an “escapade,” as Hannah Arendt claimed, or is his philosophy itself fundamentally corrupt? Two new books reconsider the question.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Irène Némirovsky’s Life and Stories

A biography of Irène Némirovsky and a collection of her stories raise questions about her relationship to her Jewish roots.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Betsy Ross and the Making of America - By Marla R. Miller

In this admiring biography, a historian shows that the life of the real woman behind the flag legend is well worth recovering.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Losing Charlotte - By Heather Clay

The two siblings in this novel never outgrew their rivalry, and one remains obsessed with it.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy - By Richard A. Posner

Richard A. Posner argues that Congress is rushing to devise remedies for a financial crisis that has yet to be understood.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - The First War of Physics - The Secret History of the Atom Bomb, 1939-1949 - By Jim Baggott

This history of the atomic bomb, from the discovery of nuclear fission to the first Soviet test, skillfully depicts the fear-driven competition between Germans, Americans and Russians.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Spoon Fed - By Kim Severson

A New York Times food writer illuminates her own story with mini-profiles of Alice Waters, Rachael Ray and others.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House - By Meghan Daum

From New York to Nebraska to California, Meghan Daum recounts a lifetime of compulsive house-hunting.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Lonelyhearts - By Marion Meade

In Hollywood in 1940, Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney improbably married. Then came the car crash.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Friedrich Nietzsche - A Philosophical Biography - By Julian Young

A biography of Friedrich Nietzsche emphasizes the personal and historical circumstances that acted as backdrop to his ideas.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Up Front: Harold Bloom

Harold Bloom is probably the most prominent — and the most formidable — literary critic and commentator in America today.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Book Review - Trials of the Diaspora - By Anthony Julius

Anthony Julius’s fiercely relevant book on British anti-Semitism is particularly strong on Shylock, Fagin and the whole cavalcade of Jew-hatred in English literature.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Crime: Mystery Novels by Donna Leon, Paul Doiron, Michael Harvey and Jassy Mackenzie

Mystery novels by Donna Leon, Paul Doiron, Michael Harvey and Jassy Mackenzie.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Paperback Row

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Editors’ Choice

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Essay: Theory, Literature, Hoax

What strange force is stalking departments of literature? A philosopher investigates.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

TBR: Inside the List

“The Other Wes Moore,” new on the nonfiction list, is about two men with the same name and similar backgrounds, one a Rhodes scholar, the other in jail for killing a police officer.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Oxford poetry professor field narrows to final 11

After nominations close, frontrunner Geoffrey Hill goes up against 10 othersA biographer, a journalist, a clinical neuropsychologist and a Sanskrit scholar – as well a few professional poets – make up the final runners and riders for the position of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 7 May, 2010

Puffin marks 70 years by celebrating best ever books

Everyone from Huck Finn to Angelina Ballerina turns out for publisher's anniversary roll of honourIn pictures: Puffins a-plentyHuckleberry Finn rubs shoulders with Artemis Fowl, Charlie and Lola with Fungus the Bogeyman, and Dick King Smith's Sheep-Pig with Gerald Durrell's Family... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 7 May, 2010

Jerusalem Journal: Israelis and Palestinians Hail Writers and the Word, Just Not With One Another

The Palestine Festival of Literature and the International Writers Festival of Israel both took place without mutual awareness or acknowledgment.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Burkle Investment Group Sues Barnes & Noble

The group, Yucaipa, said the Barnes & Noble’s board breached its fiduciary duties, and said it planned to nominate three directors to challenge the current slate.... More...

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Friday, 7 May, 2010

Very Hungry Caterpillar and Dracula on Puffin list of best children's books

Twilight, Peter Pan and Watership Down included in top 70 compiled to mark publisher Puffin's 70th anniversaryFrom The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the gothic horror Dracula, the publisher Puffin has compiled a list of its 70 best books of all... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 7 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Nouriel Roubini Calls for Reform in ‘Crisis Economics’

Nouriel Roubini, who predicted the financial meltdown, now explains it and offers solutions, with his co-author Stephen Mihm.... More...

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Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. WILD FIRE, by Christine Feehan2. SWEET TEA AT SUNRISE, by Sherryl Woods3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson4. SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET, by Debbie Macomber5. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks... More...

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Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Paperback Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, by Rhoda Janzen2. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA, by Chelsea Handler3. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert4. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler5. CONSERVATIVE VICTORY, by Sean... More...

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Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Paperback Trade Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. SAVOR THE MOMENT, by Nora Roberts2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Hardcover Nonfiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis2. THIS TIME TOGETHER, by Carol Burnett3. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler4. OPRAH, by Kitty Kelley5. THE OTHER WES MOORE, by Wes Moore... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE 9TH JUDGMENT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro2. LOVER MINE, by J. R. Ward3. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett4. DELIVER US FROM EVIL, by David Baldacci5. HANNAH’S LIST, by Debbie Macomber... More...

From: NYT > Books

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Publisher Macmillan under investigation over Sudan bribery claim

Company hit by six-year World Bank contract ban after referring itself to Serious Fraud Office... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Vasily Grossman, Russia's greatest chronicler, awaits redemption

Russia holds biggest ever parades celebrating defeat of Nazis but turns its back on writer who witnessed it all... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 6 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘The Imperfectionists’ by Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman’s comic novel features doings, wacky and otherwise, by employees of an English-language newspaper in Rome.... More...

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Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Google to launch ebook store

Google Editions will allow customers to download and read books on any device with a browserGoogle is planning to launch its own ebook store this summer, setting the scene for an all-out war with Apple and Amazon over the future... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Up Close: Carole Mallory, Mistress of Norman Mailer, Speaks Up

In her new book, “Loving Mailer,” Carole Mallory writes about her affair with Norman Mailer and defends celebrity mistresses.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Germaine Greer insulted me but she's still my heroine, says Naomi Wolf

Author proclaims Greer a 'prophet' four years after controversial row about Wolf's memoir The Treehouse... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Modesty Blaise creator Peter O'Donnell dies aged 90

Tributes paid to comic writer behind 40 years of daily cartoon stripsPeter O'Donnell, creator of seductive crime fighter Modesty Blaise, died at the weekend aged 90.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Pam Grier Tells What She’s Learned in Her Memoir, ‘Foxy’

In a new memoir, one of blaxploitation cinema’s biggest stars tells of the loves and hardships in her life.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010

Books of The Times: ‘In the Place of Justice,’ Wilbert Rideau’s Prison Memoir

Wilbert Rideau’s prison memoir traces his path from despair to redemption in the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Tuesday, 4 May, 2010

Terry Pratchett attacks 'ludicrous' Doctor Who

Discworld author says show 'breaks most of the laws of narrative', and is 'pixel thin' as plausible science fictionHis own creation of Discworld comprises a flat world balanced on the back of four elephants, perched on the back of the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 4 May, 2010

Hunter S Thompson story heads for big screen

Prisoner of Denver, about the gonzo reporter's campaign to free a Colorado woman wrongly convicted of murder, is to be turned into a filmTerry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Art Linson's Where the Buffalo Roam and Bruce Robinson's... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 4 May, 2010

'One Book, One Twitter' launches worldwide book club with Neil Gaiman

American Gods chosen as the launch book for plan to get 'a zillion people all reading and talking about a single book'Last year Edinburgh residents tackled Arthur Conan Doyle's dinosaur adventure The Lost World, last month Dubliners were taking a... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 4 May, 2010

Teen readers to be spurred on as Pearson plans social network

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Tuesday, 4 May, 2010

Books of The Times: In ‘The Bedwetter,’ How Sarah Silverman Found Her Vulgar Voice

In a new memoir, Sarah Silverman talks about her childhood, especially one embarrassing nighttime problem.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 3 May, 2010

Mills & Boon goes behind National Trust's bedroom doors for racy novels

Romantic publisher to launch a series of raunchy historical books set in stately homes... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 3 May, 2010

Author rejects Hollywood offer

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Monday, 3 May, 2010

Arts, Briefly: Mysteries Resolved: Edgar Awards Given

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of their prestigious Edgar Awards for the best crime and mystery writing.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 2 May, 2010

Books of The Times: Paul Berman’s ‘Flight of the Intellectuals’

Paul Berman gives two reasons for the chill in the intellectual climate: terrorism and the growth of the Islamist movement.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 2 May, 2010

Japanese Beatrix Potter fans urged to pay extra for visiting Lake District

'Visitor payback' scheme targets 70,000 visitors to fund sustainable tourism with £5 voluntary contribution... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 2 May, 2010

Off the Shelf: ‘Building Social Business’: Going Beyond Microcredit

In “Building Social Business,” Muhammad Yunus calls for an economy of businesses helping the underprivileged. But it’s difficult to see how the model can be self-sustaining.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Sunday, 2 May, 2010

Arts | Long Island: Mayhem in Hamptons, but Only on the Page

A weekend of discussions and readings by some 45 mystery and thriller writers will take place at the BookHampton stores in East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Saturday, 1 May, 2010

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