Wednesday Martin Dares to Call Her New Book ‘Untrue’

After a scoffed-at but successful pop ethnography of Park Avenue, she turns to the topic of infidelity.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Benefits and Moral Quandaries of a World Run by Code

In “Hello World,” the mathematician Hannah Fry writes about the algorithms increasingly used in medicine, criminal justice and other important and sensitive areas.
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By the Book: Kate Atkinson: By the Book

The author of the forthcoming novel “Transcription” recoils at the idea of a literary dinner party: “I would never invite writers. They’re so competitive.”
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By the Book: By the Book: Ben Macintyre

The author, most recently, of ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ is moved by ‘discretion and modesty’ in literature: ‘As a very British sort of Briton, I have an affection for the stiff upper lip, the emotion unvoiced, the desire undeclared.’
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By the Book: Rebecca Solnit: By the Book

The author, most recently, of the essay collection “Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises” keeps an eye on the “daily eruptions of the internet”: “Like a lot of us, I’m hypervigilant about the crazy stuff going on.”
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Handmaid’s Tale: Was it right to take the series beyond the book?

How difficult is it to take a show like The Handmaid’s Tale or Game of Thrones beyond the author’s original creation?
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Profile: Olga Tokarczuk’s Book ‘Flights’ Is Taking Off

It is not her only novel to be translated into English, but it is the first one to establish her reputation beyond her native Poland.
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By the Book: Sophie Hannah: By the Book

Sophie Hannah, whose Hercule Poirot novel “The Mystery of Three Quarters” will be published this month, is addicted to self-help: “Write a book and call it something like ‘The Five Secrets of Badass Kickassery’ and I will buy it immediately.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The American Border (Not That One)

To write “Northland,” Porter Fox spent three years traveling about 4,000 miles from Maine to Washington, meeting people, studying history and observing nature.
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By the Book: Simon Rich: By the Book

The humor writer Simon Rich, whose latest collection is “Hits and Misses,” would love to see his life as a Ken Burns documentary: “Just a lot of slow pans of me typing on my computer, while sitting in different positions. And the whole time, inexplicably, there’s jazz.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Refugee Says, ‘Call Me American’

Abdi Nor Iftin went from a harrowing childhood in war-torn Somalia to freedom in Maine, thanks to winning a visa lottery.
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By the Book: Michiko Kakutani: By the Book

The Times’s former chief book critic Michiko Kakutani, author of “The Death of Truth,” doesn’t think in terms of genre: “J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are no more Y.A. reading, to me, than John le Carré’s Smiley novels are spy stories.”
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Too Busy for a Book Club? Join an Online Version

These novel online book groups help time-strapped adults debate new works on digital platforms they already enjoy.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Close Look at Where Kids Live, Learn and Play

In “The Design of Childhood,” the design and architecture critic Alexandra Lange examines schools, playgrounds, toys and other habitual features of young people’s lives.
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By the Book: Ottessa Moshfegh: By the Book

Ottessa Moshfegh, author most recently of the novel “My Year of Rest and Relaxation,” would invite Edith Wharton, Ralph Ellison and Charles Bukowski to dinner: “I’d … want to know what it’s like to be dead, and whether writing great books has earned them any merit in the afterlife.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Fresh Look at Benedict Arnold’s Treason

In “Turncoat,” the independent historian Stephen Brumwell argues that Arnold’s plot to foil the American Revolution was more complicated than it has previously appeared.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Drafting a Eulogy for Classic Rock

In “Twilight of the Gods,” Steven Hyden writes about what a generation of music gave to the culture — and whether any of it can last.
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Essay: No Two People Read Exactly the Same Book, and That’s a Good Thing

Reading to his son, who has cerebral palsy, the poet Craig Morgan Teicher discovers the many-layered pleasures of sharing an experience that is inherently private.
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By the Book: Bill Clinton: By the Book

The former president Bill Clinton, who collaborated with James Patterson on the new thriller “The President Is Missing,” reads everywhere: “At my work table, in my easy chair, in bed and on the plane. Even in the car when I’m not too tired.”
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Facing elimination, LeBron finds comfort in a book

Up against elimination for the second time this postseason, the three-time NBA champion told ESPN about the lessons he has learned from reading “The Alchemist.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Making Good Time With the Pony Express

Jim DeFelice talks about “West Like Lightning,” his new history of the short-lived but long-remembered company and how it changed the United States.
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Fiction: One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story

The great Irish writer William Trevor captured turning points in individual lives with powerful slyness. “Last Stories” is his final gift to us.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Turning Routine Meetings Into Memorable Events

In “The Art of Gathering,” Priya Parker offers provocative and sometimes counterintuitive lessons on how to invigorate everything from weddings to high-pressure political negotiations.
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By the Book: Samantha Irby: By the Book

The comedian and blogger Samantha Irby, whose collection “Meaty” has just been reissued, would love to see celebrities’ grocery lists: “I’m so curious about other people’s daily needs. What’s in your bathroom cabinet right now?”
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Essay: Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age

Ray Bradbury believed that serious thought was under threat from television and mass media. Ramin Bahrani, who adapted Bradbury’s novel for film, says it’s more relevant than ever.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: An Escape From Impending War Into the Unknown

In “Miss Ex-Yugoslavia,” Sofija Stefanovic tells the story of her early childhood in a country that no longer exists and her ensuing years in Australia, where her family moved to get away from political tensions.
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By the Book: John McCain: By the Book

Senator John McCain, whose new book is “The Restless Wave,” thinks all children should read “Huckleberry Finn”: “It’s funny and it’s scary, and it teaches us to see past our differences.”
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By the Book: Dambisa Moyo: By the Book

The economist Dambisa Moyo, author most recently of “Edge of Chaos,” loves Agatha Christie’s “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep” Hercule Poirot.
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Opinion | Zora Neale Hurston’s Book On A Former Slave Took 90 Years To Publish

And America still might not be ready for it.
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Super Fed: James Comey Stars In His Own Comic Book

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Memo Man.
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Time Traveler Jimmy Kimmel Warns Baby Donald Trump About James Comey’s Book

“To potentially get him to change his ways.”
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Kanye West starts publishing ‘real-time’ philosophy book

Hip hop star Kanye West has broken his 11-month Twitter silence to write a philosophy book “in real time” in a bid to satisfy his “innate need to be expressive”.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Disarming Humor in ‘Heads of the Colored People’

Nafissa Thompson-Spires’s debut story collection shares its title with a collection of sketches by a 19th-century abolitionist.
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5 Questions You Should 100 Percent Ask A Wedding Photographer Before You Book Them

1. How long does it take to receive your photos?
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By the Book: James B. Comey: By the Book

When James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director and author of “A Higher Loyalty,” reads fiction, it’s “almost always something my kids are reading, so I can … pretend to be cool.”
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Trump Blasts ‘Slime Ball’ James Comey as Details Emerge from Former FBI Director’s Book

President Donald Trump called James Comey a “proven leaker and liar” who “should be prosecuted” after excerpts from the former FBI director’s tell-all book surfaced. “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR. Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked […]

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‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ More Profitable Than Any Film Or Book Ever

The revenue for this one game title is estimated to be $ 6 billion.
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GTA 5 Has Made More Money Than Any Film, Book or Game, Says Analyst

Industry analyst Doug Creutz says Grand Theft Auto 5 has made money than any other form of media in history, with over 90 million units sold and $ 6 billion in revenue.

Creutz, managing director and senior research analyst covering the media and entertainment sector at Cowen, told MarketWatch that the game has made more than blockbuster movies like Star Wars, and Gone With The Wind, which both brought in around $ 3 billion in theaters when adjusted for inflation. Creutz estimates that even with home entertainment sales, which he puts in the ballpark of $ 1 billion, the films don’t come close to Rockstar’s 2013 title.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Bringing ‘Giant’ to the Big Screen

Don Graham’s new book tells the story of how the epic starring James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor was made.
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By the Book: John Lewis Gaddis: By the Book

The historian John Lewis Gaddis, whose new book is “On Grand Strategy,” finds train videos relaxing: “I especially recommend the six-hour run from Omsk to Novosibirsk, on which nothing happens.”
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Mary H.K. Choi Wanted to Write a Book in Which ‘High-Key Nothing Happens’

But actually a lot happens, including conversations about sexual assault, communication and what it means to be someone’s “Emergency Contact” — the title of her book.
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By the Book: Ernest Cline: By the Book

Ernest Cline, whose novel “Ready Player One” is the basis for a new movie, grew up reading: “Like many nerdy kids, I don’t know how I would have survived without being able to escape into books.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Mayor of New Orleans on Rethinking Southern History

Mitch Landrieu’s “In the Shadow of Statues” is part memoir and part history, building on a widely shared speech he delivered last year about removing Confederate statues from his city.
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Rondo: Allen just wants ‘attention’ with book

Rajon Rondo, who is brought up negatively in Ray Allen’s book, says his former teammate just wants attention.
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Tracy Beaker and four other children’s book characters who grew up

Tracy Beaker is just the latest literary character to return as an adult.
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By the Book: Sloane Crosley: By the Book

Sloane Crosley, whose new essay collection is “Look Alive Out There,” says “any woman who has to take an author photo where she looks the just-right amount of appealing is a literary hero.”
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By the Book: Luis Alberto Urrea: By the Book

The author Luis Alberto Urrea avoids certain novels: “I run screaming when I see an Ayn Rand book creeping up the alley looking for victims.”
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By the Book: Brian Selznick: By the Book

As a boy, the author and illustrator Brian Selznick preferred consuming stories on screen: “I usually watched the movies of books I should have read.”
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By the Book: Tayari Jones: By the Book

The novelist Tayari Jones keeps a Bible even though she was raised without religion: “I’ve come to understand that, as a black Southerner, I am a Christian, whether I am observant or not.”
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Self-Helped: How One Book Changed My Relationship With Money

The nine-step money-management system in “Your Money or Your Life” allowed both its writers to retire early.
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The Best of Superman’s Many Comic Book Origin Stories

Bendis isn’t the first creator to change up Superman’s status quo. Here are some of the best changes to the Man of Steel’s origin over the years.
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By the Book: Amy Chua: By the Book

The law professor and author Amy Chua never read parenting guides when her children were young — “Maybe that was my problem!” — and didn’t intend to write one with “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.”
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By the Book: Simon Sebag Montefiore: By the Book

In childhood, the historian and novelist was a “voracious, excitable, starry-eyed” reader. He still is.
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How an Artist Learned About Freedom From ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’

For 30 years, black travelers navigating the swamp of Jim Crow laws relied on guides to find safe places. Derrick Adams conjures their experiences in art.
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Kenneth Ning Produces Film, Look Book Instead of Show

Add Kenneth Ning to the list of designers who have eschewed runway shows this season.
The New York-based designer, who launched his collection in 2015, has partnered with multimedia artist Patrick Welde and art director Anthony Stephinson to showcase his fall collection.
Ning handed over his completed line to the two men, and they returned “The Twisted System,” a look book and short film that was shot over several days in Paris.
“It was time for me to take a new presentation direction with my collection,” said Ning. “The influencer has grown to huge importance with retailers and consumers. Patrick has a great eye and the past client experience I am looking for in shaping my brand to a more international retailer and consumer.”
Ning’s fall collection blends streetwear and tailoring with pieces that provide what he described as “a twisted dream state,” consisting of  unusual proportions and fabrics that range from flannel tartans to plaids.
Welde is part of the growing Parisian avant-garde scene and has worked with brands and publications including Balenciaga and Antidote Magazine.

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By the Book: Daniel Mendelsohn: By the Book

Daniel Mendelsohn on his fondness of literary criticism, the classics and books about home decor and haute couture.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Goddess of Anarchy’

Jacqueline Jones discusses her new biography of Lucy Parsons, a woman born into slavery who became an outspoken advocate for the working classes.
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Comic Book Reviews for December 20, 2017

2017 may be winding down, but the comic book industry sure isn’t. This week saw the release of another stellar issue of Batman, the latest chapter of Dark Nights: Metal, and the debuts of Marvel Two-In-One, X-Men: Grand Design, Backways and the relaunched Quantum & Woody.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Elif Shafak on Mixing Faith and Doubt

In Shafak’s new novel, “Three Daughters of Eve,” a woman attends a dinner party in Istanbul and flashes back to charged friendships during her college days.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Debating Pot in America

Emily Dufton discusses “Grass Roots,” her look at the history of activism on both sides of the marijuana debate.
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By the Book: John Hodgman: By the Book

The author of, most recently, “Vacationland,” doesn’t like to talk about writing with other writers. “We mostly talk about TV.”
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Nonfiction: Muhammad Ali, Beginning to End for the First Time in a Book

Jonathan Eig’s “Ali: A Life” is the first major biography to include the fighter’s final years, Parkinson’s and all.
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The Book Review Podcast: O Pioneers!

Caroline Fraser talks about “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” and Tiya Miles discusses “The Dawn of Detroit.”
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By the Book: Andy Weir: By the Book

The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
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The Book Review Podcast: Kurt Andersen on Channeling President Trump

Andersen talks about “You Can’t Spell America Without Me”; Liza Mundy discusses “Code Girls”; and Maria Russo on the season’s children’s books.
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By the Book: Krysten Ritter: By the Book

The actress and author of a thriller, “Bonfire,” can’t read on the set of “Jessica Jones”: “It is crazy exciting! But it’s not a reading environment.”
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Comic Book Reviews for October 25, 2017

The comic book industry wrapped up the month of October with more major releases. DC celebrated Halloween with the release of the DC House of Horror anthology and released several new Dark Nights: metal tie-ins. marvel welcome more books into the Marvel Legacy fold and delivered the long-awaited finale to Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer run. IDW also had a huge week, as the First Strike crossover wrapped up with a major twist ending and TMNT reached its 75th issue.

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Unbuttoned: Calvin Klein’s First Coffee Table Book Is R-Rated History

In a 463-page tome, the designer looks back on his experience pushing boundaries.
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Book News: George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Mr. Saunders is the second consecutive American writer to win the Man Booker Prize.
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By the Book: Tom Hanks: By the Book

Tom Hanks, the actor, producer, director and author of a new story collection, “Uncommon Type,” has no desire to read novels of murder and conspiracy.
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By the Book: Roz Chast: By the Book

The author of, most recently, “Going Into Town,” enjoys listening to audiobooks while working on a craft project like embroidering: “My idea of a really good time.”
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Grace Coddington, Michael Roberts Host Book Signing at London’s Smythson Store

BOOK SIGNING: “There’s a slight familiarity with Gingernutz — she’s me,” said Grace Coddington at the London book signing of “GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan” on Thursday evening.
Held at the Smythson store on New Bond Street, British designers including Erdem Moralioğlu, E. Tautz owner and creative director Patrick Grant and Stephen Jones were among the guests who turned up to show support.
Coddington recalled the first time she encountered the main character — illustrated by longtime friend Michael Roberts — and thought she was so cute. Roberts had drawn a series of illustrations from the point of view of a baby orangutan and depicted the little ape’s journey navigating the fashion world. Alongside her book, Coddington will also be contributing to the December issue of British Vogue.
“I have already contributed,” Coddington said. “And I can’t wait for it to come out. I’ve only done one and it’s at the early stages. Edward [Enninful] loved it and that’s the main thing. I loved it. I’m very happy with it. It’s a surprise.”
While Coddington, couldn’t divulge too many details, she noted that working with British Vogue’s new editor in chief was a great experience. “We’re friends so we go back

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‘Alt-Right’ Children’s Book Shelved For Blatantly Copying Pepe The Frog

So long “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede.” You were, erm, very bigoted and uncreative.
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By the Book: Jennifer Egan: By the Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “A Visit From the Goon Squad” and the forthcoming “Manhattan Beach” reads only what she craves: “If I try to read a book I’m not hungry for, I won’t enjoy it.”
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Comic Book Reviews for September 27, 2017

The comics industry closed out September with another big week. Marvel’s Legacy relaunch officially began, while two more key Generations one-shots also saw release. DC delved deeper into some huge Rebirth mysteries in Wonder Woman #31, Action Comics #988 and Detective Comics #965 while also putting the spotlight on another Dark Knight in Batman: The Murder Machine #1. Elsewhere, Image delivered another issue of Saga, IDW moved closer to the climax of the First Strike crossover and Valiant began the next phase of Aric’s yearlong journey in X-O Manowar #7.

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National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees Are Writers To Watch

If you haven’t yet checked out these five debuts, consider this an invitation.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Maria Sharapova on ‘Unstoppable’

The tennis star discusses why she wrote her new memoir, the struggles her father faced during her childhood and more.
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Bill Maher Uses Children’s Book To Explain Donald Trump’s Deal With Democrats

“Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, they’re city mice and that’s who a consummate New Yorker like Donald Trump relates to.”
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Hillary Clinton’s Book Sets Sales Records, Despite Calls For Her To ‘Shut Up’

Over 300,000 copies later, readers were apparently more than eager to listen to what the former presidential candidate had to say.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: The Ways We Inherit Historical Traumas

In “Survivor Café,” Elizabeth Rosner writes about how we recognize and cope with the traumas that directly affected previous generations.
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Donald Robertson Celebrates New Book, “Donald”, in London

AMERICAN HUSTLE: “Somebody told me tonight that this book is just a very expensive business card,” joked Donald Robertson, signing copies of his book, “Donald – The Book,” at its launch at Maison Assouline on Piccadilly in London Friday night. “And it really is, it’s got all my stuff in it so I don’t even need to hustle [for work] so much anymore.”
Robertson — Estée Lauder’s creative director who is famous for his handpainted handbags and his Instagram account, Drawbertson, where he posts images of his fashion-centric artworks to over 190,000 followers — came to the book deal with Assouline through less-than orthodox means.
“I was at Bergdorf’s, standing there painting on bags, and I was, like, ‘I want a book cover; I want a book [deal]. I’m just going to paint on the Valentino book.’ So I just started painting on the covers, put my name on it, but it said Valentino on the side, so I put the hashtag, ‘Kiss My Assouline’. Totally without permission and I was selling them for about $ 2,800 on the shop floor.”
A phone call from Assouline founder Prosper Assouline followed. “I thought he was going to tell me to stop but he said, ‘Dude,

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The 10 Incendiary Nonfiction Books Up For A National Book Award

This is a politically timely array of histories, investigations, and polemics you won’t want to miss.
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The Comic Book Industry Officially Has No Excuse Not To Hire Women

Thanks to the #VisibleWomen hashtag, which gathers together names and skills of gifted women in the comic book biz.
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Legendary NYT Book Critic Michiko Kakutani Is Stepping Down

She’ll be replaced by Parul Sehgal.
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Spy chief’s family book to hit back at Hollywood

The family of a former Bletchley Park boss are set to publish a biography of his life after being “deeply offended” by how he was portrayed as a “baddie” by Hollywood.
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By the Book: Louise Penny: By the Book

The author of mystery novels, most recently “Glass Houses,” recommends reading her fellow Canadian writer Margaret Atwood: “And I don’t just say that because the government compels me to.”
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Junot Díaz Wrote A Kid’s Book So His Goddaughters Could Feel Represented

He said they longed for “stories that resonated for them and included them.”
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NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book

NFL player lives on $  60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this bookAn alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won’t fall into that category.



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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Patricia Williams Goes From Crime to Comedy

In her new memoir, “Rabbit,” the standup comedian tells how she overcame a young life of poverty and drug dealing to become a performer.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Eat Only When You’re Hungry’

Lindsay Hunter discusses her new novel about a man’s road trip as he searches for his drug-addicted son.
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By the Book: Carla Hayden: By the Book

The librarian of Congress, who wrote the foreword to “The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures,” likes to read about the nature of things, most recently, books on mahogany and the history of redheads.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Reading With Patrick’

Michelle Kuo talks about her experience teaching a troubled student in Arkansas, first in school and then while he sat in jail on a murder charge.
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By the Book: Jane Green: By the Book

The author of “The Sunshine Sisters” is drawn to books by their covers: “There is still nothing like browsing in a bookstore with all the time in the world, allowing myself to be drawn to whatever catches my eye.”
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Legendary NYT Book Critic Michiko Kakutani Is Stepping Down

She’ll be replaced by Parul Sehgal.
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Hillary Clinton’s New Book Will Be Called ‘What Happened’

But seriously, good question — what HAPPENED?!
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Guo Pei to Be Focus of SCAD Exhibition and Upcoming Rizzoli Book

EXHIBIT SET: The Savannah College of Art & Design has confirmed the dates for what will be Guo Pei’s first solo museum exhibition.
The show will bow Sept. 7 at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, and will feature 30 of the designer’s intricate gowns, footwear and accessories, including the imperial yellow gown worn by Rihanna at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in 2015. Although the musician and designer have not collaborated since that most-photographed choice, the blizzard of publicity their pairing established two years ago introduced Pei’s work to millions.
SCAD is counting on a New York-based creative collective HOWL that includes three photographers who are alumni — Jim Lind, Patrick O’Brien and Elliot Ross — to capture Pei’s designs in a monograph. The fourth member Forest Woodward is the only non-SCAD graduate. While individually the lensmen have worked with Patagonia, Carhartt and National Geographic, among other well-known brands, this is the four-year-old group’s first major fashion undertaking. Due out in December by Rizzoli, the book will also be a first for the designer. Along with photos of archival pieces, there will be a total of 44 images including some shot on old plantations such

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Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Affluence Without Abundance’

In his new book, James Suzman writes about the Bushmen hunter-gatherers and what they have taught him about how the modern world lives.
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Book Your Labor Day Vacation by August 10 If You Want the Best Deal

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By the Book: Calvin Trillin: By the Book

The humorist, memoirist and journalist likes the way H.L. Mencken expressed himself, for instance in his definition of Puritanism: “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
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Junot Díaz Wrote A Kid’s Book So His Goddaughters Could Feel Represented

He said they longed for “stories that resonated for them and included them.”
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Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘Why,’ About the Science of Curiosity

In his new book, Mario Livio delves into the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and speaks with people who have extreme curiosity.
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Comey’s Writing a Book, and Publishers Are Eager to Pay Big Money for It

Mr. Comey’s book, which will address his run-ins with President Trump and other moments in his career, is expected to go to auction this coming week.
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The Book Review Podcast: The World of Jane Austen Fans

Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”
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By the Book: Allegra Goodman: By the Book

The author of “The Chalk Artist” admires Mary Garth in “Middlemarch”: “She is not only brave and witty, but totally sane. That’s hard to write. Madness is easy. A character with good sense is a tour de force.”
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Comic Book Reviews for July 12, 2017

It was another big week of comics. DC delivered another critical prelude to Dark Nights: Metal, brought back fan-favorite series The American Way and welcomed a new creative team on board Wonder Woman. Marvel continued to flesh out the Secret Empire conflict with various tie-in books and kicked off the long-awaited Spider-Men II.

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The Book Review Podcast: The History of the London Zoo

Isobel Charman talks about “The Zoo,” and R. L. Stine discusses scary stories for children.
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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘In the Days of Rain’

Rebecca Stott discusses her new work of memoir and history, about life in a closed Christian world in England.
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By the Book: A. Scott Berg: By the Book

The biographer and consulting producer of Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” might have been a doctor — “if only that didn’t require courses in biology, physics and organic chemistry. Oh…and med school.”
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Rodial’s Maria Hatzistefanis Releases Book in the U.K.

SUCCESS SECRETS: Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and chief executive officer of the indie British beauty label Rodial — and social media maven — is looking to connect with her growing audience in new ways and has launched her first book.
Titled “How to Be an Overnight Success,” (Ebury Press) the book looks at Hatzistefanis’ journey to create a global beauty brand.
“The aim is to encourage everyone to follow their dreams; whether it’s someone starting their first job, people looking to take their careers to the next level or take a different turn and start their own businesses,” said Hatzistefanis.
The book takes the reader through stages of Hatzistefanis’ career, and each chapter ends with general business advice that anyone can apply to their respective cases.
It also offers up anecdotes about all the mishaps she encountered over the years. She talks about running around the Westfield mall at the last minute, desperate to find a nude bra ahead of a shoot with Kylie Jenner. Jenner had been acting as brand ambassador for the company’s lower-priced range Nip + Fab.
Looking back, Hatzistefanis said she learned how important it was to gain perspective. “I was so stressed, and looking back I realize that whatever I was

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Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy Sign Copies of “Furniture” Book in Paris

MR & MRS: Rick Owens and his wife Michèle Lamy held court on Tuesday evening on the first floor of the designer’s store in the Palais-Royal in Paris, where they signed copies of “Rick Owens: Furniture,” the coffee table book published by Rizzoli New York.
The pair’s banter provided an insight into the creative process behind the furniture design, which Owens conceives and Lamy executes. Just don’t call it a collaboration.
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“He hates the word, he’s so nervous about it,” said Lamy, adding it was just a manner of speech.
Owens said it was hard to single out a particular creation. “I like it all, because when doing a book, I really enjoy the whole laying-out process and going through every little thing,” he said. “I mean, out of all the stuff that we’ve done, that’s an edit of all my favorite stuff, so I can’t even pick my favorite.”
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Why celebrity book clubs may have a shelf life

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Comic Book Reviews for June 28, 2017

It was another big week of comics. DC wrapped up their Justice League/Looney Tunes crossovers with the surprisingly excellent Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, while Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and Bilquis Evely said farewell to Wonder Woman. Marvel delivered another chapter of the main Secret Empire mini-series while also drawing Amazing Spider-Man into that massive conflict. Elsewhere, Image gave us a new chapter of Saga and the return of Black Magick, IDW kicked off a new Clue comic and Valiant debuted their latest new series with Secret Weapons #1.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The Mind of God’

The neurologist Jay Lombard discusses the brain and its connection to what he describes as our deeper, spiritual underpinnings.
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Comic Book Reviews for June 21, 2017

It was another big week of new comics. DC kicked off “The War of Jokes and Riddles” in Batman #25 while also delivering two more DCU/Looney Tunes crossover books. Marvel launched a very new reader-friendly new Spider-Man comic and delved ever deeper into the Secret Empire conflict. BOOM! Studios wrapped up a major Power Rangers storyline. And Image launched two promising new creator-owned titles in Crosswind #1 and Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1.

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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: ‘The End of Advertising’

Andrew Essex discusses his new book about the fate of traditional advertising and what might replace it.
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Q. and A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Reporter Inside the World of Jihad

Souad Mekhennet discusses her new book, “I Was Told to Come Alone.”
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Comic Book Reviews for June 7, 2017

It was another big week of comics. DC delivered a game-changing new issue of Batman while also wrapping up The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Marvel launched new comics starring Iceman and Darth Vader while bidding farewell to Nova and ending Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Doctor Strange run. AfterShock debuted another promising new series with Babyteeth #1. And Image wrapped up Mark Milalr and Greg Capullo’s Reborn while also releasing new issues of The Walking Dead and Paper Girls.

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Here’s What The First ‘Harry Potter’ Book Looks Like Around The World

In its 20 years on this planet Earth, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — or Philosopher’s, if you’re British — has been officially translated into 68 languages (and unofficially even more than that).

Naturally, some aspects of J.K. Rowling’s characters and plot require a bit of finessing so they make sense in languages other than her native English. The verbal clues that help readers imagine the school houses of Slytherin and Ravenclaw, for example, turn into “Serpentard” and “Serrdaigle” (roughly “snake” and “eagle talon”) in French. In German, “The Mirror of Erised” becomes “Der Spiegel Nerhegeb” — “nerhegeb” being the German word for “desire” spelled backwards.

Character names aren’t safe from alteration in translation, either. Buckbeak the Hippogriff becomes “Hardodziób,” roughly meaning “haughty beak,” in Poland. In Iceland, Crookshanks the cat becomes “Skakklappi,” or “crook-legged.” The wayward owl Pigwidgeon simply is “Kvík” in Slovak, or “squeak.”

Rowling’s affinity for puns requires some smart work on the part of the translator, as well; in a recent discussion over whether Ron Weasley and Lavender Brown ever had sex on the “Harry Potter” sub-Reddit board, users mused over the differences in translation over a scene during Divination class. After Lavender realizes she’s found Uranus, Ron requests whether he can “see Uranus, too.” Oh, ho, ho — but for readers in other languages to get the joke, the pun had to be altered somewhat, from “Uranus” to simply a “heavenly body” (that Ron would like to see, too). Ten points to the translator who had to finesse that one.

The text isn’t the only thing that has changed as the story of “Harry Potter” traveled from country to country. Various publishers chose to stray from the American cover illustrated by Mary GrandPré or the U.K. version created by Thomas Taylor, while others did not. Here are 21 magical covers from the first “Harry Potter” book that stole our hearts.

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Influence Peddler: Sofía Sanchez de Betak Piles Travels Into Collection, Book

PARIS — Sofía Sanchez de Betak has been up since 4 a.m., following a 12-hour flight from Japan. She is bare-faced, her hair is damp and she is wearing a tent dress made from old bed sheets.
It’s her first day in her new temporary Paris digs — she and her husband, show producer Alexandre de Betak, are staying in his Paris office while their home is being renovated — and she is still finding her bearings. Despite all this, she looks effortlessly gorgeous — a walking affront to any Instagram filter.
An art director and graphic designer by training, the Buenos Aires-born influencer known as Chufy — with 123,000 followers on Instagram — is something of a professional globe-trotter. Her innate sense of style has led her to work with brands including Barneys, Chloé, Chanel, Hogan and Zara.
Now she has parlayed her passion into her own fashion line, also called Chufy, which she designs with local artists and artisans from around the world. The first collection is comprised of around 25 clothing and accessory designs, in addition to 15 pieces of jewelry, with prices ranging from $ 495 for a shirt to $ 2,890 for riding boots.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Ben Falcone on the Father-Son Bond

In “Being a Dad Is Weird,” the comedic actor and screenwriter juxtaposes his childhood in Illinois with modern-day fatherhood in Los Angeles.
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Amazon’s Grip On The Book World Could Silence The Stories That Matter

This morning, Amazon ― the online bookseller-turned-everything store ― opened the doors to its latest brick-and-mortar outpost in New York City’s Columbus Circle. The company added in-person retail to its arsenal of buying options in 2015, when it opened a store in Seattle. Beginning today, it occupies a space where a Borders once was.

Unlike its competitors ― which mostly include independent bookstores, after the company’s rise lead to the fall of Borders and many Barnes & Noble locations ― Amazon’s physical bookstore relies on sales data to determine which titles will be prominently displayed. At the Columbus Circle location, a table labeled “Highly Rated: 4.8 Stars & Above” sits near the entrance. On it, are such titles as 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food by Lisa Leake and Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen.

For publishers, especially those who support the work of emerging authors, disempowered authors or authors whose voices aren’t in chorus with the mainstream, this data-based approach to bookselling is disconcerting.

Michael Reynolds, the editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, told HuffPost that Amazon’s ratings-based system isn’t conducive to discovering writers like the lyrical, wave-making Elena Ferrante, whom Europa publishes.

“Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star.
Dennis Johnson, co-publisher of Melville House Books

“While a new bookstore, any new bookstore, is generally good news, I can’t see how Amazon applying its unsatisfactory recommendation engine to a physical space is going to result in the kind of discovery experience a reader has when she enters any good brick-and-mortar store,” Reynolds said. “It is certainly not going to help with bringing about the kind of bibliodiversity that, with authors like Elena Ferrante, Muriel Barbery, Boualem Sansal and Domenico Starnone, we seek to cultivate, and that I think is more important today than ever.”

Dennis Johnson, the co-publisher of Melville House, agreed. “Things like Tolstoy are going to have lower ratings than the new book by the new YouTube star,” he told HuffPost. “Real literature is slowly not going to be available there.”

Caroline Casey, the managing director of Coffee House Press, was more optimistic about readers’ appetite for well-told stories, and the tenacity of indie presses.

“I don’t expect [Amazon’s] experiments to damage independent bookstores, because what people value them for isn’t replicable in the Amazon model,” she told HuffPost. “So those booksellers, who are our very best advocates and sell our books better than I ever could hope to, should be fine. And so will we.”

Coffee House Press describes itself as “committed to diversity and inclusion,” and that mission statement is reflected in the titles it publishes, including Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth, Saeed Jones’s Prelude to Bruise and Jade Sharma’s Problems. Casey says that while a “significant portion” of Coffee Houses’ sales come from Amazon, she doesn’t expect the seller’s physical locations to have either a positive or negative impact. Instead, she expects that indie bookstores will continue to account for most of the press’ in-person sales.

“A good bookstore offers not just curation, but also personality and the opportunity not [just] to find what you want, but to also find out what you want,” Casey said. “Amazon might have a lot of customer data, but it’s not the kind that yields a surprising, joyful bookstore visit.”

The decision to open brick-and-mortar stores isn’t the only recent change Amazon has made to its bookselling approach. Last month, the retailer tweaked its online buying options, so that publishers are no longer automatically granted the right to be listed as the default sellers for their titles. Instead, third-party retailers are now allowed to compete to become a book’s default seller. So, prime real estate on the site is often granted to those with the lowest costs.

Casey declined to comment on this new development. But, Johnson and Reynolds agreed that the move could hurt publishers and, consequently, authors, who aren’t owed a cut of the sale from third-party distributors.

I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books.
Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Europa Editions

“The Amazon paradigm sees books as a function of a hyper-competitive market rather than cultural products that create a market, shape it, and at times disrupt it,” Reynolds said. “The most recent development concerning Amazon’s buy box will make it increasingly difficult for authors to be paid adequately for their work when it is sold through Amazon, and for publishers to invest in bringing new and diverse voices to the market and maintaining a robust backlist. As a publisher animated by an abiding belief in the broad and lasting value not only of books but of ‘bibliodiversity,’ I cannot be anything but concerned by Amazon’s insistence on chipping away at the perceived and actual value of books.”

“It’s another instance of Amazon killing the goose that lays the eggs,” Johnson said. “Screwing their partners in the ecosystem that naturally grows around any kind of product. What they’re doing now is something that nobody makes any money from, except Amazon.”

And it’s not just indie presses who could suffer from Amazon’s business decisions. In fact, Johnson said that Melville House ― which only relies on Amazon for around 25 percent of its sales ― will likely fare better than big-five publishers such as Random House, which leans on Amazon to sell classics and other backlist titles.

“This is treacherous for everybody in the business,” Johnson said. “Everybody’s threatened by this.”

“Amazon is nothing if not Trumpian in their behavior,” he continued. “The ruthlessness, the naked capitalism. It’s all there. They’re positively Trumpian. They have that in them.”

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By the Book: Jeffrey Tambor: By the Book

The actor and author of “Are You Anybody?” loves to watch younger people browse in his bookstore: “The millennials, Xers and Yers are off their equipment and opting for paper, I’m here to tell you!”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Andrea Petersen on Living With, and Studying, Anxiety

In “On Edge,” Ms. Petersen discusses her initial reluctance to reveal her mental illness and a troubling stagnation in treatment options.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Rafe Bartholomew on Growing Up at McSorley’s

Learning at the knee of your father and the regulars at a truly time-honored Manhattan bar.
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Dear Book Club: It’s You, Not Me

Book clubs can be the epicenter of fierce friendships and enmity; a breeding ground for resentments large and small.
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Comic Book Reviews for May 10, 2017

It was another big week of comics, as Marvel launched new books like Rocket and Secret Warriors and kicked off the Star Wars crossover “The Screaming Citadel.” DC, meanwhile, added another title to the Young Animal line with Bug: The Adventures of Forager and began a major new story arc in All-Star Batman #10. And Image wrapped up the mini-series A.D.: After Death and debuted Regression.

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Samantha Bee Tackles Ivanka’s Book and ‘Columbusing Feminism’

Trumps are not known for originality.

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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: China Miéville on the Russian Revolution

Mr. Miéville, usually a writer of imaginative fiction, talks about his latest work, “October,” a nonfiction book about Russian history.
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What I Learned from Ivanka’s Book

For starters, she takes it very easy on men in the workplace.

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By the Book: David Grann: By the Book

The author of “The Lost City of Z” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” thinks the president should read “The Road,” by Cormac McCarthy, because “it gives a sense of the fragility of the world.”
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Kate Moore’s ‘The Radium Girls’

The stories of a group of company workers whose exposure to a seemingly magical luminescent paint became deadly.
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How Starz’ American Gods Updates and Honors Neil Gaiman’s 2001 Book

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Comic Book Reviews for April 26, 2017

It was another big week of comics, as Marvel’s ResurrXion relaunch continued, Batman continued his team-up with The Flash in “The Button,” Ben Reilly got his own comic again and Dark Horse debuted a very worthwhile new Aliens comic.

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In A Bold New Book, Earth Is Left Uninhabitable By War

Lidia Yuknavitch’s latest novel, The Book of Joan, pays homage to a figure who’s inspired the author since her Catholic upbringing: a woman and a martyr, Joan of Arc. In an interview with The Rumpus, Yuknavitch explained how the historic idol allowed her to turn her suffering into “something more like girl power,” and her novel makes that personal connection clear.

Honoring the story of 1400s Joan, Yuknavitch’s book follows another Joan on a near-future expedition. As a girl, she learns that she’s intimately connected with Earth, down to her anatomy, which includes a blue light that emits from her forehead, coinciding, it seems, with the planet’s pain. As war happens ― suddenly and everywhere ― child soldiers are enlisted, and Joan’s oneness with the natural world is used as a weapon. She also discovers she has the power to bring the dead back to life, for a short time.

These skills turn her into a symbol of hope, one the tyrannical Jean de Men aims to destroy. The dictator reins over CIEL, a space home inhabited by humans whose skin has lost its pigmentation and whose genitals have become shriveled and useless. In this new society, there are no books, only stories branded onto skin through a process called grafting.

One expert grafter, Christine (after Christine de Pizan, a medieval writer who criticized poet Jean de Meun’s work about courtly love), wears Joan’s story and believes that, although Joan was burned alive, she’s still living and thriving somewhere down on Earth. She hopes to lead a coup against Jean de Men, who’s working to restore human genitalia not for pleasure, but for reproduction.

Meanwhile, Joan roams Earth with Leone ― her closest friend ― exploring deep caves where life thrives in the form of worms and bugs. Yuknavitch’s stellar prose is most alive here, when she’s lovingly describing the natural world ― its beauty and brutality.

As a story, The Book of Joan is something new altogether. The characters moralize. They give speeches, they lay out their philosophical views, and they seldom act in ways that contradict their beliefs. So, the effect is like that of reading a comic book ― or medieval text ― infused with lines of perfect poetry. There are heroes and villains. The heroes act heroically, and the villains, corrupted by power, enact evil deeds without remorse. Jean de Men’s “gross train of flesh [is] splayed out on the floor.” His voice is “reptilian.” “He aims his words with measured venom.”

This is not a conventional approach to contemporary literature or science fiction; both genres aim to create characters who are as morally complex as most humans. (Individuals are large, remember? They contain multitudes.) But, Yuknavitch isn’t a conventional writer, and has, in fact, devoted her career to rethinking conventions.

She runs a writing workshop called Corporeal Writing, where budding authors’ intuitions are valued and where politically engaged work is encouraged. In the description for one of the courses, the program’s site reads, “A cohesive narrative can happen any number of ways.  It can be an accumulation of fragments, it can be kaleidoscopic, it can by lyric, braided, circular, vertical, visual, it can be arranged as a palimpsest.”

Kaleidoscopic, lyric ― these words nicely fit Yuknavitch’s style, which is especially suited to the passages wherein Christine is telling the story of Joan, who, to her, is a symbol of hope.

But, aside from her descriptions of her heroes, her fantasies, and her beliefs, we’re not given access to Christine’s life on CIEL. This book will appeal less to readers interested in worldbuilding and in individuals navigating future social systems ― a la Ursula K. Le Guin, more anthropologist than philosopher. It is, instead, an homage to an idol, an ode to a way of life, and a warning about mistreating the earth and each other. All of that’s wrapped up in a voice that’s uniquely Yuknavitch’s, which is worth reading for alone.  

The bottom line:

More poetic creed than conventional story, The Book of Joan shows off Yuknavitch’s imagination and her gift for crafting sonorous sentences.

Who wrote it:

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of The Chronology of Water and The Small Backs of Children, which we named one of HuffPost’s Best Books of 2015.

Who will read it:

Anyone interested in fiction that grapples with gender, climate change or near-future scenarios.

What other reviewers think:

The New York Times: “Telling the truth with precision and rage and a visionary’s eye, using both realism and fabulism, is one way to break through the white noise of a consumerist culture that tries to commodify post-apocalyptic fiction, to render it safe.”

LARB: “Perhaps it is only ‘natural’ that in a book that brings together so many different strains of history, literature, theory, and even science, some parts are bound to contradict others.”

NPR: “Yuknavitch is a bold and ecstatic writer, wallowing in sex and filth and decay and violence and nature and love with equal relish.”

Opening lines:

“Burning is an art.”

Notable passage:

“Leone, whose small heart had a defect at birth, who carried a heart that started out in a pig. Xenotransplantation and Leone had become Joan’s favorite words. Xenotransplantation represented a change in the distance between people and animals in a way she loved. Leone represented Leone, just Leone, Leone.”

The Book of Joan
Lidia Yuknavitch
HarperCollins, $ 26.99
Published April 18, 2017

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Comic Book Reviews for April 19, 2017

It was another big week of comics. DC kicked off “The Button” in Batman #21 and wrapped up a major storyline in All-Star Batman #9. marvel delivered several critical Secret Empire prologues and finally gave Nick Fury Jr. his own series. Elsewhere, Dark Horse published another terrific chapter of Black Hammer and Boom’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers saga continues to unfold.

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Subscription YA Book Box Reflects The Dynamism Of Young Black Women

While black Americans are regularly left out of mainstream literary landscapes, when we are afforded racial representation, it’s sometimes limited to tiresome archetypes and narratives. 

Personal trainer, vlogger and mother Maria Stuart has created an antidote to this issue, at least within the young adult (YA) genre with Red.Blk.Grl., a subscription box she launched on April 1. She’s one of many black entrepreneurs who’ve recently made efforts to make quality books more accessible to the black community. 

“Black girls deserve to read about themselves in books,” she told the Huffington Post on Monday. “I want to reach all the bookworms, be they teens or adults and put black YA books written by black women in their hands.”

The Red.Blk.Grl. box, which currently has 85 subscribers and is targeted towards young black girls, contains one book as well as additional products, which can be anything self-care items to snacks, that are inspired by the book’s themes. Stuart did a soft launch of the box in January by creating an Instagram account to see if people would respond to the concept of Red.Blk.Grl.

To emphasize the necessity of the box, Stuart, who is also an aspiring YA writer, mentioned a study conducted by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC). According to CCBC, only 278 of the 3,400 children’s books published in 2016 were about black characters. Only 33 percent of those books were by black authors. 

“Representation matters… In high school, there is much assigned reading in literature classes, and [black girls] have no choice over what they read,” she said.

“I recall having a strong desire to find a book with characters that truly felt and thought like me,” she continued. “I often could find something close to it, but there was a constant sense that something was missing from books where none of the characters were black.”

But in some YA books that do contain black characters, Stuart said the themes are often repetitive. 

“I think the typical idea when it comes to black YA are things like escaping slavery, overcoming Jim Crow or even gritty urban tales filled with drugs and sex,” Stuart said. “I want to offer more contemporary books that still deal with realities of life, but also that offer sci-fi and afro-futurism,” she continued. “Each book selected must have main characters who demonstrate resilience, who are or learn to be self-reliant.”

While you have to be a subscriber of Red.Blk.Grl. to know which books these narratives will be reflected in, you can sign up for the boxes here

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On Monday, at 8:13 a.m., President Donald Trump published a surprising tweet. Surprising for two reasons, in fact: Firstly, it recommended a book of “Reasons to Vote for Democrats” to his followers, and secondly, it recommended a book.

Had the president been hacked? What could account for such an uncharacteristic tweet?

Not to worry ― it all makes complete sense. Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide by Michael J. Knowles is neither pro-Democrat nor, in the traditional sense, a book. It’s a 266-page volume filled with empty pages. (Get it? There are no reasons to vote for Democrats!)

Knowles, who brought out Reasons to Vote for Democrats in February, is hardly the first to use this old gag ― even in this election cycle. For example, back in November, Why Trump Deserves Trust, Respect and Admiration by David King became available on Amazon.

“This book is full of blank pages,” the description says. “Despite years of research, we could not find anything to say on this subject.”

The author includes a helpful hint for what to do with all the clean, unused pages inside: “Please feel free to use this book for notes.” Good idea! Here’s hoping the trees that were pulped for these joke books were not chopped down in vain.

Reasons to Vote for Democrats, despite being completely free of content, has been a top seller on Amazon for weeks. Thousands of consumers have snapped up $ 6 paperback copies, and the author, 26-year-old Knowles, was invited on “Fox and Friends” in March to discuss his creation.

Setting aside the president’s deliberate trolling of the Democratic Party ― of which a significant percentage of his constituents identify as members ― Trump’s ringing endorsement of a book without any words beyond the table of contents struck some as almost too on-the-nose, given his notorious inability to name any books he has read all the way through. 

Knowing what we know about Trump’s reading habits, it’s little wonder he might define “reading enjoyment” as “not having to read any words” ― now we just have confirmation.

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A Farm Boy Meets His Prince In A Beautiful New Children’s Book

A powerful new children’s book is telling the story of a farm boy and prince who meet, build a friendship and eventually fall in love in the face of adversity. 

Promised Land, by authors Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris, borrows elements from classic fairy tales and utilizes them in a queer and empowering framework. Not only is the book presenting a same-sex love story in an accessible and understandable way, but it also bucks the “damsel in distress” narrative by having the central female character, a queen, be the one to save herself. 

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The book, which is set in a kingdom where all people are equal no matter what they look like or who they love, is also dedicated to those affected by the Pulse nightclub massacre that killed 49 queer people, most of color, and their allies in June 2016.

“I remember when Ellen spoke at the vigil of Matthew Shepard and said ‘This is what I was trying to stop!’ Harris continued. “That was how it felt to us. After it was reported the man responsible for the Pulse massacre had said the image of two men kissing disgusted him so much that it had motivated the attack, our book ends with that image. We felt it was important that the lives that we lost could be forever remembered with a message of love and hope.”

As for the future, Harris and Reynolds both hope to continue producing work that tells diverse and queer stories.

“We do hope to be able to bring more stories to life that feature protagonists beyond gay characters, that just seemed the most obvious starting point for us,” Reynolds told HuffPost. “We’d likely do this in collaboration with writers who represent those authentic voices though. Why not? There’s a whole Kingdom to explore!”

A pre-oder of the paperback edition of Promised Land is now available.

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