Trending Now: Paranormal Romance Spinoffs

Glancing at my 2018 reading log I realized that the first five books I read in January had something in common. Well, they actually had a lot of things in common since they were all romances that contained paranormal elements (fated mates abounded, there were multiple enemy-to-lover plots, and several of the books were about shifters of various sorts). However, since I read in the paranormal subgenre a lot, none of that was unexpected. What did catch me by surprise was that all five books had a [Read Entire Story]

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for January 30th, 2018

Book Riot Deals is sponsored today by The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel, new in paperback from Vintage Books. Today’s Featured Deals Dear Martin by Nic Stone for $1.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image below: Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong for $2.99. Get it here, or just click the cover image below: In Case You Missed Yesterday’s Most Popular Deal Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche for [Read Entire Story]

Hear Hours of Lectures by Michel Foucault: Recorded in English & French Between 1961 and 1983

Tucked in the afterward of the second, 1982 edition of Hubert Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow’s Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics, we find an important, but little-known essay by Foucault himself titled “The Subject and Power.” Here, the French theorist offers what he construes as a summary of his life’s work: spanning 1961’s Madness and Civilization up to his three-volume, unfinished History of Sexuality, still in progress at the time of his death in 1984. He begins by telling us [Read Entire Story]

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Sarah Blake

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club chats with Sarah Blake about her new collection Let’s Not Live on Earth, questions in poems, monsters, and the challenge of writing a dystopia. This is an edited transcript of the book club discussion. Every month the Rumpus Poetry Book Club hosts an online discussion with the book club members and the author, and we post an edited version online as an interview. To join the Rumpus Poetry Book Club, click here. This Rumpus Book Club interview was edited by Brian [Read Entire Story]

The Nunes Memo Kremlinology

On this black Monday, congressional Republicans undermined generations of legislative history and precedent to help a president who then, before the sun had set, undermined the will of Congress in its battle to rein in the Russians. Some will call this treason. Others, obstruction of justice. I’d rather call it giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The really bad news of the day was the inescapable conclusion that the real enemy America faces is not foreign, but domestic. SOURCE: The New York [Read Entire Story]

To the Back of Beyond – Peter Stamm

Summary: After returning from a pleasant holiday with his wife, Astrid, and their two children, Thomas leaves the house. He walks down the street, and he keeps on walking. At first Astrid asks herself where he's gone, and then when he's coming back, and finally whether he is even still alive. In precise and hypnotic prose that cuts as cleanly as a scalpel, To the Back of Beyond is a novel that takes away the safe foundations of a marriage and a lifestyle to ask deeper questions about identity, [Read Entire Story]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories 1907-1908

Short Stories 1907-1908. L.M. Montgomery. 248 pages. [Source: Bought]This is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery originally published in various magazines in 1907 and 1908. They vary in genre, style, and quality. But there are some great stories. My thoughts on the first seven stories in the collection can be found in Keep It Short #1. Keep it Short #2 features the next five stories. Keep It Short #4 features the next five stories. The remaining short stories are reviewed below.The [Read Entire Story]

22 James Baldwin Quotes On Literature, Life, and Prejudice

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read,” James Baldwin said in 1963 in an interview for LIFE Magazine. There are so many perfect James Baldwin quotes about everything from writing to America that it was difficult to fit them into one post. The American novelist, social critic, and essayist wrote about race, homosexuality, writing, history, and more in his non-fiction—his most famous works including essay collection Notes of a [Read Entire Story]

Terrible Books I Want To Read

I collect lesbian pulp novels, which are, on the whole, terrible books. They’re often poorly written, exploitative, and homophobic. The covers are over-the-top and dial the male gaze up to eleven. They’re basically the clickbait of the 1950s. But I collect them because queer women lit is my passion, and pulp is a notable part of its history, and also because they’re ridiculous. There’s enough distance that I just find the covers hilarious. (I’m not saying I have a [Read Entire Story]

Virginia Woolf’s Personal Photo Album Digitized & Put Online by Harvard: See Candid Snapshots of Woolf, Her Family, and Friends from the…

Some writers are restless by nature, roaming like Ernest Hemingway or Henry Miller, settling nowhere and everywhere. Others are homebodies, like William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf. Their fiction reflects their desire to nest in place. Strolling the grounds of Faulkner’s Rowan Oak one sweltering summer, I swear I saw the author round a corner of the house, lost in thought and wearing riding clothes. Visitors to Virginia Woolf’s home in the village of Rodmell in East Sussex have surely had [Read Entire Story]

Get Your Signed Copy of Tayari Jones’s An American Marriage Today!

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future. Through February 28, purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription or a 6-month [Read Entire Story]

The Worst of the Worst

On January 10, The Washington Post reported that Donald J. Trump passed a milestone that none of his predecessors is known to have attained: just short of the anniversary of his first year in office, he told his two thousandth lie. The path from the first lie to the two thousandth (and now beyond), a veritable Via Dolorosa of civic corruption, has been impossible for even the most resolute citizen to avoid. Trump is in our faces, and our brains, constantly. Yet the barrage is so unceasing that [Read Entire Story]

Red – Liesl Shurtliff

Summary: Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal [Read Entire Story]

Currently Reading #4

Brief Introduction:I thought it would be fun to share each week--at the start of the week--what I'm currently reading. It is my goal to always be *currently* reading something old, something new, something borrowed, and something true. Old and new are self-explanatory. Borrowed can mean borrowed from a person or a library. True is nonfiction. As you might notice, some books fit into two--or even three categories.Something OldOrley Farm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 825 pages. [Source: Bought]Mary [Read Entire Story]

10 Book Dedications to Tickle Your Funny Bone

The obvious function of a book dedication is for an author to, well, dedicate the book to someone they care about, be that family or individuals who helped and supported them during the novel writing process. It can give them a small but powerful stage to deliver an empowering message to their readers, which we celebrated a while back here. A book dedication can also give an author permission to be pretty damn funny. We decided to round up a list of funny and lighthearted book dedications, [Read Entire Story]

Pretend Your House is a Library: A Strategy for Actually Reading the Books You Own

Here is a conversation I often imagine having in my head: Me: I’m going to read more books I own this year! My bookshelves (resigned): Uh-huh. The library (rolls eyes): Keep telling yourself that. Me: Oh. I guess I do have seven library books checked out right now and 13 on hold. Library (fist pumps): That’s my girl! Bookshelves (sighs): You’ve always taken us for granted. It’s ironic, but if I buy a book I’m excited about, that book drops to the bottom of my [Read Entire Story]

Free: Download 10,000+ Master Drawings from The Morgan Library & Museum’s Online Collection

It’s hard for the casual browser to know where to begin with a collection as vast as the master drawings belonging to the Morgan Library & Museum. The Library’s Drawings Online program gives the public free access to over 10,000 downloadable images, drawn primarily from—and in—the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Many images are fleshed out with inscriptions, information on provenance, biographical sketches of the artist, and, in over 2000 instances, images of the verso, or flip side [Read Entire Story]

Notable Los Angeles: 1/29–2/4

Monday 1/29: Charity Tillemann-Dick discusses and signs The Encore: A Memoir in Three Acts. 7 p.m. at Book Soup. David Goldfield discusses and signs The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good. 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore. Tuesday 1/30: Angelo Surmelis presents The Dangerous Art of Blending In, in conversation with Jennifer Niven. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books. Wednesday 1/31: Min Jin Lee, in conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates from NPR, discusses and signs Pachinko. 7 p.m. at [Read Entire Story]

Derrida’s Quarrel: “La Différance” at 50

EXACTLY 50 YEARS AGO on this day, on Saturday, January 27, 1968, Jacques Derrida, then maître assistant at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, delivered his lecture “La Différance” before the Société française de Philosophie at the Sorbonne. The invitation for this memorable evening — it has been preserved in the Derrida archives at the University of California, Irvine — indicates that the lecture was held at the Amphithéâtre Michelet, an altogether fitting locale. For just as the father of French [Read Entire Story]

Stephen Shore, Seer of the Everyday

The Stephen Shore exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art casts a wide net, including the anomalous periods when Shore worked abroad, but its main focus is his many photographs of hyper-quotidian America, our stalest shades of red, white, and blue. These quiet and straightforward pictures—of food, buildings, cars, and toilets—show that Shore is best understood as a photographer uninterested in photographing what is agreed to be worthy of capture. SOURCE: The New York Review of Books - Read [Read Entire Story]

The Passion of Dolssa – Julie Berry

Summary: Dolssa is a young gentlewoman with uncanny gifts, on the run from an obsessed friar determined to burn her as a heretic for the passion she refuses to tame.Botille is a wily and charismatic peasant, a matchmaker running a tavern with her two sisters in a tiny seaside town.The year is 1241; the place, Provensa, what we now call Provence, France—a land still reeling from the bloody crusades waged there by the Catholic Church and its northern French armies.When the matchmaker finds the [Read Entire Story]

Keep It Short #4

I read five short stories by L.M. Montgomery.Missy's RoomFirst sentence: Mrs. Falconer and Miss Bailey walked home together through the fine blue summer afternoon from the Ladies' Aid meeting at Mrs. Robinson's. They were talking earnestly; that is to say, Miss Bailey was talking earnestly and volubly, and Mrs. Falconer was listening. Mrs. Falconer had reduced the practice of listening to a fine art.Premise/plot: Camilla Clark is in need of a home; Mrs. Falconer has a spare room--if she can [Read Entire Story]

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