The 2021 National Book Award longlists have been announced, and we have 5 titles in the running! Fiction ZORRIE by Laird HuntABUNDANCE by Jakob Guanzon Nonfiction THE FREE WORLD: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand Poetry THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN by Threa Almontaser Translated Literature THE TWILIGHT ZONE by Nona […]
This historical spotlight takes us back in time with a cultural history of the Cold War, a Gilded Age New York mystery, a literary rediscovery of 1938 Berlin, and the true story of America’s “First Frontier”. THE FREE WORLD: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand 2 starred reviews! “Subversive culture flourished […]
The New York Times has weighed in with their list of 100 Notable Books of 2011 and there are quite a few excellent Macmillan reads in both the fiction and nonfiction sections:
Fiction & Poetry:
THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES by Héctor Tobar
BIG QUESTIONS by Anders Brekhus Nilsen
CANTI by Giacomo Leopardi
THE FREE WORLD by David Bezmozgis
THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrotta
LIFE ON MARS by Tracy K. Smith
THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides
PARALLEL STORIES by Peter Nadas
THE SUBMISSION by Amy Waldman
TALLER WHEN PRONE: Poems by Les Murray
TRAIN DREAMS by Denis Johnson
AND SO IT GOES by Charles J. Shields
THE BOY IN THE MOON by Ian Brown
EXAMINED LIVES by James Miller
IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? by David Bellos
MIDNIGHT RISING by Tony Horwitz
ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE by Binyavanga Wainaina
THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER by Francis Fukuyama
PULPHEAD by John Jeremiah Sullivan
RIGHTS GONE WRONG by Richard Thompson Ford
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
WHY THE WEST RULES—FOR NOW by Ian Morris
See The New York Times' full list of notable books here.
Happy Tuesday, fellow bibliovores!
Apparently today is National Read a Book Day, but we're pretty skeptical about this whole "reading" business, so we're going to hang back and see how it goes this year before getting involved. 😉
- RANCHERO earned a third(!) starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly. It reads,
"Full of inspired comic hyperbole, Gavin’s rollicking debut does for the Mississippi Delta what Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen do for Florida. [...] Readers will eagerly await Reid’s next adventure in the Delta."
- Vanity Fair held an informal interview with Jill Abramson, author of THE PUPPY DIARIES. What is her idea of perfect happiness? Reading the Sunday Times on a sunny beach. What is her greatest extravagance? Replacing a pair of Lucchese cowboy boots after Scout gnawed the toes off the first pair. Read more here.
Finally, to properly celebrate Labor Day, we've included these ridiculous .gifs of kittens hard at work:
If you see me out at a professional event, I'll be drinking white wine, or a gin and tonic, or maybe a really pale beer. Maybe. I do this for both our sakes because I'm one of those girls that spills. But last night I really should have forsaken this protective stance and ordered one of the never-clear, but ever-intriguing infused vodkas at the Russian Samovar. Cranberry, pepper, or even garlic vodka would have been the perfect companion for an evening of Soviet Union-themed literature at the FSG Reading series featuring David Bezmozgis reading from his debut novel, THE FREE WORLD. Scheduled for release in April, THE FREE WORLD is already delighting reviewers.