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  • 11 new Trump books for fans and critics of The Donald

    11 new Trump books for fans and critics of The Donald

    Next week, Scribner will publish “Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power” by two Washington Post reporters, Michael Kranish and Mark Fisher. On Friday, the paper gave readers a preview of the book, a portrait of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. ...

  • Punk's not dead: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and 'Please Kill Me'

    Punk's not dead: Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain and 'Please Kill Me'

    They came not to bury punk but to praise it. 20 years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain published “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk” with Grove Press. The format was ingenious — no single person could lay claim to know the whole of the sprawling, anarchically creative, drug-riddled...

  • Jeffrey Toobin, Patty Hearst, and the mad mad 1970s

    Jeffrey Toobin, Patty Hearst, and the mad mad 1970s

    “I had always assumed that the ’60s were the time that the country was really in crisis. But the ’70s were far worse,” Jeffrey Toobin said when we reached him mid-book tour, traveling by train. “There were a thousand bombings a year, skyjackings all the time, rampant crime on the streets of San...

  • New Harry Potter book sells 3.3 million copies in 10 days in North America

    New Harry Potter book sells 3.3 million copies in 10 days in North America

    It's been almost 20 years since he made his debut, but it turns out J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter still has that magic touch. The new book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” sold more than 3.3 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, publisher Scholastic announced Wednesday. More than half of those...

  • It's practically Orwellian: The BBC is installing a George Orwell statue

    It's practically Orwellian: The BBC is installing a George Orwell statue

    More than 70 years after he resigned from the BBC, George Orwell is coming back to the broadcasting company. A bronze statue of the "Animal Farm" and "Nineteen Eighty-Four" novelist will be installed outside the BBC's London headquarters, the Guardian reports. Orwell, whose fiction dealt presciently...

  • Roger Ailes, Fox News ex-CEO, is writing an autobiography

    Roger Ailes, Fox News ex-CEO, is writing an autobiography

    Roger Ailes resigned as the chairman and CEO of Fox News last week, leading observers of politics and the media to speculate what his next move would be. Now there’s an answer: He’s writing his autobiography, according to CNN. CNN quoted an unnamed friend of Ailes as saying, “The book is a priority...

  • Jeff VanderMeer on the beauty and weirdness of Florida

    Jeff VanderMeer on the beauty and weirdness of Florida

    In Tallahassee in the mid-1990s I once tried to save a huge snapping turtle before a car could hit it — in the middle of a raging thunderstorm — only to wind up desperately hanging onto its shell for dear life so I wouldn’t get bit while people slowly drove past looking at me like I was crazy....

  • North to Alaska in Dave Eggers' new 'Heroes of the Frontier'

    North to Alaska in Dave Eggers' new 'Heroes of the Frontier'

    Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He’s been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he’s keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead. Perhaps he knows what’s next for us:...

  • Q&A with Jade Sharma, author of the edgy debut 'Problems'

    Q&A with Jade Sharma, author of the edgy debut 'Problems'

    Jade Sharma is trying to break rules. Her debut novel, “Problems,” begins with all-consuming monotony: “Somewhere along the way there stopped being new days.” Maya, the narrator, is addicted to heroin, in a loveless marriage, having an affair with a guy who isn’t really interested in her and struggling...

  • Donald Ray Pollock's 'The Heavenly Table' is brutal American Gothic literature

    Donald Ray Pollock's 'The Heavenly Table' is brutal American Gothic literature

    There are few living novelists with a stronger point of view than Donald Ray Pollock. After working 32 years in a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, Pollock got his MFA in his 50s and in 2008 published “Knockemstiff,” a harrowing collection of short stories named for his hometown in southern Ohio....

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