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FAIRY TALES USUALLY INVOLVE A happily-ever-after, and Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi’s love story is no exception. Riggs, 37, and Mafi, 28, were already best-selling writers when they met: he is the author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Ch
RADHIKA JONES THE PARTY SCENE THAT OPENS Ann Patchett’s new novel unspools like a home movie. A lawyer from the L.A. district attorney’s office, Albert Cousins, crashes the christening celebration of baby Frances, second daughter of L.A. cop Fix Kea
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
BIG-NAME BOOK RELEASES ARE typically greeted with fanfare and enthusiasm. Midnight Harry Potter release parties? Sure. International book tours that keep authors on the road for months? Yep. The dual publication of Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia, her
SARAH BEGLEY IN THE WORLD OF MIDDLE-SCHOOL literature, the how-I-spent-my-summer novel is a genre, and the how-I-spent-my-summer-with-my-grandparents novel its subgenre—Richard Peck’s A Long Way From Chicago and Sharon Creech’s Walk Two Moons are cl
SADIE STEIN ENDINGS ARE VERY, VERY HARD—the greater question is less why books disappoint than why any succeed. Each of these is a good book written by someone of great skill who, for whatever reason, choked, rushed, or otherwise ran a narrative off
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
IN JANUARY 2012 THERE WAS A FLURRY OF ARTICLES ON A NEW COMEDY in development at HBO called All Talk. The show was about a Jewish family in Washington, D.C., and the tone would be, according to a quote in Deadline Hollywood, “politically, religiously
Scoping out Comic-Con with the novelist and superhero fan.
S.B. Like many of his novels, Spanish author Javier Marías’ new book, Thus Bad Begins, isn’t exactly a mystery, though it is mysterious. Here, the 65-year-old perennial Nobel favorite tells the story of Juan de Vere, a young man working for a film d
SARAH BEGLEY IN THE HOURS, DAYS AND months after the 9/11 attacks, Americans asked a series of questions: What happened? How many people died? Who did this? And, in the parlance of cable news, Why do they hate us? For those of us who lived through
ELIZA BERMAN IT’S BEEN 12 YEARS SINCE WE LAST SAW RENÉE Zellweger as Bridget Jones, instructing Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy to please propose after two movies’ worth of indecision. When she returns in Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third chapter in the film
A new edition of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test gives a peek into Tom Wolfe’s writing process.
A.S. Kristy’s Great Idea 1986 While you could start mid-series and figure out what’s going on pretty easily, Martin’s BSC debut lets you see her characters at their purest. We get a first hint of Claudia’s fashion sense, Stacey’s diabetes is reveal
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
Cookbooks' resurgence in popularity reflects a broadening of our food culture, spurred by the rise of food TV.
His The Nix is the season’s splashiest debut novel.
THE STORY OF ONE OF THE SUMMER’S MOST ANTICIPATED books begins with a trip to Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle—a symbol of slavery, set in stone, and the walls people build to ignore it. Yaa Gyasi was a college sophomore when she visited her native country
The D.C.-born, New York City–dwelling Alam took “Write what you know” and tipped it sideways for his fun but trenchant summer novel, Rich and Pretty, starring two young women, lots of beautiful furniture and our notions of class
SARAH BEGLEY RICHARD PECK’S NEW novel, The Best Man, is bookended by weddings. In the first, Archer is 6, a ring bearer and clueless about love. By the second, he’s 12, a best man and a lot more enlightened: the uncle he idolizes is marrying a teach
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
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