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The 50 Most Looked-Up Words By New York Times Readers

The New York Times | PHILIP B. CORBETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Following up on a popular After Deadline post from last year, my colleague James Robinson, with help from Jeremy Safran, once again compiled a list of...

Tom Plate's Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew: Some Wise Words for Dysfunctional Western Democracies

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Gardels

Though putting it into terms of the Western mind, Plate gets it right in the end: Lee Kuan Yew is a mix of Plato and Machiavelli. Lee, he points out, not only believes in the reasoned rule of a learned elite.

The Companion by Lorcan Roche: Kindness and its Evil Twin

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Lorcan Roche has written a truly original novel, and rooted as it is in the ancient tradition of storytelling as societal mirror and moral fable.

Book Inscriptions Reunite Old Friends In New York City

The New York Times | SUSAN DOMINUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Inscriptions themselves have sparked great story lines -- the writer Paul Theroux's friendship with his mentor, V. S. Naipaul, went downhill not long ...

Christopher Hitchens On 'The Daily Show': Author Talks 'Hitch-22,' Life As An Idealist In The 60's (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Christopher Hitchens spoke to Jon Stewart last night on "The Daily Show" about his new memoir, "Hitch-22." The controversial journalist, famous for hi...

Matthew Shepard's Mother's Memoir Homophobic? 'The Meaning Of Matthew' Rejected From College Reading List

qnotes | Matt Comer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Kathy Staley, an archivist at App State's Belk Library, wrote on her Facebook Monday that the committee had not chosen Shepard's book, "The Meaning of...

'Glee' Book Series Coming Soon: Official Novels Will Roll Out This Summer

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — The class of "Glee" will be hitting the books. Little Brown Books for Young Readers announced Wednesday that five authorized books b...

Orange Prize

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LONDON — American novelist Barbara Kingsolver took home the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction on Wednesday with her sixth novel, "The Lacuna,...

Vampire Stories, Behind The Bite

Meg Cabot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Meg Cabot

It's fun to fantasize about being whisked away and supported by someone rich and sexy. But under the glamor and the sex appeal, he's still a blood-sucking demon.

The New Yorker's 20 Best Writers Under 40: What You Should Know About These Talented Young Authors (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann/Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This week's issue of The New Yorker includes a list that's been creating controversy all over the web -- the editors' choices for the 20 best fiction ...

Martin Amis's 'The Pregnant Widow' Is A 'Strange, Sparkling Novel' (New York Review)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

More Lad Than Bad Edmund White The New York Review of Books "The Pregnant Widow" by Martin Amis Knopf, 370 pp., $26.95 "The Pregnant Widow" begins ...

CNN Hero's Sheltering Books: Reading Is The Best Medicine?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Mackenzie Bearup feels crippling pain everyday. In 5th grade, she got shooting pains in her knee that "felt like a bomb was going off." Doctors diagno...

'How To Cool The Planet' By Jeff Goodell (EXCERPT)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

From "How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate," by Jeff Goodell Stephen Salter, age seventy-one, hande...

Dickman Brothers' Poetry: Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Narrative Magazine: Identical twin brothers Matthew and Michael Dickman have come to the forefront of young American poets simultaneously, each brothe...

Where Do Writers Write?

Allison K Gibson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Allison K Gibson

I have asked a few writers whom I admire to talk about where they write. Here are their responses.

Epilepsy: A Family Love Story

Rebecca Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rebecca Walker

Maybe it is not a cloying, over simplified label: it is a complex and beautiful reality, our life with an angel.

Born Storyteller: An Interview With Michael Koryta, Author of So Cold the River

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Kortya has now broken from his crime comfort zone with So Cold the River, a gothic tale of suspense clocking in at an atmospheric and tension-drenched 500+ pages.

Seth Godin: Amazon Needs A $49 'Paperback' Kindle | Seth Godin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Steve Jobs reports today that Apple is selling an iPad every three seconds. This is a pretty urgent moment for my friends on the Kindle team, so here...

Christopher Hitchens To Rewrite Ten Commandments

Reuters | Mark Egan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Already infamous for being the then-socialist who called Margaret Thatcher sexy and as the contrarian who loved George W. Bush's war in Iraq, Christop...

Justin Cronin On 'The Passage,' Why The Vampire Story Will Never Go Away (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Literary fiction author Justin Cronin's new vampire book "The Passage" is shaping up to be the biggest book of the summer. Cronin didn't set out to ri...

'Android Karenina' Out Today: What Would Tolstoy Think? (VIDEO)

Ben H. Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ben H. Winters

I'm going to go ahead and get this out of the way. Leo Tolstoy would have hated this book.

Jonathan Alter On Colbert: FDR Had It Easier Than Obama (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jonathan Alter got the "Colbert bump" last night when he appeared on "The Colbert Report" to talk about his new book "The Promise," a detailed account...

Steig Larsson Unpublished Work Discovered After Death

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books


Books On Vinyl?

Telegraph | Sukhdev Sandhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At a time when a) the MP3 has supplanted the CD as the most popular format on which to listen to recorded sounds; b) literature as a physical artefact...

5 Great Books For Strong, Adventurous, Smart Young Girls

Flashlight Worthy Books | Leah Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are nice stories, but if you want your daughter to dream of more than just kissing the prince, the following books may ...