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Posted 04.24.2012 | Books

"Farther Away" by Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26.00 Published on April 24, 2012 What is it about? "Farther Away" is the seven...

Why Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' Is The Most Overrated Recent Novel

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Jonathan Franzen has written a poignant book about coming of age in the Midwest of the 1970s, the discontents of family, searching for identity in a p...

WATCH: Book Or Bullet Proof Vest?

The Huffington Post | Sammy Perlmutter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Can a book save your life?" Asked Tom Shillue, spokesperson for the online literary sensation Electric Literature, in a new promotional video release...

The Guardian Picks The 5 Best Lines From The Year's Best Books

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"A precocious anarchist, at 13 Sherman told me he was going to strip naked, except for a skullcap and an attaché case, then stump into Grodzinski's, ...

Los Angeles Times Critic David Ulin's Favorite Books Of 2010

latimes.com | David L. Ulin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Here, in alphabetical order by title, are the 10 books that, over the last 12 months, most moved, inspired or beguiled me: my favorite books of 2010....

Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom': About Environmental Activism?

The Guardian | Amanda Little | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

What reviewers have almost unanimously ignored, however, is that this indelible portrait of our times is also an indelible portrait of contemporary en...

Jonathan Franzen's Glasses Stolen Off His Face At 'Freedom' Party

GQ.COM (UK) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

What happened next was more bizarre - a number of uninvited guests stormed the Pavillion, stole Franzen's glasses from his face and left a ransom note...

The New York Times Picks 10 Best Books

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The New York Times has picked the 10 best books of 2010. Last week the list of 100 notable books came out as well. So we have some questions for you: ...

Trains, Planes, On The Street...

Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's time for another installment of Reading In Public! When someone takes a book into a public place, it's a big commitment. We have lots of things ...

Franzen Glasses Thief Speaks

GQ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

They proceeded to steal the author's glasses off his face, leaving a ransom note with a demand for $100,000 and a Hotmail address by way of contact....

Kindlerotica, 'Compromising Positions'

Slate Magazine | James Ledbetter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But as you scroll down the list of Kindle offerings, you can't help but notice all of the steamy writing that seems to be targeted at men--an emotiona...

Great American Novelist

The Stranger | Tao Lin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Lin isn't the richest or most famous living American human, but you could argue--I would argue--that he is one of the most nonjudgmental (for years he...

Oprah's 'Freedom' Fancy Is Cannibalistic

chicagotribune.com | Chauncey Mabe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Already a best-seller, "Freedom" is going to sell millions of copies. With Oprah's seal of approval, it may become the kudzu of the literary world, ov...

Oprah's Book Club: Will She Forgive Franzen Or Pick Mandela?

Sammy Perlmutter and Gabe Habash | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books

After 25 years on the air, Oprah's farewell season began this week and on Friday, September 17, the media mogul will announce her final Book Club sele...

'EmperorFranzen' And 'EvilWylie' Unmasked

mediabistro.com | Maryann Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Andrew Shaffer is the writer behind Emperor Franzen and Evil Wylie. He chose to meet this GalleyCat correspondent at Alice's Tea Cup, a literary cafe ...

Twitterverse Publishing Insider Smackdown!

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Riding the wake of the real life eBook battle between mega-agent Andrew Wylie and publishing giant Random House, a cyber war was waged on Twitter betw...

On 'Freedom' Pub Date, Franzen Picks Four OTHER Books You Must Read

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum What appear at first to be just interconnected short stories--albeit beautifully written, distinctivel...

'True Prep,' 'Freedom,' A Graphic Memoir

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World," Lisa Birnbach with Chip Kidd The New York Times This new compendium moves beyond school days to address matte...

Newsweek: Jonathan Franzen Is A Great Writer

Newsweek | Jennie Yabroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jonathan Franzen spends most of the three-minute author video for his new novel, Freedom, explaining how uncomfortable he is with the idea of author v...

FIRST TIME ANYWHERE: Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner Speak Out Together

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Controversy broke out online over whether Franzen's star treatment was indicative of the literary establishment's alleged shoddy treatment of what is commonly referred to as 'women's fiction.'

Weiner Escalates Feud With Franzen Coverage

The Guardian | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dubbing the pre-publication furore "Franzenfrenzy", Weiner put out a call to her 15,000 Twitter follows "for non-Franzen novels about love, identity, ...

Obama Accepts Unreleased Jonathan Franzen Novel From Bookseller

New York Times | JULIE BOSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Little did President Obama know that by accepting an early copy of "Freedom," the new Jonathan Franzen novel, he would set off a small panic in the pu...

'Feedom' Jonathan Franzen's Best Novel? The Times Seems To Think So. Do You Agree?

nytimes.com | MICHIKO KAKUTANI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet -- a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an in...

The Paris Review: Can Editor Lorin Stein Make It Relevant Again?

ft.com | Trevor Butterworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There can be only one rational response to the longueurs of a Manhattan August, when the city becomes a tropical marinade and everyone who can is eith...