Britain’s Desert Island Discs has been on the BBC since 1942. They don’t have to choose records on that mythical patch of sand with a lone palm tree for company, but many do.
“The Storytellers is a gift to aspiring writers of mysteries and thrillers, readers and fans, and academics alike. An instant classic . . .”
“Cobb is stridently warning us of imminent ecological peril and the need to systemic transformation of our systems of production and consumption.”
“Partly autobiographical, often funny, and entirely insightful from a cannabis-loving man who’s fully experienced every one of his 88 years, Willie Nelson’s Letters to America
“Sidecountry is a treat and an education about multiple aspects and the fundamental allure of sport and the amazing story of the human struggle.”
“Jenny Diski is an absorbing, savagely witty, insatiably curious, and gifted writer. She is direct, unafraid, and full of surprises.”
“In this short, stunning work, with his inimitable use of language, Baldwin distills the essence of his pain and wisdom and points a way for our own time.”
The history of Russia in the 21st century has been almost as tumultuous as its 20th century history.
As with her four brilliant novels, Rachel Kushner’s The Hard Crowd, 19 essays from the last two decades, takes the reader on a wild ride.
“For its penetrating thought, its joyful language, and its eclectic wanderings among the peaks and valleys of high and low culture, this book is an act of sublime generosity from a brillian
This book might have been subtitled An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing.
“a marvelous volume that introduces the reader to the wide variety of American writing and literary thought of the last two centuries of our nation’s history.”
Nearly two dozen outstanding articles on climate change, just in time for the U.S. return to the Paris accords. Now, what?
“A challenging read that illuminates harsh truths of our time.”
Though Tom Zoellner’s The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America came out at the end of this unprecedented year, it is unlikely that even the author could have imagined the “cha
Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA is a fantastic book. Full stop.
“Mishra’s astute and engaging book should . . . be seen as a warning.”
“Engaging and provocative, Diamond’s encyclopedic meditation will certainly help readers—no matter where they live—think about what lies ahead for the outlying areas of our cities.”
“This is a very good read, especially at introducing writers at all levels to authors they may want to know more about.”
“The best part of Essays One are the many poets and authors Davis considers influences, these will be useful for Davis’ admirers
“Places I’ve Taken My Body is an unblinking personal journey that takes us to places we all need to know and understand better.”
Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn taught students about “ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, class, age” but not mental illness. She is a person of color and a woman. This the students can see.
“I Don’t Want to Die Poor is an excellent critique of the way that our society encourages people to try for more, and then punishes them for doing so.”
“Read slowly to keep from flailing. Ortberg’s writing will wait for you to catch up.”
“If Battle Dress is any indication of what’s to come next from Skolfield, readers should expect yet another masterfully rhythmic, morally gut-punching, timeless book of poetry.”