Issue 36 / September 2011

September 2011

Celebrated marbled image in Tristram Shandy inspires fundraising auction

Perplexing page of the classic novel prompts 169 leading artists to donate work in aid of the Laurence Sterne TrustWhen Laurence Sterne published the third volume of his masterpiece Tristram Shandy 250 years ago, his many fans were well prepared... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 11 September, 2011

Haruki Murakami's cult trilogy 1Q84 poised to take the west by storm

US stores open late to cope with demand for translation of Japanese author's 1,000-page bookIt is a launch more reminiscent of a Harry Potter book than a lengthy, difficult novel by a Japanese author, but bookshops in the US are... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 10 September, 2011

Project Gutenberg founder dies aged 64

Michael Stern Hart created the free online ebook library long before the advent of Kindle, Nook or iPhoneLong before the Kindle, Nook or iPhone, there was Michael Stern Hart and his Project Gutenberg, a network of volunteers dedicated to providing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 10 September, 2011

Bookshelf: Books About New York City

New books explore the International High School in Brooklyn, list the reasons to leave New York and teach the alphabet through city vistas.... More...

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Saturday, 10 September, 2011

Waterstone's to launch rival to Kindle

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Saturday, 10 September, 2011

Holy War — By Nigel Cliff — Book Review

Vasco da Gama hoped to recruit Indian Christians against Islam.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Jane Fonda - The Private Life of a Public Woman - By Patricia Bosworth - Book Review

Actor, sex kitten, political activist, exercise guru, philanthropist: Jane Fonda is constantly evolving.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Arguably: Essays — By Christopher Hitchens — Book Review

Christopher Hitchens’s latest essays bear “the full consciousness that they might be my very last.”... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Letter From Cairo: What Do Egypt’s Writers Do Now?

The revolution has shaken up Egypt’s literary scene, making each witness to Mubarak’s fall “a potential new writer.”... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress — By Beryl Bainbridge — Book Review

Robert Kennedy’s assassination and a 20-something Englishwoman come together in Beryl Bainbridge’s posthumous novel.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

The Neighborhood Project — By David Sloan Wilson — Book Review

David Sloan Wilson wants to apply the principles of evolutionary biology to solve everyday community problems.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Literary Brooklyn — By Evan Hughes — Book Review

Writers have been flocking to Brooklyn since the time of Walt Whitman.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Arab Springs: The Missing Martyrs — By Charles Kurzman — Book Review

A decade after 9/11, a sociologist says the mystery isn’t why so many Muslims turn to terrorism, but why so few.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Arab Springs: Rock the Casbah — By Robin Wright — Book Review

Robin Wright contends that the Arab world’s young people are at the vanguard of a sweeping and seductive cultural revolution.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

The Art of Fielding - By Chad Harbach - Book Review

This first novel revolves around a gifted but vulnerable ballplayer.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

Entering the hardcover fiction list at No. 4 with “A Trick of the Light,” Louise Penny gets most of her ideas as she drives around in a 2006 powder blue Volkswagen Beetle convertible.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's 'That Used to Be Us'

David Frum reviews Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's new book, "That Used to Be Us."... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

That Used to Be Us — By Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum — Book Review

Stepping forward as “frustrated optimists,” Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum address the grim situation of a slumping American economy.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Arab Springs: Anatomy of a Disappearance — By Hisham Matar — Book Review

In the Libyan writer Hisham Matar’s second novel, the protagonist’s father, an exiled dissident, is kidnapped.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

BBC National Short Story award pits award-winning writers against students

Two PhD writing students make shortlist of £15,000 prize, alongside Jon Mc Gregor, MJ Hyland and Alison MacLeodTwo PhD students have made it onto the shortlist for the prestigious BBC National Short Story award, alongside tales from the award-winning writers... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 9 September, 2011

The Arrogant Years — By Lucette Lagnado — Book Review

Lucette Lagnado’s tenacious mother is at the heart of this memoir, a follow-up to “The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.”... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: True Life Comics

"Feynman" is an engaging read.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Up Front: Robert F. Worth

A staff writer for The Times Magazine, Robert F. Worth reflects on the sudden dismantling of one of the world’s longest-running dictatorships in Libya.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Birds of Paradise — By Diana Abu-Jaber — Book Review

Diana Abu-Jaber’s novel presents the lushness of Miami, and a teenager lost in it.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Crossbones - By Nuruddin Farah - Book Review

Nuruddin Farah’s novel offers a close look at Somalia, and its pirates.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's cottage to reopen after revamp

Parlour fireplace believed to have featured in poet's Frost at Midnight among items uncovered during restoration project... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 9 September, 2011

Waterstone's to launch e-reader to rival Amazon Kindle

Retailer confirms leap into consumer electronics will happen before spring 2012Britain's largest bookseller, Waterstone's, is to launch a digital e-reader to rival Amazon's Kindle within six months.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 9 September, 2011

Space Oddity picture book is viral hit

Illustrated reading of David Bowie song widely enjoyed, but lyrics redacted after rights complaintAn illustrated version of the 1969 David Bowie song Space Oddity, featuring Major Tom "sitting in a tin can far above the world", has become a surprise... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 9 September, 2011

Op-Ed Contributor: When Quoting Verse, One Must Be Terse

American poetry criticism faces a major problem, one that has nothing to do with poetry, or readers, or anything remotely literary: copyright law.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

Books of The Times: The Arrogant Years — By Lucette Lagnado — Review

In Lucette Lagnado’s book “The Arrogant Years,” two young women are cut down at the height of their self-confidence.... More...

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

The Week in Culture: The discreet charm of the misspelling

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Friday, 9 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Rating the No. 1's: 'Batgirl' and More

Weighing in on a brand-new (kind of) comics universe.... More...

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Thursday, 8 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Knopf Speeds U.S. Publication of Julian Barnes Novel

Knopf has moved up the publication date of "The Sense of an Ending," a novel by Julian Barnes that was one of six books chosen for the shortlist of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction in Britain.... More...

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Thursday, 8 September, 2011

Michael Hart, inventor of the ebook, dies aged 64

Project Gutenberg began life in 1971 after Hart was given free use of University of Illinois computersProject Gutenberg founder Michael Hart, who created the first ever ebook after deciding on a whim to type the US Declaration of Independence into... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 8 September, 2011

Outcry over Hamlet novel casting old king as gay paedophile

Publisher showered with complaints over Orson Scott Card's Hamlet's FatherA small American press has been swamped with complaints after publishing a version of Hamlet by the science fiction author Orson Scott Card in which King Hamlet is a gay paedophile.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Thursday, 8 September, 2011

Currents | Books: ‘Design Sponge at Home’ by Grace Bonney

Grace Bonney, the editor of the popular blog Design Sponge, has published her first book.... More...

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Thursday, 8 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Nadal Reveals the Toll of Being a Top-Tier Athlete in 'Rafa'

The concept of near-superhuman endurance has been drilled into Rafael Nadal from a tender age.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - Review

Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel is so filled with references to flowers that it comes with a dictionary as an appendix.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Top German author confronts his grandfather's Nazi past in new book

Ferdinand von Schirach's latest thriller features a character based on his grandfather, who headed the Hitler YouthIt's probably fair to say that Ferdinand von Schirach has become one of Germany's top authors in spite of, not because of, his famous... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Children's Books: Picture Books About Wolves — By Pamela Paul — Book Review

“Good Little Wolf” and “I Am So Strong” both feature the Big Bad Wolf, offering winking twists on one of literature’s most ubiquitous menaces.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Reading fiction 'improves empathy', study finds

US researchers measure impact of reading JK Rowling and Stephenie MeyerBurying your head in a novel isn't just a way to escape the world: psychologists are increasingly finding that reading can affect our personalities. A trip into the world of... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Scott Snyder Writes a New Swamp Thing for DC Comics

Scott Snyder, a writer for DC Comics, unleashes his Swamp Thing No. 1 on Wednesday, and his new Batman No. 1 is soon to follow.... More...

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Will it be fourth time lucky for Julian Barnes?

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Wednesday, 7 September, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Great A&P,’ by Marc Levinson, a Retail History - Review

Marc Levinson, an omnivorous researcher, brings to the table the story of the birth of chain-store America, a tale more Americans should be familiar with..... More...

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Andrea Arnold finds new depths in Wuthering Heights

British director unveils grimy, frill-free version of Emily Brontë's 'dark and profound' classic at Venice film festivalFans of previous Wuthering Heights film adaptations are likely to be brought up short by the new big screen version from British director Andrea... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Man Booker prize shortlist includes first western and novel by care worker

Patrick deWitt and Stephen Kelman among contenders, with 2004 winner Alan Hollinghurst a surprise omissionA violent and funny Coen Brothers-style tale of murder and camaraderie in gold rush California has achieved the distinction of becoming the first western to be... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Big City Book Club: Big City Book Club | 'Let the Great World Spin'

Welcome to the first installment of the Big City Book Club with Ginia Bellafante.... More...

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Six Authors Up for Man Booker Prize

Six authors were named on Tuesday to the shortlist of candidates for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.... More...

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Viz Profanisaurus expands iPhone users' vocabularies

App Store offers program based on the famously racy reference work fronted by Roger MellieFor years, Apple has taken a stern line on obscenity and other adult content on its App Store, with its approvals team rejecting apps for gratuitously... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Western on 'readable' Booker list

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

9/11 Anniversary Books, New and Reissued

New books are coming out, but is there more for readers to learn about the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary?... More...

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Two first-time novelists on Booker shortlist

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Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Booker prize 2011 shortlist drops Hollinghurst in favour of first-timers

Two debut novelists have made the final six in contention for the award, ahead of widely-tipped former winnerAlan Hollinghurst's highly-praised novel The Stranger's Child has missed out on a place on the Man Booker prize shortlist, with the former Booker... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, 6 September, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘The Art of Fielding’ by Chad Harbach - Review

Chad Harbach takes the well-worn, much-allegorized subject of baseball and makes us see it afresh, taking tired tropes about the game and injecting them with new energy.... More...

From: NYT > Books

Monday, 5 September, 2011

Daily Mail apology to Vanessa Redgrave will not stop book's publication

The Daily Mail published an apology to Vanessa Redgrave on Saturday as follows...Our serialisation of a forthcoming book about the actress Vanessa Redgrave and her family on 7th May included the allegation that she had once found her husband in... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 5 September, 2011

Colin Firth says film industry underestimates audiences' intelligence

Colin Firth makes comments at Venice film festival premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – a film which demands concentrationFilmgoers are being underestimated by the movie industry and not being offered enough intelligent work that might require some concentration, the... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Monday, 5 September, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘Counterstrike,’ by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker — Review

“Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker, focuses on terrorism deterrence since Sept. 11.... More...

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Monday, 5 September, 2011

Darling admits in memoirs 'deposing' Brown might have saved government

Ex-chancellor says 'residual loyalty' stopped the plot to overthrown former prime ministerAlistair Darling has acknowledged that it might have been right to try to depose Gordon Brown when he was prime minister, but said he had been held back by... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Sunday, 4 September, 2011

Meet the woman who put lead in Darling's pencil

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Sunday, 4 September, 2011

Off The Shelf: In A.&P.’s Story, Parallels to Retail Battles of Today

In a new book, Marc Levinson tells of A.& P.’s swift expansion in the early 20th century, and the powerful backlash it engendered. The tale offers parallels to retail battles of today.... More...

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Saturday, 3 September, 2011

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling 'were at odds from the start'

Former chancellor faced interference from the then PM, who wished to play down the economic risk from the banking crisisGordon Brown repeatedly pressured Alistair Darling to change his economic forecasts almost from the outset of his premiership, it has emerged.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 3 September, 2011

Bill Bryson joins fight in countryside planning row

American writer and countryside campaigner concerned that shake-up may weaken planning laws to allow for developmentBritain's leading countryside campaigner, Bill Bryson, has joined a growing wave of opposition to government moves to shake up planning laws.... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Saturday, 3 September, 2011

Sex On Six Legs — By Marlene Zuk — Book Review

Marlene Zuk shows how the insect world, like ours, can be stunningly complex.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Blueprints For Building Better Girls — By Elissa Schappell — Book Review

The heroines of these linked stories tend to be volatile, aggrieved, distrustful and confused.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Except When I Write — By Arthur Krystal — Book Review

Arthur Krystal’s essays issue from “reading, study, silence, thought.”... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Editors’ Choice

Recently reviewed books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

The Persistence of the Color Line — By Randall Kennedy — Book Review

Candidate Obama had to reassure voters of all colors, Randall Kennedy finds.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Crime: Crime — Mystery novels by George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Martin Walker and Sebastian Rotella

Mystery novels by George Pelecanos, Laura Lippman, Martin Walker and Sebastian Rotella.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Tango - My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels - By Justin Vivian Bond - Book Review

Justin Vivian Bond recalls the ups and downs of being a “trans child.”... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Up Front: Brent Staples

Currently working on a history of mixed-race identity in the United States, Brent Staples examines the significance of President Obama’s racial origins.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Luminarium - By Alex Shakar - Book Review

Alex Shakar’s protagonist broods over his comatose brother and joins a neurological experiment that promises “spiritual awakening.”... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

We Others - New and Selected Stories - By Steven Millhauser - Book Review

Written over the span of three decades, Steven Millhauser’s stories find the weird in the prosaic.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Willpower — By Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney — Book Review

Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney explore what we can do to increase self-control.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Big Questions — Written and illustrated by Anders Brekhus Nilsen — Book Review

Anders Brekhus Nilsen’s unsettling comic vision embraces a flock of finches, the injustice of the food chain, and Plato’s cave.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

This Is Not the Ivy League — By Mary Clearman Blew — Book Review

A writer and English professor grapples with her past in this memoir.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Paperback Row

Paperback books of particular interest.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War — By Hal Vaughan — Book Review

A biography contends that Coco Chanel was a Nazi agent.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

The Emperor of Lies — By Steve Sem-Sandberg — Book Review

In this novel about the Holocaust, the real-life Jewish leader Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski looms large.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness - By Alexandra Fuller - Book Review

Alexandra Fuller returns to the continent of her birth to write a sequel, or prequel, to “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.”... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Simon Hoggart's week: The day Tony Blair showed his mettle

Recollections of 9/11, when the prime minister put himself at risk by returning to Downing Street✒As we near the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Anthony Seldon has published a new account of how Tony Blair received the news. He had to... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 2 September, 2011

Darling: Blair said working with Brown was like dental treatment without anaesthetic

Darling to attack Gordon Brown as 'brutal' and label Bank of England chief Mervyn King 'exasperating' in memoirsAlistair Darling will claim in his memoirs that Tony Blair found Gordon Brown so difficult to work with that Blair told him "dealing... More...

From: Books: Books + News | guardian.co.uk

Friday, 2 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Book Review Podcast: Errol Morris's 'Believing Is Seeing'

Kathryn Schulz reviews the filmmaker Errol Morris's new book, "Believing Is Seeing."... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

ArtsBeat Blog: Graphic Books Best Sellers: Bloody Wolverines, Vampires and Baked Goods

Our Best Sellers lists are filled with movement this week.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

TBR: Inside the List

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, initiated a new interest in books about the Muslim world, as well as a spike in patriotic books focused on American history.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

T Magazine: Curtain Calls | John Lithgow

In his revelatory memoir, the consummate character actor talks about infidelity, Oedipal striving and the awfulness of acceptance speeches.... More...

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Friday, 2 September, 2011

Believing Is Seeing - By Errol Morris - Book Review

The filmmaker Errol Morris’s book is about the limitations of vision, and the inevitable distortions involved in the act of looking at photographs.... More...

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

Books of The Times: ‘We the Animals,’ by Justin Torres - Review

Justin Torres writes the kind of sensitive, carefully wrought autobiographical first novel that may soon be extinct from the mainstream publishing world.... More...

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

Essay: Essay — A Portal to 1920s Greenwich Village — by Jennifer Schuessler

An unusual artifact resurfaced at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center — a narrow pine door from a Greenwich Village bookstore, covered with some 242 signatures.... More...

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

Book-Loving City Forgoes Free Ones for a Week

The closure of the Seattle Public Library due to cuts has become something of a late-summer tradition in recent years.... More...

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

'Space Oddity' reimagined as children's book

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

Three for two doesn't add up, says book chain

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Thursday, 1 September, 2011

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