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Simon Mawer’s “Tightrope” Wins Walter Scott Prize

Simon Mawer’s “Tightrope” Wins Walter Scott Prize

Simon Mawer has won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel, Tightrope. The award, named for Sir Walter Scott and given annually, honors novels first published in the UK and Ireland with a ceremony presided over by a duke and a prize of £25,000. The judges called the book an impeccably researched spy story in the grand […]

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

These Books Might as Well Be Naked

Some book jackets, as the name implies, dress up the books that wear them. Others dress them down—and some undress them all the way. As H. L. Mencken could very well have said, no one ever went broke overestimating the prurient interest of the reading public. The following book covers,  artfully adorned with not-so-subliminal messages, somehow made it past the censors. […]

This Week on Well Read TV: Louise Erdrich Talks about LaRose

This Week on Well Read TV: Louise Erdrich Talks about LaRose

This week on Well Read, National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich will be speaking with hosts Elisa Jaffe and Mary Anne Gwinn about her latest adult novel, released in May, LaRose (2016). The fifteenth in a long line of North Dakota-based tales, LaRose homes in on the hardship of two Ojibwe families, one “devastating decision,” […]

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards”

Game of Thrones Recap: Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards”

The strongest episode of the season focuses on just two storylines: the Masters’ attack on Meereen and the Stark’s reclamation of Winterfell. I’ve been hoping the writers would get back to this type of storytelling for the entire season, since it’s much more fulfilling than forced, quick dips into multiple characters’ lives. In contrast, this episode’s action focused on the heroes’ strengths, rose […]

The Prison Reader: What to Read When You’re Done Bingeing OITNB

The Prison Reader: What to Read When You’re Done Bingeing OITNB

Season Four of Orange is the New Black premieres tonight! Last year, Buzzfeed published a comprehensive list of every book the Litchfield crew mentioned in Season Three. A show with such obviously well-read writers has to have bookworm fans, so we found a bunch of titles to tackle after you’re done binge-watching. Here are my suggestions: The Exception, […]

Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir,  Colson Whitehead, and more!

Reviews of the Week: Jay McInerney, Sabaa Tahir, Colson Whitehead, and more!

   Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney Russell and Corrine Calloway, the couple who anchored McInerney’s Brightness Falls (1992), are seemingly thriving. Corrine’s passionate post-9/11 affair, chronicled in The Good Life (2006), is over, and they navigate Manhattan’s fevered social whirl as if they’re born to it—when, in truth, they can barely afford it.   […]