‘Best Books of the Year So Far’

We are almost at the halfway point of 2013, and list-loving Amazon is out with its 2013’s Best Books of the Year So Far, including 10 history and 10 general nonfiction titles. History 1. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 (Liberation Trilogy) (Henry Holt) by Rick Atkinson. 2. The Unwinding: An Inner History […]

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Ann Kingman on Project Short Story

Note: This piece originally appeared in my column for Huffington Post on April 29, 2013. With George Saunders’ Tenth of December (Random House) and Karen Russell’s Vampires in the Lemon Grove (Knopf) already drawing strong praise from literary critics and several other short story collections inching toward publication this summer and fall, short stories are looking to make a big comeback this year. Popular […]

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Penguin Classics series gets an ‘A’

If you count books, typography and collections among your most intense obsessions, then hang onto your serifs! Today, Penguin Classics is releasing the first six volumes of its new Penguin Drop Caps series of hardcover classics: A Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, B Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, C Willa Cather’s My Antonia, D Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, E George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and F Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. (Madame Bovary is […]

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Game Change 2: Electric Boogaloo

Sadly, that’s not the title.  But that would have been awesome. Penguin Press announced today that John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book about the 2012 campaign will be called Double Down: Game Change 2012, that it will be published in fall 2013, and that HBO has already optioned the film rights.  After Game Change became a massive hit for HarperCollins […]

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Three politics books for early 2013

Here’s a roundup of several early-2013 politics books with publishers’ descriptions: January 2.  Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Fred Kaplan’s The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster) looks to be one of the first important books of 2013 — with glowing blurbs from national security heavies like George […]

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