The Confessions of Nat Turner By William StyronNat Turner was a black slave who sparked a bloody uprising in Virginia in 1831 and left behind—after his capture and execution—a brief, cryptic account of what made him do it. Or maybe he didn’t leave the account, which was alleged by some to have been the work in part or whole of the lawyer, Thomas Gray, who proceeded to publish it.
Wake-up call, continental breakfast, the day’s newspaper ... and books to make the morning complete! It’s time again for the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, when writers like Herta Müller, Paul Auster, Michael Cunningham, Etgar Keret, Margaret Atwood, and Tony Kushner descend on New York City.
Windows on the World By Frédéric BeigbederStill one of the best 9/11 novels. The author breaks two rules with panache: that you have to be American, optimally a New Yorker, to write with authority about the World Trade Center (Beigbeder is from France, where this novel was first published in 2004); and that books published too closely on the heels of any such tragedy are bound to suffer from a lack of perspective and come out rubbish.
On the Beach By Nevil ShuteA post-apocalyptic Australian story revolving around nuclear fallout, euthanasia, and a fuel crisis in which the one bright beam of civilized hope is Seattle? Yes please. Who needs a description of Maui this summer? Not I, not when there’s an end-of-the-world Pearl Harbor portrayal inspired by then-recent events.
It may surprise some that bestselling novelist Dennis Lehane is a huge fan of short stories. From Andre Dubus to Wells Tower, he picks his 5 favorite collections. His new novel, Moonlight Mile, is out now.
Actor, artist and writer James Franco shares his six favorite books, from Faulkner to Bukowski. His debut short story collection, 'Palo Alto,' is out now.
The bestselling author of Liar’s Poker, The Blind Side, and, a new chronicle of the financial crisis, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, shares his favorite books of all time.
Bestselling author of 'Flags of Our Fathers' shares his favorite reads, from Lao Tzu to Kurt Vonnegut. His new book, 'Imperial Cruise,' is out now.
Jonathan Lethem, whose new book, 'Chronic City,' is out this week, shares five icy novels that are perfect for a warming globe.
James Ellroy shares with The Daily Beast why these novels of bloody and infamous crimes are his favorites. His new book, 'Blood’s A Rover,' is out.
The Thirteen American ArgumentsBy Howard Fineman“He's a very clear writer who can concisely outline large problems without oversimplifying their consequence.”This is a collection of the 13 abstract debates Fineman views as most central to the core definition of democracy ("Who Is a Person," "Who Judges the Law," etc.
Need a book recommendation? We get asked all the time, but we've left the task to the experts: every week, great writers pick their favorite books and tell you why they are must-reads.
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