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Rafael de Cárdenas’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is architect Rafael de Cárdenas’s list.


  • Posted 1/12/18 at 3:07 PM

Governor Cuomo Calls to Rescind New York Prisons’ ‘Flawed’ Book Policy

Last month, the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision rolled out a pilot program that made it much harder for prisoners to get access to books. The program restricted all packages coming into the three prisons participating in the pilot to items purchased from a list of six department-approved vendors. Books sent for free by volunteer organizations, such as Books Through Bars, a 21-year-old program that has sent close to 100,000 books to inmates in 40 states since 1996, would be banned, along with care packages from family members.


All the Ways Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World Is Different From the Comic

Ever since it debuted earlier this decade, readers of cartoonist Charles Forsman’s violent coming-of-age graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World, have been haunted both by its brutality and its poignancy. The scenes are as swift as they are dense with meaning and viscera, and they’re not soon forgotten. So anyone who has devoured the book will be struck by two aspects of its filmed Netflix adaptation, written by Charlie Covell and directed by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak. For one thing, it’s horrifying to see the familiar bloodletting depicted with real people; for another, it’s disorienting to see just how much was changed in the porting from book to show.


  • Posted 1/11/18 at 4:47 PM

Will This New Policy Stop New York’s Inmates From Reading?

On a freezing Monday night, a dozen New Yorkers gathered in the basement of a used bookstore. Thick stacks of letters from prisoners all over the country were piled on a worn wooden table. “I read sometimes 2-3 books a day in here, with nothing else to do,” one inmate, who had requested books by Tom Clancy and Robert Jordan, had written. Another wanted to read about anti-gravitational propulsion and how to “unlock our ‘Third Eye,’” among a wide range of subjects. “I try to read everything I can about science to occupy my mind/manage my stress, but I’ve noticed there aren’t many science books at the library here,” he’d observed. “Reading is very strong in my cell,” wrote a third, who asked for anything related to spaceships, pirates, knights or fantasy.


10 of the Most Exciting Book Releases for 2018

It’s hard to get excited in January, that darkest, coldest month when the hard work of resolutions begins and the best movies, shows, and midterm elections seem so far away. But you don’t have to wait long at all for the best books (the first one arrives in a week). Here are the ten we’re most excited about — a partial list, because who knows what autumn will bring? — but a very good one.


  • Posted 1/11/18 at 8:00 AM
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Denis Johnson Left Us With One Final — and Terrific — Book

How many readers of Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son have wondered what happens to Fuckhead when he grows up? Johnson’s 1991 masterpiece — a lean and quivering book of 11 linked stories told by a barfly, a junkie, and a petty criminal whose voice is somehow older and wiser than his years — ends with Fuckhead sobered up and working at a home for the aged, demented, amputated, and otherwise infirm. He spends his days among the unwell who nobody else ever sees. His duties include making the patients feel human, touching them once in a while so they know they’re not lepers: “All these weirdos,” the book ends, “and me getting a little better every day right in the midst of them. I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.”


Tom Hanks’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is author and star of The Post Tom Hanks’s list.


8 New Books You Need to Read This January

Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.


  • Posted 1/3/18 at 9:00 AM

Gabrielle Union’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is actress and author Gabrielle Union’s list.


  • Posted 12/29/17 at 6:37 PM

Sue Grafton Was a Master at Subverting the Detective Novel

This won’t be an objective appraisal of Sue Grafton, who died today of cancer at the age of 77. I was a fan first, reading her Kinsey Millhone novels in high school and sticking with the series all the way to the end. I interviewed her twice: once for the Los Angeles Times in 2009, and four years later, onstage at the Toronto Public Library. I admired her ability to stick with her own voice, not let success go to her head, and to stretch herself in her writing. As the editor of two anthologies of 20th-century crime works by women that were published in 2013 and 2015, I was floored by her kindness in bestowing blurbs when she hardly did that sort of thing anymore.


  • Posted 12/29/17 at 3:45 PM
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Mystery Author Sue Grafton Dies at 77

Mystery author Sue Grafton has died of cancer at 77, her daughter announced on Facebook Friday. Grafton is best known for her series of alphabetically-themed novels about private investigator Kinsey Millhone, which began with 1982’s A Is For Alibi and continued until August’s Y Is For Yesterday. (Grafton also published two other novels – one of which as adapted into a Rod Steiger films – and numerous Kinsey Millhone short stories.) Though Grafton was working on the final book in the series, Z Is For Zero, when she died, her daughter says there are no plans to bring in another author to complete the manuscript: “As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y.”


  • Posted 12/28/17 at 1:28 PM

Milo Yiannopoulos’s Book Editor Had The Most Savage Comments On His Manuscript

Earlier this year, Milo Yiannopoulos’s book deal for his memoir Dangerous roiled the publishing industry — a decision that Simon & Schuster took back after comments Yiannopoulos made condoning pedophilia surfaced. Not one to back down from controversy, Yiannopoulos sued Simon & Schuster for $10 million for breach of contract. (Eventually, he self-published the book and threw himself a party.) Now at the close of 2017, the internet celebrates as evidence from the active lawsuit has been uploaded by the New York County Clerk’s office, including email exchanges between Yiannopoulous and his editor, Mitchell Ivers, as well as the entire annotated manuscript with every comment Ivers made. We’ve pored over all of the documents and present to you Ivers’s best burns without context, because it’s really better that way.


  • Posted 12/28/17 at 9:00 AM

Chip Kidd’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is graphic designer and author Chip Kidd’s list.


  • Posted 12/22/17 at 11:39 AM

The 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017

The books that thrilled in 2017 are a diverse group: an excellent mix of true crime, mystery, horror, and nontraditional offerings that are gripping in their own right. As always, they offer the most unsettling version of escapism: confronted with the worst of humanity, we still manage to get lost in these stories and feel enriched by them.


The 10 Best Book Covers of 2017

Idioms aside, a book’s cover matters. Who among us hasn’t been swayed into buying one novel over another solely by an attractive jacket design? Publishers rolled out some especially good-looking titles this year, so we polled Gail Anderson (creative director of the Visual Arts Press at SVA), Dan Wagstaff (book-design blogger at the Casual Optimist), and Landon Mitchell (a bookseller at McNally Jackson) to determine the best of the bunch. Here’s a list of the year’s most beautiful, most effective book covers.


  • Posted 12/21/17 at 11:06 AM

The 10 Best Romance Books of 2017

What was it about 2017 that made us hungry for happy endings? Or were we hungry for stories that centered on strong and complicated women, grappling with history (American and personal), standing up for themselves and what they wanted? Either way, that’s where romance novels came to the rescue — they even had some pretty great men in them, too. Here are the ten best of the year.


Writer of the Viral Short Story ‘Cat Person’ Scores a Tasty Treat: A 7-Figure Book Deal

The meowing over “Cat Person” continues. In a move that feels like a Girls subplot, Kristen Roupenian, the debut writer of The New Yorker’s viral short story about online dating, has scored a book deal. Based on the success of “Cat Person,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon & Schuster imprint Scout Press has offered Roupenian a two-book deal. The first will be the short-story collection You Know You Want This (a title that is curiously not already a Taylor Swift song), and the other book will be a novel. Scout Press was in a bidding war that reportedly cost more than $1 million. You Know You Want This will “explore the complex — and often dark and funny — connections between gender, sex, and power, across genres.” Expect your feed to erupt over the collection when it’s released in spring 2019.

  • Posted 12/20/17 at 9:00 AM

Cillian Murphy’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy’s list.


The 10 Best YA Books of 2017

In 2017, new voices as well as old favorites reinvented familiar tropes in young-adult fiction. The fantastical was more imaginative than ever and contemporary work became even more real, as YA continued to be one of the most socially progressive genres in literature. Whether you’re a teenager or just one at heart, these books are sure to inspire and delight.


  • Posted 12/18/17 at 9:31 PM
  • Books

New Zora Neale Hurston Book Barracoon Will Be Published For the First Time Next Year

Author Zora Neale Hurston, best known for the American classic Their Eyes Were Watching God, passed away in 1960. Now, more than half a century after her death, a previously unpublished nonfiction work by Hurston is headed to print. According to the Black Youth Project, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” tells the true, firsthand account of Cudjo Lewis, who is reportedly the last living survivor of the transatlantic slave trade in America. (The title is taken from the kind of barracks enslaved people were imprisoned in before being transported to the New World; the name of the specific ship that trafficked Lewis to the U.S. was the Clotilde.) Per HarperCollins’s description, Hurston first met with 95-year-old Lewis in 1927 to discuss his life and illegal seizure into slavery. In 1931, Hurston returned to Lewis’s town of Plateau, Alabama, for three months to interview him about his childhood in Africa, abduction, and enslavement in the U.S. until the end of the Civil War. The book, currently available for preorder, will hit bookstore shelves on May 8, 2018.



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