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Zac Posen’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 fashion designer Zac Posen’s list.

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In Sally Rooney’s Smart Novel, Conversations With Friends, the Narrator Strives to Matter

The first novel by the 26-year-old Irish writer Sally Rooney, Conversations With Friends, wears its influences on its sleeve. The narrator and her friends are fans of Twitter poet laureate Patricia Lockwood. They watch Greta Gerwig movies, and like Gerwig’s most famous character, the narrator is named Frances. The novel’s blurbs and marketing materials invite comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis and J. D. Salinger, but those signals indicate little more than that you’re opening a novel about young people written by a young person. Frances and her friends, at age 21, are a little too old to be precocious in the manner of a Salinger character, nor are any of them desperate cases like Seymour Glass. They aren’t transgressive like Ellis’s pretty monsters. None of their struggles are out of the ordinary. Rooney has the gift of imbuing everyday life with a sense of high stakes, and it’s hard to imagine Conversations With Friends appearing without Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan Tetralogy” and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series as immediate antecedents.

George R. R. Martin Says We Will Definitely, Probably, Maybe Get a New Book in 2018

It’s been a few years since George R. R. Martin graced us with a new book — maybe you’ve heard something about that — but the author is now promising that not only will the wait soon come to an end later this year but also fans should expect some new material in 2018, too. In his latest Not a Blog post, Martin indicated that either the first volume of Fire and Blood, a book of fake Targaryen king histories, or the long (long) anticipated Winds of Winter will hit bookshelves by the end of next year, writing “I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018.” Obviously, that’s no confirmation — it goes without saying that, at least in the case of Winds, his proposed timelines have proven a little optimistic in the past — and while it might be enough to rev up the anticipation machine once again, there’s reason to suspect that Martin’s still making some ambitious promises. Look no further than his knowing tease at the end of the post: “Who knows, maybe two [books],” he writes of what to expect in 2018. “A boy can dream … ”

Rebel in the Rye Trailer: J.D. Salinger Is a Tortured Hottie

No amount of unreliable narration could prevent us from telling you that the latest writer getting his very own bio-drama is J.D. Salinger. The first trailer for the outing, Rebel in the Rye, promises to pack in the punches for Salinger’s scattered early life, which begins with being a prolific student in New York City, warms up to his experiences serving on the front lines of World War II, and climaxes with the creation and release of his most famous novel, Catcher in the Rye. Nicholas Hoult will be tasked with breaking out an American accent to play the controversial writer, with the film being released on September 15. High-school English teachers are ecstatic!

Why Weddings in Books Are Always Terrible

A weeklong series dedicated to skewering the traditions, expectations, and psychodrama that surround wedding season.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s list.

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John Lithgow’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is The Crown and Beatriz at Dinner star John Lithgow’s list.

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Everything We’ve Learned From the Winds of Winter Preview Chapters

Though some optimistic fans are hopeful that George R.R. Martin has secretly finished his last two Song of Ice and Fire books, at the moment, we’re still waiting for an official publication date for the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter. Still, we know a significant amount of what will go down in that forthcoming novel, as Martin has released a string of preview chapters over the years that together add up to about 15 percent of a typical ASOIAF book. To dive deep into them is to visit a world completely apart from the world of the Game of Thrones TV show, a world where Ser Barristan is still alive, Sansa is still in the Vale, and people like Arianne Martell and the would-be Aegon VI not only exist but are very important. With an assist from Reddit’s ASOIAF page, here is everything we’ve learned from the various TWOW preview chapters, with the caveat that material has been known to change between preview chapters and the final versions.

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  • Posted 7/10/17 at 11:31 PM

Buy a Kindle and You Can Own the New York Public Library

Look, we in the New York family of sites have used plenty of past Amazon sales as occasion to pitch you on the virtues of the Kindle, of which there are many: the convenience (there’s no better way to juggle multiple books). The economics (Kindle is always having flash sales — I got The Royal We and The Wangs vs. The World each for $3). The portability (the Paperwhite fits perfectly in my hand while I’m being knocked around a crowded subway). And to it all, I’ll add what I consider my greatest Kindle-related discovery: the e-book collection at the New York Public Library.

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Forget Those Harry Potter Napkins — J.K. Rowling Also Wrote an Unpublished Manuscript on a Dress

It seems appropriate that J.K. Rowling, creator of a rich world of witches and wizards, would hold her 50th birthday celebration on Halloween despite the fact that her birthday is in July. And her party last year wasn’t your average birthday slash Halloween party (did you really think dressing up as a plain old black cat to celebrate the woman who created creatures like hippogriffs would suffice?)— she instructed her guests to come dressed as their own “private nightmare.” Rowling’s costume was especially spooky: a dress with an unpublished manuscript written on its fabric. “I went as a lost manuscript,” the Harry Potter author told Christiane Amanpour. “And I wrote over a dress most of that book. So that book, I don’t know whether it will ever be published, but it’s actually hanging in a wardrobe currently.” Accio wardrobe! Inquiring minds want to give this fairy tale a read.

  • Posted 7/8/17 at 9:52 AM
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Milo Yiannopoulos Is Suing Simon & Schuster for $10 Million

The Milo Yiannopoulos book saga continues, with the alt-right provocateur filing a lawsuit against Simon & Schuster after they pulled out of publishing his memoir, Dangerous, in February of this year.

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Carrie Preston’s 10 Favorite Books

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked literary celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is The Good Fight and Claws star Carrie Preston’s list. Preston will be joining Dianne Wiest and John Cameron Mitchell to read from her favorite books at NeueHouse in New York this evening at 6:30 p.m.

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8 Books You Need to Read This July

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

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  • Posted 7/5/17 at 10:31 AM
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Matthew Klam’s New Book Is Only 17 Years Overdue

In 1993, Matthew Klam was sitting in his room at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a fellow, when he received a call from Daniel Menaker at The New Yorker saying that they were interested in buying his short story “Sam the Cat.”

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  • Posted 6/30/17 at 11:04 AM

175 Minutes With … Jill Eisenstadt

“The water was up to the second floor,” Jill Eisenstadt is saying. She’s standing in front of her father’s house just off the beach in Rockaway, and talking about the night of Hurricane Sandy. “This is the house in the book, although I moved it.” In real life, the hurricane damage has been put right, and is somewhere where you’d be happy to spend a summer weekend. In Eisenstadt’s new novel Swell, the house is a beat-up old thing, “and I set it on 126th, because that’s where the Boardwalk starts. I was trying to think of Rockaway, how it’s kind of a character in the book — it’s got a lot of scars, and it’s haunted.”

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Steal Your Summer Reading List From Hillary Clinton

Yesterday, the Cut reported that during a speech at the American Library Association conference, Hillary Clinton listed all of the books she’s been reading with her unexpected time off since November, saying that besides for going on hikes and drinking white wine (relatable), she’s been consoling herself by “going back to the familiar experience of losing myself in books.” As such, there are lots of novels and mystery stories and some uplifting poetry, all of which we’ve gathered below.

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  • Posted 6/28/17 at 9:26 AM
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Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dead at 91

Michael Bond, creator of the renowned children’s book character of Paddington Bear, has died at his home at age 91 after a short illness, according to his publisher HarperCollins. Bond published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958, and has since published dozens more stories about the extremely polite, Wellington-boots-and-duffel-coat-wearing bear, who totes around his trademark suitcase, comes to London from Peru, and loves to eat marmalade. Paddington appeared in BBC and Hanna-Barbera TV shows in the 1970s and ’80s, and in a film adaptation, where he was voiced by Ben Whishaw, in 2014; a sequel is out this year. Paddington books have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide, and the most recent installment, Paddington’s Finest Hour, came out in April.

The Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

This week, Vulture is looking back at the best releases so far in 2017.

Francesco Pacifico’s Sharp New Novel Class Takes on Post-Hipster Williamsburg

For all the moaning about Brooklyn novelists over the past two decades, there’ve been very few novels set in Williamsburg. As if following a Paul Auster homing beacon or reading Paula Fox’s Desperate Characters as an instruction manual, most Brooklyn novelists have settled in South Brooklyn and set their books somewhere in the orbit of Prospect Park. The narrator of Ben Lerner’s 10:04 works at the Park Slope Food Coop and walks to Brooklyn Bridge Park after his shift and sheds a tear (“a mild lacrimal event”) looking across at Manhattan. Colson Whitehead wrote the quintessential set piece treating a late-night trip to a Fort Greene bodega in John Henry Days. We know from Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn that most of the barflies at the Brooklyn Inn circa 1999 were somebody’s assistant. To tell by Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., many residents of Clinton Hill live their lives as if it were the 19th century with better appliances. Though there have been fads for narrators with neurological disorders or doubled selves and minor outbreaks of magic realism in recent years, realism, refinement, old brownstones, and hardwood floors are the hallmarks of these books. They play by the rules and, at their worst, read as if they were written to pay the rent.

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  • Posted 6/8/17 at 11:59 PM
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Is Half-Blood Prince Harry Really The Sassiest Harry Potter?

Let’s be real: If you actually grew up as an orphan in a cupboard under a flight of stairs, you’d be as thick-skinned against haters as baby Harry is against Voldemort’s killing curse. Harry is a cold-hearted badass if you come at him, and looking back at all seven Harry Potter books, Harry provides so much shade you’d think you were in the Forbidden Forest. Redditor InquisitorCOC compiled a pretty impressive ranking of how sassy Harry gets in the series, and ranks Half-Blood Prince as the sassiest our Chosen One gets, citing this exchange:

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