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Esther Perel Goes Off Script

She became today’s most famous couples therapist by ignoring all the rules of the trade.
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Brandi Carlile’s Story Is Too Big to Fit in a Song

The folk-rock star’s debut memoir Broken Horses offers the most intimate look into her bittersweet life yet.
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The Best Comedy Books of 2021 (So Far)

Featuring late-night host Amber Ruffin and a history of Native American comedians.
  1. books
    The Author of A Little Life Finally Has a New Book ComingHanya Yanagihara is bringing us To Paradise in January 2022.
  2. profile
    Esther Perel Goes Off ScriptShe became today’s most famous couples therapist by ignoring all the rules of the trade.
  3. a long talk
    Brandi Carlile’s Story Is Too Big to Fit in a SongThe folk-rock star’s debut memoir Broken Horses offers the most intimate look into her bittersweet life yet.
  4. best of 2021
    The Best Romance Novels of 2021 (So Far)Featuring enemies-to-lovers, office romances, and — of course — lots of Happily Ever Afters.
  5. read like the wind
    The Lessons of History and 9 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My HeadBooks on faith, mysticism, sex, Philip K. Dick, and fruit too rare and delicate to ship.
  6. trailer mix
    The Woman in the Window Trailer: Amy Adams Still Knows No PeaceTwo years, one move to Netflix, and a global pandemic later.
  7. books
    Torrey Peters Addresses Transphobic Backlash Over Women’s Prize NominationThe trans author’s debut novel Detransition, Baby was longlisted for the prestigious U.K. literary award.
  8. best of 2021
    The Best Comedy Books of 2021 (So Far)Featuring late-night host Amber Ruffin and a history of Native American comedians.
  9. book excerpt
    Excerpt: Novelist Philip Roth’s Agonizing Marriage to Claire Bloom“God, I’m fond of adultery,” Roth liked to say. “Aren’t you?”
  10. q&a
    Letting the Repellent InA conversation with Philip Roth’s biographer, Blake Bailey.
  11. page to screen
    Made For Love’s Creators on Adapting a Uniquely Weird Book to Equally Weird TVNovelist Alissa Nutting and showrunner Christina Lee on making satire both timely and timeless and the need to present sci-fi through a female lens.
  12. books
    9 Times Sharon Stone Looked Death in the EyesTales from her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice.
  13. captain underpants
    Scholastic Pulls Captain Underpants Kung Fu Book for ‘Passive Racism’And series creator Dav Pilkey released an apology.
  14. profile
    The Queen of Fractured Fairy TalesHelen Oyeyemi writes magical, unsettling novels in which nothing remains fixed. She has lived her life that way, too.
  15. tributes
    Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon, Other Bookworms Pay Tribute to Beverly Cleary“You made my childhood fun.”
  16. legends
    The Emotional Transformations of Beverly Cleary’s WorkReading her Ramona series aloud to my daughter, as my mother did before me, feels like accessing a form of double vision.
  17. obits
    Beloved Children’s Author Beverly Cleary Dies at the Age of 104Cleary wrote over 40 novels during her decades-long career, including The Mouse and the Motorcycle and her eight-book Ramona Quimby series.
  18. crime
    How Sara Gruen Lost Her LifeThe Water for Elephants author’s fight to free an incarcerated man left her “absolutely broke,” “seriously ill,” and years behind on her next book.
  19. book excerpt
    The United States vs. ‘FDT’The first time Donald Trump was impeached wasn’t in Congress. It was in a song by YG and Nipsey Hussle.
  20. children’s books
    Paul McCartney Is Trying to Make ‘Green Submarine’ HappenIt’s a children’s book, but still.
  21. in the stacks
    How the Strand Lost Its WorkersThe bookstore’s owner says it’s hanging by a thread — and staff say they’re the ones paying the price.
  22. books
    6 Great Audiobooks to Listen to This MonthKazuo Ishiguro, Stephen King, and more.
  23. vulture lists
    The 15 Best Books About TV ComediesFeaturing books about SNL, The Office, Sex and the City, and more.
  24. book review
    In Klara and the Sun, Artificial Intelligence Meets Real SacrificeKazuo Ishiguro’s novel proposes a world where the machines never revolt.
  25. soundtracks
    Mitski Is the Cowboy in Country-Tinged Track ‘The Baddy Man’From her forthcoming soundtrack to the graphic novel This Is Where We Fall.
  26. read like the wind
    The Decagon House Murders and 8 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My HeadA murder mystery, a traveling salesman, and some really big candy bars.
  27. adaptations
    Move Over, Sex and the City Reboot, a Detransition, Baby Series Is on the WayTorrey Peters will write the pilot for the adaptation of her debut novel.
  28. one grand books
    Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 10 Favorite Children’s BooksMadeline, Superman Smashes the Klan, The Adventures of Polo, and more.
  29. dr. seuss
    6 Dr. Seuss Books With Racist Imagery Pulled From PrintingA panel of educators and experts reviewed the catalog to make these decisions.
  30. back to school
    The Julien Baker Reading Guide to Her New Album Little OblivionsHow East of Eden, R.O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries, and critical theory connect to the singer-songwriter’s stunning third album.
  31. the art of ending things
    Why the End of Atonement Is a Triumph for Unreliable NarratorsWhen Ian McEwan’s book came out, the final twist infuriated many readers. Twenty years later, it’s a classic of the form.
  32. respect the classics
    Paul McCartney Wrote a 900-Page Memoir About His LyricsIt’ll cover his Beatles, Wings, and solo songs.
  33. book excerpt
    When the Last Call Killer Came to Five OaksThe serial killer who targeted gay men in New York, in the piano bars where they sought refuge from the world.
  34. books
    Hillary Clinton Retiring to Mystery Books, Co-Writing With Louise PennyState of Terror is out October 12.
  35. the group portrait
    Book Publishing’s New Power ClubA wave of hires is set to pick up where the reckoning left off.
  36. casting call
    Mila Kunis Is the Luckiest Girl Alive at NetflixIn an upcoming adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s 2015 novel.
  37. conversations
    Native Comedy Is Happening EverywhereThree Native comedians on being overlooked in the industry and why that’s — sort of — starting to change.
  38. can a dog be twins?
    Patricia Lockwood’s Infinite ScrollThe Twitter-famous poet’s first novel, No One Is Talking About This, moves between the body in space and the mind online.
  39. adaptations
    Netflix Plots Redwall Series and Film Written by Over the Garden Wall CreatorThe platform acquired all 22 books in Brian Jacques’s beloved series.
  40. close reads
    Lupin Pulls an Adaptation Heist on Its AudienceAs Netflix’s latest international hit cleverly riffs on its titular public-domain character, it simultaneously teaches viewers what it’s riffing on.
  41. perfect pairing
    Your Next Romance Read, Based on Your Favorite Rom-comPair your bookshelf with your Netflix queue.
  42. read like the wind
    No One Is Talking About This and 8 Other Reads I Can’t Get Out of My Head“Finally,” you will think to yourself, flipping these pages. “Someone is taking me somewhere fun!”
  43. book excerpt
    ‘I Miss the Simple Things’Quarantine poems from Catherine Cohen.
  44. books
    The Best Sex Melissa Broder Has Ever Read“If you can get off to one story more than ten times, that’s a win.”
  45. adaptations
    So, Who Is Zachary Levi Playing in the Live-Action Harold and the Purple Crayon?The actor joins Sony’s adaptation of the beloved children’s book as … the crayon, maybe?
  46. book review
    100 Boyfriends Is a Taxonomy of DesireBrontez Purnell’s new book roams the edges of queer romance.
  47. crime
    Suspect in Kim Kardashian’s 2016 Paris Robbery Reportedly Writes Book About It… Quoi?
  48. entanglements
    Brontez Purnell, Author of 100 Boyfriends, on Conjuring the Ghost an ExThe daddy of the Oakland DIY scene has a new novel about the afterlives of intimacy.
  49. memoirs
    7 Uniquely Cicely Tyson Stories From Her Memoir, Just As I AmA life well-lived.
  50. one grand books
    Avni Doshi’s 10 Favorite BooksSwimming Home, On Beauty, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and more.
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