- Business Insider 21:03December 11, 2019How to clear the cache on your Chromebook to keep your computer running smoothlySmith Collection/Gado/Getty Images You can clear the cache on your Chromebook in just a few steps.
It's a good idea to clear the cache on your Chromebook every so often to keep your computer running smoothly.
Here's how to clear your cache using the Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Clearing out your web browser's cache is an important step for Chromebook users. However, it's not mandatory, which means a lot of people end up skipping it.
You'll want to clear the cache on your Chromebook's Chrome browser every so often to ensure your computer is running at optimal efficiency. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:How to change the Wi-Fi network on your Google Home, and connect all of your smart devicesHow to enable cookies on an Android device in Google Chrome to save your data and optimize your web browsingHow to save passwords in Google Chrome, and manage or update them with your Google accountSEE ALSO: The best budget laptops
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- Guardian 18:59December 11, 2019The 50 best films of 2019 in the US: 8-50Our countdown continues with space criminals, terrifying pagan rituals, a star-packed whodunnit and riotous high-school comedy. We’ll reveal more every daySee the UK cut of this listMore on the best culture of 2019 Continue reading...
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- Flashbak 18:15December 11, 2019Ceausescu’s Orphans 30 years later To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of Nicolae Ceaușescu (26 January 1918 – 25 December 1989 )and the shocking discovery of the horror of Romanian orphanages, I have decided to publish a photo-book. Ceausescu’s Orphans, 30 Years Later is a selection of portraits taken between 1993 and 2019 of orphans who grew up … Continue reading "Ceausescu’s Orphans 30 years later"
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- Business Insider 16:47December 11, 20195 books Bill Gates wants you to read this holiday seasonThe Gates Notes LLC Bill Gates, the world's richest man, just shared a list of five books that he recommends others read this holiday season.
Gates' picks span multiple genres from fiction to history to parenting.
The list includes the newest dispatch from one of Gates' favorite authors and a recommendation from his daughter Jenn.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The richest man on Earth read a bit more fiction than he usually does in 2019, but there is only one novel he recommends that you pick up this holiday season.
Bill Gates just shared a list of five of the best books he read in 2019, that he thinks everyone else should read before the year draws to a close. Gates' picks span multiple genres from fiction to history to parenting. The list also includes the newest dispatch from one of Gates' favorite authors, two books from Oprah's book club, and a recommendation from his daughter Jenn.
Keep reading to learn more about Gates' winter reading list.1. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
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Gates read An American Marriage on the recommendation of his oldest daughter Jennifer, he wrote.
"Jones is such a good writer that she manages to make you empathize with both of her main characters, even after one makes a difficult decision," Gates wrote on his blog. "The subject matter is heavy but thought-provoking, and I got sucked into Roy and Celestial's tragic love story."
The novel, which tells the story of an African American man and his wife after he is convicted and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, was also chosen by Oprah for her book club in October 2018 and received praise from Barack Obama, according to its Amazon page.
2. These Truths: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore
W. W. Norton
These Truths will teach even the most studious of historians something new about American history, according to Gates. The centi-billionaire praised Lepore for her use of "diverse perspectives" in her 800-page overview of the country's chronicle of the United States' rise.
These Truths is "the most honest and unflinching account of the American story I've ever read," Gates wrote.
3. Growth: From Microorganisms to Megacities, by Vaclav Smil
Gates called Smil one of his favorite authors and compared his excitement for the University of Manitoba professor's new releases to that some people feel for new Star Wars films. In his newest book, Smil explores society's obsession with growth through the lens of everything from microorganisms to cities.
"As always, I don't agree with everything Smil says, but he remains one of the best thinkers out there at documenting the past and seeing the big picture," the billionaire wrote on Gates Notes.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Giorgio Armani just bought a $17.5 million penthouse in NYC. Take a look at how one of the richest men in fashion spends his fortune, from a 213-foot yacht to homes in Italy and the Caribbean.These are the 10 hottest destinations billionaires are traveling to in 2020These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful businessmen and CEOs in the worldSEE ALSO: Bill Gates isn't interested in space exploration and doesn't like Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax: Here are 5 highlights from the billionaire's DealBook interview
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- Guardian 16:40December 11, 2019Top 10 dinner parties in fictionFrom Arthurian feasts to awkward moments with Ian McEwan and mealtime at the Macbeths, these miniature dramas are literary staples. Tuck inLife is full of stresses: death; divorce; disasters, natural and otherwise. But another stress under D in the dictionary of stresses is the Dinner Party. It’s a bit like opening a restaurant, it’s a bit like putting on a play, and it’s all for the benefit of people who are our friends or colleagues but also our audience, our guinea pigs, our judges.There’s so much that can go wrong: the food can be undercooked or overcooked – or perfectly cooked but not very good. The conversation can stall or it can turn into a competition or an argument or a shouting match. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 11, 2019Can Surrogacy Remake the World?Jessica Weisberg writes about the state of surrogacy in modern times, drawing upon theories from Sophie Lewis’s “Full Surrogacy Now,” Joanne Ramos’s “The Farm,” and Lauren Slater’s “Love Works Like This.”
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- Business Insider 22:20December 10, 201916 thoughtful gifts for book lovers to satisfy the bookworm on your listBook of the Month With many options available, finding the right read for a book lover can be challenging.
As professional bibliophiles, we've curated a list that will delight any literary-buff with an adoration for words.
Shopping for more gifts? Check out all of our 2019 gift guides on Insider Picks. Shopping for a book lover can be difficult unless you know the entire contents of their bookshelf well enough to avoid buying them the dreaded duplicate of a tome they already own (unless it's a special version like a first edition or a fancy illustrated one — those will be received with enthusiasm).
Don't worry, though — we're here to help. Writers are more or less professional bookworms and wannabe authors, so you can trust that our recommendations will go over well with anyone else who loves the written word.
Whether your giftee prefers ebooks or physical books with that intoxicating new book smell, we have gifts that will send them into their reading nooks with big smiles on their faces.
Just don't expect to see your beloved bookworm any time soon — they'll be awfully busy enjoying these thoughtful gifts.
Top 5 book lover gifts for 2019: A Book of the Month subscription
A Kindle Paperwhite ebook reader
A book lover's journal
A literary mug
A candle that smells like the library Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2019 here. Keep scrolling to check out the best book lover gifts. An ebook subscription
Kindle Unlimited subscription, $9.99 a month
If the bookworm you're shopping for is all-in on ebooks and doesn't own or want a Kindle, get them a Scribd subscription. For less than $10 a month, they'll have access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers. Your giftee can read and listen to Scribd books on the apps for Android, iOS, Fire Tablet, or on the Scribd webpage. Ebooks and audiobooks are downloadable for offline reading. To learn more about Scribd, read our full review of the service on Insider Picks.
It's important to note that you cannot get Scribd ebooks on a Kindle, so if your giftee has or wants a Kindle, get them signed up for Kindle Unlimited, which is a similar service for Amazon's Kindle ebook reader and its Kindle apps for iOS, Android, and the Fire Tablet.
A physical book subscription
Book of the Month
Book of the Month Club, $49.99 for 3 months, $89.99 for 6 months, $149.99 for a year
Of course, some people don't like ebooks, so we're also recommending a subscription to Book of the Month Club. This subscription gets your bookworm their pick of the best new books for $11.99 to $14.99 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to give them. They can also request extra books for an additional $9.99 each if they read more than one book a month. You can read our full review of the service on Insider Picks for more details.
An ebook reader
Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, available on Amazon, $129.99 or $249.99
No matter which Kindle you buy, you really can't go wrong. I personally think the Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite are the best ones to buy because they are both waterproof, have a backlight, and are comfortable to hold. If your book lover prefers page-turning buttons, the Oasis is the one to get. It's also a good idea to get them a Kindle Unlimited subscription so they can access hundreds of thousands of books for free.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best disposable drinkware38 clever gifts for coworkers that they'll actually be happy to receiveThe best tabletop Christmas trees
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- Business Insider 18:46December 10, 2019How to delete or edit the bookmarks on your Chromebook in a Google Chrome browserKonstantin Savusia/Shutterstock You can delete bookmarks on a Chromebook in just a few steps, or delete an entire bookmark folder.
The bookmarks on your Chrome browser are connected to your Google account, so any changes will apply on every device where you are signed in.
Here's how to delete and manage bookmarks on a Chromebook in your Chrome browser.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the perks of sticking to the Chrome browser is the ability to take your bookmarks with you when you sign into your Google account on any device.
But sometimes you don't need all of those following you around, and deleting unnecessary ones can help create a more seamless and clean browsing experience. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Why it's so hard for planes to land on waterSee Also:How to add credit to your Google Voice account in 2 ways, so you can make international callsHow to change the keyboard on your Android device, and get new keyboardsYou can't make Google Chrome the default browser on your iPhone, but here's how you can more easily access ChromeSEE ALSO: The best budget laptops
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- Guardian 18:06December 10, 2019'Ridiculously hard': how Neil Gaiman wrote a poem for refugees from 1,000 tweetsThe author and UNHCR ambassador appealed for warm scenes for his poem What You Need to Be Warm – and received ideas from everyone from Ben Stiller to Monica LewinskyRead the poem belowComing up with his latest work was “ridiculously difficult”, Neil Gaiman admits. Last month, the Good Omens and American Gods author, who is also an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), asked his Twitter followers to tell him what reminded them of warmth. After receiving almost 1,000 responses – with Ben Stiller and Monica Lewinsky among those to contribute – Gaiman found himself with a 25,000-word document, from which he has composed his newest written work: a freeform poem to launch UNHCR’s Winter Emergency Appeal for refugees across the Middle East.What You Need to Be Warm touches on everything from “a baked potato of a winter’s night to wrap your hands around or burn your mouth” to “the tink tink tink of iron radiators waking in an old house”. Continue reading...
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- Huffington Post UK 10:00December 10, 20195 Self-Help Books For Parents That Mums And Dads Say Actually Work
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- The Guardian 05:25December 10, 2019Trump called for Seoul evacuation at height of North Korea tensions, new book saysPresident’s diktat was ignored by his top officials, Peter Bergen writes in Trump and his Generals: The Cost of ChaosDonald Trump called for the population of Seoul to be moved during an Oval Office meeting when tensions between the US and North Korea were at their height, according to a new book about the president’s relations with the US military.In Trump and his Generals: The Cost of Chaos, the national security and counter-terrorism expert Peter Bergen also gives new details of Trump’s demands that the families of US service members in South Korea be evacuated, which the North Korean regime would have interpreted as a clear move towards war. In both cases, Trump’s impetuous diktats were ignored by his top officials. Continue reading...
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- Time 02:00December 10, 2019We Can Help Poor People By Treating Them With RespectAbhijit remembers walking into a meeting at the EU headquarters and immediately noticing that this was very different from the ones he was used to. No suits, no ties, no high heels; lined faces, scruffy winter jackets, and also an eagerness he associated with college freshmen in their first week. These were people, he was…
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- Observer 18:17December 9, 2019We Need to Talk About the Golden Globe Best Director NominationsFor the fifth consecutive year, the Hollywood Foreign Press failed to nominate a female director.
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- Guardian 17:48December 9, 2019Book prize judge alleges co-jurors did not finish reading shortlistLesley McDowell was one of five judges for the Saltire Scottish fiction book of the year, but claims gender bias slanted decision against Lucy EllmannA judge of one of Scotland’s most prestigious literary awards has resigned over its choice of winner, claiming that her fellow judges had not read all of the books, and selected a book by a male author about a woman over three books by women about women.The Saltire Society literary awards gave out a host of prizes at the National Museum of Scotland last weekend. The Scottish fiction book of the year went to Ewan Morrison for his novel Nina X, described by judges as a “great feat of imagination, showing digital modernity through the eyes of a young woman emerging from a lifetime within the confines of a Maoist commune”. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 9, 2019Emilio Fraia on Stories Within StoriesThe author Emilio Fraia discusses “Sevastopol,” her story from the December 16, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
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- Guardian 09:00December 9, 2019'Sometimes the world goes feral' – 11 odes to EuropeAs Britain braces itself for the Brexit endgame, leading poets – from Carol Ann Duffy to Andrew McMillan – take the pulse of our fragmenting worldFrom the collection Kin, Cinnamon Press, 2018 Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 8, 2019Sunday Reading: Winter AdventuresFrom The New Yorker’s archive, stories of wintertime expeditions and seasonal globe-trotters by David Grann, Susan Orlean, Kathryn Schulz, Nick Paumgarten, Rebecca Solnit, and Alec Wilkinson.
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- The Guardian(UK) 22:40December 7, 2019Nobel winner Peter Handke avoids genocide controversy in speechLiterature laureate accused of supporting Slobodan Milošević gives inaugural lectureThe controversial 2019 Nobel literature laureate, Austrian author Peter Handke, gave his inaugural lecture on Saturday night in front of the Swedish Academy and in the face of intense criticism of his selection for the honour.Handke, 77, who is perhaps best known for the novel Wings of Desire, is accused of supporting the genocidal Serbian regime led by Slobodan Milošević and of denying the extent of Serbian terror and killing during the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 20:00December 7, 2019Without women the novel would die: discussWomen are fiction’s life support system – buying 80% of all novels. But as a major new book argues, their love of an emotional truth has been used to trivialise the genreThe narrator of Anna Burns’s Booker prize-winning novel, Milkman, likes to read on her way to work, even as she walks. Her preference is 19th-century novels. She likes to retreat to “the safety of the scroll and papyrus of earlier centuries”.But in her claustrophobic community during Northern Ireland’s Troubles, it marks her out as a threat. Even her best friend sees her habit as “disturbing”, “deviant” and “not public-spirited”. The narrator is confused. “Are you saying it’s okay for him to go around with Semtex but not okay for me to read Jane Eyre in public?” Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 17:02December 7, 2019101 books that have defined the past decadeAmazon Thousands of books are released every year, but not every story has that magic formula that can change how people view a topic.
As the 2010s come to a close, Insider took a look back at the books that defined the decade.
Employees shared the books that made the most impact on them, from Pulitzer Prize-winning novels like "All The Light We Cannot See," to moving collections of essays, such as Roxane Gay's "Bad Feminist."
The list also features a handful of blockbusters that broke records, including "Fifty Shades of Grey."
These are the 101 books that defined the 2010s.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan (2010)
"A Visit From the Goon Squad" follows the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aged punk rocker, and his employee Sasha, a kleptomaniac struggling to find peace. Egan gives us their stories in anachronistic chunks, weaving together interconnected narratives through tableaux of different moments from their lives.
The story features flashbacks in time, travels around the world, poignant moments of loss, and a thread of music that ties it all together. Sarah Gray, a reporter on the News Insider team, loves Egan's book because "it has so much humanity. The human connections in the book leave such an indelible print on readers."
Find out more about this book on Amazon.
"Just Kids" by Patti Smith (2010)
Before Patti Smith was the "punk poet laureate," she was a struggling artist in New York City, and Robert Mapplethorpe was the aspiring photographer at her side. "Just Kids" begins during the summer Smith and Mapplethorpe spent together in 1969 at Hotel Chelsea, where they met great artists of the time and became great artists themselves.
Smith tells the story of their relationship, both as a love story between two aspiring artists and a love story between them and the city, giving readers insight into how a creative mind is made.
Find out more about this book on Amazon.
"Room" by Emma Donoghue (2010)
Five-year-old Jack has never been anywhere but "Room," which he thinks is the whole world. In reality, it's a tiny shed in the backyard of Old Nick, the man who kidnapped his mother, Ma, seven years ago. The reader follows Jack's journey to understand that the world isn't what he thinks, as Ma devises a plan for them to escape. The movie adaptation won Brie Larson an Academy Award for best actress.
The story is compelling in and of itself, but the language of the novel makes it even more intoxicating, as Donoghue writes entirely from Jack's perspective, showcasing how his minuscule view of reality impacts the way he speaks and thinks. At its core, "Room" is a story about a mother's love for her child.
Find out more about this book on Amazon.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 30 biggest food trends of the last decade11 of the most shocking moments from your favorite TV shows in 201920 showstopping looks from the Miss Universe pageant over the years
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- Guardian 17:00December 7, 2019Michael Lewis: ‘Don’t bet against the US. It has an incredible capacity for self-reinvention’The author of The Big Short on Trump’s war on experts and why it would take a pandemic to remind Americans of the importance of good governanceMichael Lewis has made his brilliant journalistic career by finding engaging human stories to illuminate the data-driven, risk-avoiding complexities of our world. In The Big Short Lewis brought to life the extraordinary black comedy of those who had made fortunes betting on the global financial crash. Moneyball examined the characters behind the new science of success in sports. His most recent book, The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, applies his insider’s eye to unsung heroes of government administration, in light of the reckless dismantling of the US civil service under Trump. Lewis defines the fifth risk to civilisation – alongside more visible contenders like climate crisis and nuclear conflict – as a loss of faith in the mission of effective governance, “what you never learn that might have saved you”.The afterword to your new book, written after Trump’s shutdown of government in January 2019, describes the life of Arthur A Allen, whose innovations in air-sea rescue for the US Coastguard saved countless lives in the course of his long career. He was among tens of thousands of civil servants considered expendable by Trump’s regime. Why do you think stories like his have been so rarely heard?There is less diversity in the news. It has gotten harder and harder to tell a small story that is actually a big story. If you don’t start with a celebrity, it is harder to persuade people to take an interest in it. It is almost the reverse of what has happened in entertainment. Netflix has worked out how to make these very niche dramas and comedies and make them universal. News is much less good at it. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:00December 7, 2019Sister act: how Little Women has come of age on the big screenIn Greta Gerwig’s new film of Little Women, the March girls wrestle with sexual politics and creative fulfilment. How true is it to Louisa May Alcott’s vision?Greta Gerwig’s new big-screen adaptation of Little Women, the sixth about the March sisters to be made so far, starts with a scene taken from the middle of Louisa May Alcott’s second volume. Almost all the others have begun with the girls’ childhood, but in Gerwig’s film, we first meet an adult Jo March in the New York offices of the Weekly Volcano, where she hopes to place a story – thus setting it up as a film about writing. Along with all the things we expect from this story (coming of age, sibling relations, the challenge of being good), the film is about the relationship of fiction with life, and the challenges and the rewards of writing as a job. The parallels between Jo and her creator, Alcott, are also drawn out by Gerwig, and this adult Jo co-exists throughout the film with the child Jo, who is learning how to write, how to be a woman and, often, how similar these processes can be.Published in the late 1860s, Little Women, for those for whom mentions of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy do not instantly evoke scenes known since childhood (a book-burning, the shearing of a head of long hair), tells the story of four girls whose father is away, working as a chaplain in the US civil war. They used to be well off, but he was too trusting with his money, and now they are poor; the famed first lines – “‘Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,’ grumbled Jo, lying on the rug” – establish how they feel about it, and some of the ways in which they will be tested. It tells a rather different story depending on whether you read it in the US or in the UK, where the second half is generally hived off as Little Women Wedded, or Good Wives, and often not read at all. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 13:00December 7, 2019Gina Miller: how I won against the government – and what you can do nextFrom Brexiter lies to Lady Hale’s brooch, the legal campaigner recalls her supreme court battle and argues for honesty in politicsThis summer was my third without a holiday, spent instead in legal communications with the government. In the summer of 2016, I was doing the same over Theresa May’s decision to trigger Article 50 without consulting parliament. In the summer of 2017, it was regarding what then first minister of Wales Carwyn Jones referred to as her £1 billion “bung” to the DUP. And this summer it was over Boris Johnson’s attempt to prorogue parliament – that is shut it down for five weeks and deny elected members of parliament their legal voice over Brexit.My communication with the prime minister started on 11 July, as a warning shot, to say if rumours of his plans to close down parliament were true, this, in my view, was illegal and I would not hesitate to seek clarification from the courts. All through the summer, I received letters from the government, in which they went to great lengths to assure me they would abide by the law. So much so that there was something fishy about it. My legal team and I continued preparing the case. Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 01:04December 7, 2019The 10 best books you'll want to read this December, according to Amazon's editorsAlyssa Powell/Business Insider Each month, Amazon's book editors add a batch of new releases to the Best Books of the Month section, which serves as a convenient resource for readers throughout the year.
This December, you'll find 10 great reads, from exhilarating spy novels and epic historical stories to raw memoirs.
Check out this month's top picks, with short summaries provided by Amazon's book editor, Erin Kodicek. The year 2019 is approaching its curtain call. During a stressful time marked by limited daylight, holiday shopping, and somber weather, literary escapism is certainly warranted — and as a new Insider Picks fellow, I found solace in a good book after spending weeks scouring Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for our readers.
Just in time for the holiday season, the Amazon Books team has selected its favorite reads of December, concluding the Best Books of the Month section for this year.
December's roster is an eclectic mix highlighting scientific exploitation, fantasy worlds, and intrepid adventures, among other page-turning topics and storylines. Widely acclaimed authors like Tomi Adeyemi are featured alongside new writers making fresh debuts in the literary space. Whether you're on the hunt for a thoughtful gift or seeking to expand your personal library, this month's list is a useful starting point.
Keep reading to see this month's book selection below. To view the complete breakdown of Amazon's Best Books of 2019, visit amazon.com/bestbooks2019.
Captions have been provided by Erin Kodicek, editor of books and Kindle at Amazon.com."Such A Fun Age" by Kiley Reid
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A 25-year-old black babysitter — clad in her "going out" clothes — takes her young charge to a moneyed market, only to be accused of kidnapping by a security guard and fellow shopper. Thus begins a deft and heartfelt exploration of race, class, parenthood, and youth.
"Once More To The Rodeo" by Calvin Hennick
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In his probing and profound memoir, Calvin Hennick hits the road with his 5-year-old son searching for answers to questions like: "What does it mean to be a man today? What can a white father teach his biracial son?"
"Children Of Virtue And Vengeance" by Tomi Adeyemi
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The Legacy of Orisha continues with the second book in the fantasy trilogy, "Children of Virtue and Vengeance." In it, the rich world-building continues, and the plot grows ever more complex and thoughtful as the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:30 affordable tech gifts anyone will be happy to receive — all under $25The best online deals and sales happening nowThe top 20 products Business Insider readers bought on Black Friday this year
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- Business Insider 21:10December 6, 2019How to connect your Chromebook to a Wi-Fi network, whether you've joined it before or need to enter it manuallyKonstantin Savusia/Shutterstock It's easy to connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi, as long as you know the password of the network you're trying to join (if it has one).
If you've already joined a Wi-Fi network on your Chromebook, it should automatically connect to your Chromebook going forward.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A computer without Wi-Fi can be a massive hindrance to getting work done, especially if you have a Chromebook and haven't set up Google Docs offline.
But getting connected to Wi-Fi is easy — you just have to know where to go to activate it and connect to your local network. Here's how to get it done.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:How to schedule a Google Hangout using Google CalendarHow to delete files on your Chromebook in 5 simple stepsHow to go split-screen on a Chromebook in 4 simple steps, and view two windows at onceSEE ALSO: The best budget laptops
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- Mashable 20:41December 6, 2019Need a new laptop? These cheap Chromebooks come with a secret Disney+ deal.TL;DR: Amazon is offering a secret promotion now through Jan. 31, 2020 (or while supplies last) that gets you three months of Disney+ for free with the purchase of select Chromebooks. Jeff Bezos must've thought he was being slick with this one.
While scouring Amazon for some decent laptop deals earlier this morning, we stumbled upon a secret Disney+ offer that gets new subscribers three whole months of streaming for *free* with the purchase of any Google Play-enabled Chromebook. (The word "secret" applies here because we haven't seen this promotion advertised anywhere on the site; I only found it because I happened to visit Amazon's Chromebook landing page for my literal job.) Read more...More about Chromebooks, Laptops, Mashable Shopping, Disney Plus, and Tech
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- Guardian 14:00December 6, 2019Lisa Taddeo on her bestseller Three Women: 'I thought I was writing a quiet little book'The US journalist spent eight years talking to three women about sex and desire – and had no idea the result would be a publishing sensation. She tells Hadley Freeman what happened nextThe American author Lisa Taddeo would like some breakfast. But our waiter is thwarting her. “We don’t serve food in this part of the hotel, ma’am,” he says, adding that breakfast has finished when she suggests we move. “Is nothing available?” she persists. He barely restrains a sigh. “Is a croissant OK?” “Perfect!” she says, triumphant. With another sigh, he disappears in search of what Taddeo describes as “the illicit croissant”. She then leans over and whispers, “When he comes back I’m gonna freak him out and ask if I can now have scrambled eggs.”In the past year, Taddeo has gone from being a relatively little known journalist to one of the most celebrated authors of 2019, thanks to her extraordinary debut book about women’s appetites and desires, and how men frustrate and warp them. Three Women, which has been a bestseller in the US and the UK, tells the true stories of Maggie, Lina and Sloane, each of whom, for utterly personal and yet profoundly relatable reasons, has a complicated understanding of their own needs. Maggie alleges she had a sexual relationship with her high school teacher, Aaron Knodel, and we meet her as she’s dealing with the emotional and legal aftermath. After being raped by three classmates as a teenager, Lina married a cold, undemonstrative man, and is now, as a mother of two, embarking on a frantic affair with an old boyfriend. Elegant, privileged Sloane has sex with other people so her husband can get a thrill from watching. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 20:45December 3, 2019What Jacques Derrida Understood About FriendshipHua Hsu writes about the French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s book “The Politics of Friendship.”
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- Flashbak 10:48December 3, 2019Brilliant Photos, Lobby Cards and Posters from the Beatles’ Film – A Hard Day’s NightA Hard Day's Night directed by Richard Lester over sixteen weeks in 1964 and starring the Beatles filmed during the height of Beatlemania and was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists.
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- The Guardian 22:36December 2, 2019Melania Trump suspects Roger Stone behind nude photo leak, new book claimsIn Free, Melania, obtained by the Guardian, Kate Bennett also reports that president and first lady sleep in separate roomsUS politics today – follow all the latest liveMelania Trump suspects Roger Stone, a longtime ally and adviser to Donald Trump, of being behind the release of nude photos from her modelling past, a new book claims. Related: Trump's 'demeaning fake orgasm' made me speak out – ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page Continue reading...
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- Business Insider 20:40December 2, 201910 books that will improve your love live, according to sex and relationship researchersAmazon If you want to improve your relationship, elevate your sex life, or up your dating game, a countless number of books promise to do just that.
Insider asked researchers who study parenting, sex, consensually non-monogamous relationships, love addiction, and more their top recommendations.
These are experts' favorite books for improving your love life.
Visit Insider's homepage for more. People often want help navigating sex, relationships, and love, but have trouble knowing exactly how to seek it.
Even starting with a simple book isn't so simple, given the sheer number of options that can make discerning the most helpful reads a difficult task.
To help you narrow down the best books for improving your relationships and love life, Insider asked researchers who study parenting, sex, consensually non-monogamous relationships, love addiction, and more their top recommendations.
These are their favorite books, whether you want more satisfying sex, increased intimacy with your partner, or more fulfilling dating experiences."The Ethical Slut, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love" by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
Amy Moors, a sex researcher at Chapman University in California who studies consensually non-monogamous relationships like polyamory, swinging, and open relationships, suggested this book, which is all about how to navigate non-monogamous relationships in a way that is considerate of your own needs and the needs of your partners.
It's a great jumping-off point for someone who is interested in open or poly relationships but only has experience with monogamy thus far.
Buy it here.
"Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships" by Tristan Taormino
Moors also suggested this book about the challenges and benefits of consensually non-monogamous relationships. To write it, the author interviewed over 100 people in those setups.
The book also includes exercises so "you and your partner can fill out different things and kind of talk about desires," Moors told Insider. "You can really jump-start the conversation that can normally be awkward or difficult for someone."
Buy it here.
"Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity — What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves" by Christian Rudder
Amanda Gesselman, a researcher at The Kinsey Institute who studies the intersection of technology and dating, recommended this book from OkCupid's co-founder
The pages are filled with OkCupid data that illuminates singles' online habits when they're dating around.
"It just has like a lot of really cool, interesting breakdowns of what 'success' means" in the modern dating world, Gesselman said.
The book delves into how people's dating profile choices affected who they ended up matching with and what their subsequent messages back-and-forth looked like.
Gesselman said the book "shows such an interesting nuance in terms of human behavior and what we evaluate" in prospective love interests.
Buy it here.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 7 best movies coming to HBO in December that are worth your timeI just ate my first Big Mac at age 30. Hopefully it's the last one I'll ever have.The 7 movies coming to Netflix in December that are worth your time
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 2, 2019Briefly Noted Book Reviews“Serotonin,” “Salt Slow,” “Home Now,” and “The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti.”
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 2, 2019Clare Sestanovich on Desire and the Dangers of MetaphorThe author Clare Sestanovich discusses “Old Hope,” her story from the December 9, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.
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- Flashbak 09:33December 2, 2019Photoprovocations by Russian Sergey ChilikovSince 1989 Chilikov has been working on a travel series about cities in the Soviet Union.
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- The New Yorker 14:00December 1, 2019Sunday Reading: Impeachment and Echoes of WatergateFrom The New Yorker’s archive, pieces on the Trump-Ukraine inquiry and the Nixon proceedings by Susan B. Glasser, Isaac Chotiner, Jill Lepore, Jonathan Schell, and others.
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- Business Insider 17:30November 30, 2019I love Google's new Pixelbook Go, but it's a baffling $850 device that no one should buy (GOOGL)Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Google's Pixelbook Go is a perfect secondary, portable, use-anywhere internet-browsing Chromebook that complements a larger, more powerful computer.
All it really does is run the Chrome web browser, which is all I want from a little laptop that complements my big, powerful computer.
Except it has one critical flaw: An $850 price tag.
For that money, you can get a great Windows 10 13-inch laptop that's similarly portable, runs full apps, and is much more versatile. For $150 more, you can pick up an Apple MacBook Air.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. In almost every respect, the $850 Pixelbook Go is a perfect solution for anyone who wants a secondary, portable, use-anywhere internet-browsing laptop that complements a larger, more powerful computer.
I have to compete with my wife for Pixelbook Go time on the living room couch or in the kitchen. I'll try the excuse that I need to use it to review it, but she doesn't care.
"Don't you have a bunch of other laptops in the house?" she'll ask me. Yes, there are about five other laptops I could use. But I want that one. The Pixelbook Go.
And yet, never have I loved a device so much but recommended so little.
Check it out:The Pixelbook Go is a lightweight, compact internet machine with great battery life that does whatever I need to do at home or while traveling.
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At home, the Pixelbook competes with a series of top-of-the-line laptops from Apple, Dell, Microsoft, and Lenovo. These laptops range from 13 to 15 inches, and they're all powerful machines that should make the Pixelbook Go tremble in its humility.
And yet, the Pixelbook Go has become the go-to device at home for both me and my wife when we're done with work and want to use the internet on the couch, in bed, or in the kitchen. The only reason I'd use my big, powerful laptop after work is because my wife is using the Pixelbook Go. And she won't let go of it.
Compared to the other laptops in the house, the Pixelbook feels less fragile, more compact, more portable, and even more usable for simple web browsing. It's the perfect secondary device to a larger, powerful computer you might have at home or at work.
In fact, I'll be bringing the Pixelbook Go with me on an upcoming vacation instead of one the Windows 10 laptops I have lying around the house. I won't need anything more.
The Pixelbook Go's keyboard, touchpad, screen, and speakers make it a joy to use, too.
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Typing this review on the Pixelbook Go is a comfortable, satisfying experience. If laptop makers don't all adopt IBM/Lenovo's legendary laptop keyboards, they should emulate the Pixelbook Go's.
When I'm not writing a review, the Pixelbook Go has become our Netflix viewing device at the kitchen table. The model I'm using has a nice 1080p resolution screen that's totally sufficient for casual video watching, and the speakers actually sound quite good and loud.
It's a shame that Google didn't keep the original Pixelbook's 360-degree rotating display,.
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One of the things we liked about the original Pixelbook was its 360-degree rotating display. Combined with its touchscreen, the Pixelbook became a pretty decent hands-free tablet that could prop itself up by using the keyboard as a stand.
Unfortunately, that feature didn't make it to the Pixelbook Go.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:3 reasons you should buy the 2-year-old Apple Watch Series 3 over the new Series 5The life and rise of Jony Ive, the legendary Apple designer who's now leaving to strike out on his ownTech giants are racing to create the next big computing device after the smartphone. Qualcomm's president says it may be just 2 years away.SEE ALSO: Apple fixed the keyboards on the new MacBook Pro, but the smaller models still use a controversial design — here's what you need to know before you buy one on Black Friday
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- Business Insider 18:55November 29, 2019These are all of Amazon's Kindle deals for Black Friday 2019 — including $45 off the Paperwhite and $30 off the classic KindleAmazon The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on Kindles include $45 off the Kindle Paperwhite and $30 off a Kindle Unlimited membership.
We're also tracking the best Black Friday deals at Amazon beyond just the Kindle, which include major deals on other Amazon devices like the Echo.
You can find a one-stop master list of all the best Black Friday 2019 deals here and all of our other Black Friday deal articles here. Heads up to anyone who loves to read or plans to spend the bulk of their winter weekends cozying up in bed, flicking through the latest thriller — Black Friday 2019 has some great deals to appeal to your bookworm-ish heart and savings-driven brain.
Amazon didn't skimp on its Kindle deals this year, and you can take advantage of them all the way through Cyber Monday. That means you don't have to wait around wondering whether the prices will drop later on.
Kindle deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019:
All these deals will be available through December 2. Kindle, $60 (originally $90) [You save $30] + $5 ebook credit + 3 months free Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Kids Edition, $80 (originally $110) [You save $30] + $5 ebook credit
Kindle Paperwhite, $85 (originally $130) [You save $45] + $5 ebook credit + 3 months free Kindle Unlimited
First 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free (usually $9.99 per month, new members only), or six months for $29.97 They're part of Amazon's sitewide Black Friday sale, which prominently features Amazon devices and services such as Kindle ebook readers and reading memberships.
Learn more about each Kindle and Kindle service: Kindle Unlimited
First 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for free (originally $29.97) [You save $29.97]
Or, 6 months for $29.97 (originally $59.94) [You save $29.97]
Great for particularly voracious readers, Kindle Unlimited gives you unlimited access to over 1 million books, a rotating selection of popular magazines, and thousands of Audible audiobooks. You can access it through any Kindle or device with the Kindle app. Learn more about how to use the service here.
Kindle Paperwhite, $85 (originally $130) [You save $45] + $5 ebook credit + 3 months free Kindle Unlimited
If you hate lugging around books, you'll love the convenience of Amazon's best-selling Kindle device, complete with a backlight for nighttime reading. The Paperwhite has converted many Insider Picks reading snobs who previously proclaimed they could only ever read physical books — quite the achievement. The newest one is thinner, lighter, and waterproof. Read our review of the Kindle Paperwhite here.
Kindle Kids Edition
Kindle Kids Edition, $80 (originally $110) [You save $30] + $5 ebook credit
The Kids Edition isn't actually a different Kindle device. Rather, it bundles the regular Kindle with kid-friendly services and features: one year of FreeTime Unlimited (a subscription that offers access to thousands of books of different reading levels), a Kindle cover to protect the device from drops and bumps, and a two-year warranty that protects your purchase in case it does break.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Black Friday 2019: The best deals online at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and more storesThe best online deals and sales happening nowSome of the top DNA kits are deeply discounted for Black Friday — here's a break down of each one
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- Guardian 14:00November 29, 2019Party lines: five writers' verdicts on the election manifestosTime for ‘real change’? ‘Unleash’ Britain’s potential? And what does ‘Wales, it’s us’ mean? Five writers tear apart the party manifestos to show what they’re actually sayingIn a volume of absolute zingers, my favourite passage in the 2019 Conservative manifesto, Get Brexit Done, is on page 54. I’m thinking of it as the “fuck you, Rory Stewart” page, since it shows a photograph of the new candidate for Stewart’s constituency, Penrith and the Border. This wholesome-looking chap is a vet, and he is pictured cheek to cheek with a black labrador – the second-poshest dog breed in Britain, after the chocolate lab, as any reader of Tatler knows. The canine has a melting eye, an alert ear and, probably a quivering, damp nose, but the face is cropped tightly, perhaps in case he or she is a secret Lib Dem supporter. Page 54, fittingly, is the animal welfare page – even the crisp 1979 Conservative manifesto had an animal welfare section. In it we are told that the Tories “will crack down on the illegal smuggling of dogs and puppies”. It is in those two words “and puppies” that the true force of this document resides. “Conservatives: kind to puppies!” might be its tagline – a work, taken as a whole, of stomach-churning intellectual dishonesty. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00November 29, 2019The Life Lessons of “Little Lulu”Margaret Atwood writes about the influence that the “Little Lulu” comics had on her as a young writer and storyteller.
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- Guardian 16:05November 28, 2019I was nominated for the Bad sex award. Don't laugh | Julian GoughThis book prize doesn’t only encourage disdain for authors on the basis of a few sentences, it feeds a dangerously censorious cultureWarning: this article contains spoilers for Julian Gough’s novel ConnectThe Bad sex award gets more coverage than any other literary prize, bar the Booker and the Nobel. It generates irresistibly clickable headlines, as hundreds of publications hastily type up an introductory paragraph of stern disapproval, then run as much of each nominated sex scene as they can legally get away with. And why wouldn’t they? Past nominees have included Stephen King, Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth, while winners range from Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer to Morrissey and Melvyn Bragg.I was nominated for the Bad sex award last year, for a scene in my novel Connect that was about three-and-a-half pages long. The extract that most media ran was about 20% of that. The part most people shared was even smaller: “He sucks on the hard nipple. He has never done this before, and yet; no, wait, of course, it is totally familiar. The first thing he ever did.” For millions of people, that fragment of a fragment of a scene is the only piece of my writing they’ve ever read: nothing I’ve written has been published more widely. Continue reading...
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- Modern Tokyo Times 13:22November 28, 2019Dutch Court Case Reignites Europe’s Focus on ISIS ChildrenDutch Court Case Reignites Europe’s Focus on ISIS Children by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism He is a handsome boy, about 9 or 10 years old, with large, pale green eyes and dark hair. He speaks softly, conversing with a Western journalist. “We will kill you,” he says, as […]
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- Business Insider 02:42November 28, 2019Why 'Watchmen' is the best comic of all time"Watchmen" was a work of art that was never meant for the screen but a story that was strictly mean to show the greatest strength of the comic book medium.
Artist Dave Gibbons and colorist John Higgins used many ingenious techniques such as the nine-panel layout and the use of secondary characters to breathe life into the world of "Watchmen."
Legendary comic writer Alan Moore wrote a story of such philosophical and political depth never before seen in the comic book genre.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: Every art form has one work that is so monumental and profound that it forever defines and changes the medium. For comics, a medium with a surprisingly long history, that work is none other than "Watchmen." First released in 1986 as a 12-issue limited series, it forever changed the public perception of the medium and what comics can really achieve. But what makes "Watchmen" the greatest comic book ever written isn't what's on the page, but the people behind it.
From its inception, "Watchmen" had one objective: to create a work that can only be achieved by the comic medium. And no one played a more integral part than the artist Dave Gibbons, who was given complete control over its visual look and focused on making a unique and distinctive aesthetic unlike anything the readers had seen. Even in the weight of lines, where he used a hard, stiff pen to create bolded edges that were significantly different from the more fluid lines in other comic books of the era. And colorist John Higgins took the same approach with color, choosing to use secondary colors that were more common in European comics to achieve a moodier look and accentuate the use of primary colors, like the massive, overflowing blood from a massacre. At times, Higgins even freely experimented with color, like in issue No. 6, "The Abyss Gazes Also," which begins with a brighter palette that eventually turns darker and darker along with the character's descent into his dark past, finally ending in black.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:'1917' is a bold war movie whose striking cinematography demands to be seen on the big screenNetflix is now in the movie-theater business, as it reopens the 71-year-old Paris Theatre in New York City'Frozen II' has huge $127 million opening weekend, the biggest ever for an animated movie released in NovemberSEE ALSO: 15 details in 'Watchmen' episode 4 you might have missed
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- Guardian 22:13November 27, 2019Clive James: 'A wisecracking literary phenomenon who was on fire with life itself'He could put Rambo and Rimbaud in the same sentence, virtually invented TV criticism – and, from his epic poems to his chat show quips, shot an Aussie rocket into the English language. Robert McCrum pays tribute to his great friendThe death of Clive James breaks as its own kind of “fake news”, a moment so long anticipated and imagined – not least by its irrepressible protagonist, merrily riffing on Mark Twain and the rumours of his death being “exaggerated” – that now Clive is no longer with us, it’s hard to take in, to comprehend or quite believe.For his readers and fans, his audience, this is a moment of infinite sorrow at the passing of a beloved Australian, a supreme entertainer, and a polyvalent literary wizard who, in “the home stretch” (as he called it) managed to be courageous, witty, stoical, inspiring, provocative and sublime, often simultaneously. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian 19:13November 27, 2019Clive James, writer, broadcaster and TV critic, dies aged 80James died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosisClive James, the broadcaster, poet and television critic, has died aged 80 after a long illness.His agent confirmed the Australian passed away at his home in Cambridge on Sunday, while a private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge, on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading...
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- New York Magazine 18:55November 27, 2019‘Anonymous’ Author of White House Book Promises to Reveal IdentityIn a Reddit AMA, the former senior White House official says they will reveal themselves before the election.
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- Guardian 18:45November 27, 2019Bad sex award: shortlist announced for 'Britain's most dreaded literary prize'Dubious honour lines up contenders for the year’s most ‘outstandingly awful’ sexual scene, with Elizabeth Gilbert and Didier Decoin among the nomineesDescribing itself as “Britain’s most dreaded literary prize”, the Literary Review’s Bad sex in fiction award has unveiled this year’s shortlist, which ranges from Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat Pray Love, to the acclaimed French novelist Didier Decoin.Dreamed up in 1993 by its editor Auberon Waugh and critic Rhoda Koenig, the award is for “the year’s most outstandingly awful scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel”. It is intended to draw attention to “the poorly written, redundant, or downright cringeworthy passages of sexual description in modern fiction”. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 18:31November 27, 2019What Are Borders For?Joshua Jelly-Schapiro writes about the books “The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security and the Citizen after 9/11,” by Matthew Longo; “Violent Borders,” by Reece Jones; “Walled States, Waning Sovereignty,“ by Wendy Brown; and “Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders,” by Jason Riley.
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- The Guardian(UK) 23:10November 26, 2019Irish novelist Edna O'Brien wins lifetime achievement awardCountry Girls author receives £40,000 David Cohen prize seen as Nobel precursorEdna O’Brien has been awarded a £40,000 lifetime achievement prize regarded as a precursor to the Nobel, for having “moved mountains both politically and lyrically through her writing” in a career spanning almost 60 years.The Irish author was presented with the £40,000 David Cohen prize at a ceremony in London on Tuesday night. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 14:00November 25, 2019Briefly Noted Book Reviews“Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming,” “What Is Missing,” “Maoism,” and “A Month in Siena.”
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- Guardian 11:00November 25, 2019Meena Kandasamy: ‘If I was going to write my life story, I would condense that marriage to a footnote’The author of Women’s prize shortlisted novel When I Hit You talks about the troubling line between memoir and fiction and how Brexit politics shaped her new bookAfter reading her playful, political novels – described by reviewers as “explosive” and “radical” – it’s a surprise to find Meena Kandasamy to be quiet and diffident in person. Today this may be because she is not feeling well; she keeps a scarf wrapped around her throughout our conversation. But also, as she tells me: “I think I’m much better writing down what I feel.”We meet in Belfast’s Grand Central hotel, an opulent symbol of the city’s post-Troubles renaissance and a landmark that celebrates local literary history: walls, exterior paving and even the revolving doors display work by poet Paul Muldoon. Kandasamy is in Belfast to promote her new novel Exquisite Cadavers, but it’s impossible to talk about this without first discussing her last novel When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Artist As a Young Wife, to which the new book is in part a response. Continue reading...
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