Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer
In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.
What is America Anyway? An Interview with Eula Biss
“We have a president who was elected not by popular vote, but by electoral college. And, the history of the electoral college is intimately tied to slavery and slave-owning states and is there in part to give more sway to states that had large populations of slaves who couldn’t vote.”
What I Discovered After My Year In Space
Astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days circling Earth. Read an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, Endurance: A Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.
The Big Idea: Chuck Wendig
John Scalzi interviews Chuck Wendig about his new Miriam Black novel on The Big Idea: “When Chuck Wendig is not drinking Febreeze smoothies or arguing with people about their burrito choices, he writes books!”
bug bug book reviews
No matter how exhausted mom of three Lorilin gets, she always finds time to read! On bug bug book reviews, she reviews her favorites (and not-so-favorites), with a focus on fiction, memoir, and wellness.
All the light they make me see
Author Kausambhi writes on the “vade mecums” — (Latin vāde mēcum, go with me] — the four critical books of poetry and prose that light the way forward.
Browse the website of Bill Hayes: author, essayist, photographer, and lover of the late Dr. Oliver Sacks.
Suketu Mehta, the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, is a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award.
Biblio-holism: The overwhelming urge to collect, consume, and consider books. Drew Broussard loves books, and his insightful, articulate, personable reviews will help you grow your own library.
The website of author James A. Reeves features thoughtful blog posts and longform essays on topics that range from philosophy and art to health and family.
Danny Gregory remembers his grandparents’ home in Lahore, Pakistan, with love: “The brown office was a dark and cozy study that smelled of the tobacco he kept in a glass caddy and his row of burled oak pipes.”
Explore the official website of Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and winner of the 1985 Whitbread Prize for first novel.
What It’s Like to Lose Your Short-Term Memory
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee had a stroke at age 33. Read an excerpt from her new memoir: “But my stroke would teach me things too, among them the value of taking a break from the unending pressure to be perfect.”
Thank you for keeping us entertained, making us think, showing us other worlds, and offering glorious distraction when reality has us freaking out. What would we do without you? We love you forever.
Amy Haimerl documented her experience of renovating a $35,000 historic home in Detroit, Michigan, in her memoir “Detroit Hustle: A Memoir of Love, Life and Home.” Her website includes her blog, book news, press and event info, and more.