Books

J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye will be published as an ebook for the first time

J.D. Salinger’s classic novel Catcher in the Rye will be published as an ebook for the first time this week, according to The New York Times. The profile details the late author and his estate’s reluctance to follow the rest of the publishing industry online. The Times reports that Little, Brown and Company will publish the novel, as well as three other novels, Franny and Zooey, Nine Stories, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour—An Introduction as ebooks this week. The move is part of a broader reveal of Salinger’s body of work, which will include an exhibition by the the New York Public Library Read More

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays from Author Alexander Chee

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art. As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incomparable” by Junot Díaz, and “incendiary” by the New York Times. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a Read More

150 Years of H. G. Wells Book Covers

On September 21, 1866, just one year after slavery was abolished in the US, a boy was born to former domestic servant Sarah Neal and her husband, a shopkeeper and professional cricket player, Joseph Wells. He was the fourth child to join the humble family in Bromley, Kent, yet would grow up to influence countless writers, artists, academics, designers and inventors. That boy was Herbert George Wells. More commonly known as H. G. Wells. When he was just 8 years old, Wells broke his leg and was left bedridden and bored. His father Joseph started bringing him books from the local library, and Herbert would pass the Read More

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go. “Isn’t that the best of all life’s ages, an old man thinks as he looks at his grandchild, when a boy is just big enough to know how the world works but still young enough to refuse to accept it.” Grandpa and Noah are sitting on Read More