C. Whitehead’s Zombie Novel Takes Streets

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Zone One, the highly anticipated fifth novel from MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, hit the shelves and electronic delivery channels yesterday. It deals with the living dead in the city that never sleeps. Here’s what people are saying: “The best book of the fall…Zone One formulates an essential equation: the measure …Read More


Molly O’Neill’s One Big Table

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Among many new and forthcoming titles, the book we are perhaps most excited about is Molly O’Neill‘s One Big Table. We know O’Neill best for American Food Writing, the showcase collection of classic food writing she edited for the Library of America. One Big Table promises to rediscover American eating …Read More


Bipolar Alien: James Tate @ KWLS 2010

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Stuart Krimko’s close reading of James Tate’s “The Cowboy” explores Middle American Surrealism, the conditioned reflex of laughter in crowds, and modern isolation through a fun-house lens in which Tate’s work shares space with Elizabeth Bishop’s “Crusoe in England.”


Writers Recommend

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With more than 40 writers scheduled to speak during our Seminar this January, it can be difficult for a reader to know where to start. Sure, there are the classics and prize-winners, like William Kennedy’s Ironweed and David Levering Lewis’s two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois; and recent books like Joyce …Read More


Writers Recommend

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With more than 40 writers scheduled to speak during our Seminar this January, it can be difficult for a reader to know where to start. Sure, there are the classics and prize-winners, like William Kennedy’s Ironweed and David Levering Lewis’s two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois; and recent books like Joyce …Read More


Writers Recommend

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With more than 40 writers scheduled to speak during our Seminar this January, it can be difficult for a reader to know where to start. Sure, there are the classics and prize-winners, like William Kennedy’s Ironweed and David Levering Lewis’s two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois; and recent books like Joyce …Read More


Writers Recommend

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With more than 40 writers scheduled to speak during our Seminar this January, it can be difficult for a reader to know where to start. Sure, there are the classics and prize-winners, like William Kennedy’s Ironweed and David Levering Lewis’s two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois; and recent books like Joyce …Read More


Writers Recommend

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With more than 40 writers scheduled to speak during our Seminar this January, it can be difficult for a reader to know where to start. Sure, there are the classics and prize-winners, like William Kennedy’s Ironweed and David Levering Lewis’s two-volume biography of W.E.B. DuBois; and there are the most recent books, like Joyce Carol Oates’s Wild Nights! and Gore Vidal’s Selected Essays. But what of the hundreds you won’t have time for? The exquisite pastime of reading can suddenly grow so stressful.

With this in mind, we’ve asked our panelists which books they would recommend from among their own works and those of their peers. We kick off this recurring feature with historians Eric Foner and Jill Lepore, and novelist and critic Thomas Mallon