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B&N Posted Loss of $125 Million on 6% Sales Drop in FY '18

Bookbrowse News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Total sales at Barnes & Noble fell 6.0% in the fiscal year ended April 28, 2018, compared to fiscal 2017, and the retailer posted a net loss of $125.5 million last year, compared to net income of $22.0 million in fiscal 2017. Revenue last year was $3.66 billion, down from $3.89 billion in fiscal 2017.

Editors’ Choice: 9 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Reviews - 3 hours 48 min ago
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Categories: News

Nonfiction: How We Got to Be So Self-Absorbed: The Long Story

New York Times Book Reviews - 5 hours 23 min ago
In “Selfie,” Will Storr searches for the roots of Western narcissism, a journey that takes him from a Scottish cloister to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
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By the Book: Samantha Hunt: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - 10 hours 51 min ago
The author Samantha Hunt, whose novel “The Seas” will be reissued in July, has started an apocalypse library: “I enjoy all these books. I just hope I’ll never need them to survive.”
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Nonfiction: In One City, 2,000 Years of Gay History

New York Times Book Reviews - 10 hours 51 min ago
Peter Ackroyd’s “Queer City” is an enticingly dishy and detailed tour of gay life in London, from the Roman era all the way through to the present.
Categories: News

Nonfiction: A Writer Takes On the French Intelligentsia Over Muslims

New York Times Book Reviews - 10 hours 51 min ago
In “The End of the French Intellectual,” Shlomo Sand argues the case that Muslims have replaced Jews as the country’s most oppressed people.
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An Adolescence of Skateboards, Fistfights and Sexual Yearning, Turned Into Pure Poetry

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:39
Matthew Dickman’s new collection of poems, “Wonderland,” revisits his teenage years.
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Nonfiction: A Biography Charts an Odysseus Sidelined by Mental Illness

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 16:00
In “The Kevin Show,” Mary Pilon chronicles Kevin Hall’s long (and long-foiled) quest for Olympic gold in catamaran sailing.
Categories: News

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Julia Alvarez

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 15:00
“By the time I found ‘How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents,’ I’d already resigned myself to using books as windows rather than mirrors.”
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Left Bank Books contributes portion of sales for World Refugee Day

St. Louis Book Blog - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:20
St. Louis' independent bookstore's owners have always been outspoken about causes they support.
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Nonfiction: What Would Shakespeare Have Made of Donald Trump?

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 14:00
Stephen Greenblatt’s “Tyrant” finds parallels between our political world and that of the Elizabethans — and locates some very familiar characters.
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New bio 'Flash' snaps revealing portrait of famed New York photographer Weegee

USAToday Books - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:44

Weegee gained fame in the 1930s and '40s for his photos of New York crime scenes. A new bio, 'Flash,' looks at his life and work. A 3-star review.

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The 2017 VIDA Count

Bookbrowse News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:10
Since 2009 VIDA has tracked the review coverage of major print publications to analyze how many women and gender minorities are represented.

For the 2017 VIDA Count, they looked at 15 major print publications over the course of the year. Even though many, if not all of the publications also have an online presence, they only counted the reviews in the print versions because it is "too easy to confine women, gender minorities, and other marginalized writers to cost-effective web platforms, which frequently pay differently (or don't pay at all), compared to their print counterparts."

Of the 15 publications, only 2 published 50% or more women writers: Granta (53.5%) and Poetry (50%).

Five had women representing between 40% and 49.9% of their total publication: Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review and Tin House.

The majority, 8 out of 15 publications, failed to publish enough women writers to make up even 40% of their publication's run in 2017: Boston Review, London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and The Times Literary Supplement.

The New York Review of Books had the most pronounced gender disparity with only 23% of published writers who are women but it was close to gender parity in terms of contributors, with 47% women.

Atul Gawande named to head cost-cutting health-care venture

Bookbrowse News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:57
Renowned surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande will lead a major new company aimed at reducing health-care costs, a joint venture by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway.

The company, which will be based in Boston, was announced in January with a mission to use technology to make health care more transparent, affordable and simple for the companies' more than 1 million employees.

Gawande, a Harvard physician and writer for the New Yorker magazine, has written on issues at the core of American health care, including why it is so expensive and how to improve end-of-life care. He will take charge July 9.

Junot Díaz cleared in MIT Investigation

Bookbrowse News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:00
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigation has cleared author and creative writing professor Junot Díaz to return to the classroom for the fall semester. The Associated Press reported that "the inquiry into Díaz's actions toward female students and staff yielded no information that would lead to restrictions on Díaz's role as a faculty member at the university in Cambridge."

Oxford English Dictionary asks members of the public to submit regional words

Bookbrowse News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 05:00
Oxford University Press is asking members of the public to submit local words, phrases and expressions from around the world for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary:

"Whether you're in Manchester, Mumbai, Manila, or Massachusetts, the OED would like to hear from you. Please use the form below to tell us about the words and expressions which are distinctive to where you live or where you are from. We're looking forward to reading your suggestions."

Applied Reading: Harry Potter in Your Pocket

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 04:00
A newly released role-playing game and a collection of interactive books give readers fresh places to explore J.K. Rowling’s magical world.
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Fiction: Yes, Tommy Orange’s New Novel Really Is That Good

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:00
Centuries of subjugation weigh down the men and women of “There There,” his quietly devastating debut.
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Fiction: In a Novel, Mystical Maps and Intertwined Journeys in Syria

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:00
In her debut, “The Map of Salt and Stars,” Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar tells the story of two women, centuries apart, confronting war and exile.
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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:33
A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager’s treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.
Categories: News


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