Tag: books

Editors’ Picks: Books We’re Falling For

October 2014

The new books our staffers are loving this autumn.

Alexandria Peary: Declined

June 2014

What literary ambition meant for women in the nineteenth century—and what it means today.

Hasan Altaf: Making Martyrs

April 2014

Why the book I Am Malala is too simple an answer, the narrator too quick a martyr and the narrative too slyly an ode.

Aditi Sriram: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

March 2014

Remembering Al-Mutanabbi Street on its 7th anniversary.

Elisabeth Schmitz: Editing Under The Radar

February 2014

The vice president and editorial director of Grove Atlantic on the art of literary editing, why publishers shouldn’t turn their backs on risk-taking writing, and how the first novel she ever bought went on to transform her career.

Through the Looking Glass

January 2014

A new biography of Norman Rockwell casts light on the man who hid behind his finely wrought paintings.

Thomas Larson: The Great Literary Future Behind Us

December 2013

The fourth installment of The Social Author examines how literature lost its conversational dynamic, and why that’s a bad thing.

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Books from 2013

December 2013

It's not too late to write to Santa for these.

Radical Acts

November 2013

The activist, educator, and former leader of the Weather Underground on upholding revolutionary principles in “non-revolutionary times.”

Thomas Larson: On the Social Authorship of The Bible

November 2013

The third installment of The Social Author explores social authorship and holy texts.

Editors’ Picks: November Reads

November 2013

A quarter-life crisis during Mardi Gras, the Soviet Union right after it crumbles, and the murders in Mexico in 1990s are definitely things to write home about. Or to write books about.

Editors’ Picks: Halloween Reads

October 2013

Spooky reading recommendations from the editors at Guernica on the things that terrify us: from Edith Wharton's ghosts to rotting elevator salmon.

Editors’ Picks: Reading About Race

June 2013

Guernica's staff brings you their favorite writing on race, in America and beyond.

Editors’ Reading Recs: Collectors’ Items

April 2013

Guernica's staff recommends collections of stories, essays, poems, and more.

Editors’ Picks: Springtime Reads

March 2013

Welcome spring with this round of reading recommendations from the editors at Guernica.

Tara Isabella Burton: “Constantinople”

March 2013

The owner of a bookstore in Antalya, Turkey has more to offer than books.

Editors’ Picks: Read About Love

February 2013

Some stories of love, passion, and sex to get you through the winter.

Amis Unfiltered

February 2013

The provocateur on Obama’s second term and the role of bad behavior in fiction.

Editors’ Picks: Independent Bookstores

December 2012

The staff's favorite independent booksellers offer their own December recommendations.

Kaya Genç: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth

November 2012

McEwan's new novel raises questions of artistic independence.

Editors’ Picks: Thanksgiving Reads

November 2012

Guernica's staff on the books they'll remember this Thanksgiving.

Alexia Nader: Literary Miami

October 2012

The broad strokes of Tom Wolfe’s Back to Blood and the subtle specificity of Joan Didion’s Miami.

Katherine Paterson: The Risks of Great Literature

October 2012

Banned Books Week: The celebrated and banned children’s book author speaks with us about the fears of censors, the deaths of children, and what we need to risk for literature.

Alice Walker: Writing What’s Right

October 2012

Banned Books Week: The author of The Color Purple (and one of America’s most censured writers) tells Megan Labrise about finding wisdom in the songs of ancestors, why her acclaimed novel won’t be translated into Hebrew, and approaching writing in a priestly state of mind.

Katie Ryder: Banned Books Week

September 2012

Next Week, the Guernica Daily will feature interviews and essays in support of free thinking, reading, and writing.

Nora Connor: The Myth of the Muslim Tide and the Search for the Moderate

September 2012

Doug Saunders's new book fights fears about “the Islamization of America” with historical and sociological fact, but slippery terminology gets in the way.

Gender Gap

September 2012

Hanna Rosin’s controversial new book proclaims the "end of men." But what about the women?

Natasha Lewis: Zadie Smith’s NW and Big Ideas

September 2012

Despite what Kakutani says, Smith’s new novel is not "Mrs. Dalloway Lite."

Craig Epplin: Snowball’s Chance, Ten Years Later

August 2012

A decade after John Reed's Orwell parody was released, it still feels current, and, perhaps, even more relevant than before.

Editors’ Picks: Recommended Reading

July 2012

Our editors highlight some worthy books to fill what remains of summer.

Don Lee: The Ethnic Literature Box

June 2012

Christine Lee Zilka interviews Don Lee, author of the new novel The Collective, about cover-art Orientalism, character heritage, and the improbability of becoming a writer.

Leah Carroll: Language of Men

June 2012

Anthony D'Aries explores father, culture, and war in his new book Language of Men.

Claire Lambrecht: Escape from a “Necrocracy”

April 2012

In North Korea, the hunger games have been raging for quite some time.

Gal Beckerman: The DNA of the Israeli-American Jewish Relationship

March 2012

Q&A with the recent winner of the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Meakin Armstrong: On Stupidity and The Encyclopedia of Stupidity

June 2010

Given the recent major acts of idiocy (the BP fiasco), it's about time we studied stupidity and kept the chronically dense (Palin & co.) from destroying our world.

Meakin Armstrong: On Mating

April 2010

Are others curious why Rush chose a female voice? I’m hoping this matter will be approached during the April 26 Guernica/PEN event where he’ll be a panelist.

On the Emancipation of Women

January 2010

Just as the 1800s were ripe for the abolition of slavery, this century will bring forces to bear on freeing women from violence, slavery, and oppression.

The Meth Whisperer

December 2009 Nick Reding on his book Methland, why newspapers got the meth crisis wrong, and how the “middle of America” will pull itself out of a twenty-five year bust.

Meakin Armstrong: On The Adventures of Augie March

November 2009

“Since graduating school, no book has impressed me as much as Augie March.”

Meakin Armstrong: On The Skeptic’s Dictionary

October 2009

This book is a weapon. It will teach you how to think.

Meakin Armstrong: On A Disobedient Girl

August 2009

Set in Sri Lanka, A Disobedient Girl is heart-wrenching and jubilant.

Staff Pick: Swetha Regunathan

June 2009 Nothing comes easy in O’Neill’s complex novel—neither dreams nor lengthy jaunts through a New York populated by “others.”

Staff Pick: Jordan Hirsch

June 2009 As the crisis in Iran has unfolded, one book has received numerous mentions across the blogosphere: Amir Taheri’s The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution.

Our Reality Has Not Been Magical

April 2009 With a newly-elected leftist government in El Salvador, exiled Salvadoran novelist Horacio Castellanos Moya is optimistic about the future of a country that once responded to his novels with death threats.