Nonfiction: When Excellence Is a Survival Strategy Nonfiction: When Excellence Is a Survival Strategy

Kiese Laymon’s memoir, “Heavy,” is a son’s unflinching portrait of a mother whose violent love and exacting expectations were meant to protect him from harm.

November 13, 2018, 11:00
Home After Dark review – small town blues in 50s America Home After Dark review – small town blues in 50s America

David Small’s tale of a sad, isolated teenager and his angry father is timely in the age of Donald TrumpWhen his mother runs off with local football star Ollie “Action” Jackson, Russell Pruitt, 13, finds himself alone with his father, Mike, a hard-drinking veteran of the Korean war who regards feelings as the exclusive preserve of sissies. Poleaxed by his divorce, though he would rather die...

November 13, 2018, 10:00
'He saved my life': readers' memories of Stan Lee 'He saved my life': readers' memories of Stan Lee

We asked you to share your tributes and memories of the comic book legend. Here’s what some of you saidI was blessed to meet him a few years ago, when I was costuming as Wolverine. At that time, multiple sclerosis had really taken a grip on me, and Stan took the time to step away from his photo shoots, sit me down and have a lovely chat. I’ll never forget, when thanking him for filling my...

November 13, 2018, 14:15
Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast Robin Robertson and Andrew McMillan on sex, war and truth in poetry – books podcast

We’re dedicating this week’s show to poetry, from new faces and old. The Man Booker shortlisted writer Robin Robertson comes in to discuss The Long Take, a postwar noir that follows Walker, a second world war veteran travelling across the US. While his book has been categorised as a novel, Robertson is firm that it is a long-form narrative poem. He talks to Claire about why he feels the...

November 13, 2018, 13:24
Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea fishing trip letter sold for $28,000 Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea fishing trip letter sold for $28,000

Author’s account sent to Miami newspaper in 1935 describes capture of giant marlin believed to have partly inspired his Pulitzer prize-winning novelA 1935 letter in which details his capture of a 500lb blue marlin, an escapade that is believed to have partly inspired his novel The Old Man and the Sea, has been sold for $28,000 (£22,000).The handwritten letter was sent by Hemingway on 8 May to...

November 13, 2018, 13:13
Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey’s Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details Books of The Times: Natasha Trethewey’s Poems Take Wing on Intimate Details

Filled with food, music and hard toil, selections of the two-time poet laureate’s work are brought together in “Monument.”

November 13, 2018, 17:33
Why you should be grateful for your cup of coffee, and all the folks who help brew it Why you should be grateful for your cup of coffee, and all the folks who help brew it

In his new book 'Thanks a Thousand,' author A.J. Jacobs tracks down all the folks who help make his coffee to say 'thank you.' A review.        

November 13, 2018, 18:21
Milan Kundera may have Czech citizenship restored, says prime minister Milan Kundera may have Czech citizenship restored, says prime minister

Czech prime minister proposes renewing exiled writer’s citizenship decades after the communist regime removed itThe Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, has offered to restore the exiled writer ’s citizenship almost 40 years after the country’s communist regime stripped him of it.Kundera, author of some of the 20th century’s most acclaimed works of fiction, was expelled from the communist...

November 13, 2018, 16:00
Nonfiction: Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written? Nonfiction: Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written?

Andrew Roberts’s “Churchill: Walking With Destiny” tells the full story of an extraordinary life.

November 13, 2018, 20:00
Books News: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Finally Hits Shelves Books News: Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Finally Hits Shelves

The first lady’s memoir arrives just ahead of her multicity arena tour.

November 13, 2018, 22:56