With so many good books being published every month, some literary titles worth exploring can get lost in the stacks. Page One highlights the first lines of a dozen recently released books, including Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women and Kevin Wilson’s Perfect Little World, offering a glimpse into the worlds of these new and noteworthy titles.
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Gabriel García Márquez; a poet examines U.S. government apologies to Native Americans over the past two centuries; and more.
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Poet Gregory Pardlo on his forthcoming memoir; reading Yeats’s poetry in the age of Trump; rediscovered Robert Burns manuscript to go on display in Scotland; and other news.
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Science fiction novels with a political bent; literary podcasts; former National Book Award judge argues against the awards’ recent changes; and other news.
Little Free Library celebrates fifty thousand locations; researchers create algorithm for machine to determine a book’s genre by its cover; poet Jim Harrison’s final interview; and other news.
The challenges of digitizing ancient manuscripts; an interview with Alexandra Kleeman; U.K. students who write outside of school in decline; and other news.
James Merrill House designated National Landmark; a profile of BuzzFeed’s Saeed Jones; ten books to read in November; and other news.