Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy’s Memoir Isn’t a Juicy Child Star Tell-All. It’s Better.

Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy’s Memoir Isn’t a Juicy Child Star Tell-All.  It’s Better.

On August 9, the day her much-hyped memoir was released, Jennette McCurdy participated in a Q&A session in Brooklyn, NY. Much of the crowd was there for one purpose: They loved the actress-turned-author on Nickelodeon shows Icarly and Sam and Cat, both of which aired nearly a decade ago or more now. McCurdy was a … Read more

Remembering David McCullough – The Atlantic

Two years ago, I happened to come across an interview with David McCullough in the Vineyard Gazette, his hometown newspaper. I still have it, printed out and placed in a folder in my desk drawer. I kept it because, as was so often the case, McCullough had said something that I wanted to remember. “There … Read more

Brian Murray Still Wants S&S at HarperCollins

The government’s final full day in the driver’s seat of its case to block the merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster saw the last of its major witnesses take the stand. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray’s testimony followed the format of those of HBG CEO Michael Pietsch and Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg before … Read more

Don Weisberg, Government’s Economist Raise Concerns over PRH-S&S Merger

“Less competition is going to change the dynamic. Two of the major players becoming one—the prices, the advances, the type of competition at the auctions—I think it’ll have impact across the board,” Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg testified in federal court on August 8. “If I’ man an agent and there’s one player that’s bigger than … Read more

Book Club Picks for August 2022

The latest from Jamie Ford, a debut novel by Anthony Marra, and two Jane Austen classics are among the many lucky titles selected by book clubs across the country for the month of August. To submit titles for inclusion in this roundup, email us. Amerie’s Book Club and Read with Jenna, the Jenna Bush Hager … Read more

Sarah Winman on art and beauty, unconventional families and what’s next

When English author Sarah Winman sits down to write, she never has a plot in mind – and yet she’s brought the acclaimed When God Was a Rabbit, Tin Man, and A Year of Marvelous Ways to the world. Readers everywhere fell in love with her characters in 2021’s Still Life, but Winman says it’s … Read more

Jonathan Karp and Stephen King Take the Stand

The second day of the DOJ’s trial to block Penguin Random House from acquiring rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster featured little star power: bestselling author Stephen King took the stand, telling the court about his rise from struggling freelance writer to mega-bestselling author , and bemoaning the continued consolidation of the publishing industry—which, … Read more

The Nihilism of Trump’s Republican ‘Collaborators’

What distinguishes Mark Leibovich’s new book about the Trump years from all the many, many others is that he started it with an unusual premise: He was bored with Trump. “I never found Donald Trump to be remotely captivating as a stand-alone figure,” Leibovich, a staff writer for The Atlantic, writes in an excerpt. Far … Read more

Kids are curious, not fragile. Books teach them to think.

OPINION AND COMMENTARY Editorials and other Opinion content offer perspectives on issues important to our community and are independent from the work of our newsroom reporters. An increasing number of state legislatures are banning books from school libraries and classrooms. Associated Press My family had an “open shelf” rule. This meant my brother and I … Read more

The Soapy Makeover of ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’

In the best selling 2018 novel Where the Crawdads Sing, the author Delia Owens describes the marshlands surrounding a fictional North Carolina town vividly and reverently. They’re a dangerous setting teeming with wildlife, and they toughen up their human inhabitants, including the young Kya. Abandoned by her family, Kya hardens one “stinky-hot” day after the … Read more