January 11, 2019

Atomic Books Comics Preview - January 11, 2019

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books.

Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. He also runs the Mutant Funnies Tumblr.

Atomic Books has been named one of BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America.


Fluke #16

Fluke #16
edited by Matthew Thompson, art by James B. Hunt / NXOEED

For anyone who knows a gifted flyer artist and is thinking about turning a collection of their work into an awesome zine - this issue of Fluke is a master class. It also helps when the artist is as good an illustrator as NXOEED.


Hobo Mom

Hobo Mom
by Charles Forsman & Max de Radiques

From the creator of the comic the hit TV show The End of the Fxxxking World is based on and the cartoonist behind The Bastard comes this gorgeous, beautiful bittersweet tale of a mom whose need for independence undermines her efforts at building a family, her forsaken daughter and the lonely locksmith who loves them both. As wonderful as Hobo Mom is, it even managed to offend a group of twentysomethings who were in the store thumbing through a copy of the book earlier in the week (I think they may have been shocked to see an R-rated scene in a comic)- and that's a plus.


Nothing Nice To Say: Complete Discography

Nothing Nice To Say: Complete Discography
edited by Mitch Clem

What up punx!? The comics in this book began back in 2002 as the world's first online punk comic. A few years later it disappeared from the internet, and since then it's become a sort of cult classic for punks. Now you can hold and shelve your own copy in a format far more stable than online. Oh, and it has a bunch of awesome bonus material too. No punk library is complete without Nothing Nice To Say.


Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography

Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
by Laurent Queyssi / Mauro Marchesi

For fans of Philip K. Dick - author of Minority Report, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Man In The High Castle, A Scanner Darkly and so many more great works of fiction, the author's life gets the biographic graphic novel treatment. And unsurprisingly for anyone who's read Dick's work, his life was full of instability, paranoia and hallucinations fueled by drugs.


Unknown Anti-War Comics

Unknown Anti-War Comics
edited by Craig Yoe

Sure, most comics readers are familiar with the war comics genre - but what Yoe harvests here is the complete opposite of that. It's a collection of classic anti-war comics (often masked as fantasy or science-fiction stories) from an era when holding such a position could quite possibly get your ass kicked.


Atomic Books & Benn Ray links:

Atomic Books website
Atomic Books on Twitter
Atomic Books on Facebook
Benn Ray's blog (The Mobtown Shank)
Benn Ray's comic, Mutant Funnies


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support the Largehearted Boy website

other Atomic Books Comics Preview lists (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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January 11, 2019

Shorties (An Interview with Kristen Roupenian, A New Essay by Julien Baker, and more)

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian discussed her new short fiction collection, You Know You Want This, with the Guardian.


The Oxford American features a new essay by Julien Baker.


85 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation last week (bringing the total to 1,487), including Clash Magazine’s best music books and Graphic Policy’s best comics.


Largehearted Boy's essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists (updated daily).


January's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl


NPR Music is streaming Toro y Moi's new album, Outer Peace.


The Paris Review features a new essay by R. O. Kwon.


NPR Music is streaming Pedro the Lion's new album Phoenix.


Bookworm interviewed author John Wray.


Stereogum reconsidered Smog's Knock Knock album after 20 years.


Troy James Weaver discussed his latest book Temporal with The Nervous Breakdown.


Stream a new Stella Donnelly song.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed poet Tommy Pico.


Stream a new song by Beirut.


Literary Hub interviewed author David Mitchell.


Stream a new Deerhunter song.


Harper's shared an excerpt from Han Kang's new book, The White Book.


Joy Williams covered Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence."


Stereogum reconsidered the Knife's Silent Shout album on it's 10th anniversary.


Stream a new Ryan Adams song.


Stream a new SOAK song.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists

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January 9, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - January 10th, 2019

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Mouthful of Birds

Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

From the author of Fever Dream, Argentina-born Berlin-based author Samanta Schweblin’s latest is one of the most anticipated early January releases here at Librairie D+Q. Mouthful of Birds is a short story collection that looks to be every bit as harrowing, strange, and kafkaesque as Schweblin’s aforementioned first novella.


McGlue

McGlue by Ottessa Moshfegh

A beautiful new edition of Moshfegh’s first novella, McGlue is out this week. The book takes place in Salem, Mass in 1851 and follows the story of the titular character, waking up from slumber, realizing that he may have killed his best friend.


Breathing: Chaos and Poetry

Breathing: Chaos and Poetry by Franco “Bifo” Berardi

The latest from Semiotext(e) has us salivating. Breathing is a treatise that expands upon Berardi’s earlier works about how poetry and finance intermingle, and explores creativity in relation to Occupy, BLM, and coding. Poetry as Semiotic Insolvency, Postfactual Truth and Ethical Choice, Ethics in Apocalyptic Times are some of the chapter names in this theoretical text. The green to purple fade on the cover is just stunning.


Cane

Cane by Jean Toomer

Zinzi Clemmons gives the introduction in this beautiful new edition of Jean Toomer’s Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, Cane. A tapestry of poetry, prose and play-like dialogue, Cane was originally published in 1923, and is an important portrait of African Americans residing in the north and south during the Jim Crow era.


A Perfect Failure- Fante Bukowski Three

A Perfect Failure- Fante Bukowski Three by Noah Van Sciver

The third and final book in Van Sciver’s story about self-styled wanna-be literary superstar Fante Bukowski. Van Sciver returns with beautifully drawn and coloured panels in this comic, which takes place the midwest and mocks literary pretension.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support the Largehearted Boy website

other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

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January's Best eBook Deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 this month:


Stephen Florida Last Days


American Caesar by William Manchester
Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durell
Blind Ambition by John Dean
Chaos by James Gleick
Darkness Visible by William Styron
The Earth Is the Lord's by Taylor Caldwell
Great Lion of God by Taylor Caldwell
The Hidden Flower by Pearl S. Buck
I'm Just a Person by Tig Notaro
Last Days by Brian Evenson
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie by Todd Fisher
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
You Learn By Living by Eleanor Roosevelt


eBooks on sale for $2.99 this month:


Love, Loss, and What We Ate Nothing Good Can Come from This


Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler
Authentic Mexican by Rick Bayless
The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvis
The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
Nothing Good Can Come from This by Kristi Coulter
Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
Reamde by Neal Stephenson
Thanks, Obama by David Litt
We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler
Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
The Witch of Portobello by Paolo Coelho


eBooks on sale for $3.99 this month:


Outline Delicious Foods


Brave Companions by David McCullough
Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Giles Milton
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
The Inferno by Mark Doten
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe
The Last Lion by William Manchester
Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby
Outline by Rachel Cusk
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)

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Shorties (2019's Must-Read Poetry Collections, An Interview with Sharon Van Etten, and more)

Sharon Van Etten

The Millions recommended 2019's must-read poetry collections.


Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.


85 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation last week (bringing the total to 1,487), including Clash Magazine’s best music books and Graphic Policy’s best comics.


Largehearted Boy's essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists (updated daily).


eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson


Stream a new Steve Earle song.


Oyinkan Braithwaite discussed her debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, with Electric Literature.


Stream a new Billie Eilish song.


Tor.com shared an excerpt from Charlie Jane Anders' forthcoming novel, The City in the Middle of the Night.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn reviewed Jenny Hval's debut novel, Paradise Rot.


Book Riot recommended 2019's best Arabic short story collections in translations.


Soniah Kamal discussed her new novel, Unmarriageable, with The Rumpus.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists

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January 8, 2019

Chris Power's Playlist for His Story Collection "Mothers"

Mothers

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Chris Power's brilliant short story collection Mothers is an auspicious debut.

Kirkus Reviews wrote of the book:

"Power's wide-ranging debut is confident, complex, bizarre, poignant, and elegantly crafted―a very strong collection."


In his own words, here is Chris Power's Book Notes music playlist for his short story collection Mothers:



Each morning, after dropping his kids off at school, JG Ballard would pour himself a large whisky and drink it before he started work. It was the ritual that demarcated his writing from his domestic life. Firing up my ‘Work’ playlist performs the same function: a collection of tracks that have become so associated with writing that they immediately open a portal into that space, and are so familiar that they can envelop without distracting.

I could happily bang on about the stalwarts of that playlist, from Pete Swanson to Grouper, Kevin Drumm to Laurie Spiegel, Angela Hewitt to Porter Ricks, but rather than talk about what I was listening to while these stories were in the process of becoming, I decided to build a playlist that responds to what they are.

“Blue Seven” – Sonny Rollins (Mother 1: Summer 1976)
The opening story in the book takes place over a few hot weeks on a housing estate outside Stockholm. Eva, the narrator, doesn’t get on with her mum’s boyfriend, but she does like his records, and she likes the way the reality of her family’s apartment shifts during the frequent parties they throw. The soundtrack of those parties is hard bop, just like this.

“I Want the One I Can’t Have” – The Smiths (Above the Wedding)
“On the day that your mentality catches up with your biology”, Morrissey sings, and the asynchrony of those two elements captures the conflict that’s tearing Liam, the main character in ‘Above the Wedding’, apart.

“I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” – Ella Fitzgerald (The Crossing)
Ann and Jim are on a walking holiday in Exmoor, their first trip away together since they started dating. Perhaps it’s the way they respond to the challenges the landscape throws at them that makes her realize she’s with the wrong person, or perhaps the moorland’s bleak beauty helps her see everything more clearly. Either way, she and Jim aren’t coming home together.

“Take On Me” – a-ha (The Colossus of Rhodes)
This story is the most autobiographical in the book. It’s set in the summer of 1985, and Hunting High and Low is the record (or cassette tape, to be precise) my brothers and I couldn’t get enough of that year.

“Homesick” – The Cure (Mother 2: Innsbruck)
Eva travels to a number of different countries in this story, seemingly fleeing and hunting for something all at once. When she arrives in France she remembers a Frenchman she knew years before, with whom she bonded over The Cure. They liked “the saddest songs best”, and “Homesick” fits into that – admittedly large – cohort.
More than that, the queasy longing of the lyrics – the song’s narrator says he wants to stay, but he also wants to be made to want to stay – speak to the rootlessness and desperation Eva feels at this point of her life as she tries, impossibly, to belong through leaving.

“Pençgâh Solo” – Niyazi Sayin (The Haväng Dolmen)
Whether ‘The Haväng Dolmen’ (it’s Swedish, and pronounced ‘har-veng’) is a ghost story or not is up to you, but it’s certainly structured like one. While I was writing it I happened to be in a bar where this was playing and it blew me away. The music itself is beautiful, but it’s made all the more haunting by the acoustic of the recording; the flute feels so distant that you can’t help but feel plunged into isolation when you listen to it. This made it a perfect companion to the story, in which the narrator comes to feel more and more alone after each uncanny experience he undergoes. From the moment I heard it, it became the only thing I listened to while I worked on this story.

“Grantchester Meadows” – Pink Floyd (Run)
At a certain point in ‘Run’, one of the characters hears a skylark singing as he stands alone in the Swedish countryside. The story has a half-concealed menace to it, and “Grantchester Meadows”, which has the looped song of a skylark woven throughout, shares a similar atmosphere. Roger Waters is singing about idyllic rural scenes, but something about that river “sliding unseen beneath the trees” sets me on edge, as does the “deathly silence” of the countryside he describes.

“Melt” – Leftfield (Portals)
At the end of this story a young man walks the streets of Paris at dawn, with amphetamine, triumph and shame coursing through him. “Melt” is incredibly evocative of that borderline – usually crossed around dawn – where adrenaline meets exhaustion, and the pulse of the club fades away to leave behind the maddening, lonely throb of your heart.

“Man On the Moon” – REM (Johnny Kingdom)
Andy Tower is a stand-up comedian with writers’ block who has become trapped performing the act of an old, dead comedian called Johnny Kingdom at bachelor parties and retirement homes. Kingdom’s act is more about one-liners rather than the conceptual approach adopted by Andy Kaufman, the subject of this song, but I like to imagine the line ‘Andy are you locked in the punch,’ isn’t to do with Kaufman’s love of wrestling, but refers instead to my Andy’s horror of being trapped within another comedian’s act.

“The Winner Takes It All” – Abba (Mother 3: Eva)
In the original version of this story, a man finds this song by chance as he drives toward the hospital where his wife, who he hasn’t seen for many years, is being treated. I quoted the lyrics in the text, but while I was waiting to hear back about copyright clearance, I rewrote the scene just in case any problems arose. As it happened I ended up liking the version without the lyrics better, but either way: what a song. I can’t listen to it too often because it just chews me up and spits me out.


Chris Power and Mothers links:

Atlantic review
Financial Times review
Guardian review
Irish Times review
Kirkus review
New Statesman review

Big Issue North interview with the author
Guardian interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

Support the Largehearted Boy website

Largehearted Boy List of Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists

Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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Shorties (Chigozie Obioma on His New Novel, a New Guided By Voices Song, and more)

An Orchestra of Minorities

Chigozie Obioma discussed his novel An Orchestra of Minorities with Weekend Edition.

"I've always wanted to write something that will show the world that prior to the coming of the British to Nigeria, we had some kind of complex systems. I feel like there hasn't been an African version of, say, Milton's 'Paradise Lost' which actually explored the very foundational principle of Western civilization, which would be the free will."

Obioma also talked to Electric Literature about the book.


Stream a new Guided By Voices song.


85 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation last week (bringing the total to 1,487), including Clash Magazine’s best music books and Graphic Policy’s best comics.


Largehearted Boy's essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists (updated daily).


eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

No Time To Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin


Larkin Poe visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Trish Hopkinson shared a list of feminist literary magazines and journals.


The A.V. Club previewed 2019's most anticipated albums.


The Week UK previewed 2019's best books.


Paste listed rising Australian bands.


The Pool interviewed author Roxane Gay.


Stream a new Girlpool song.


Literary Hub recommended books you might have missed in December.


Stream a new song by Sharon Van Etten.


The Millions previewed the most anticipated books of 2019's first half.


Stream a new song by Royal Trux.


CrimeReads previewed 2019's mystery and crime books.


Stream a new Steve Gunn song.


Sally Rooney has been awarded the Costa Novel Award for her novel Normal People.


Stream a new song by Hand Habits.


Stream a new song by Balms.


Stream a new Karen O song.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists

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January 7, 2019

Shorties (2019's Most Anticipated Books, 2019's Most Anticipated Albums, and more)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

BBC Culture, Book Riot, BuzzFeed and The A.V. Club previewed 2019's best books.


BrooklynVegan and Paste listed 2019's most anticipated albums.


85 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation last week (bringing the total to 1,487), including Clash Magazine’s best music books and Graphic Policy’s best comics.


Largehearted Boy's essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists (updated daily).


The 2018 NPR Music jazz critic poll results have been announced.


The Oxford American shared an excerpt from Mesha Maren's novel Sugar Run.

Weekend Edition interviewed Maren about the book.


Stream a new Mary Lattimore song.


Tor.com shared Ken Liu’s introduction to Broken Stars: .


NME interviewed Bob Mould.


Jeff Jackson discussed my favorite novel of 2018, Destroy All Monsters, with Bookworm.


Aquarium Drunkard shared a recording of a 1969 Velvet Underground show.


Kristen Roupenian discussed her new short fiction collection You Know You Want This with Rolling Stone.


Rolling Stone shared an excerpt from Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz's new book The Soprano Sessions.


Lit Pub interviewed author Laura Catherine Brown.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Morris Collins.


Louisa Hall discussed her new novel Trinity with the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Tablet interviewed author Hannah Lillith Assadi.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists

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January 4, 2019

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - January 4th

For the eleventh straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2018 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's Updates to the Online "Best of 2018" Book Lists:


Across the Bookiverse (best books)
AK Reads + Writes (best books)
The American Conservative (best books)
Ashleigh Online (top books)
Aun Abdi (top books)
Austenprose (favorite books)
Banner (favorite books)
Beauty Is a Sleeping Cat (best books)
The Book Pilgrim (favorite books)
Bookshelves & Paperbacks (top books)
Brandon Colbert (best books)
The Calico Books (top books)
Canton Public Library (best kids' books)
Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian (best queer books)
Children's Book Review (best board books)
Christian Chick's Thoughts (best books)
Clash (best music books)
Corey Breier (best books)
The Courage It Takes (best young adult books)
Crazy for YA (best books)
Deedi Reads (favorite books)
Desperate Reader (favorite books)
Downwind of Grace (best books)
The Edge of the Precipice (favorite books)
Fantasy Cafe (favorite books)
Feyi Fawehinmi (books)
The Fictionfox (favorite books)
From Fat to...Fabulous (favorite books)
From Our Bookshelf (favorite books)
Grace in Our Moments (top books)
Graphic Policy (favorite books)
Gridmark Dad (top books)
Halcyon Realms (favorite art books)
Hope Is the Word (favorite books)
Hungry for Good Books? (favorite books)
Inside My Library Mind (best books)
It's Either Sadness or Euphoria (best books)
Jo's Writing Corner (favorite books)
JustWind Coaching (favorite books)
Kerry's Blog (memorable books)
Kindle Afresh (favorite Christian books)
KMUW (best music books)
Legal Theory Blog (favorite books)
Lindy Reads and Reviews (top books)
Love Books and Reading (favorite books)
Love Hope Peace (favourite books)
The Mary Sue (favorite books)
Matt Dunn (favorite books)
Mitel (favorite books to inspire)
Montreal Times (top books)
Morgan Gayle (top books)
My Book Reviews (favorite books)
Neal Lemery (favorite books)
NerdMuch? (best sci-fi and fantasy books)
Novel Knight (favorite books)
Observe & Rapport (favorite books)
Odyssey (best books)
Padfoots Library (best books)
Pixelated Geek (favorite books)
Press Pass LA (best books)
Prof KRG (best fiction books)
Progressive Geographies (favourite academic books)
Randy Gage (favorite books)
Read It and Review (top books)
Rosiefrecklereads (top underrated books)
The Securities Edge (best books)
Seeking Alpha (top books)
SheKnows (most game-changing kids books)
Sherie Barnes (favorite books)
Some the Wiser (best books)
Somewhere, Lately (best books)
Spectrum (Adventist books)
Stephen Sargent (top books)
Study with Nina (top books)
This Sporadic Life (top books)
Thought Catalog (best books)
Toferet's Empty Bobbin (books)
Tomorrow's Reflection (books)
A Touch of Teal (best chick lit books)
Tracey Dyck (books)
Undeniably Book Nerdy (best books)
United By Pop (best books)
Visible Suns (top books)
Wansderlustyle (top books)
Writing Follies (favorite books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews

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January 3, 2019

Favorite Nonfiction of 2018

Largehearted Boy's Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2018


2018 was another great year for nonfiction, especially essay collections and memoirs.

These are the nonfiction books I have most recommended to family, friends, and everyone who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").


Captive Audience

Captive Audience by Lucas Mann

Lucas Mann's brilliant Captive Audience is a thoughtful and insightful exploration of both his marriage and reality television. This book cements his status as one of our most talented writers of creative nonfiction.


Insomnia

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin

Marina Benjamin's Insomnia is more than a memoir, the book haunts with its journeys into what unsettles us in the night.


Love and Death in the Sunshine State

Love and Death in the Sunshine State by Cutter Wood

Cutter Wood's Love and Death in the Sunshine State is an impressive work of creative nonfiction, a captivating mixture of true crime and memoir.


Sick

Sick by Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour's memoir Sick is as moving and thought-provoking a book as I have read in a long time, and is by far my favorite nonfiction work of the year. Khakpour's forthcoming essay collection Brown Album is one of my most anticipated books of 2019.


This Will Be My Undoing

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

Morgan Jerkins' smart and moving essay collection This Will Be My Undoing is one of the year's most important books.


Tonight I'm Someone Else

Tonight I'm Someone Else by Chelsea Hodson

On a line level, Chelsea Hodson's collection Tonight I'm Someone Else might be the book of the year. These essays are lyrically precise and impeccably formed.


Vanishing Twins

Vanishing Twins by Leah Dieterich

Leah Dieterich's stunning memoir Vanishing Twins is a poignant exploration of identity and open marriage, and one of the year's most thought-provoking books.


The Word Pretty

The Word Pretty by Elisa Gabbert

Elisa Gabbert's The Word Pretty is one of the year's best essay collections.


also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online "best of 2018" book lists
list of essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists

Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2018

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2016
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comic Preview (weekly comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
LIbrairie Drawn and Quarterly Books of the week (weekly book recommendations)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews

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January 1, 2019

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - January 1st

For the eleventh straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2018 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's Updates to the Online "Best of 2018" Book Lists:


The Advocate (best epicurous books)
The Advocate (best queer history & biographies)
Ahram Online (best Egyptian books)
Andrew Merle (top business books)
Ars Technica (best space books for kids)
Bethany Peck (favorite books)
Big Blue Circus (favorite books)
The Big Issue (best books)
Books. Libraries. Also, cats. (best books)
Carla Daisy (favorite books)
Changed by Him (favorite books)
Channels Book Club (best Nigerian fiction books)
The Cole Bin (favorite books)
The Colorado Independent (best books)
The Copper Boom (favourite books)
Cornflakegirl's Musings (favorite books)
Counter-Currents Publishing (best books)
Crux (great books)
The Daily Chrenk (best books)
Debtor to Grace (top books)
Didact's Reach (best books)
Double Skinny Macchiato (favorite books)
Elisa Gabbert (books)
Engrossed in a Good Book (best books)
Ever the Reader (favorite books)
Everyday Reading (best books)
Fansided (top comic books)
Forbes (must-read brain books)
Home Sweet Houser (top books)
Homeschool Creations (favorite books)
Hong Kong Free Press (best human rights books)
HottyToddy.com (best books)
India Today (non-fiction books)
Irreverin (best books)
Journey with Jesus (favorite books)
Kendra Mase (top books)
Lakeside Musing (favorite books)
Largehearted Boy (favorite short story collections)
Life Imitates Heart (best books)
Like Wild Onions (best books)
Mark My Words (favorite books)
MindBodyGreen (best health books)
Modern Mrs. Darcy (favorite books)
Modern Mrs. Darcy (favorite nonfiction books)
MomAdvice (best books)
MoneyWeek (best books)
Mother (best children's books)
NerdyCreator (favorite books)
Noble Knits (best knitting books)
Off the Page (best books)
Out (best queer books)
Pajiba (best books)
PBS NewsHour (favorite books)
Philippine Daily Inquirer (top books)
A Place in the World (books)
Pride (best queer books)
Reading Matters (favourite books)
RealClear (best coffee table books)
Reedsy (best books)
Rodger Payne (books)
Rogue Readers' Advisory (best books)
Running 'N' Reading (top books)
Salon (best tech books)
The Sassy Conservative (favorite books)
The Simplifiers (best business books)
The Sloan Ranger (best books)
Stuck in a Book (best books)
Suburban Turmoil (favorite books)
Tabletalk (top books)
The Takeout (most useful cookbooks)
TBR 313 (favorite books)
Unwritten (best books)
The Week (best nonfiction)
Yes! (best books for a meaningful life)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews

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Favorite Short Story Collections of 2018

Largehearted Boy's Favorite Short Story Collections of 2017


2018 was another great year for short fiction collections.

These are the short fiction collections I have recommended most to blog readers, friends, and family throughout the year.

What was your favorite short story collection of 2018?


Belly Up

Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel

Rita Bullwinkel's short story collection Belly Up is a marvelous debut from a writer to watch.


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Best American Short Stories 2018 edited by Roxane Gay

I have read and admired the Best American Short Stories for years, and the 2018 edition edited by Roxane Gay is the strongest ever. The diversity of its voices and sources is evident in this striking collection.


Lucky Man

Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley

Jamel Brinkley's powerful and empathetic stories make Lucky Man my favorite short fiction collection of the year.


Florida

Florida by Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is one of my favorite authors, and her short story collection Florida is one of the year's most engrossing and haunting books.


How to Love a Jamaican

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs' impressive debut collection How to Love a Jamaican is filled with tender and masterful depictions of women young and old and the love in their lives.


White Dancing Elephants

White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar

Chaya Bhuvaneswar's brilliant debut collection White Dancing Elephants is filled with stories about diverse women facing violence.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2018" book lists

Largehearted Boy's favorite novels of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite poetry collections of 2018

Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2016
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections of 2008

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews

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