The borrowers: why Finland’s cities are havens for library lovers

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Helsinkis state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. Its a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned, says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan … Continued

Fran Lebowitz: ‘You do not know anyone as stupid as Donald Trump’

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She loves to talk, hates to fly and wants to make it clear she takes no responsibility for the state of US politics Be grateful you didnt sit next to Fran Lebowitz on the plane from New York to Melbourne. The trip was the longest flight she had taken, and therefore the longest time she … Continued

Amazon Books’ new IRL stores misses everything that makes a bookstore special

People enter the newly opened Amazon Books on May 25, 2017 in New York City.Image: Getty Images There is an open secret in the book world: Booksellers give the best book recommendations. I can trace my favorite New York City bookstores by the book recommendations I’ve been given at various bookstoresDelicate Edible Birds by Lauren … Continued

New Curtis Sittenfeld novel will imagine Hillary Clinton’s life without Bill

As-yet untitled novel will tell the story of Hillary Rodham and her life after she turns down marriage proposal from Bill Clinton once and for all @csittenfeld‘s next fiction project! May 8, 2017 Sittenfeld has form when it comes to writing about the lives of former first ladies. In 2008 she penned the acclaimed and … Continued

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)

This revolutionary work written by Henry Jamess less famous brother brought a democratising impulse to the realm of religious belief The United States is a society, first described in Thomas Jeffersons revolutionary words in 1776, that constantly rewrites its narrative in law, philosophy, economics and belief, as well as through poetry, drama and fiction. In … Continued