New in Paperback: ‘The World’s Fastest Man’ and ‘Our Time Is Now’

By Jennifer Krauss THE WORLD’S FASTEST MAN: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero, by Michael Kranish. (Scribner, 384 pp., $19.) This biography by a Washington Post political reporter “makes plain,” John Swansburg wrote in his review, that Taylor, who “faced discrimination, or worse, at every turn,” succeeded in large part because of his “remarkable […]

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DEBUTS

DEBUTS THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Bloomsbury £14.99, 368 pp) THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Bloomsbury £14.99, 368 pp) Nella is the only black girl working in the editorial department of Wagner Books where she hasn’t experienced much racism, just ‘microagressions’. When Hazel-May is appointed, Nella looks forward to having a potential ally. But […]

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Writers of the early 20th Century who found solace in France

A sunny place for shady people: Author reveals the tormented writers of the early 20th Century who found solace in the South of France Julia Carter has reflected on six great writers and artists of early 20th century  Each came to the South of France carrying shadows from their pasts  Among them is Katherine Mansfield, Jean Cocteau and Aldous Huxley HISTORY SUNLIGHT […]

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PICTURE THIS

PICTURE THIS MARILYN AND ME    by Lawrence Schiller (Taschen £50) MARILYN AND ME by Lawrence Schiller (Taschen £50) ‘Marilyn was a photographer’s dream subject with her clothes on — and even more stunning with them off.’ This is the unsurprising conclusion of Lawrence Schiller who, in 1962, aged just 25, shot Marilyn Monroe for Paris Match Magazine.  His book, Marilyn […]

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Ashley C. Ford Believes in Letting the Light In

By Elisabeth Egan CHAPTER AND VERSE When you’re opening a new book, do you breeze past the epigraph as if it’s extra credit and you’re in a rush to finish your homework? Slow down! That short quotation is there for a reason: to set the tone and mood, and to give you some insight into a writer’s mind-set. Plus, in […]

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How America’s Weirdest Guidebooks Were Funded by the Government

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Yuval Taylor REPUBLIC OF DETOURS How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America By Scott Borchert Imagine “a country of odd contraptions and strange careers, where all the big houses have secret rooms.” Now imagine its inhabitants: “A fanciful, impulsive, childlike, absent-minded, […]

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When the End of Life Seems Endless

When you purchase an independently reviewed book through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. By Walter Kirn SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GOBy Lionel Shriver When we meet them in their 50s, the Wilkinsons, Kay and Cyril, a married couple, she a nurse and he a doctor in Britain’s National Health Service, she a blowzy free spirit who […]

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