I was a child backyard cook. I made salads of dandelion heads or clover leaves and even baked up
a mud pie or two. But truth be told, I wasn’t very inventive. Like an overworked parent serving
macaroni and cheese night after night, I tended to fall back on a few favorite dishes that required
little thought. Is it any wonder that my dolls, and eventually even the tiniest neighborhood ants,
turned down my invitations to dine?
Be sure to stop by the NYRB booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival—a wide selection of NYRB Classics and Little Bookroom titles will be on sale at discounted prices. Plus, Karen Seiger will sign copies of her new book, Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food and Flea Markets, from 1–3PM at the booth.
New York Review Books would like to wish you a Labor Day unlike Steve Hogan’s.
The protagonist of Georges Simenon’s dark psychological thriller Red Lights, Steve is one of the millions of Americans hitting the highway on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. He and his wife, Nancy, are traveling from New York City to Maine, where their children are at summer camp. But somewhere in the midst of the thick traffic and heavy drinking of the trip, Steve “goes into the tunnel”: a mental fugue characterized by pathological uncertainty, dangerous strangers, and the uncanny.
My Dog Tulip, J.R. Ackerley’s wickedly hilarious ode to his beloved (and uncouth) German Shepherd, was the first title to be published in the NYRB Classics series. Now, eleven years later, we are delighted to announce the release of a new animated feature film based on Ackerley’s memoir.
“The day promised to be exceptionally torrid.”
So Albert Cossery begins his novel, The Jokers, a tale that, from its opening sentence, is packed with charged wit and barbed satire. The Jokers, an NYRB Classics Original appearing in its first English translation, has been making headlines since its July publication.
We are thrilled to announce that Jean Stafford’s The Mountain Lion is now on sale. Stafford, a writer perhaps best known for her marriages to Robert Lowell, Oliver Jensen, and A.J. Liebling, was the heralded author of three novels and many short stories. The Mountain Lion, her second novel, is a devastating, unconventional coming-of-age story.
“The month of January. Night time. North wind blowing. The fire in the hearth was going
out.” This is where Alexandros Papadiamantis’s The Murderess begins—in
cramped, dark quarters on a dirtpoor island in the Aegean Sea. A man snores, a sleepless woman tosses
and turns, a baby coughs and cries. It is a hundred years ago, but it could be anytime, and it goes on.
Hadoula, a woman of sixty or so, an old witch her neighbors say, is trying to rock the baby, her granddaughter,
to sleep, even as she gives way to “bitter wandering thoughts.” All her life Hadoula
has shown herself to be a clever, industrious, tough woman, and yet now it strikes her:
We are excited to announce that Richard Howards translation of Alien Hearts, Guy de Maupassants
sixth and last novel, is a finalist for the French-American Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundations
Today marks the anniversary of Belgium’s independence from the Netherlands and, in 1831, the coronation of the first king of Belgium. So, it is particularly fitting that Georges Simenon’s Pedigree, the magnum opus of Belgian writing, is released this week. An epic merger of fiction and autobiography, Pedigree has been heralded by Luc Sante as “quite possibly the greatest single work of Belgian literature.”
We are delighted to announce that, though published just this month, Frans G. Bengtssons
The Long Ships has already received two reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle
both herald Bengtssons novel as a thrilling, intrigue-filled read perfect for the summer.
We are excited to announce that Tove Janssons The True Deceiver received June reviews in both The Nation and The Believer.
A story of manipulation and deceit set in the depths of the Swedish winter, The True Deceiver is unlike anything else Tove Jansson wrote. “I loved this book. It’s cool in both senses of the word, understated yet exciting, and with a tension that keeps you reading.” —Ruth Rendell
We are pleased to announce the newest title in The New York Review Children’s Collection,
a lost classic that will appeal to both children and adults: Three Ladies Beside the Sea
by Rhoda Levine, with color drawings by the inimitable Edward Gorey. For a limited time, we are pleased
to offer Three Ladies Beside the Sea, along with a few other favorite picture books, at 30%
off the cover price.
We are especially pleased to announce the publication of The Lonely Passion
of Judith Hearne, selected by The Guardian as one of 1,000 novels you must
read before you die. Take advantage of a limited 25% discount on this most
recent NYRB Classic, and discover the elegant craft of Brian Moore’s debut
novel that launched his distinguished literary career.
Forty years after it was first published, Troubles, by J G Farrell, was announced, on May 19, 2010, as the winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize — a one-off prize to honour the books published in 1970, but not considered for the prize when its rules were changed.
The New York Review Children’s Collection wholeheartedly endorses the Children’s Book Week, and encourages you to visit your local bookstore or the CBC website to find out about more events in your neighborhood.
Last Thursday, NYRB Classics presented an evening of New York Stories, past and present, at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City for the 2010 PEN World Voices Festival. There, a remarkable panel of Quim Monzó, Darryl Pinckney, Roxana Robinson, and Colm Tóibín tackled the complex relationships that Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Elizabeth Hardwick had with New York City.
For those unable to attend the panel, we are pleased to provide this link to the complete audio of the program.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Brooklyn, William Lindsay Gresham was fascinated by the Coney Island sideshows. Developing an unerring eye for the scene’s details, he deserves to be remembered as one of America’s best chroniclers of the underground. Now available from NYRB Classics, at a limited time 30% discount, his Nightmare Alley is an indelible noir classic on the varieties of deception and the dream of redemption.
“The One-Straw Revolution is one of the founding documents of the alternative food movement, and indispensable to anyone hoping to understand the future of food and agriculture.” —Michael Pollan
NYRB Classics is once again a proud sponsor of PEN’s annual World Voices Festival—which aims to foster international understanding by bringing international and American authors together in conversation. This year NYRB Classics and PEN World Voices Festival present an evening of New York Stories, past and present, at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 29th.
Things look a bit out of the ordinary here at NYRB, and we couldnt be happier.
Welcome to our new homepage. Along with The New York Review of Books, we’ve completely redesigned our website to help highlight everything new that were doing with our books.
Here youll find
podcasts, reading group discussions, NYRB events, videos as well as giveaways, NYRB in the News,
social networking, and so much more. Its a space where wed like to cultivate a community
of readers, as diverse as our catalog.
There are more than a few famous fans who have confessed their admiration of NYRB, and the latest to fall for a Classic was actor Tom Hanks. In the March 15th issue of Time magazine, Hanks named John Williams Stoner one of his Top Five Page Turners, describing it as simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But its one of the most fascinating things that youve ever come across.
The Academy of American Poets declared April as Poetry Month in 1996, and weve been doing
our part to enrich the range of poetry available to the reading public. From award-winning new translations
of century-old classics to celebrated anthologies, NYRB has a diverse assortment of verse for
you to celebrate the month. And dont forget: the month long celebration culminates on April
29th with Poem in Your Pocket Day, where everyone is encouraged to carry
a poem around and share it with friends.
And as a tribute to the month, a poem:
Recently Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater made a giant step into making the genius of Frank Tashlin
more recognizable by featuring the newly released The Bear That Wasnt on NPRs
Weekend Edition. Laughing between reading aloud about fumbling factory workers, fake fur coats,
and a bear declaring his bearness, Scott Simon praised the story with its wonderful
pictures and even some political satire to appeal to adults who read it as well. Daniel Pinkwater
goes on to name it a classic. And the proof of that is that it is now coming out…from the
wonderful and magnificent New York Review Childrens Collection.