What happened this week on Feedbooks? A lot of great new releases (like, a lot of them), an interview with Lindsay Hunter for the release of her gritty debut novel Ugly Girls, and a timeline about Berlin in fiction for the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Is your next read in this post? Probably!
“Everything I write is about loneliness. But who can heal or solve (salve) loneliness? No one. So I write on.”
Ever wondered how Jane Eyre would reply to Mr. Rochester’s all-caps text? Or what Hermione would text to Ron? Then Mallory Ortberg’s collection of text conversations between literary characters if for you. And if you don’t really remember the origin of those conversations, you can download for free most of these texts in our public domain section.
Richard Ford may well be one of the greatest American writers alive. Although most of the literary world didn’t see it coming, his character Frank Bascombe is back in a fourth novel “Let Me Be Frank With You”, which NPR deemed “by turns, smart, annoying, funny, obnoxious and honest. In other words, it’s a Richard Ford book.” And in other words, you should read it.
This week, Helen MacDonald won the greatly coveted Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction with H is a for Hawk, the story of her relation with a goshawk she acquired after her father died, that the Financial Times praised for being “A deeply human work shot through, like cloth of gold, with intelligence and compassion – an exemplar of the mysterious alchemy by which suffering can be transmuted into beauty.”
For the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we gathered a list of novels set in Berlin. From the rise of the Nazi regime to post-Wall Berlin, navigate in time with Kastner, Fallada, Isherwood or Ian McEwan.
Yes, it’s been five years since the release of Nick Hornby’s latest novel Juliet, Naked! In Funny Girl, be ready to dive in the world of the swinging 60s. And if you haven’t quite caught up with his latest releases, you can find all of his works on our catalog.