A word in your ear… why the rise of audiobooks is a story worth celebrating

When I look back on 2020, audiobooks may not be the first thing I remember, but they will occupy a prominent place in the list of crutches that propped me up in this strange and perturbing year. One of the first things I did when I undertook my own Covid-19 journey in early April – […]

Now you’re talking! The best audiobooks, chosen by writers

I recommend Ramble Book by Adam Buxton (2020), less for the prose, although there are wonderful, melancholy passages about his father, and Bowie, and 80s nostalgia, perfect for those of us who get teary-eyed remembering the first time we heard Dexys Midnight Runners or whatever. But it’s more for how much fun he has with […]

Phoebe Bridgers’s 10 Favorite Books

The kind of book you finish and walk around in a weird fog for a couple days. The coolest thing to me about George Saunders is his ability to create wildly different characters, and make you empathize with each one. As someone who writes pretty much exclusively from my own perspective, this is a mysterious […]

Books about race rise to the top of Barnes & Noble’s and Amazon’s bestseller lists

Customers aren’t just hoping to flip through the pages of new work, but are turning to groundbreaking books of generations past as well. Barnes & Noble’s list appears to show customers are clamoring to read Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. 

Book World: Alex Trebek’s memoir, ‘The Answer Is . . .,’ is everything a ‘Jeopardy!’ fan could want

Trebek dishes on “Jeopardy!” superstars like Ken Jennings – who’s co-narrating the audiobook version of the memoir with him – and whisks readers backstage at the game show. He appreciates the work-life balance the show affords, taping just two days a week. On those days, Trebek arrives at 6 a.m. to start prepping. The team […]

The Joy of Writing a Book With My Dad

Over the past few years, we wrote The Good Vices: From Beer to Sex, the Surprising Truth About What’s Actually Good for You, about the science behind the potential health benefits of fun behaviors such as drinking coffee, eating bread, and drinking alcohol, all in moderation. Though we created a work we’re proud of, nice […]

21 Audiobooks We’re Excited To Listen To This Summer

Twenty-five years ago, Maggie Holt and her parents moved into an old Victorian estate in the woods of Vermont — and lived there for three weeks, before a series of horrifying ghostly encounters forced them to flee. Maggie was too young to remember those events, and she’s always doubted the story, which her father recounted […]

23 Audiobooks That Are Even Better Than The Print Version

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is the rare novel that makes you experience reading in a slightly different way and shows you that, no matter how many books you’ve read, something new and uniquely beautiful can still be found. The novel takes the form of a letter written by the main character, Little Dog, to […]

Nicolas Cage Loves Jim Carrey’s Weird New Book, But Tom Cruise Might Punch Him

In that journey, Carrey meets a string of characters that are fictionalized versions of actual stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicolas Cage, and Anthony Hopkins. Carrey personally sent all the actors letters of explanation as to their appearance in his novel, and they responded positively, particularly Cage.

David Baddiel: ‘I don’t really have shame as an emotion’

The book that changed my lifeRabbit Is Rich by John Updike – there’s going to be a lot of Updike. He and his fellow Great Male Narcissists, as David Foster Wallace called him and Bellow and Roth and Mailer, are very out of fashion, but important cultural correction away from their misogyny though that was […]