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World’s Richest Country Showcases Ancient Books in New Library …

Thousand year-old books have settled in the most futuristic of homes, gently cooled and shielded from the sun in an underground chamber of Qatar’s National Library. Designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Rem Koolhaas, the library was opened by Qatar’s emir and his parents, who started the project in 2012. The family rules the world’s […]

Three of the best ways to read books to kids, backed by science

From timeless classics like Goodnight Moon to contemporary favorites like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, one of the best things that parents can do for their kids is cuddle up together with a book. It’s not just the one-on-one time that matters—story time helps develop children’s reading skills and vocabulary development, which in […]

Sales Figures for Comey’s ‘A Higher Loyalty’ Dwarf Recent Political Best Sellers

Photo James Comey at a book signing in New York City on April 18. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images Former F.B.I. director James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” has dominated headlines for more than a week, and became an instant blockbuster, selling more than 600,000 copies in all formats during its first […]

In a Raft of New Books, Motherhood From (Almost) Every Angle

And then there is Jacqueline Rose’s own new book, “Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty,” a sort of Rosetta Stone for the moment that examines the particular mix of fascination and dread that mothers engender. Photo Jacqueline Rose Credit Jonathan Ring Rose is a calm and stylish writer whose rangy essays in the London […]

Yes, California Is on the Verge of Banning Some Christian Books, Here’s How

California State Capitol in Sacramento (Pixabay) Late last week, I wrote an article that caused a bit of a furious reaction in social-justice Twitter. Activists claimed I was lying, arguing in bad faith, and/or exaggerating the effect of California’s AB 2943, a bill that purports to declare “sexual orientation change efforts” to be an “unlawful […]

GQ magazine puts Bible on list of classic books not worth reading, incurs the wrath of Christians

CLOSE GQ Magazine placed the bible on a list called “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” Veuer’s Sam Berman has the full story. Buzz60 The Good Book is not so good, says GQ magazine.(Photo: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images) Well, it appears this group of scribes won’t be greeted very warmly at the Pearly Gates. […]

Today is World Book Day — here’s what we’re reading

Today is World Book Day, a day designated by UNESCO to celebrate reading, from books and authors to bookstores and libraries. To mark the occasion, we wanted to see what the larger group of Verge staffers have stacked on their nightstands, tucked away in their bags, or stored on their Kindles. Here’s what some of […]

5 books making the case that American democracy is in trouble

The first thing you need to know when listening to this week’s Ezra Klein Show is that the terms “liberal” and “democratic” are being used in their classical definitions, not as they relate to the Democratic Party of the United States. Three-time guest Yascha Mounk returns to talk about his latest book, The People vs. […]

‘Things They Carried’s’ Tim O’Brien talks books in this week’s literary events –

KEEGAN ALLEN: Actor, author, musician and photographer introduces his book “Hollywood: Photos and Stories from Foreverland“ with more than 250 color and black-and-white photos showing the beauty and glamour of the place as well as the darker side of dreams unrealized. 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29; Rotunda, Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington. RICHARD CARR: […]

5 new books not to want to miss, including Joanna Gaines’ cookbook

CLOSE Chip and Joanna Gaines have a new “Fixer Upper”-based series coming to HGTV. Time ‘Magnolia Table’ by Joanna Gaines(Photo: William Morrow) USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (William Morrow, non-fiction, on sale April 24) What it’s about: This cookbook from the popular […]