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  1. vulture lists
    25 Questions That Game of Thrones Needs to Answer in Its Final SeasonHow will Jon and Dany react to their surprise incest? Who will land the Iron Throne? What eyeliner brand does Euron use?
  2. profile
    Susan Choi on Her Mind-Bending #MeToo NovelHow rage and the Access Hollywood tape inspired this spring’s most inventive and polarizing novel.
  3. spring preview
    Spring Books Preview: Fiction We Can’t Wait to Read by Sally Rooney and OthersSubtle dystopias, #MeToo meditations, a mysterious vanishing, and just Normal People.
  4. smell-o-fiction
    Let’s Celebrate the Stinky Heroines of Repulsive Realist FictionThe New Me and other novels fight vlogger perfectionism with a refreshing dose of the gross.
  5. books
    The London Bookstore That Became the Face of a MovementA.N. Devers opened the Second Shelf to change how we talk about (and pay for) rare books by women.
  6. quel scandale
    The Book Publishing Scandals of Early February: Holy HellJill Abramson, Dan “tumor” Mallory, Bezos’s “picks,” YA troubles — and it’s only the 8th.
  7. memoirs
    How It Feels to Publish Your Wife’s Memoir About Dying“Who was I to sit there and kill her dream?” asks the widower of Julie Yip-Williams, author of The Unwinding of the Miracle.
  8. memoirs
    I Tried to Be Virginia Woolf. A Brilliant New Memoir Comes Closer.Katharine Smyth’s All the Lives We Ever Lived is both a literary tribute and a powerful debut of its own.
  9. the crime scene
    Crime-Solving Cats and Cozy Mysteries: A Publishing JuggernautMeow If It’s Murder is just the tip of a very large, very furry iceberg.
  10. class is in session
    ‘We Are Living in Evil’: Discussing Friday Black’s Horrific TruthsThe Vulture Spoiler Book Club on the shocking, hilarious, deeply moral stories of Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.
  11. bad girl lit
    The Villainous Bitch Has Become the Most Boring Trend in LiteratureWe wanted unlikable narrators; we got an army of psychopathic she-beasts too shallow to hate.
  12. most anticipated 2019
    37 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2019From old favorites (Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith) to new favorites (Sally Rooney, Marlon James), plus sequels to Olive Kitteridge and The Handmaid’s Tale.
  13. books
    10 Books Just Added to the Public Domain That Are Worth ReadingEdith Wharton, e.e. cummings, Agatha Christie, and more.
  14. best of 2018
    Fiction’s 10 Best Scenes of 2018Shocking confessions, acts of depravity, and a feminist meet-cute with a merman.
  15. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Finale Recap: For Better, for WorseAs Lila’s wedding approaches, the differences between her and Elena unite the two friends in silent understanding.
  16. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: The Marriage PlotElena’s return to the quartiere finds her sorting out her own romantic confusion against the chaotic backdrop of Lila’s engagement.
  17. close reads
    My Brilliant Friend and the Relatable Horror of Elena’s ZitsIt isn’t merely that teenage Elena has acne, but how exquisitely all those pimples function as a (forsaken) facet of her character.
  18. year in culture 2018
    In Fiction, It Was the Year of the WomanAmid Trump-obsessed nonfiction blockbusters, women led the way forward for fiction that matters.
  19. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: La Isla BonitaA viciously effective episode gives Elena what she’s always wanted, and then rips it all away.
  20. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: If The Shoe Fits …A slow and slightly clunky hour fixates on the Cerullo siblings’ relationship to jealousy and fury.
  21. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: Girl, You’ll Be a Woman SoonThe disproportionate dynamics between women and men color everything as Lila and Elena slide toward womanhood and all it entails.
  22. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: Growing PainsAs Elena and Lila lurch toward womanhood, the closed-off intimacy of their relationship has been stretched loose.
  23. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Recap: The PlebsLila and Elena’s trajectories begin to diverge in an episode that fixates on what connects the two girls, and what sets them apart from each other.
  24. overnights
    My Brilliant Friend Premiere Recap: The Sounds of ViolenceThe Elena Ferrante HBO adaptation kicks off with a tightly packed episode establishing the contours of Lila and Elena’s loud, crowded lives.
  25. ferrante fever
    Seven Great Books on Female Friendship Elena Ferrante Didn’t WriteBonds made and broken in great novels by Zadie Smith, Claire Messud, Toni Morrison, and others.
  26. lit parade
    Critics Didn’t Sweat Michelle’s Prose Style — They Just Wanted No-Drama ObamaThey found her big-money memoir, Becoming, a refreshing return to executive restraint.
  27. author talk
    Idra Novey on Fascists, Pot, #MeToo and Her Chillingly Timely New NovelThose Who Knew involves a charismatic senator in an island nation with familiar skeletons in his closet.
  28. bookstagram
    Here’s an Annoying Instagram Trend: Throwing Yourself on a Pile of Open BooksBooks have been portrait props for centuries, but this is getting ridiculous.
  29. lit parade
    Barbara Kingsolver Takes Aim at the Trump Era, and Critics Shoot BackUnsheltered isn’t getting much love for plumbing white middle-class insecurity in our time.
  30. just asking questions
    Susan Orlean on the History and Surprisingly Bright Future of LibrariesAlong with book-burning, gender, and the L.A. Public Library, all in her new book The Library Book.
  31. overnights
    Maniac Finale Recap: Congratulations, You’re HealedThe series reaches an emotional, kind of troubling, finale.
  32. books
    Tana French’s New Novel Is Eerily Prescient About the Brett Kavanaugh HearingsThe Witch Elm is a brilliantly nuanced look at entitled men.
  33. overnights
    Maniac Recap: Subject 1 Saves the DayAnnie and Owen come to a realization as Gertie continues to process her trauma.
  34. overnights
    Maniac Recap: The Lake of the CloudsOwen and Annie’s adventures in a mob story and a fantasy land, respectively, take odd turns.
  35. lit parade
    Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk Breaks Through the Trump Book NoiseIn a stormy season of Trump exposés, Lewis’s explainer of government (dys)function earns the highest praise.
  36. vulture lists
    Your Definitive Guide to All of Haruki Murakami’s BooksThe great, the good, the not so good, and those we’ll just pretend never happened.
  37. overnights
    Maniac Recap: Low BatteryAnnie (or “Annia”) finds herself in a fantasy world that’s not quite what Tolkien readers might expect.
  38. overnights
    Maniac Recap: I Have a Diagnosed DisorderJustin Theroux and Sally Field take center stage in an episode focusing on the Mantlerays.
  39. overnights
    Maniac Recap: Through the Looking GlassA spontaneous choreographed dance routine, Sally Field, and a fancy con game all figure into the series’ fifth episode.
  40. reconsideration
    We Regret to Inform You That Little Women Is Not a Feminist NovelOn the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, critics are lining up to praise its pioneering feminism. They’re wrong.
  41. overnights
    Maniac Recap: Make It CrispThe series takes a weird (even for Maniac) turn in an episode involving the search for a stolen lemur.
  42. lit parade
    Karl Ove Knausgaard’s Struggle Is Over, But the Critical Debate Lives OnThe question undergirding nearly every review of the now-complete series is whether he regrets that his quest for truth upended his entire family.
  43. overnights
    Maniac Recap: All the FeelsAnnie and Owen have strikingly different experiences with an experimental drug.
  44. overnights
    Maniac Recap: Into the A-VoidAnnie pushes her way into the study and gets to relive the worst day of her life.
  45. overnights
    Maniac Premiere Recap: The Intake ProcessAn ambitious series starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone kicks off with a lonely man making a decision about his future while confused about his past.
  46. reconsideration
    25 Years Ago The Virgin Suicides Kicked Off Our Obsession With Teenage Tragedy.Jeffrey Eugenides’s haunting, faux-nostalgic 1993 novel changed the way we consume adolescence in pop culture.
  47. lit parade
    Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s Memoir Is the Sleeper Critical Hit of the SeasonIn our second installment of Lit Parade, a look at a memoir by Steve Jobs’s daughter with literary chops that caught critics by surprise.
  48. chat room
    Sharp Objects Writer Gillian Flynn on That ‘Gut-wrenching’ Finale Twist“We tried so many versions. There are so many different ways to do that ending.”
  49. whodunit
    Sharp Objects: The 4 Biggest Clues About the Killer’s IdentityWe should have known all along.
  50. adaptations
    How Does the End of Sharp Objects Compare to the Book?The novel and the show soften the story in different places.
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