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November 21, 2019

Shorties (The National Book Award Winners, Janet Weiss on Leaving Sleater-Kinney, and more)

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

The 2019 National Book Award winners have been announced.


Janet Weiss discussed leaving Sleater-Kinney in an interview with the podcast The Trap Set With Joe Wong.


November's best eBook deals.

eBooks on sale for $3.99:

Black Deutschland by Daryl Pinckney
A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 309 year-end lists so far.


Noisey listed the best albums of the 2010s.


Michael Chabon on Ursula K. Le Guin.


Stream a new Drive-By Truckers song.


Entertainment Weekly listed the best comics of the decade.


Stream a new Courtney Love song.


Phoebe Waller-Bridge talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Stream a new Braids song.


Jenny Offil discussed her favorite books of the decade at The A.V. Club.


Stream a new JDFR song.


The New York Times profiled author Kevin Wilson.


The Sean Carroll's Mindscape podcast interviewed Grimes.


Gothamist interviewed author Samuel R. Delany.


Share a new Weaves song.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Leland Cheuk.

Cheuk recommended standup comedy memoirs at Electric Literature.


The Quietus interviewed Kim Gordon about her new album.


Longreads interviewed author Nina MacLaughlin.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists






November 20, 2019

Sergio Troncoso's Playlist for His Story Collection "A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son"

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

The stories in Sergio Troncoso's collection A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son are poignant examinations of identity.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"Troncoso's sharp-edged stories speak to the difficult lives of those who, as he writes, are born behind in a race they must run all the same."


In his own words, here is Sergio Troncoso's Book Notes music playlist for his story collection A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son:



I listen to music to think and to find inspiration from its emotions, energies, and rhythms. Music is a fount of creativity for me. When I’m deep in a story in my head and I’m trying to work out a character or plot line, or I’m thinking of the many layers of a story, I listen to music. It’s a way of letting go, of immersing myself in something new that is not writing. My favorite music always inspires me to find that solution that previously bedeviled me, or it loosens something stuck in my brain and I often have an aha! moment where I see what I previously did not see. All of this happens when I lose myself in sound.

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son is a book of linked stories about immigration, Mexican-American diaspora, perspectivism, and time. Readers will note that this collection of stories is actually a fragmented whole. The stories are in groups for a reason and relate to each other within their groups. Think of this as a cracked mirror, perhaps, from one angle it may look like a fragment of your face, but from another angle you might see a stranger, a monster, even a hero. This is my imaginary soundtrack for this fragmented whole of my imagination.

“All This Time,” by Sting

I’ve loved this song since graduate school, with its up-tempo it masks the dark subject matter, a boy returning home who prefers to bury his father at sea rather than to follow what the priests want. This sense of being haunted at the same time as being uplifted by where you came from, yes, that’s “Rosary on the Border” and “New Englander,” the first two connected stories in my book. Sting’s line, “All this time the river flowed endlessly to the sea” just gets me every time, emotionally. I think of death not in a sad or macabre way, but as a teacher: your inheritance (for good and ill) is what propels you into life.

“Ain’t No Grave,” by Johnny Cash

The sparse sounds of the song, Cash’s gravelly voice at the end of his life, the pain you hear in that voice, the banjo…all of it comes together to take you to what I imagine is a rural landscape, where you are alone, where you fight or die, and even if you fight and die, none of it matters. The point is to want, to keep going, at whatever moment you are given in this life. “When I hear that trumpet sound I’m gonna rise right out of the ground” is meant religiously, but I take it in a different way, as the character David Calderon in “New Englander” takes it: to keep fighting for this unexplored country in life, even in your worse moments.

“Like A Hurricane,” by Neil Young

It’s a song about longing and losing, having something powerful with someone else (perhaps only in your mind) and not having that love returned, or only returned briefly. That eternal, yet ephemeral quality of love. In my mind the lyrics are terrific, but even better is Young’s long guitar solo (my favorite, Berlin 1982 on YouTube), with feedback, and probing, dissonant sounds, and echoes- all of it a sonic world of loss and love. My “Living Museum of Love” is a story where Carlos Garcia searches for history in the present, maybe even to make history present today, with his wife Sarah and even his work. They’re haunted by how they were together, what has been lost, and how they can possibly regain it. I only discovered Neil Young in college, years after Young first wrote the song in 1975, but some music will always be essentially evocative, no matter when you first hear it.

“Just Fine,” Mary J. Blige

Galilea is one of my favorite characters in the book of stories (“This New Now”), and when I hear “Just Fine” I know Galilea would be dancing in the dark in her New York apartment to that infectious, hot R&B beat from Mary Blige’s song. “So I like what I see when I’m looking at me/ When I’m walking past the mirror/ Ain’t worried about you and what you gonna do/ I’m a lady so I must stay classy/ Got to keep it hot, keep it together/ If I want to get better.” It’s such an empowering song, and the staccato delivery, with that beat, just uplifts your heart, even if you’ve suffered tragedies, and men, and loneliness. You never give up, you take control of your life, you don’t allow others to control you, and you revel at each sunset.

“Clandestino,” by Manu Chao

I love the song and album by that name, because it speaks of the displacement, heartache of immigrants across many continents, with a sense of humor and infectious melodies that welcome a listener to a home that is exile. This is Ximena Garza’s story in “Yamecah.” The lyrics, “Correr es mi destino para burlar la ley/ Perdido en el corazón de la grande Babylon” (“To run is my destiny to avoid the law/ Lost in the heart of the great Babylon”), also speak to how immigrants are invisible and unheard in plain sight. The danceable beat with the lyrics of invisibility and exile play against each other, in my mind, and point to that secret, wonderful life within each immigrant that we may overlook even after their perilous journeys.

“This Modern Love,” by Bloc Party

The incessant, insistent beat of “This Modern Love” takes me to the room where teenagers Maribel and Hector are in “Fragments of a Dream.” This love’s a freight train, and nothing will stop them from being on it. The lyrics, “You’ve been trying to reach me/ You bought me a book,” speak to how we try to get into the soul of each other in young love. A bell-like quality to the guitar picking, with the rapid, echo-ey delivery of the vocals, adds to this urgency of two young people who want each other in every way. Until, until…

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” by Tears for Fears

I do love music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and this song I have always found so sad and poignant. Still true whenever I hear it on the radio: “There’s a room where the light won’t find you/ Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down/ When they do, I’ll be right behind you/ So glad we’ve almost made it/ So sad they had to fade it/ Everybody wants to rule the world.” The song reminds me of the character Marcos Martinez in “Turnaround in the Dark,” who is a lonely, confused soldier in a dangerous situation, a leader wanting to sort out his love life back home in his head. The swirl and tilt of his emotions are dizzying, and the song captures what we strive to be and want to have and how we keep reaching for it at every moment until our last breath.

“C7osure (You Like),” by Lil Nas X

Gosh, I love this song, everything from its danceability to the lyrics (“I know, I know, I know it don’t feel like it's time/ I set boundaries for myself, it’s time to cross the line”) to the rap and drawn-out delivery of certain lines (“I want and I need/…Use my time to be free”): everything just hits me every time I listen to it. And I imagine the two women in “Cross-cutting Rivers in the Sky,” on a turbulent plane ride, both divulging their love lives to this song. The same song can mean two different things for these two characters, and that beat is the plunging and shaking of the airplane as they talk to keep the chaos around them at bay.

“Ni Parientes Somos,” by Los Tigres Del Norte

The playful, inventive, irreverent lyrics of this ‘Take Your Love and Shove It’ song is what I adore. And it doesn’t remind me of the unnamed first-person (male) narrator of “Alone Together,” but of the woman he pines for, who left him. The norteña polka beat and the masterful accordion take me to an image of Melissa skipping and sashaying away to her future, even if uncertain. It’s an anthem for those left behind in love.

“Contagion,” by Stone Cold Fox

I think about apocalyptic times when I hear this song, and so I’m brought to the end of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, and specifically to the story “Library Island.” The lyrics about an “apathetic contagion” and the narrator’s wish for help— “What is this world worth/ If you don't know what you're fighting for”— and the desperation in the vocals, the heartbeat guitar, the ominous beat, all of this brings me to the mind of the character Arturo: he wants to survive and even find love when the world around him is falling apart.

“Oh Superman,” by Laurie Anderson

Again, apocalyptic, but this time from that eerie voice calling and claiming to be the narrator’s mother, but she isn’t, or maybe she is, but it’s a Big Mother with “petrochemical arms” and “military arms,” an electronic oppressor of officialdom the narrator wants to embrace. That electronic pulse takes me to a disembodied entity that insists on coming into the narrator’s life, whether or not the narrator wants her at ‘home.’ Even Arturo’s escape into the sanctuary of “Library Island” should create a disconcerting comfort (‘home’) in the reader. Well, I hope it does.

“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” by The Smiths

This song is really about depressed characters reaching for each other, but what if one character is trapped in one world and one time, and another is trapped in another world and another time? That’s how this song takes me to “Carmelita Torres,” Arturo’s literary obsession through time and how he brings her back to ‘life.’ The lyrics, “Driving in your car/ I never never want to go home/ Because I haven’t got one,” is about living and striving without roots. Don’t some readers find a ‘home’ sometimes with the characters they meet/love on the pages? Well, what if that reader’s desire, in some magical way, also brings these characters to life?

“After the Storm,” by Mumford and Sons

This song, man, this song, just makes me remember my land, my people, my ancestors, and the love I had and have for them: “And I took you by the hand/ And we stood tall,/ And remembered our own land,/ What we lived for.” So I identify it, emotionally, with “Eternal Return,” the last story in A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son, a story that flitters back and forth through time, to Vendo Claridad talking to his dead grandmother about his dreams and heartaches. The poetic lyrics and even the metastable relationship between time and perspective, all of it mirrors the story. We contain multitudes, to paraphrase Whitman, of different people, different times, and even points of view. And we always strive to be one: that’s our quandary.

I want to thank the readers of LargeHearted Boy for listening to this playlist, and I wanted to leave them with this final thought/question: do you ever dream about music? I certainly do. Almost every week, I wake up with a song that has played in my head in my dreams, a specific song. This has happened to me for many decades, and the songs change as I have encountered new music. I don’t know if this is unusual, but I know this means that the music above, and so many other songs, are important to my literary creativity when I’m awake and when I’m in the arms of Morpheus. Thank you for listening.


Sergio Troncoso and A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry

Kirkus review
Texas Observer review

Deborah Kalb interview with the author
Madam Mayo interview with the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

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Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
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guest book reviews
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Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists


"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 20th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon).

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Amazon (best books for babies through age 2)
Amazon (best books for children ages 3-5)
Amazon (best books for children ages 6-8)
Amazon (best books for children ages 9-12)
Amazon (best children's books)
Amazon (best children's action and adventure books)
Amazon (best children's activity books)
Amazon (best children's African-American story books)
Amazon (best children's humor books)
Amazon (best children's nonfiction)
Barnes and Noble (best books)
Chowhound (best cookbooks for carnivores)
Mr. Brian's Picture Book Picks (favorite picture books)
Rear View Mirror (best travel books)
Sci-fi fantasy Lit Chick (favorite books)
Sharon Greenthal (books)
SheReads (best books)
SheReads (best celebrity memoirs)
SheReads (best family sagas)
SheReads (best historical fiction)
SheReads (best memoirs)
SheReads (best nonfiction books)
SheReads (best romance novels)
SheReads (best speculative fiction)
SheReads (best thrillers)
SheReads (best women's fiction)
SheReads (best YA books)
The Strategist (best cookbooks)
The Stylist (best books)
The Times (best biographies and memoirs)
The Times (best books)
The Times (best children's books)
The Times (best crime fiction)
The Times (best history books)
The Times (best literary nonfiction)
The Times (best thriller books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists (coming soon)
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Shorties (Recommended Books by Indigenous Writers, New Music from Soccer Mommy, and more)

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

The Chicago Review of Books recommended books by indigenous writers.


Stream a new Soccer Mommy song.


November's best eBook deals.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 309 year-end lists so far.


The Current is sharing a four part audio documentary on Prince's 1999 album and film.


Rion Amilcar Scott shared his favorite books of the 2010s at The A.V. Club.


Paste listed 2019's best songs about New York.


BuzzFeed recommended books to read over Thanksgiving break.


Adam Cohen talked to the New York Times about his father Leonard Cohen's posthumous album, Thanks for the Dance.


Slate listed the best nonfiction books of the past 25 years.


The Mountain Goats visited KEXP for an interview and live performance.


Jami Attenberg discussed her new novel with the San Francisco Chronicle.


Rodrigo y Gabriela covered Metallica's "Battery."


Literary Hub recommended the week's best new books.


Stream a new Futurebirds song.


Read new short fiction by Elle Nash.


Stream a new song by Basia Bulat.


BookMarks recommended the year's best debut queer books.


Stream a new Amy Klein song.


The Lifted Brow interviewed author Jordy Rosenberg.


Stream anew song by the Rentals.


Literary Hub recommended the best novels of the decade.


Stream a new Nada Surf song.


The Creative Independent interviewed author Kimberly King Parsons.


Stream a new Destroyer song.


Stream a new solo song by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan.


Stream a new song by Hot Snakes.


Stream a new Hanukkah song by Yo La Tengo.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


November 18, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 18th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon).

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (best books for babies)
Chicago Tribune - John Warner (favorite books)
Clare Grist Taylor (best business books)
Drizzle & Hurricane Books (top YA books)
Forbes (best art and fashion books)
Good Food (top cookbooks)
Gosh Comics (best comics for adults and kids)
Kirkus Reviews (best inspirational picture books)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture book biographies)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture book poetry)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books about small people in a big world)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books for a good laugh)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books for animal lovers)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books that celebrate family)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books to explore complex emotions)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books to get kids thinking)
Kirkus Reviews (best picture books with themes of resilience)
Library Journal (best arts books)
Library Journal (best biography and memoir)
Library Journal (best cooking and food books)
Library Journal (best crime fiction)
Library Journal (best graphic novels)
Library Journal (best horror)
Library Journal (best literary fiction)
Library Journal (best poetry collections)
Library Journal (best pop fiction)
Library Journal (best religion and spirituality books)
Library Journal (best romance)
Library Journal (best science and technology books)
Library Journal (best science fiction / fantasy)
Library Journal (best short story collections)
Library Journal (best social sciences books)
Library Journal (best wellness books)
Library Journal (best world literature)
National Outdoor Book Awards (outdoors books)
O: The Oprah Magazine (best LGBTQ books)
Readings (best Australian fiction)
Readings (best junior fiction)
Readings (best young adult fiction)
School Library Journal (best graphic novels)
School Library Journal (best middle grade books)
School Library Journal (best nonfiction books)
School Library Journal (best picture books)
School Library Journal (best transitional chapter books)
School Library Journal (best young adult books)
Simon McDonald (best books)
Telegraph (best British politics books)
Telegraph (best crime novels and thrillers)
Telegraph (best music books)
Telegraph (best poetry collections)
Telegraph (best sport books)
Telegraph (best US politics books)
Tor.com (best books)
Vogue (best novels)
Wealth Management (best business books for financial advisors)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists (coming soon)
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Shorties (Elena Ferrante's New Novel Reviewed, New Music from Grimes, and more)

The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante

The Guardian reviewed Elena Ferrante's new novel, The Lying Life of Adults.


Stream a new Grimes song.


November's best eBook deals.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 253 year-end lists so far.


Librairie Drawn and Quarterly and Bryan Washington listed the best books of the 2010s.


Julia Jacklin covered Avril Lavigne's "I'm with You."


Ann Patchett talked to the Los Angeles Review of Books about her latest novel, The Dutch House.


Stream a new song by Pynkie.


The Guardian profiled author Mary Gaitskill.


Rolling Stone recommended the best books about the Beatles.


Stream a new Modest Mouse song.


Rolling Stone listed the best non-superhero graphic novels.


The Times Literary Supplement on rereading the novels of John le Carre.


The New York Times shared a new essay by Leslie Jamison.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


November 16, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 16th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon).

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Adam Rippon (favorite books)
Ali Wong (favorite books)
Ani DiFranco (favorite books)
Antoni Porowski (favorite books)
Carly Simon (favorite books)
Chelsea Handler (favorite books)
Dav Pilkey (favorite books)
David Baldacci (favorite books)
Debbie Macomber (favorite books)
Delia Owens (favorite books)
Detroit Free Press (best business books)
Drew Scott's and Jonathan Scott (favorite books)
Earl Grey's Bookshelf (top books)
Elizabeth Gilbert (favorite books)
Erin Morgenstern (favorite books)
Eva Chen (favorite books)
Flea (favorite books)
Fortune (best gift books)
Gloria Steinem (favorite books)
Hoda Kotb (favorite books)
James Patterson (favorite books)
Janet Evanovich (favorite books)
Jason Reynolds (favorite books)
Jeff Kinney (favorite books)
Jimmy Fallon (favorite books)
John Waters (favorite books)
Judd Apatow (favorite books)
Karamo Brown (favorite books)
Kobe Bryant (favorite books)
Lindy West (Favorite books)
Louise Penny (favorite books)
Lupita Nyong'o (favorite books)
Mark Bittman (favorite books)
Rachael Ray (favorite books)
Rachel Hollis (favorite books)
Raleigh News and Observer (best kids and young adult books)
Ree Drummond (favorite books)
Rick Riordan (favorite books)
Robert Iger (favorite books)
Runner's World (best books for runners)
Ryan Serhant (favorite books)
Salman Rushdie (favorite books)
Simon Sinek (favorite books)
Stephen King (favorite books)
Tan France (favorite books)
Telegraph (best biographies and memoirs)
Telegraph (best books)
Telegraph (best history books)
Telegraph (best science books)
Ultimate Classic Rock (classic rock books)
Very Well Mind (best adult coloring books)
William H. McRaven (favorite books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists (coming soon)
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


November 15, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 15th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon).

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Delish (best cookbooks)
emaNate80 (favourite books)
Good Housekeeping (best books)
Inc. (books that helped entrepreneurs and executives)
Jenna Lenee (books)
Mastermind Toys (children's books)
New Statesman (books of the year)
Omnivoracious (celebrities'' best books)
Readings (best art and design books)
Readings (best crime books)
Readings (best food and gardening books)
Readings (best international fiction)
Readings (best middle fiction books)
Readings (best non-fiction books)
Readings (best picture books)
Sports Collector's Digest (best baseball books)
TIME (must-read books)
TripSavvy (best Australian guide books)
Wall Street Journal (best books about retirement and aging)
Waterstones (outdoors books)
Waterstones (top quiz and puzzle books)
Waterstones (top royal and refined books)
Woman & Home (best books)
Yoga By Candace (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists (coming soon)
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Shorties (The Best Fiction Books of the 2010s, An Interview with Jenny Hval, and more)

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

TIME listed the best fiction books of the 2010s.


Stereogum interviewed singer-songwriter Jenny Hval.


November's best eBook deals.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 174 year-end lists so far.


The Independent reconsidered the Clash's London Calling on its 40th anniversary.


Christian Science Monitor recommended November's best books.


Vagabon's Laetitia Tamko visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


Sara Quin shared her favorite books at Vulture.


Eleanor Davis discussed her graphic novel The Hard Tomorrow with Comics Beat.


The Washington Post considered recently published memoirs by musicians.


Bryan Washington's story collection Lot has been awarded the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.


PopMatters reconsidered Patti Smith's Wave album 40 years after its release.


The Atlantic recommended books to read after Michelle Obama's memoir Becoming.


Guitar.com profiled the band Charly Bliss.


Chef David Chang's memoir, Eat a Peach, will be published in April.


Stream a new song by Of Montreal.


Bookworm interviewed author Jeanette Winterson.


Stream a new Trail of Dead song.


The 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist (for a work of fiction that addresses a vital contemporary issue) has been announced.


Stream a new song by Caspian.


The Maris Review interviewed author Kevin Wilson.


Bookforum shared an excerpt from Heather Christle’s The Crying Book.


Pete Townshend talked to Rolling Stone about his new novel.


The Chicago Review of Books interviewed author Benjamin Percy.


Stream a new song by Moses Sumney.


The Millions interviewed author Susan Choi.


Vogue recommended celebrity memoirs.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


November 14, 2019

Shorties (Lucy Ellmann Awarded the Goldsmiths Prize, Essential Krautrock Songs, and more)

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann’s novel Ducks, Newburyport has been awarded the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize.


Stereogum recommended essential krautrock songs.


November's best eBook deals.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 174 year-end lists so far.


Angel Olsen visited The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


The A.V. Club listed the best comics of the 2010s.


Lady Lamb's Aly Spaltro visited the Paste studio for a live performance.


Jami Attenberg discussed her new novel All This Could Be Yours with the Columbus Dispatch.


Jeff Tweedy played a live set at KEXP.


Guernica interviewed author Dina Nayeri.


Stream a new song by glass house.


Stream a new song by Lee Ranaldo and Raul Refree.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Adrienne Brodeur.


Stream a new Tiberius B song.


The 2018 VIDA count has been released.


Jenn Champion covered Weezer's "Buddy Holly."


Electric Literature interviewed author Nona Fernandez.


Little Wings shared five cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


BookMarks interviewed author Lydia Kiesling.


Stream a new song by Aoife Nessa Frances.


Stream a new Hoops song.


Simply Red's Mick Hucknall discussed his favorite albums at The Quietus.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


November 13, 2019

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - November 13, 2019

In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.


Moomin : The Deluxe Lars Jansson Edition

Moomin : The Deluxe Lars Jansson Edition by Lars Jansson

Five years after the publication of the first Moomin collection, here comes the second volume, equally sumptuous in its beautiful packaging! This collection marks the early works of Lars Jansson’s fifteen years within Moominvalley, after his sister Tove grew tired of making the daily strips and let him continue. Moomin stories possess a wholesome quality due to the set of values present in them: being oneself, taking care of the environment and each other, and being adventurous and inventive… A true heart-warming atmosphere that makes you want to linger and play with the characters!


Essays One

Essays One by Lydia Davis

Mostly known for her funny and extremely meticulous short stories, Lydia Davis has become a truly influential writer with a unique voice. Her writing is a concentration of sublime acuteness and a playful intelligence that aims at going deeply at the core of things. Lydia Davis is also a translator, teacher and essayist, and in Essays One, her first collection of essays, we finally access that other side of her work. It spans from the seventies to today and covers a wide array of subjects from John Ashbery and Lucia Berlin to Stendhal and Joan Mitchell.


Busted in New York and other essays

Busted in New York and other essays by Darryl Pinckney

As Zadie Smith writes in her introduction: ”How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney, who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past,for our present examination!” A longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, Pinckney has written for many magazines and newspapers on the subjects of race, class, white supremacy and most recently, Afro-pessimism. In this collection of essays, he explores the lineage of black intellectual history and its radical movements.


Wake, Siren

Wake, Siren by Nina MacLaughlin

Wake, Siren is an intriguing work of fiction created around the different mythological goddesses present in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, written from a woman’s perspective. What happens “when the maiden coolly returns the seducer’s gaze? When the monstrous transfigurations come sung by those transformed?”. A fierce feminist re-appropriation of mythological characters written in a poetic contemporary tone.


Little Lulu : Working Girl

Little Lulu : Working Girl by John Stanley

Smart, assertive, and creative, Lulu Moppett appeared in the mid-thirties as a much needed strong female character. Margaret Atwood’s introduction to this book speaks about the significance the character had on her as a young girl. This extensive new collection of stories, restored in the original full-color palette, has been lovingly curated by writer Frank M. Young and Drawn & Quarterly Executive Editor Tom Devlin. Mischievous, funny, and endearing, it is a delightful, slightly addictive book.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's website
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly's blog
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Facebook page
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Tumblr
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Twitter


also at Largehearted Boy:

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other Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics and graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)


Shorties (Graphic Novel Adaptations of Literary Clasics, An Interview with Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum, and more)

The Iliad by Gareth Hinds

The New York Times examined graphic novel adaptations of literary classics.


Pitchfork interviewed Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum.


November's best eBook deals.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 174 year-end lists so far.


All Songs Considered interviewed singer-songwriter Joan Shelley.


NBC News recommended comic books that handle Asian American representation well.


Stream a new holiday song by Francis Lung.


Happy Magazine recommended the best Christmas albums of all time.


Patty Yumi Cottrell listed her favorite books of the 2010s at The A.V. Club.


Stream a new Wye Oak song.


The Guardian has news of Zadie Smith's first play.


Stream a new Okay Kaya song.


Literary Hub recommended the week's best new books.


Stream a new Anna Calvi song.


The Portalist recommended underrated horror books by women.


Stream a new song by Emily Yacina.


Electric Literature interviewed author Ahmet Altan.


Stream a new Bill Fay song.


Literary Hub listed the best translated books of the 2010s.


Stream a new Thyla song.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


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