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December 12, 2018

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 12th

For the eleventh 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.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

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 2018" Book Lists:


The Archive (best history books)
Bloomberg (best books)
The Book Decoder (best mystery, crime, and thriller books)
Brightly (middle grade books)
BuzzFeed (best YA books)
Carly Mitchell (top books)
CBC (best Canadian fiction)
Chicago Review of Books (best poetry books)
Code Switch (books)
Colin Pantall (best books)
Conversations Book Club (best fiction books)
CrimeReads (best crime novels)
Electric Literature (best nonfiction books)
Five Books (best history books)
Fully Booked (best books)
The Good Men Project (best books)
Greater Good Magazine (favorite books)
Kansas City Library System (best books)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly - Kennedy (best books)
The Lineup (best horror books)
Literary Hub (best book covers)
Marie Claire (best books)
MindBodyGreen (best healthy cookbooks)
The Mosaic (best books)
Motorcycle.com (best books for motorcyclists)
Old Firehouse Books (top fiction)
Psychology Today - The Clarity (best psychology books)
Serious Eats (favorite books for food lovers)
The Spinoff (best non-fiction books)
The Start of Bookbuyer's Adventure Into Blogging (favorite books)
Style at Home (favorite books)
The Sweet Wanderlust (favorite books)
Symmetry (physics books)
Tam the Med Bookie (best books)
TripFiction (top books)
Vancouver Is Awesome (best books by Vancouver authors)
World Literature Today (notable translations)
ZEPP FM 013 (top 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

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






December 12, 2018

Shorties (Tommy Orange Awarded the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Tegan and Sara's Forthcoming Memoir, and more)

There There

Tommy Oranges There There has been awarded the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


Tegan and Sara memoir, High School, will be published next fall.


55 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation Saturday (bringing the total to 809), including Book Riot’s best books, the New York Times' best poetry collections, and the Washington Post’s best cookbooks


December's best eBook deals

eBook on sale for $2.99 today:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Stream a new American Football song.


CLASH interviewed author Megan Boyle.


Mothers played an in-studio set at Paste.


Town and Country recommend December's best books.


Guardian writers recommended holiday music.


Esquire previewed 2019's most anticipated books.


Darlene Love discussed her favorite Christmas songs at Rolling Stone.


Book Riot previewed 2019 books by Muslim authors.


Stream a new Amanda Palmer song.


The Guardian listed the best fictional booksellers.


Mercury Rev and Hope Sandoval covered Bobbie Gentry's "Big Boss Man."


Forbes listed the world's highest paid authors.


Book Riot recommended books about sex work and feminism.



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


December 11, 2018

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 11th

For the eleventh 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.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

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 2018" Book Lists:


10 Daily (best books)
Al-Fanar Media (notable books from and about the Arab world)
amNewYork (best books)
AppleInsider (best books about Apple)
The Arts Desk (global fiction)
Book Riot (best books)
Boston Globe (best cookbooks)
Boston.com (best books)
Brittle Paper (African books)
Bustle (debut novels)
Chicago Tribune (best poetry collections)
Cool Material (best cookbooks)
Cultured Vultures (best books)
Dashhouse (favorite books)
Dwell (best design books)
Elsbeth J. Magiton (favorite books)
Entropy (best fiction books)
Escaping in Paper (top books)
Five Books (best children's books)
Good Food (favourite books)
Gospel Relevance (best books)
Gourmet Traveller (best food books)
Harvard Crimson (top books)
Iain Dale (top books)
Independent (best non-fiction books)
InnovationAus (best books)
Judith P. Roberts (top books)
Katelyn Uplinger (favorite adult books)
KCRW (best books)
Literary Disco (best books)
Literary Treats (favourite books)
Lost Twenty-Somethings (best books)
Maureen Corrigan (best books)
Ms. Magazine (books for young feminists)
Music, Musings, and Such (best music books)
New York Times (best poetry books)
One Little Library (best books)
Open Letters Review (best biography)
Paste (best novels)
PureWow (best books)
Raleigh News and Observer (best books and YA books for younger readers)
Roar (Australian sports books)
Scuppernong Books (favorite books)
The Skinny (best books)
Special providence in the fall of a sparrow (best books)
The Speculative Shelf (top books)
The Spinoff (best poetry collections)
Teen Vogue (best books for teens)
Thinking Theologically (best books)
Vail Daily (top books)
Wall Street Journalism (fiction and literature)
Wall Street Journal (history and journalism books)
Washington Post (best cookbooks)
What She Reads (best nonfiction)
Whiteboard Journal (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

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 (A Profile of John McPhee, an Interview with Jeff Tweedy, and more)

The Patch

TIME profiled author John McPhee.


Consequence of Sound and Exclaim! interviewed Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.


46 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation Saturday (bringing the total to 754), including Autostraddle’s best feminist books, Kirkus Reviews’ best nonfiction lists, NYLON’s best books, and Slate’s best books.


December's best eBook deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
The Other Side of the Sun by Madeline L'Engle
Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman
The Sky Is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith


Stream a new Banana Rays song.


Bookforum interviewed author and translator John Keene.


Priests covered the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping."


Electric Literature recommended place-based novels.


Doe Paroe covered Hercules and Love Affair 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


December 10, 2018

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 10th

For the eleventh 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.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

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 2018" Book Lists:


Autostraddle (best feminist books)
Barnes and Noble (best books)
Berkeley Place (best comic books)
The Birdbooker Report (best bird books)
BookBub (biggest book club books)
Broken Teepee (best books)
CareBears Blog (favourite books)
Chicago Review of Books (best fantasy books)
Crime Fiction Lover (best books)
Cultured Vultures (best books)
Dandelion Chandelier (best books)
Forbes (best graphic novels)
Guardian (favourite sports books)
Inc. (most inspiring books)
Julien Jamar (best YA books)
Kelley Matthews (best books)
Kevan Lee (favorite books)
Kirkus (best arts & entertainment books)
Kirkus (best books on American politics)
Kirkus (best crime & (in)justice books)
Kirkus (best history books)
Kirkus (best memoirs)
Kirkus (best nature, travel, and sports books)
Kirkus (best nonfiction collections)
Kirkus (best popular science books)
Kirkus (best social and cultural studies books)
The National (best books)
NYLON (best books)
Observer (best books)
Open Letters Review (best science and nature books)
Orbital Comics (favorite books)
Pondering Addict (best non-fiction books)
Prospect (economics books)
PSnews (best books)
Reading the Markets (best books)
Remodelista (best cookbooks)
Reviews by Jules (top books)
Roachie's Reviews (best middle-grade books)
Science News (favorite books)
Science News (favorite science books)
Sean Fabunmi (books)
A Serious Bunburyist (favorite cookbooks)
Slate (best books)
Spectrum Culture (favorite books)
The Spinoff (best kids books)
Vulture (best crime 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

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 (New Short Fiction by Joy Williams, Reconsidering The Hold Steady's Stay Positive Album After 10 Years, and more)

The Hold Steady

Read a new short story by Joy Williams.


Salon reconsidered the Hold Steady's Stay Positive album on its 10th anniversary.


40 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation Saturday (bringing the total to 708), including the Irish Independent’s best books,People’s best books, and the Wall Street Journal’s best science fiction.


December's best eBook deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

All Things Great and Small by James Herriott
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

The Other Side by Lacy M. Johnson


Pitchfork remembered the Buzzcocks' Pete Shelley.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author John Wray.


Marissa Nadler discussed her favorite albums with The Quietus.


No Tokens interviewed authors Shelly Oria & Nelly Reifler.


Weekend Edition interviewed Dolly Parton.


BuzzFeed recommended books about family.


Alvvays covered Devo's "Freedom of Choice."


Literary Hub recommended books you may have missed in November.


Stream a new Charlotte Gainsbourg song.


Book Riot reconsidered Jeffrey Eugenides's novel The Virgin Suicides 25 years after its initial publication.


Yo La Tengo and Bill Callahan covered Carly Simon's "Touched by the Sun."


Susan Bernhard recommended novels that tap into the myth of Americana at Literary Hub.


Stream anew song by Broken Bells.


The Mumbai Mirror interviewed author Siddhartha Mukherjee.


Stream a new Lambchop 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


December 8, 2018

"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 8th

For the eleventh 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.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

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 2018" Book Lists:


American Indians in Children's Literature (best books)
Andrew Kissling (top books)
Atlanta Journal Constitution (best Southern books)
Beverly Public Library (favorite books)
Bon Appetit (cookbooks and books)
Book Geeks Anonymous (favorite books)
BookMarks (best reviewed nonfiction)
BookReviewsByBetsy (best books)
BuzzFeed (best fiction)
CounterPunch (essential journalism books)
Country Life (best books)
Daily Trust (best books)
The Duckbill Blog (favorite children's books)
Entertainment Weekly (best YA books)
Fallen Star Stories (best books)
FanFest News (must-have books)
Fatherly (best children's books)
Great British Chefs (best cookbooks)
Irish Independent (best books)
Irish Times (best sports books)
Johnson County Library (notable books)
KinderComics (favorite books)
LitReactor (best books)
MutualArt (best arty books)
ofselfandshelf (favourite non-fiction)
Open Letters Review (best romance books)
People (best books)
Politics in Theory and Practice (favorite books)
Remezcla (best books by Latino and Latin American authors)
Rhett Acelar (top audiobooks)
Saveur (cookbooks)
Seattle Times (best fiction books)
Seattle Times (best nonfiction books)
Seattle Times (top books)
Smithsonian (best children's books)
Snapshots of the Mind (top books)
Southern Living (best Southern cookbooks)
Tammy's Reading/Writing Life (best books)
Wall Street Journal (best science fiction)
The Writer (the best writing 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

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


December 7, 2018

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week - December 7th, 2018

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.


The Ritualities

The Ritualities by Michael Nardone

Michael Nardone is a local poet, scholar, and friend of the store, and The Ritualites is his literary debut, from Toronto’s Book*hug. It’s a book-length poem – the first in a series of planned works – on the sonic topography of North America. Incorporating aspects of Nardone’s academic research into poetics and sound cultures, the book was composed at sites all across the continent and shifts through forms and genres, documenting the poet’s listening amid our public exchanges, mediated ambiances, and itinerant intimacies. Our launch event is Tuesday, December 11th!


Fluorescent Mud

Fluorescent Mud by Eli Howey

Hand painted in watercolour and gouache, Toronto artist Eli Howey’s latest comic (via 2dcloud) is a disorienting, haunting work of art in an eerie nocturnal palette. Following a dissociative route through punk houses, riverside drinking spots, chainlink fences, cemeteries, and surreal dungeons, Howey captures turbulent mental states with atmospheric aplomb.


Fade into You

Fade into You by Nikki Darling

Fade Into You is the debut novel from Nikki Darling, a music correspondent for LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. A portrait of a young Mexican-American girl in the glorious wasteland of 1990s Los Angeles, Fade Into You is written like a punk zine, summoning both the battle-cry of riot-grrl rage and the hormonal haze and urgency of adolescence. As high school junior Nikki Darling alternates between cutting class and getting high, flirting with drugs, crushes, and counterculture to figure out how she fits into the world, she pushes herself to the edge only to find herself trapped in the cyclical violence of growing up female.


Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance

Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance by Adonia E. Lugo

Far more than a book about the politics of cycling, Bicycle/Race paints an unforgettable portrait of Los Angeles from a two-wheeled perspective. Adonia Lugo weaves the colonial history of Southern California through her own story of growing up Chicana in Orange County, becoming a bucycle anthropologist, and co-funding LA’s landmak open streets cycling event, CicLAvia. The book also recounts how Lugo finds her voice while taking on racism in the world of cycling advocacy in Washington, D.C. before heading back to LA to organize the movement for climate justice in transportation.


Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives by O. Schrauwen

Now out in English from Fantagraphics, Parallel Lives is a collection of six wild and weird short stories from Berlin-based Belgian artist Olivier Schrauwen, hailed by none other than Art Spiegelman as “extraordinary...He’s the most original cartoonist I’ve fallen onto since Chris Ware or Ben Katchor.” Each of these stories is a volume in Schrauwen’s “speculative memoir,” a sci-fi, surrealist recounting of his present and future lives (and progeny), in which he is variously abducted by extraterrestrials, able to dialogue with agents from the future, and receives coded messages in envelopes at breakfast. A truly strange and unique work, Parallel Lives is a veritable portal to another dimension.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly links:

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)


"Best Books of 2018" Lists Update - December 7th

For the eleventh 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.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2018" lists.

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 2018" Book Lists:


Albertine (favorite children's books)
Autostraddle (best witchy, astrological, or otherwise woo books)
The Babylon Bee (top books)
Berkeleyside (best books by Berkeley authors)
The [Blank] Garden (essay collections and memoirs)
BookMarks (best reviewed graphic literature)
BookMarks (best reviewed books in translation)
BookMarks (best reviewed mystery, crime, and thriller books)
BookMarks (best reviewed poetry books)
Boston Globe (best kids books)
Business Insider (best books)
Chicago Tribune (favorite cookbooks)
Christian Science Monitor (best fiction)
Crosswalk (best books)
Cyclocross (best books on cyclocross, cycling, and bikes)
The Daily Cardinal (best books)
Darius Foroux (best books)
Den of Geek (best books)
The Dish (cookbooks)
Econogal (favorite books)
Eleonore Schönmaier (best books)
ELLE (best feminist books)
Entertainment Weekly (best debut novels)
Entropy (best nonfiction)
Epicurious (best cookbooks)
Escaping Plato's Cave (best nonfiction books)
Evening Standard (best books for film fans)
Evening Standard (best cookbooks)
Evening Standard (best tech books)
Fatherly (best books about sex and marriage)
First Things (best books)
History in Five (best history books)
History Today (best history books)
HuffPost (best fiction)
Hungry for Good Books? (books)
It's A Hill, Get Over It (best running books)
Joe 2.0 (best books)
The John Adams Institute (best books)
Kathleen Jowitt (best books)
The Lineup (best true crime books)
The Listener (best books for kids)
The Listener (best cookbooks)
The Listener (best poetry books)
Literary Vice (top books)
Live and Deadly (top books)
The Maine Edge (favorite books)
Marginal Revolution (best fiction)
Melissa Schlies (favorite books)
Men of Hezekiah (top books)
Mental Floss (best books)
Mike Casey (favorite books)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (cookbooks)
More Enigma Than Dogma (books)
NBC News (best cookbooks)
New Statesman (best children's books)
No Depression (notable books)
Off the Beaten Path and Bud Werner Memorial Library (best books)
Papercuts J.P. (top books)
Paste (best book covers)
Paste (best comic books)
Phoenix Public Library (best books)
Phoenix Public Library (best kids books)
Phoenix Public Library (best teen books)
Pitchfork (best music books)
Playbill (must-read theatre books)
The Progressive (favorite books)
Public Radio Tulsa (best books)
Puget Sound Business Journal (best aerospace and aviation books)
The Quill To Live (best books)
Readings (short story collections)
The Reasonable Scripturalist (best books)
Sarah Bessey (favourite books)
Sarah's Book Shelves (best debuts)
Science Friday (best science books)
Scots Whay Hae! (best books)
Scott Ault (top books)
Smithsonian (best science books)
Southern Living (independent bookstores' best books)
Sydney Morning Herald (best books)
Tayari Jones (favorite books)
Texas Observer (favorite Texas books)
Wall Street Journal (best fiction and nonfiction)
Wall Street Journal (best interior design books)
Washington Post - Carlos Lozada (books)
We Need Diverse Books (must-read books)
What She Reads (best YA books)
WhatCulture (best comic books)
A Word and a Whisper (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

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 (An Interview with Barbara Kingsolver, New Music from Xiu Xiu, and more)

Barbara Kingsolver

Bookworm interviewed author Barbara Kingsolver.


Stream a new song by Xiu Xiu.


71 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation Wednesday (bringing the total to 581), including the New York Times critics' favorite books, the New Yorker’s best books, and Food 52’s favorite cookbooks .


December's best eBook deals

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
The Fifties by David Halberstam


R.I.P., Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.


Literary Hub and Paste profiled author Nuruddin Farah.


Stream a new Steve Gunn song.


Tin House interviewed author Enrique Vila-Matas.


Stream a new Neyla Pekarek song.


Book Riot interviewed author Gabino Iglesias.


Entertainment Weekly profiled Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.


Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon discussed their anthology Pie and Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze with Montana Public Radio.


Stream a new Deerhunter song.


The Millions recommended December's best new poetry books.


Doe Paoro visited World Cafe for a live performance and interview.


Stream a new Tullycraft song.


Hana Vu covered Fleetwood Mac's "Gypsy."


Stream a new Teen Daze song.


Stream a new song by Swervedriver.


Skyway Man shared four cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.



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


December 6, 2018

Shorties (2019's Most Anticipated Books, Reconsidering the Vince Guaraldi Trio's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and more)

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Oprah Magazine previewed 2019's most anticipated books.


Aquarium Drunkard reconsidered the Vince Guaraldi Trio's album A Charlie Brown Christmas.


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A Public Space is starting a book publishing imprint.


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Vulture recommended the best holiday albums of the year.


MCDxFSG's newsletter Electric Eel interviewed me about Largehearted Boy.


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BookPage interviewed author Tom Barbash.


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Electric Literature recommended literary party games.


Christine and the Queens covered Sade's "No Ordinary Love."


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December 5, 2018

Susan Bernhard's Playlist for Her Novel "Winter Loon"

Winter Loon

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.

Susan Bernhard's novel Winter Loon is an impressive debut.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Wes’s struggles are convincing; the Midwestern setting is well realized…Bernhard’s coming-of-age tale is a strong debut."


In her own words, here is Susan Bernhard's Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel Winter Loon:



My debut novel Winter Loon is the story of a boy abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in an icy lake. The narrator, Wes Ballot, is in his late 20s as he tells the story of this particular year in his life. And while this is Wes’ story, it’s a story that also belongs to the women who shaped his life, for good and maybe not so good. Winter Loon is set in Minnesota and Montana in the late 1970s, but the songs on this playlist don’t necessarily reflect the time period as much as they capture the changing seasons and the moods and movements of characters navigating treacherous waters.

1. California Dreamin' by The Mamas and The Papas
This song has that well-known beach sound but the lyrics tell a different story. It’s about being trapped, trying to wish your way out of a bleak situation, looking for greener pastures. “If I didn’t tell her, I could leave today…” What a thought! I think this captures Wes’ father Moss perfectly.

2. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore by Linda Ronstadt

I always pictured Wes’ mother Valerie like a young Linda Ronstadt—the black bangs brushing her eyelashes, that sultry vulnerability. Valerie is more damaged than this song lets on but I love the ice-clear sound of Ronstadt’s voice and wish Valerie had had this strength.

3. Love You Once Made by Valerie June

I don’t believe in fate but I think about inevitability sometimes—how paths we choose can only lead to certain destinations. This song speaks to that and maybe the limitations of love. That sounds so cynical! I do think we put too much pressure on love to be endless and all-encompassing so that, when it ebbs in the cycle of things, it feels like it’s fading. This song reminds me of the end of the Robert Frost poem “Reluctance.”

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?


4. Laundry Room by The Avett Brothers

When I was a kid, we used to play a game called “Crack The Whip” where everyone held hands in a long line and the leader pulled the line in a snaking zig-zag, trying to throw the kid at the end. There’s a line in this song, “Keep your clothes on/I’ve got all that I can take”—that so captures young love, the way it surges, how you can barely hang on to it. Love playing crack the whip.

5. Shadow on the Wall by Ruby Emanfu

The first time I heard this song was after all the revisions were done on Winter Loon. It absolutely blew me away how it captured the thing inside Wes’ grandmother Ruby that wants to know truth but not be held accountable, how she wants to be seen but also disappear. I have great sympathy for Ruby and her broken, broken self.

6. Something in the Night by Bruce Springsteen (Wes, Jolene, Lester)

I had a crappy Camaro when I was 18 or 19 and I so loved driving that car fast and cranking up Bruce Springsteen. Something about his urgent voice, the pulsing drum, that piano, the sax—just made my foot heavy. I imagine Wes driving around with Lester and Jolene, cranking the music, drinking beers, searching for salvation, wishing the night would never end.

7. Seasons by Chris Cornell

This road that Wes is on is so busted up by potholes and this song to me is Wes’ low point. He’s so desperate to figure out where he fits in. The line, “Now I want to fly above the storm/ But you can't grow feathers in the rain/And the naked floor is cold as hell” speaks to how much he wants to break the grip of his past but keeps getting pulled down.

8. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert

Aveline was a character from a short story I wrote a long time ago, about a girl who falls for the wrong guy, how she gives up everything to be with him, but loses him, too. I loved that character’s inherent goodness even though she was naïve. I was so happy to find a place for her in Winter Loon. The idea of not being able to go home again—or that you can’t step in the same river twice—is all about not living in the past and not living with regret. But the idea of “home” is such a powerful touchstone. Maybe I’d cast Miranda Lambert in the role of Aveline…

9. Tender Is The Man by Rose Cousins

I know who sings this song for Wes but don’t want to give it away here. We forget sometimes what tender means. We think of it as an outward gesture but it’s also a gentleness of spirit, a way we feel injury, loss, and love. I once held a bullfrog tadpole in my hand and I would say that’s what tenderness feels like—willing, fragile, full of potential.

10. I Know You By Heart by Eva Cassidy

I’ve always tortured myself by tugging on memories which makes even difficult things in my past seem more present. I think Wes is a bit like that. Though he’s telling us the story in Winter Loon from a distance of about a dozen years, he can recall the details because he’s likely been turning them over and over in his mind so they’re etched there. This song is about what we commit to memory and what we don’t allow ourselves to forget.

11. Without You by Eddie Vedder

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love Eddie Vedder. His solo album Ukulele Songs could be a soundtrack for this whole novel but I especially love this song for Wes. Don’t we all know people who have endured so much yet somehow they go on, share themselves and their stories, open themselves up to goodness even if it means risking more hurt? Some people may find Winter Loon to be a bleak story but I see it as a story of resilience.

12. Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel

There’s a reference to a single song on a cassette tape and this is it. Again, it’s that reflection, that melancholy seeping in with a sigh. What a time it was!

13. Traveling Alone by Jason Isbell

I can hear exhaustion and vulnerability in the pleading rise of Jason Isbell’s voice when he sings the word “tired,” a pitch reminiscent of Roy Orbison or Chris Isaak. Sometimes I would imagine Wes as someone like Jason Isbell, not in the way he looks but in the bruised confidence Isbell has on stage and shares in his music. My hope for Wes is that he becomes a person who is finally able to own his past but not be slayed by it.

14. Gentle On My Mind by Joe Henry and Billy Bragg

Because some people just don’t have it in them to stay.


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