It’s been a great year for nonfiction so far, with work that’s encompassed everything from memorable and harrowing true-life stories to formally bold takes on everyday topics. What follows is a look at some of the nonfiction books that have gotten our attention in the first half of this year.
Morning Bites: Victor LaValle, “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” Revisited, Ruth Ozeki, Alina Simone’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: Lincoln Michel conversed with Victor LaValle, an excerpt from Ruth Ozeki’s latest, and much more.
Morning Bites: Danielle Dutton Interviewed, Aaron Gilbreath’s Playlist, Ben Tanzer, Alina Simone Nonfiction, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Danielle Dutton, Ben Tanzer, and Sam Shepard; nonfiction from Alina Simone; and more.
Morning Bites: Mallory Ortberg Interviewed, “The Penguin Book of Witches,” PJ Harvey Covers Nick Cave, Michael Robbins, and More
This morning: PJ Harvey recorded a Nick Cave cover; interviews with Sheila Heti, Mallory Ortberg, and Michael Robbins; Sarah McCarry on The Penguin Book of Witches, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Cari Luna, Fitzgerald Vandalism, Eric Lundgren’s Playlist, Art Book Fair Preview, and More
An excerpt from Cari Luna’s new novel, previewing the NY Art Book Fair, taking an in-depth look at David Mamet’s films, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose inspiring vandalism, and more.
Morning Bites: Domestic Suspense, Replacements Reunited, Neil Gaiman’s Book Tour, Alina Simone Reviewed, and More
A meeting with one of the writers featured in Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, recapping Neil Gaiman’s book tour, a look at Alina Simone’s latest, Carl Wilson on reunion tours, and more,
Afternoon Bites: Masha Hamilton’s Playlist, Pussy Riot in NYC, Alina Simone, Night Falls on Hoboken, and More
Jody Rosen gives a lesson in outsider British rock; Masha Hamilton makes a playlist; members of Pussy Riot appear in NYC; Nick Moran reflects on Maxwell’s. That and more can be found in this afternoon’s reading.
At The Lit Pub, Tim Jones-Yelvington looks at Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl. (Our review of it? Right here.) New Alina Simone short fiction, at BOMB. HiLoBooks is launching, and will be reissuing assorted “Radium Age science fiction” novels. The editors of Caketrain are interviewed by Nin Andrews at The Best American Poetry. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites? Info@Vol1brooklyn.com