The Best Books of Summer 2016: Today in Critical Linking

Signature is honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with original illustrations, author contributions, and more. Check out our article pairing 2016 Presidential candidates with the Shakespeare characters they most resemble, with politicos from Ben Carson to Bernie Sanders to Mr. Drumpf himself in the roles they were born to play.

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This summer’s crop of new books offers something for everyone. PW staff picks include Noah Hawley’s blockbuster thriller (Before the Fall), Russell Banks’s dispatches from all over the globe (Voyager), a 900-page manga-style biography (The Osamu Tezuka Story), and much more.

Time to start looking forward to the Best Books of Summer 2016.


Per Random House’s tantalizing catalogue copy, the book, which will come out early in 2017, sees Abraham Lincoln’s preteen son Willie die in 1862, at the height of the Civil War, and the president sneaking out to the crypt to cradle Willie’s body; journeys into a Buddhist netherworld ensue. 

Boy, George Saunders’ first full-length novel sounds like a doozy.


On Sunday, April 24, Westeros — or at least its frequent visitors — will be liberated. With Season 6, HBO’s fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” will move past the story line of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the uncompleted series of George R. R. Martin novels that it is based on.

It’s all blue sky from here.


Medieval manuscripts by two of the earliest women writers in English, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, are being displayed together for the first time in a new exhibition.

This is a pretty big deal.


 

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