The 75 Best Books of the Last 75 Years: Today in Critical Linking

Parade asked award-winning author Ann Patchett, whose novels include Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant and Commonwealth (coming out in September), to help us celebrate our 75th anniversary by picking the best 75 books of the past 75 years.

All such lists are inherently impossible, but this list of the 75 Best Books of the Last 75 Years is probably as close as you can come to pretty darn good.

A book that the Ukrainian writer Oleh Shynkarenko published in chunks on Facebook during the Maidan square protests in order to avoid censorship has been translated into English for the first time.

This is a remarkable story and feels like the future. Of something, though I know not what.

Just a couple of girls talking about books…

Amazing video of Rory Gilmore talking to Michelle Obama. And yes I am serious.

But if this was the new reality, what is going on with all these non-profits and independent presses opening local bookstores? Why would anyone decide to open a bookstore in our allegedly post-retail, post-print world?

Publishers opening their own bookstores makes all the sense in the world to me.


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