5 Most Popular Posts: November 2018
- December 4, 2018
We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. But all kidding aside, here are November’s winners.
- “50 Favorite Books of 2018.” Nobody loves a good list more than we do — except, apparently, our readers! Book-lovers swarmed to our annual praise fest to see which titles made the cut. We hope your faves were among them!
- Sara Dahmen’s review of The Clockmaker’s Daughter: A Novel by Kate Morton (Atria Books). “I rarely discover books worth quoting or memorizing. Such writing typically has strong visual and visceral pulls, and the world within the pages must be so tantalizing and tactile that it sits in a person’s bones for a long time. The Clockmaker’s Daughter is just such a book, unfolding each hidden veil in a delicious, well-choreographed dance.”
- The 2019 Washington Writers Conference. It was big news when we announced that Jeffery Deaver will be headlining, and you couldn’t wait to read all about it. (Ready to register? Click here for the Super-Early-Bird rate before it expires! It’ll get you four — rather than three — one-on-one agent sessions.)
- Jenny Ferguson’s review of So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press). “In the end, white readers open to educating themselves will come away from So You Want to Talk About Race with a fairly nuanced understand of race relations and of the traumas enacted, in particular, on black bodies through the systematic inequalities present in American society.” [Editor’s note: We’re guessing the renewed interest in this review has something to do with the book’s inclusion on our “50 Favorites” list, above.]
- Randy Cepuch’s review of Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva (Flatiron Books). “Dickens’ long walks aren’t entirely unproductive. Along the way, he sees names he likes, such as ‘Fezziwig’ and ‘Cratchit.’ And he’s delighted when a fan approaches and asks for an autograph, then enraged to discover the fan has mistaken him for a rival author. When he learns the autograph-hound’s name is Jacob Marley, Dickens vows that a character by that name will die in his next book.” [Editor’s note: You don’t need us to tell you why this 2017 piece is trending right about now…]