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Aldi Special Buys 'sexist' children's books slammed by Twitter

Aldi Special Buys ‘sexist’ children’s books slammed by Twitter

Angry parents have slammed Aldi for selling ‘sexist’ children’s books, with some demanding ‘non-binary’ alternatives. The Aldi Special Buys tables are often a great place to pick up cheap books, puzzles and educational resources for the kids. But one such item on sale last week fell far short of expectations, with countless people flocking to …

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The Best Young-Adult Books to Read After 'Heartstopper'

The Best Young-Adult Books to Read After ‘Heartstopper’

If your heart skips a beat for high-school bildungsroman and sweet queer romances, then you might already have a crush on Netflix’s new hit series, Heartstopper. Based on the graphic-novel series written and drawn by Alice Oseman (who was also the scriptwriter for the television adaptation), Heartstopping is a romantic coming-of-age drama revolving around two …

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George Lamming obituary | Books

The six novels and the collections of essays by George Lamming, who has died aged 94, did much to shape Caribbean literary culture. He also contributed to it as an educator and intellectual activist, mentoring a host of young writers and scholars in the Caribbean and beyond. Intensely aware of the impact of colonialism on …

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'Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith' Reveals Rey's Parents in Spectacular Style: Book Review

‘Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith’ Reveals Rey’s Parents in Spectacular Style: Book Review

Cast your mind back, if you will, to the glorious era of Star Wars fandom that followed sequel trilogy opener The Force Awakens‘2015 release. It felt like the entire planet wondered about the identities of mysterious new hero Rey’s parents and what Luke Skywalker had been up to in decades since the Original Trilogy. The …

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh review – a carnival of the grotesque | Ottessa Moshfegh

There’s something encouraging, and perhaps telling, about Ottessa Moshfegh’s success. Her abject, pervy, excremental fictions carry a whiff of deviance and nihilism into a squeaky clean mainstream that comforts some while alienating others. Although it was set before the horrors of web 2.0, her hugely popular novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation seemed to …

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Book Review: "Building 46" -- Much More than a Chinese Ghost Story

Book Review: “Building 46” — Much More than a Chinese Ghost Story

By Sarah Osman Author and journalist Massoud Hayoun’s novel Building 46 probes behind the air-brushed image of China’s capital city to offer a fascinating (and incisive) look into the everyday lives of Beijing dwellers. Building 46 by Massoud Hayoun. Darf Publishers 240 pages, $16.95. Despite being one of the most populous cities on Earth, Beijing …

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Sinead O'Brien's book guide for surreal journeys in absurd times

Sinead O’Brien’s book guide for surreal journeys in absurd times

The Irish punk-poet recommends four otherworldly stories, from Flann O’Brien to Virginia Woolf Achieving an avant-garde sensibility in music seems near impossible in the era of artistic density. Sinead O’Brien’s debut album Time Bend and Break The Bower experiments in merging punk and poetry, producing something so ultramodern and unfamiliar in its sound that it …

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