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Tyrants abound in superlatives.
Thomas Keneally, The Tyrant’s Novel

Thanks to Vogue for the great interview with Chimamanda!

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed fifty years ago this week, marking the full beginning of the Vietnam War. 

Encapsulating the great terrors, mistakes, ironies, and courageous acts of the Vietnam War, “The Battle of Ap Bac”, an eBook short from Neil Sheehan’s iconic history A BRIGHT SHINING LIE, is a full account of the clash in which the Viet Cong first won their spurs. It is an exciting, terrifying, fast-paced portrait of warfare in the rice paddies, the story of John Vann’s attempt to singlehandedly change the terms of battle and avoid the relentless killing grounds of Vietnam that lay ahead.

Read more about this and other Vintage Shorts here:

http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/248123/the-battle-of-ap-bac/

On this day in 1818, Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England — the fifth of the six Brontë children, three of whom will grow up to write fiction.“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!” ―Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

On this day in 1818, Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England — the fifth of the six Brontë children, three of whom will grow up to write fiction.

“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!”
―Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Maybe love will be like driving. When people move—when they travel—they look where they’ve come from, not where they’re going.
Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow

In “Moral Disorder”, the title story from her acclaimed collection, Margaret Atwood tells a simple farm tale, but with all the skill and invention of her other fantastic worlds. Now available as an eBook short!

At first, for Nell and Tig, livestock would mean deadstock. Newly-arrived city slickers shouldn’t have animals, they think, corroborated by the real farmers down the road. But Tig’s kids from his first marriage are at the farm on weekends, and it’s not a bad education for children to learn where their food comes from. First come the chickens, then the ducks, and before Nell knows it the cows have arrived too. Soon Nell finds herself becoming a different type of woman than she ever thought she might be.

"Moral Disorder" is a perfect entryway into the vivid worlds of Atwood’s fiction, whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime fan of her incredible novels. Read more about this and other #VintageShorts here: 

http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/248405/moral-disorder-a-story/ 

Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on this day in 1869. “Is this life?’Alice wondered, not doubting that the question was original and all her own. ‘Is it life to spend your time imagining things that aren’t so, and never will be? Beautiful things happen to other people; why should I be the only one they never can happen to?” ― from “Alice Adams” (The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.)

Booth Tarkington was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on this day in 1869.

“Is this life?’Alice wondered, not doubting that the question was original and all her own. ‘Is it life to spend your time imagining things that aren’t so, and never will be? Beautiful things happen to other people; why should I be the only one they never can happen to?”
― from “Alice Adams” (The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.)

Vissi d’Arte,” out now as an eBook short, is a classic Lorrie Moore story: funny, bright, a little sad, biting.

A brokenhearted love song to art and New York City, to a Reagan-era Times Square neighborhood that today has been completely transformed, retaining only echoes of its old atmosphere, here is the perfect introduction to a much imitated, but never eclipsed, true American voice. In the words of The Plain Dealer, “There’s no other writer quite like Lorrie Moore.”

Read more about this and other ‪#‎VintageShorts‬ here: http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/248040/vissi-darte/ 

I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it’s a paragraph in my column.
Don Marquis, who was born on this day in 1878.