The Biblioracle Recommends

John Warner
Send the last five books you read and John Warner, the Chicago Tribune's "Biblioracle" will tell you what to read next.
Created 25 Jul 2020
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  • Vote for the Best Book
    04 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 4 8
    Subscribe now Regular readers will know that I normally distribute the newsletter on Sundays, but I’m sending a day early because I want your voice to be heard in one very important vote. (And one kin...
  • What's Notable about the Notable Books?
    28 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 7 6
    I will admit up front that I invest far too much meaning in the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times reviews of books (these are actually two separate things). I have been conditioned to ...
  • Welcome: Come for the Reading Recommendations
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Subscribe now Thanks to the good folks at Substack featuring The Biblioracle Recommends in their “What to Read” feature, there has been a very exciting influx of new subscribers. Welcome. As “What to ...
  • My Favorite Graywolf Press Books
    21 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 3 6
    Subscribe now My column this week is a tribute to Graywolf Press, which just announced the planned departure of their Director and Publisher, Fiona McCrae, next year. One of the motivating impulses be...
  • Who Wins Literary Prizes?
    14 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 3
    Subscribe now The odds of a writer winning a literary prize are vanishingly small, but there is one way to increase your odds 49 times: be a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. This ...
  • LinkedIn for Books? Really?
    07 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 10
    My plan for next week’s Chicago Tribune column (which I write this week) was to conjure 600 words of gentle snark about a forthcoming social media app for books called Copper. Subscribe now This had b...
  • Q: Who Should be Reviewing Certain Books?
    31 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 11
    Jay Caspian Kang, a contributor to the opinion section at the New York Times has written an interesting piece questioning the role of “identity” when assigning books for review. Subscribe now As the a...
  • The Best Novel I've Read This Year: "The Trees"
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    One of my goals for 2021 was to be able to feature guest contributions to The Biblioracle Recommends, and when Lincoln Michel (author of the recently released, The Body Scout) commented on Twitter tha...
  • Giving Up on a Book: 10/17/21
    17 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 3 18
    Subscribe now I have been an unrepentant book abandoner for quite some time. While I will give just about any book a chance, I also reserve the right to put it down and never pick it up again at any t...
  • "Bad Art Friend" and the Writing Life: 10/10/2021
    10 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 7 5
    Subscribe now There is a story in this week’s New York Times Magazine, that once released online, quickly dominated the social media feeds of writers (“Who Is the Bad Art Friend?”). I’m not even sure ...
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