Fiction: ‘The Hummingbird’ by Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi won Italy’s major book award, the Strega Prize, in 2006 for his powerful novel “Quiet Chaos,” about the existential grappling of a newly widowed father, and he won again in 2020 for “The Hummingbird,” which now appears in English courtesy of translator Elena Pala. Mr. Veronesi is clearly on to something, as far … Read more

‘Seasons of Purgatory’ Review: An Iranian Writer’s Art in Exile

Sometimes we never see the wrongs that blight our lives. Or else we glimpse them once—before the end. In Shahriar Mandanipour’s story “Mummy and Honey,” a viper slips into a house in mourning. It takes up residence, at first “gently coiled around the bitter orange tree.” Grandfather, ruler of the family, has passed. Now Father … Read more

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Encourages Children to Help Others in New Kids’ Book

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s new children’s book, called “Just Help! How to Build a Better World,” will be released early next week, telling the story of a neighborhood where people help each other. The book was inspired by Ms. Sotomayor’s “own family’s desire to help others,” according to a publisher’s description of the book, … Read more

‘Dream-Child’ Review: Madness, Poetry and Dinner With the Lambs

For much of his literary life, Charles Lamb was a jack of all trades and a master of none. He wrote poetry like his Romantic contemporaries and good friends Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth though his verse was of a lesser caliber. He produced a sentimental novel that underwhelmed and a farcical play that … Read more

How ‘Encanto’s’ ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Became Bigger Than ‘Let It Go’

They may be crooning about the clairvoyant Colombian animated character in Bulgarian, Norwegian, Vietnamese or one of more than 40 other languages. The song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” from Disney’s movie “Encanto,” is known as “Don’t Mention Bruno” in Russian, “Secret Bruno” in Japanese and “Just Not a Word About Bruno” in German. “Bruno” … Read more

Who Will Be ‘Jeopardy!’ Host? Who Cares? The Show Is Having a Great Season

“Jeopardy!” hit disaster last year when its host search turned into a sideshow. There is still no permanent host, but the game show is on a hot streak in its 38th season. A historic series of winning runs this season has produced three super champions with at least 10 victories in a row. Reigning champ … Read more

The Lumineers Song ‘Where We Are’ Is a Story of Survival

Unsettling memories of a near-death car crash, a beat-up piano and a manic voicemail all played roles in the composing of “Where We Are,” a song from the Lumineers’ new album, “Brightside.” The album’s title single—released in September—reached No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative rock and adult alternative airplay charts. Recently, Wesley Schultz, the Lumineers’ co-founder, … Read more

Betty White’s 100th Birthday Special Is Now a Movie-Theater Memorial

Betty White lived her life on television. The late star is making an encore appearance on the big screen. A tribute special that includes Ms. White’s last on-camera performance—a thank-you message to fans recorded 11 days before her death on Dec. 31, 2021—will be shown in more than 1,500 movie theaters on Jan. 17. “She’s … Read more

20 Books We Read This Week

By WSJ Books Staff Jan. 14, 2022 4:00 pm ET ‘Liberty Is Sweet’ Review: Unsung Heroes Celebrating the role of the obscure and dispossessed in the Revolution. Jefferson and Washington? Not so much. Review by Adam Rowe Read the review ‘Eight Days in May’ and ‘Aftermath’ Review: Surviving the Time of Wolves Adolf Hitler committed … Read more

Christie’s to Offer the Private Collection of Late Book Dealer Bill Reese

More than 700 lots from the private collection of the late Bill Reese will be offered at Christie’s. Courtesy of Christie’s Text size The private collection of Bill Reese, a renowned dealer and scholar of antiquarian books who died in 2018, will be offered across a series of sales at Christie’s starting in May. Comprising … Read more