The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2017

Something about this year made reading books feel not just crucial, but a little bit transgressive. Maybe it’s the assault on education and freedom of the press, or maybe it’s just that between reading new reports of abusive men and Trump’s latest attempt to chokehold the nation, simply reading for pleasure feels…

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Diary entries shouldn’t be as good as they are in David Sedaris’ Theft By Finding

At first glance Theft By Finding looks like a cash-in. In this first of two books, essayist David Sedaris prints selected diary entries made between the years 1977 and 2002. But like much of Sedaris’ deceivingly simple prose, the enjoyment in Theft By Finding comes not from its very basic conceit but its sharp…

The A.V. Club’s summer reading guide

The words “summer reading” have become synonymous with fluffy garbage, easily digested and disposed of in one sitting. But there’s no reason beach reads have to be light enough to float away on a warm breeze. Here we recommend books substantial enough to be worth your time, but not so heavy that they block out the…

Drag Race’s Book Ball showcases the strength of season 8

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 has been a return to greatness for the series after a lackluster season 7, and “RuPaul Book Ball” is a prime example of why. First, the contestants: We’re down to the final five, and it’s a diverse group of queens representing a variety of backgrounds both in and out of drag. Everyone has a…

What piece of media inspired you to actually do something?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…