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TODAY: In 1929, Anne Frank is born, and in 1942, she’s gifted a diary for her birthday.

Also on Lit Hub:

How Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods rocked the Appalachian Trail community Aminatta Forna on the pains of insomnia Rebecca Rego Barry digs through Marlon Brando’s personal library • After our pandemic year, Marta Bausells puzzles over the conundrum of time • Why are we so afraid of the dark? • Edward Slingerland on the science behind alcohol as muse • Larissa Zimberoff on the history of turning waste into edible food • Alexander Lobrano recounts a dinner out with Giorgio Armani Anne Sebba on the many fictional afterlives of Ethel Rosenberg Brian Stelter calls for a reckoning at Fox News Kathryn Lofton deconstructs Edith Hamilton’s Mythology for modern times  Traversing the most dangerous region of the Norway coast • Gillian Osborne on color theory and William Blake’s “The Ecchoing Green”  Libby Copeland on America’s obsession with genealogy • E.J. Levy on being late to the party, in both publishing and parenting  Andy Martino digs into the cheating scandal that nearly ruined baseball There is no place on Earth where human presence does not cast a shadowBrian Hall on approaching a writing project with the mentality of a carpenter Tiya Miles considers the importance of material ownership for enslaved African Americans How Harold Pinter reinvented the contemporary period drama Ly Tran on finding home by the water, from the Mekong Delta to Coney Island Goldberg on the young doctors who went from medical school into a pandemic What can we learn about the COVID-19 aftertimes from the period following the Black Death?

The Best of Book Marks:

Leaving the Atocha StationMy Year of Rest and RelaxationSong of Solomon, and more rapid-fire book recs from Zaina Arafat • “I think no one but Mailer could have dared this book.” Joan Didion on Norman Mailer’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “true crime novel,” The Executioner’s Song • N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and more rapid-fire book recs from K-Ming Chang • New titles from Rivka Galchen, Lionel Shriver, Akwaeke Emezi, and Lawrence Wright all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week

More from CrimeReads:

Nekesa Afia with six novels that capture the essence of history • Laurie R. King on Emily Gerard, the Scottish anthropologist who inspired Stoker’s Dracula • James Wade looks at the growing genre of East Texas noir • Marilyn Peterson Haus explores the twinned hardships of mental illness and stigma • Paul Howarth has some tips for writing an effective villain • Olivia Rutigliano with summertime crime films set at the beach • Eric Redman dives into the shark-infested waters of Hawaiian detective fiction • Connie Berry on the soothing balm of British humor • Allie Pleiter: “knitting and reading simply go together” • Anne Sebba on why Ethel Rosenberg matters