Readers’ Advisory expert Neal Wyatt shares the charm and subtle heft of one bookseller’s life, the process of building family, and the narratives that stay with us.
Interested in hearing Chelsea Cain, Sophie Littlefield, and Emma Straub chat about women writing fiction? Want to know what Jules Feiffer, Lev Grossman, and Jane Smiley have to say about their latest books? Wondering what editors from Harper, Macmillan, Random, and more are excited about for next fall? What about hot trends in cooking? And […]
Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.
Did curiosity kill the cat? It might have— it’s taking the fifth. But everyone tends to forget the rest of the aphorism: “And satisfaction brought it back.” In Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin wrote, “Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on […]
Reviews of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, Alexander McCall Smith’s The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon, Rosalind Wiseman’s Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, Mark Billingham’s Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat, Jeff Guinn’s Manson, Anne Rule’s Practice To Deceive, and a list of titles from the March 1 issue.
“There is no competition among writers; not even Shakespeare and Dante say it all,” proclaimed poet Frank Bidart upon receiving the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry for Metaphysical Dog (Farrar) at a packed NBCC Awards Ceremony on March 13 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York. Yet for Bidart, an […]
Rudder, Christian. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking). Crown. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780385347372. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780385347389. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. SOCIAL SCIENCE/DATA MODELING When it’s not being used to manipulate us, data mining can tell us reams of interesting information about human nature. Rudder plunders sites like Twitter, Facebook, […]
Chan, Darcie. The Mill River Redemption. Ballantine. Sept. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780345538239. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345541567. CD/downloadable: Penguin Random Audio. WOMEN’S FICTION As a self-published ebook, Chan’s The Mill River Recluse sold more than 700,000 copies and was picked up for print publication by Ballantine, which will release it in June. In this follow-up […]