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The Rituals of Reenactment

Novelist Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special centers on a specific conceit

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Chris Bachelder’s latest novel, The Throwback Special, centers its narrative on a very specific idea: 22 guys who gather every year to reenact the play in which Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann’s leg was shattered during a Monday Night Football game in November 1985.    

The North Water

Ian McGuire (Henry Holt and Co.)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In a dark and brutal novel that is not for the weak of stomach, Ian McGuire follows the ill-fated journey of the Volunteer, a whaling ship bound for hunting in the icy waters of the Arctic Circle.   

Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

James McBride (Spiegel & Grau)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2016
He was The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The Godfather of Soul. Mr. Dynamite and a dozen other monikers. James Brown was many things to many people. And when he died, his estate was estimat  

Patrick Dacey Explores Stories on the Cape

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Born and bred in the troubled tourist town of Centerville on Cape Cod, Patrick Dacey is one of the most exciting young voices in literature today.  

Missing Millie Benson

Julie K. Rubini (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
While listed by its publisher as a biography for young readers, some of us who are not so young may want to share this new book as well.   

The Hairdresser of Harare

Tendai Huchu (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 6, 2016
This curious novel tells the story of a hairdresser in modern Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, written by a podiatrist who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.   

Growing up Carlin

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Fans of legendary comedian George Carlin who are interested in the mayhem that went on behind-the-scenes during his most prolific years can now get an up-close and personal view.   

Thirteen Ways of Looking

Colum McCann (Random House)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Irish-born and New-York-City-based author Colum McCann, who has penned several exceptional novels has acquired a reputation as a writer of great lyrical and emotional beauty.  

City on Fire

Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
City On Fire is an adrenaline rush of a novel featuring a host of Dickensian characters, all on the run from families, class, race and sexuality. Hallberg’s lyrical prose heralds the arrival of one of the great new writers of our time.  

M Train

Patti Smith (Bloomsbury)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Patti Smith, the sexy, seminal Punk rocker, poet goddess and performance artist, has released a sequel to her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids, the mesmerizing, hypnotic and glorious collection of essays entitled M Train.  

Did You Ever Have A Family

Bill Clegg (Simon & Schuster)

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The author of two former memoirs about his experiences with addiction, Bill Clegg turns away from self-obsession and focuses on the “new families we choose,” in his arresting and gripping debut novel Did You Ever Have A Family.   

Acclaimed Author Anthony Marra Discusses New Collection of Interlocking Short Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Anthony Marra’s masterful 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, rightly garnered high praise from across the literary landscape for its graceful prose and its affecting ability to find humanity amid harrowing circumstances.   

Lauren Groff Talks Marriage, Writing and Life on Tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies focuses on two charismatic characters, Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde, as they navigate the peaks and valleys of their seemingly idyllic matrimony.  

Kim Harrison: Making Memories and Connections

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
It’s a sultry, late-August afternoon and the acclaimed, wildly popular New York Times-bestselling author Kim Harrison is explaining why she decided to cross over into a new literary genre by writing the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller The Drafter, the first of The Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy.

Into the Valley

Ruth Galm (Soho Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
There is an underlying fluidity, impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.