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Fiona Maazel's Latest Novel Follows a Cult in Cincinnati

1 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Compelling, contemplative and laugh-out-loud funny, Fiona Maazel’s latest novel, Woke Up Lonely, is a sprawling story of a wildly popular cult, the Helix, which promises a cure for loneliness.  

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

By Ben Fountian (Ecco)

0 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
A deadly firefight between U.S. forces and Iraqi insurgents is caught on video by a Fox News crew and before the eight surviving members of Bravo Company can get back to their barracks, the video has gone viral on the Internet.  

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated

Edited by Luke Dempsey (Black Dog and Leventhal)

2 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
The four English and one American gentlemen who came together at the end of the turbulent 1960s to form the comedy troupe known as Monty Python’s Flying Circus were highly intelligent, well-educated, profoundly funny, incredibly creative, incessantly silly, politically satirical, highly neurotic and explosively successful.  

May We Be Forgiven

By A.M. Homes

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Pity poor Harold Silver, the loveable protagonist in A.M. Homes’ latest and perhaps finest novel, May We Be Forgiven. Set over the course of one nightmarish year, from one disastrous family Thanksgiving to the next year’s “remains of the day,” Homes has cooked up the blackest of comedies.  

Bruce

By Peter Ames Carlin

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Less than a year ago, word began circulating of a new “definitive” biography of Rock and Roll icon Bruce Springsteen. These rumors were like manna from heaven for frustrated Springsteen fans, who have been waiting for decades for this kind of biography. And who could blame them?  

Junot Diaz’s Yunior Finds Hope Amidst Heartache

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz is on the phone with me from Los Angeles, where he’s beginning a book tour to mark the release of his second collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, some 16 years in the making.  

Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life Of David Foster Wallace

By D. T. Max

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In his biography of David Foster Wallace, New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max has painted an incredibly honest and vivid portrait of a brilliant writer, a sensitive soul and a tortured artist, plagued throughout his life with severe depression, anxiety and self-doubt.  

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Just like in Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, post-apocalyptic novel The Road, first-time novelist Peter Heller has created a heartbreakingly moving love story with The Dog Stars, one of this year’s greatest literary surprises.  

A Hologram For The King

By Dave Eggers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
There is a palpable arid and hollow feeling throughout much of Dave Eggers’ magnificent new novel, A Hologram For The King. It is set in Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian coast, and peopled by characters who seem adrift in the vast desert and alien to their own sense of self.  

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Beautiful Ruins is a novel filled with unforgettable characters who have insatiable appetites for all the things that success brings. Much of the charm of the novel is Walter’s ability to transport us to far-flung locations both wondrous and thrilling. It’s also a cautionary tale with some unconventional and unique methods of storytelling.