Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest
are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by
technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to
give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new
Since the publication of Noblesville, Ind., author Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard,
readers have been falling in love with both the novel and its
precocious 9-year-old narrator, Starla Claudelle. For Crandall, the
award-winning author of nine previous novels, this release is a
departure of sorts
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.