October 2011

October 31, 2011

Introducing Herman Melville: Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

Perhaps in high school, or in college, you were assigned Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick. Maybe it resonated with you — you loved its humor, its digressions, or its forays into the darker side of human nature — or maybe it didn’t. Here’s the thing about Melville. He’s funny, even in his darkest, most critical moments — in stories like “Bartleby” or novels like “Moby-Dick” — and it can be easier to see that in his tales.

October 30, 2011

The High-Beta Rich: Robert Frank's Deep Look Inside the 1 Percent

What better timing? With Occupy Wall Street well under way, in a new book, The High-Beta Rich, by Wall Street Journal columnist Robert Frank, we actually get a balanced, unvarnished look into the community of the top one percent.

October 29, 2011

All the Earth ... and Then Some: A Look at Joe Lansdale's Latest

“The wind could blow down a full-grown man, but it was the dust that was the worst.” And so begins Joe Landsdale's latest ...

October 28, 2011

Tamora Pierce: Books of -- and for -- Strong, Young Women

As a child, I was drawn to fantasy fiction from the get-go. To me, reading a book was an adventure in fantasy already — why not make that adventure as fantastical as possible? As I got older and moved to young-adult fantasy, however, I grew frustrated by the lack of strong female characters. And then came Tamora Pierce.