April 2012

April 30, 2012

Unexpectedly Dead? Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas Can Help

Hi there. Have you found yourself unexpectedly dead? Do you have some lingering anger or unfinished business that you just can't let go of which is keeping you from moving on? Just so you know, there's a guy who can help.

April 29, 2012

How The Book of Blood and Shadow Came to Be, by Robin Wasserman

Wasserman's latest young adult novel, The Book of Blood and Shadow, showcases her fascination with Renaissance philosophy, religion, magic, and science. Here she reveals her inspiration.

April 28, 2012

A Feast for the Senses and Intellect: Adam Gopnik's The Table Comes First

The various food movements sound complicated and how we actually arrived at this place in our culture that so esteems food can seem a mystery. But now, Gopnik, best-selling author and veteran writer for The New Yorker, takes an intellectual stab at the basis of how we eat and why we eat what we eat in his latest book

April 27, 2012

Oaxaca Journal: In Mexico, Oliver Sacks Looks at Ferns; Hilarity Ensues

Well, not exactly hilarity. You will never see a film adaptation of Oliver Sacks' Oaxaca Journal in your Netflix queue. But this quirky little book is a romance -- about nature, knowledge, and camaraderie.

April 26, 2012

Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance: Life During India's State of Emergency

Here is a haunting tale of morality, struggle, perseverance, and ultimately, love. Set in India during the mid-1970s, we get a glimpse of a country filled with corruption and turmoil so intrinsic it is difficult to see what good can come from anything.

April 25, 2012

The Wonders of Friendship, Aging, and Headstands: Anna Quindlen's Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

Much like she did with her popular column, “Life In the 30’s,” Quindlen writes invitingly about everyday life, though the focus is now on life in the 50s and 60s. Still, what’s wonderful about Quindlen’s writing is that she manages to be universally relatable.

April 24, 2012

The Great Inversion: A Change Is Coming to Downtown and Other Lessons in City Planning

A change is coming, and it has the potential to turn your hometown upside down. Are you ready for it? Alan Ehrenhalt addresses the issue in his book The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City.

April 23, 2012

The Best Occupy Wall Street Book the Occupiers Never Made: Robert B. Reich's Beyond Outrage

For a movement criticized for being unorganized and without a clear message, Reich's Outrage serves to crystalize their concerns with the gravitas of a respected economist and the clarity of a man not stoned and drumming on a bongo in Zuccotti Park.

April 22, 2012

Where the Bad Kids -- and the Readers -- Go: Dale E. Basye's Heck

There are a few things you don't expect to see in a young adult book. Somewhere near the top of the list would probably be Hell. But that's what makes Heck so surprising.

April 21, 2012

Loretta Lynn: So Much More Than a Coal Miner’s Daughter

Loretta Lynn is an icon in the world of country music. She makes no apologies for who she is or where she is from. The hit songs that she wrote and recorded are infused with her hard-scrabble upbringing in the mountains of Kentucky during the 1930s and '40s. Upon reading the preface and opening letter of her autobiography, Loretta Lynn: A Coal Miner's Daughter, it is immediately apparent that she is both bigger than life and down-to-earth at the same time.

April 20, 2012

A Sinful Chat with Jens Lapidus, Author of the Thrilling New Book Easy Money

Jens Lapidus has been hailed as the next Stieg Larsson and from his electrifying new crime novel, it is clear why. Lapidus' gritty story is set in Stockholm and depicts an underworld of Euro-mobsters. Connected with this sinister set is a group of rich, young things on the party scene, and it would appear a penchant for violence does not discriminate whether you're wearing Prada or prison couture.

April 19, 2012

The Road to Stephen King's The Dark Tower

I see your eyes rolling, hear your sighs and feel your criticisms breathing down my neck as you realize that I am attempting to give you an overview of Stephen King's Dark Tower series in under 500 words.

April 18, 2012

Inside the Circus: Your First-Class Ticket to the 2012 Political Race

Politico's Mike Allen and Evan Thomas have teamed up to write four eBooks documenting the GOP race to the White House. The aptly named Inside the Circus marks their second foray in the POLITICO-sponsored series, one that's proving to redefine journalism as we know it in the twenty-first century.

April 17, 2012

In India, (Almost) Everything for Sale: Aravind Adiga's Last Man in Tower

How far would you go to resolve your financial woes? To "make a killing"? Aravind Adiga brilliantly tackles this question in his latest novel, in which the residents of Vishram Society, a cooperative apartment building in Mumbai, are faced with a sudden opportunity.

April 16, 2012

Rachel Maddow's Drift: Our Military, Our Monolith, Our Mistake?

Maddow, MSNBC host and Stanford and Oxford graduate, offers her attempt to discuss how our national security apparatus has become the monolith that Dwight Eisenhower once warned about -- and how we can change.