July 2012

July 31, 2012

Get Back in the Water: Great Reason to Revisit the Original Jaws

Before Spielberg brought it to the big screen, writer Peter Benchley penned the terrifying story of the beach town victimized by the killer shark -- and the men who risked everything to hunt it down.

July 30, 2012

John Irving's Latest: In One Person's Uncommon Commonality

John Irving once again intrigues us, this time with his meditation on the complexity -- and ambiguity -- of sexuality in his latest novel, In One Person.

July 29, 2012

Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instrument Series: Teenage Urban Fantasy Done Right

Cassandra Clare's addictive young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is unusual, partly because it's set in New York City but also because the mythological characters and teen love story are so believable.

July 28, 2012

Adrift at Sea and at Soul: Charlotte Rogan's The Lifeboat

In 1914, a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean leaves desperate survivors stranded in an overcrowded lifeboat. Grace Winter, however, has a plan to come out of this unscathed -- and years later she is on trial for a horrible crime that occurred onboard.

July 27, 2012

Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: All Wit and All Honesty

Nora Ephron makes you laugh knowingly in her collection of revealing essays on aging, love, and dealing with what life chucks at us. A treat to read, I Feel Bad About My Neck gives another bit of insight into a remarkable woman.

July 26, 2012

20 Years at the Front Door of The New Yorker: Janet Groth’s The Receptionist

Imagine it is the 1950s and you are freshly graduated and ready for the big time. Imagine you land your dream job at one of the most prestigious publications in the world. Now: Imagine where you may go from there. The Receptionist is the true story of what one woman did with her lucky break.

July 25, 2012

The Origin and Evolution of America's Beloved Superhero: Larry Tye's Superman

Larry Tye's chronicle of this icon of superhero history has the inside scoop, from creation to current-day.

July 24, 2012

Small Town America, Big Banking, and Talking Dogs: Adam Haslett's Union Atlantic

In his timely and addictive novel Union Atlantic, Haslett offers a comedic take on complicated relationships against a backdrop of the current financial crisis.

July 23, 2012

Gypsy Woman Guaranteed to Break Your Heart: Zoli by Colum McCann

Based loosely upon the life of Papusza, a Gypsy poet from the 1930s, Colum McCann takes us through time and across Europe, charting the romantic, familial, and political history of a captivating, determined woman in his moving novel Zoli.

July 22, 2012

The Evolution of Dragons, by Rachel Hartman, Author of Seraphina

Author Rachel Hartman joins us to discuss her debut fantasy novel, Seraphina, in which dragons take human form -- but struggle with human emotion.

July 21, 2012

On the Influence of Antigone: A Q&A With Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya, Author of The Watch

The author of a gripping Afghanistan-set novel shares his thoughts on the draw of Antigone, taking sides, and empathy.

July 20, 2012

Horror Set Against the 9 Circles of Hell: Matthew Pearl's The Dante Club

In 1865 Boston, a murderer whose crimes reflect the torture from scenes in Dante's The Divine Comedy is on the loose. A group of American poets must use their scholarly knowledge of the great writer to understand and track the devilish killer.

July 19, 2012

Middle-Aged Women Gone Wild? Trouble, a Novel by Kate Christensen

In Trouble, Kate Christensen delivers a meditation on complicated female friendships and romantic relationships, set amid the hedonism of Mexico City.

July 18, 2012

Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers: Femininity in a Time of Ancient War

With breathtaking prose, Alice Hoffman delivers another spellbinding novel of magic, love, and female friendship in The Dovekeepers.

July 17, 2012

A Lesson in Subjectivity, by the Husband of Jenny Rosenstrach, Author of Dinner: A Love Story

When a husband interviews his wife, who, as the author of Dinner: A Love Story happens to be passionate about cooking, the result is charming and inspiring – we all really can make homemade family dinners happen.