October 2012

October 31, 2012

5 Early Stephen King Tales to Scare You Half to Death

Fright is a special thing and fear and Stephen King's brand of fright goes beyond witches and goblins and ghosts. Case in point: five early Stephen King works that will scare the hell out of you.

October 30, 2012

A Firsthand Account of Victim 1’s Fight Against Jerry Sandusky: Silent No More

On June 22, 2012, it was reported that Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of forty-five counts of sexual abuse. Here is the story of the first victim to come forward, Aaron Fisher, previously known only as Victim Number One.

October 29, 2012

The Amazing Journey: Who I Am by Pete Townshend

The soulful man who gazes out at the reader from the cover of the must-read memoir Who I Am may seem at odds with the enfant terrible, guitar-smashing version of Pete Townshend the public might envision.

October 28, 2012

A Magical Tale of Nonconformity: Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl

Radiant Stargirl. She does the strangest, happiest, kindest things. And everyone in high school but Leo hates her. Now in Spinelli's modern classic, Leo must decide what he wants more: Stargirl or the acceptance of his friends.

October 27, 2012

Elizabeth Berg's Range of Motion: Rx for Endless Love

Bestselling author Elizabeth Berg has crafted another emotionally satisfying story in Range of Motion. This time a young woman is sustained by hope, faith, and a very different friendship when her beloved lies in a coma after a freak accident.

October 26, 2012

Read Before You Watch: David Mitchell's Remarkably Epic Cloud Atlas

In his brilliant novel, Mitchell plays with the past, present, and future, using intertwined narratives to take on philosophical concepts of fate, power, and what ultimately connects us all.

October 25, 2012

Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City: From Progress to Madness

Erik Larson chronicles the grit and glitter behind the creation of the famed 1893 Chicago World's Fair and exposes its true terrifying underbelly in gruesome detail.

October 24, 2012

Jimmy Page and the Hammer of the Gods, by Brad Tolinski

We often refer to our rock stars as legends, icons or deity. Light and Shade: Conversation with Jimmy Page author Brad Tolinski ponders why.

October 23, 2012

When Food Masquerades as Love: A Q&A with Jami Attenberg, Author of The Middlesteins

Author Jami Attenberg talks about the inspiration for her latest novel about a matriarch eating herself to death and the ripple effects on her family.

October 22, 2012

Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her: Where The Half-Life of Love Is Forever

This Is How You Lose Her, Junot Díaz's latest critically acclaimed collection of short stories, is not an all-encompassing story of the human heart, but rather an intimate account of the relentless disappointments of one man's heart.

October 21, 2012

The Dangerous Price of Youth: Lissa Price's Starters

In Lissa Price's dark future, sinister senior citizens hold all the power and teens bargain their youth, and bodies, for cash. This young adult sci-fi thriller is a must-read for fans of The Hunger Games.

October 20, 2012

Comedy, Tragedy, and What Happened to Sophie Wilder

Christopher R. Beha's debut novel shares the intimate story of Charlie Blakeman and Sophie Wilder, two literary souls whose paths cross in life more than once -- but still not enough.

October 19, 2012

What Is It About Scandinavian Crime Series? Introducing Karin Fossum's Bad Intentions

Karin Fossum is on the list of great Scandinavian crime writers. In Bad Intentions, she delivers bodies in a lake, a twisted friendship, and a relentless detective with unique methods.

October 18, 2012

Rock and Roll's Rough Ride: Beth Ditto's Memoir, Coal to Diamonds

From her experience with sexual abuse to the influence of the Riot grrrl movement, daring punk rocker Beth Ditto traces her rise to fame from oppressed small-town girl to outspoken lead singer of indie band, The Gossip, in her raw memoir.

October 17, 2012

The Original Pulp Fiction: Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler was one of the original authors to create the hard-boiled style of crime fiction. Revisit this noir classic and get reacquainted with his tough but virtuous protagonist private eye, Philip Marlowe, in his first of many appearances.