November 2012

November 30, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior: Keeping Course with Perfect Fiction

Dellarobia Turnbow is a woman left deposited into her life, raising two children, married to a man who doesn’t quite live up to her desires, answering to a mother-in-law to whose desires Dellarobia doesn’t live up. So what happens when a woman steps off-course?

November 29, 2012

A Breathless Account of Climbing Everest: Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air

Jon Krakauer's thrilling personal story of the 1996 ascent of Mount Everest and the furious natural disaster that claimed lives and devastated survivors is a must-read for the armchair adventurer.

November 28, 2012

Breaking Scientific Ground with Amir D. Aczel, Author of Present at the Creation

Here at Everyday eBook, we turn our attention to science -- namely, Amir D. Aczel's thrilling account of being present for the discovery of the Higgs boson, perhaps the greatest scientific discovery in history. What is the Higgs boson, you ask? Read on.

November 27, 2012

NW: Zadie Smith’s Homecoming to Northwest London

Zadie Smith returns to her native London with NW, which is decidedly modern in both subject and form, the most experimental of Smith’s fiction by far.

November 26, 2012

In Family, Absurdity Rules: Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Endearing fifteen-year-old Bee hails from an atypical Seattle family. When her genius mom, Bernadette, disappears, Bee sets out on a mythic mission to find her, in Maria Semple's humorous, heartfelt epistolary novel.

November 25, 2012

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: Loved the Movie? You'll Love the Book More

Remember this smart, sweet movie? Teens Nick and Norah spend one wild night in New York City, full of music, drunken friends, and heady romance. And the book is just as good, with a somewhat different twist.

November 24, 2012

A Well-Researched Novel of Midwifery and Slavery in 1800s Mississippi: Jonathan Odell's The Healing

Jonathan Odell's Polly Shine, a powerful slave midwife, and Granada, her reluctant teen apprentice, use mysterious remedies and visionary ideas to bring change to a plantation in antebellum Mississippi.

November 23, 2012

Dave Eggers' A Hologram for the King: An Allegory of a Declining America

Set in Saudi Arabia, a middle-aged American businessman finds himself obsolete, waiting in the desert for the King's arrival. Dave Eggers' National Book Award-nominated novel tells a compelling tale of how we, globally, got to this moment in time.

November 22, 2012

What It's Like to Read Lydia Davis

A fearless and heartbreaking writer, Lydia Davis's compilation of short fiction in The Collected Stories is amazing in its rare beauty and original take on love, language, and the nature of being.

November 21, 2012

Everything You Want to Know About Abraham Lincoln in 5 Handy eBooks

In his New York Magazine review of 'Lincoln,' David Edelstein said, 'By the time the movie ends, you don’t feel as if you know Lincoln – few, in his own time, claimed to know him. But you feel as if you know what it was like to be in his presence.' If you'd rather get to know the man, check out one of these reads.

November 20, 2012

Essays for the 'Proper Reader': Through the Window, by Julian Barnes

From Julian Barnes, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a collection of essays on books and writers that have been meaningful to him throughout his career seeking greater truth through fiction.

November 19, 2012

Hosting Thanksgiving? 11 Tips You Can't Survive Without, Courtesy of Sam Sifton

Former New York Times restaurant critic and all-around culinary expert, Sam Sifton, has created a Thanksgiving bible. From recipes and drink suggestions to how to set a proper table, this is a must-read for anyone sharing this holiday meal with friends and family.

November 18, 2012

A Q&A on the Joys of Travel with Wanderlove Author, Kirsten Hubbard

Author Kirsten Hubbard chats about her adventurous young adult novel, Wanderlove, her own travel serendipity, and the pleasure of going off the beaten path.

November 17, 2012

A Surprise, A Secret, and a Stolen Heart: Samantha Kane's The Devil's Thief

In this tale of passion and intrigue set in nineteenth-century London, a beautiful thief takes a precious item from a mysterious man with his own steamy agenda about how she must repay him.

November 16, 2012

Teddy Roosevelt, NYPD Commissioner: Richard Zacks' Island of Vice

Sometimes you fight authority and authority doesn't win. Witness Richard Zacks' Teddy Roosevelt, whose battle to clean up a sin-loving New York in the 1890s made him enemies and contributed to his downfall as a New York City police commissioner.