January 2013

January 31, 2013

If a Band Plays in the Forest: Meet Joe Oestreich, Hitless Wonder

Welcome to Joe Oestreich's hilarious and poignant rock-and-roll memoir about his power-pop band, Watershed, that never quite made it to the big time.

January 30, 2013

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick Is Hilarious, Trust Us

This quintessential high-seas adventure deserves to be experienced again or for the first time; either way, it is an American epic that's surprisingly humorous and modern.

January 29, 2013

A Look Inside Al Gore’s Future (Hint: It’s Remarkable)

In the introduction to Al Gore’s The Future, Gore credits a mysterious person for the inspiration behind his new book, an unnamed muse who asks the former vice president a standard loaded question: 'What are the drivers of global change?'

January 28, 2013

Dennis Lehane's Live by Night: The Evolution of a Gangster

In Dennis Lehane's latest novel, we're thrown into Prohibition-era America -- among bootleggers, gangsters, flappers -- and follow a bank robber struggling with an identity crisis as he pursues a life of crime.

January 27, 2013

Why Dystopia? 3 Questions for Alexandra Bracken, Author of The Darkest Minds

Author Alexandra Bracken chats with Everyday eBook about her young adult thriller series, betrayal in the futuristic world she has created, and the dark side of human nature.

January 26, 2013

From Whence Netsuke Came: Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal, the distinguished English potter and great-grandson of Viktor Ephrussi, takes us on a picaresque journey, back in time and across continents, to uncover the history of his family and the secrets of their fabled netsuke collection.

January 25, 2013

Radioactive Homeland: Kristen Iverson's Full Body Burden

Kristen Iversen's powerful account of growing up near the Rocky Flats plant that manufactured the trigger at the heart of every atom bomb made in the US from the 1950s to the 1980s, and the resulting lingering tragedy.

January 24, 2013

At Home in Different Worlds: Sophia Al-Maria’s The Girl Who Fell to Earth

There are few cultures more extrinsically opposite in nature than those belonging to Americans and Arabs. Sophia Al-Maria knows this firsthand, as her formative years were spent making the leap back and forth between the two.

January 23, 2013

On Dark Comedy and Dysfunction: A. M. Homes' May We Be Forgiven

A. M. Homes draws us into the darkly funny, absurd, and touchingly human story of a dysfunctional family whose every member has hit rock bottom and whose lives begin to take strange directions.

January 22, 2013

5 Surprising Sugar Plantation Discoveries, by Andrea Stuart

The author of Sugar in the Blood uses her own family history, from the seventeenth century through the present, as the pivot for an epic tale of migration, settlement, survival, slavery, and the making of the Americas.

January 21, 2013

Bernhard Schlink's Summer Lies: Stories that Ponder the Meaning of the Past

Bernhard Schlink, author of the acclaimed novel The Reader, returns with a bracing collection of short stories that addresses themes of truth, reconciliation, memory, and secrecy.

January 20, 2013

Bizarre but Blossoming: Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Wonderfully eerie and eccentric, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a unique read for young readers and adults alike, who don’t mind a bit of murder with their mystery.

January 19, 2013

Romance in English Society: Welcome to Wendy Vella's The Reluctant Countess

This novel is an enjoyable Regency period, rags-to-riches story with moments that will melt your heart, make you laugh out loud, and spike your pulse with fear.

January 18, 2013

Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace: The Surprising Side of the Music Legend

At a time when aging rock stars continue to record and perform well past their best-by dates, who would have thought a somewhat cantankerous old hippie like Neil Young would be the one to produce a refreshingly genuine and candid memoir?

January 17, 2013

Twisted Woman, Gilded Age: Maryka Biaggio's Parlor Games

The Pinkerton Agency dubbed May Dugas 'the most dangerous woman in the world.' In Maryka Biaggio’s historical novel set in 1917, she imagines the misadventures and international chase for this clever con artist.