March 2013

March 31, 2013

Daring to Disturb the Universe: The Fiction of Robert Cormier

Robert Cormier never believed in 'writing down' to teens. His novels present flawed, realistic, anti-heroes, characters that struggle with issues of rebellion and nonconformity. It's no wonder they still hold up today.

March 30, 2013

Murder, Money, and Genius Behind Modern Film: Edward Ball's The Inventor and the Tycoon

Eadweard Muybridge is the keystone to Edward Ball's rapturous retelling of a lawless nineteenth-century America, when a robber baron and an eccentric became the unlikely founders of modern cinema.

March 29, 2013

An Act of Literary Magic: Amy Tan’s Opposite of Fate

Everyone has that one book that instantly becomes a favorite from the first page, the one that makes them feel every emotion, from laughter to tears, intensely, and that leaves them with the urge to reread from the minute the last page is finished. And if one is particularly lucky, one might also get his or her hands on the author of that book's memoir.

March 28, 2013

The Precious Ordinary: Kent Haruf’s Benediction

Like his two previous novels, Plainsong and Eventide, Haruf’s magnificent Benediction returns to familiar territory: the small town of Holt on the high plains of Colorado, where the sky is enormous, the vistas wide, the town flat and spare, the regular small complaint and recover of the porch swing the ambient sound.

March 27, 2013

E.L. James' Fifty Shades Darker: Sex ... and Drama, Drama, Drama

Okay guys (or should I say ladies), don’t leave me hanging. Anyone else out there love reading Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, for the sheer drama of it all?

March 26, 2013

5 Reasons I Love The Pole, by James Tabor

The author of Frozen Solid shared with Everyday eBook his five reasons the South Pole is the perfect setting for his thrilling new novel.

March 25, 2013

Junot Diaz's Drown: Stunning Stories on the Immigrant Experience

For fans of Junot Diaz's award-winning work and for those who've yet to experience his beautiful, powerful prose, Drown is an early collection of stories about people at odds: with their culture, environment, families, and themselves.

March 24, 2013

Have I Got an Idea for You: I Represent Sean Rosen by Jeff Baron

Jeff Baron has started a new literary adventure with his novel I Represent Sean Rosen. Baron shows in his first novel the keen ear of a playwright, one perfectly attuned to his character’s voice -- and what a voice it is.

March 23, 2013

The Evolution of Our Culinary Culture: Bee Wilson's Consider the Fork

We aren't what we eat so much as how we eat. Consider the Fork is an anthropological study of how, since the beginning of our existence, humans have turned the necessity of eating into a way of life.

March 22, 2013

Domenica Ruta's Memoir With or Without You: A Monstrous Mother-Daughter Bond

Mother-daughter dynamics are notoriously complex, but Domenica Ruta's relationship with her manipulative, drug-dealing and drug-addicted mother takes this notion to wildly dysfunctional heights.

March 21, 2013

Samurai at War with Destiny: David Kirk's Child of Vengeance

Set in seventeenth-century Japan, David Kirk's book tells the story of Bennosuke, son of a premier warrior, in line to become a great samurai, who, after a shocking event occurs, must confront his destiny.

March 20, 2013

Jonathan Dee's A Thousand Pardons: Family Scandal and Reinvention

Jonathan Dee's latest book is an all-too-human redemption story of a family on the brink of disaster and one mother's struggle to climb back up.

March 19, 2013

Detroit City Is the Place to Be: But ... What Happened?

Today, Detroit is burning. This book is the result of Mark Binelli's exploration of both the blight and the beacons he found in a city that has long symbolized the larger American narrative, and, possibly, resurgence.

March 18, 2013

Before Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn's Dark Places

Fans of Gone Girl will want to read one of Gillian Flynn's earlier eBooks, Dark Places, in which a maladjusted young woman revisits and questions her mother and sisters' murders and her brother's imprisonment for the crime.

March 17, 2013

Lois Lowry's Last of The Giver: Son, the Conclusion

Son, the gripping conclusion to The Giver series, both enhances the world Lois Lowry has painstakingly crafted over the course two decades and also stands alone as its own immersive tale.