May 2013

May 31, 2013

Joyce Carol Oates' The Accursed: Unpretentious, Imperfect, and Mesmerizing

Joyce Carol Oates injects her own brand of nitroglycerin into the metaphorical wall between history and fiction in her newest novel, The Accursed, and though she surely puts herself in a position to be called pretentious, this newest novel is anything but.

May 30, 2013

Meet the Sociopath Next Door in M. E. Thomas’ Startling Memoir

There are two groups of readers who are likely to form the core audience for Confessions of a Sociopath, a new memoir by M. E. Thomas: those who think they may be a sociopath, and those who think they may live with one or work for one.

May 29, 2013

Go to the Source: Revisting The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In its younger and more vulnerable years, back in 1925, The Great Gatsby was a far cry from the commercial success it is today. Now, the novel is widely considered his finest work and accepted as one of the great American novels.

May 28, 2013

Jo Nesbo on Harry Hole: An Exclusive Q&A with the Author of The Redeemer

Nesbo’s latest thriller featuring Harry Hole, one of our favorite rough and tumble investigators, is now available – so we investigated Detective Hole for a change.

May 27, 2013

The Latest Novel from Jodi Picoult: The Storyteller

In Jodi Picoult’s new novel, The Storyteller, Sage Singer would be the first to tell you: Not all scars are visible.

May 26, 2013

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett: Home Is Much More Than a Shelter

Author Blue Balliett has written several very smart young adult mysteries, among them Chasing Vermeer, which won an Edgar Award. She has the wonderful ability to engage and entertain readers (including adults), then leave them eager to research the book topic further on their own. Her newest young adult novel, Hold Fast, is no exception.

May 25, 2013

Cormac McCarthy Cities of the Plain: A Contemporary Cowboy Classic from the Master

Cities of the Plain, the third book in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, is a bleak and beautiful work, a mural of life on a ranch in the southwest. The ranch hands at the center of the story, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, drive the action in this 1998 novel from a master of fiction.

May 24, 2013

An Ominous, Sensual Debut: Jamie Quatro’s I Want to Show You More

Quatro’s stories are strikingly original and ultra-modern, her (mostly) female protagonists – trapped in sexual obsessiveness, Christian taboo, and the witty surreality of long-distance internet infidelities – full of yearning, lust, and grief.

May 23, 2013

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat

Good friends are at the heart of the marvelous new novel, The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore, an outrageously funny yet equally tender tale.

May 22, 2013

Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings: A New York Epic

In The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer, longtime New Yorker and author brings us a delicious new read that covers the mysterious and tragedy-tinged lives of six friends in the city.

May 21, 2013

A New Tale from Paulo Coelho: Manuscript Found in Accra

In times of crisis, people have always looked to the words of a leader -- political, religious, familial -- for comfort. In Paulo Coelho's Manuscript Found in Accra, for the people of Jerusalem on the eve of a great battle in July 1099, those words come from a mysterious figure called the Copt.

May 20, 2013

A Modern Classic That Endures: Robert Penn Warren's All the King’s Men

Nearly seventy years ago, Robert Penn Warren wrote All the King’s Men. It is a book people respect; it also turns out to be a book that people still really like.

May 19, 2013

Oceans Eleven Comes to the YA Set: Ally Carter's Perfect Scoundrels

Katarina “Kat” Bishop, a sixteen-year-old version of Danny Ocean himself, has had a 'colorful' past for one so young. The product of a long line of con men and thieves, Kat has seen -- and stolen -- more priceless artifacts than most people see in their lives.

May 18, 2013

Some Heat Before Summer: Long Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett

So glad to be back in Star Harbor for another visit with the 'Bad Boy' Grayson brothers. In books one and two of this series by Elisabeth Barrett, Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter, Theo and Seb settle into very loving relationships. Long Simmering Spring introduces Cole in a way we’ve never seen him before.

May 17, 2013

Mark Bittman's VB6: The Lifestyle Book Everyone's Talking About

How manageable is the vegan lifestyle? Not very manageable to the newbie? How about the vegan lifestyle -- before six o'clock at night? Now you're talking.