August 1, 2012 In his latest novel, You & Me, Padgett Powell continues the experimentation of his previous work The Interrogative Mood. Here, two Southern men sit on a porch, discussing everything from R. Crumb to human failure. No action, no attribution — just dialogue.
May 24, 2012 Critic Michael Schaub offers a sneak peek at some of the most hotly anticipated books of the summer: An Obama bio. A sparkling debut. Thrillers of both the fictional and body-science kind. Even Lincoln is reborn in this season of sun, sand, renewal — and reading.
December 31, 2009 The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? is a book like no other. It is composed entirely of questions. Some of them are laugh-out-loud funny, others provoke memories of long gone times, while some leave you pondering the meaning of life.
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December 15, 2009 Padget Powell's book is like none other: it is composed entirely of questions. Wildly ridiculous and laugh-out-loud funny, it can suddenly turn serious, even profound, as Powell's questions begin to provoke memories of the past and fears of the future.
December 15, 2009 What makes a good book-club selection? Most of Lynn Neary's picks are quick reads. All are fiction. And, because some of the best conversations occur when people don't agree, a few are calculated to spark debate. So have a glass of wine, maybe a bite to eat, and let the discussions begin.
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