In fiction, Pete Dexter repays his real-life debt to his stepfather and Tracy Chevalier explores the life of an uneducated woman who became a pioneering 19th century fossil hunter. In nonfiction, there's dish on Google and the 2008 campaign, and Zadie Smith's essays show faith in inconsistency.
The end of another year means another giant stack of books you missed during the past 12 months. Nancy Pearl, our favorite librarian, stops by to share recommendations that should keep old, young and 'tween readers content.
National Book Award winner Pete Dexter's newest novel is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Milledgeville, Ga. It's filled with unforgettable characters — each episode spins off into another and the book transitions from heartbreak to humor without missing a beat.
The young boy in Pete Dexter's new novel, Spooner, bears a striking resemblance to the author himself. But Dexter insists that he hasn't written a memoir, only a novel with "a lot happier ending than life was."