October 31, 2011 Looking for something thoughtful to go along with your Halloween thrills? Author Lisa Tucker recommends three page-turners that will make you feel scarily smart.
October 29, 2011 Joan Didion pays bitter, aching homage to her daughter, Quintana Roo, who died after a long illness at the age of 39. Blue Nights is an emotionally devastating tribute and a desperate attempt to understand aging, mortality and loss.
October 27, 2011 There's a hardiness to Daniel Woodrell's backwoods community of murderers, veterans, addicts and youth. He revisits Missouri's Ozarks region in his newly released collection of short stories, The Outlaw Album.
October 27, 2011 Can the mishaps of three seriously misguided Victorian gentlemen still provoke laughter? More than 120 years after its first edition, author Julia Stuart says Jerome K. Jerome's classic caper, Three Men in a Boat, is still a delightful read.
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October 26, 2011 The essays range in subject from Axl Rose to the Southern Agrarian novelist Andrew Nelson Lytle. What they have in common is John Jeremiah Sullivan's essential curiosity about the world, his eye for the perfect detail, and his great good humor in revealing both his subjects' and his own foibles.
October 25, 2011 Haruki Murakami's story will carry you away to a new world and keep you there for a long time. Three volumes have been masterfully translated and bound together into a 900-page epic of murder, fanaticism, music, sex and intrigue.
October 24, 2011 Icelandic novelist Audur Ava Olafsdottir has written a book titled The Greenhouse. It's published now in the U.S. in translation.
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October 24, 2011 In the bucolic setting of The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker, the joys and pitfalls of sibling rivalry are given new life. Author Amy Waldman says the book's sparse prose and stark setting provide the backdrop for a moving story of familial resentment.
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October 20, 2011 Jack Reacher has been the throwback hero of a whole line of successful thrillers from novelist Lee Child. The latest, The Affair, raises the question of how long a man can go without doing his laundry.
October 20, 2011 Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk does his best twisted Judy Blume impression in Damned, a Breakfast Club for the condemned. As a young adult novel, Damned is surprisingly sweet, hopeful and empowering; as a satire, it's funny, irreverent and hugely entertaining.
October 19, 2011 Why do gruesome stories draw us in? What is it about tales that chill us that we can't stay away from? Author Bruce Machart doesn't have the answers, but he does have three recommendations of books that explore the depths of human depravity.
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October 18, 2011 Novelist Anne Enright manages to turn her narrator's troubled, life-changing affair into an extended metaphor for Ireland's spectacular recent boom and bust. The Forgotten Waltz is about the uncontrollable forces that drive us into mayhem, bursting both our familial and economic bubbles.
October 18, 2011 Holiday baking is a great tradition. So is the mockery of hilariously decorated, professionally made cakes. A new book gloriously brings the two together.
October 17, 2011 The wait has been long and the predictions many, but according to Christian broadcaster Harold Camping, the enlightened will finally be called home on Oct 21. Author Rhoda Janzen offers three redeeming suggestions to help you prepare for the upcoming apocalypse.
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October 17, 2011 Noted Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has penned a massive new novel. It's titled 1Q84, a nod to George Orwell's 1984. A young woman plunges into an alternate universe filled with love, mystery, fantasy and self discovery.
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