June 30, 2011 Have you ever had an experience so profound, you felt like a different person once it was over? Author Ann Brashares recommends a story of heartbreak that remakes the personality of a young teen: The Go-Between, by L.P. Hartley.
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June 30, 2011 Andrzej Stasiuk brings wise eyes and an immense curiosity to the forgotten corners of Europe in On the Road to Babadag.
June 29, 2011 What could be more embarrassing than an obsession with a star? For author Jon Reiner, it's not the glamorous Elizabeth Taylor who occupies his thoughts — it's her sometimes husband, Richard Burton. In Hellraisers, Reiner finds his boundless hunger for the leading man satisfied — almost.
June 27, 2011 In Untold Story, author Monica Ali imagines a alternative future for Princess Diana, in which she doesn't actually die in 1997 but instead flees to an undercover life in the American Midwest.
June 27, 2011 Jesse Ball's latest novel follows an "epitaphorist" who writes copy for gravestones in an ominous police state. Reviewer Jessa Crispin says that while Ball's prose is skillful, the details he slyly omits are even more compelling.
Kelle Groom is the author of three collections of poetry. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares and Poetry
June 23, 2011 Poet Kelle Groom crams so much pain into her new memoir that it's almost hard to believe. But ultimately it's her spare and vital voice — not the tragic circumstances of her life — that makes I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of A Girl so exhilarating.
June 22, 2011 Cartoonist Jim Woodring is at the top of his darkly delightful game in his new graphic novel Congress of the Animals, a surreal fable featuring strange creatures that sting, bite, drip, ooze and squelch.
June 21, 2011 Music journalist David Browne captures the zeitgeist of 1970 by zeroing in on the unexpected career turns of The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in his new book Fire and Rain.
English novelist (Arthur) Joyce Lunel Cary.
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June 20, 2011 Sometimes you just can't face the world. What to do? Curl up with Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth, says author Kate Christensen. This fun, frequently unsavory romp is the perfect escape.
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June 15, 2011 See a Little Light, the new memoir by Husker Du frontman Bob Mould, tries to make sense of the author's compulsions, his identity as a musician and a gay man and his escape from a life as a self-described "miserablist."
June 14, 2011 As Father's Day approaches, writer Jim Axelrod turns to literature to probe the relationship between fathers and sons — and make sense of his own. His three selections portray fathers and sons at their best, and at their heartbreaking worst.
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June 14, 2011 Ann Patchett's new novel lives up to its name; critic Maureen Corrigan's one-word review: "Wow." Patchett masterfully weaves her story through uncharted geographic and literary territory, all the while unraveling a story about the awful price of love and the terror of its inevitable loss.
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June 14, 2011 Set in the late 1980s, Eleanor Henderson's bittersweet Ten Thousand Saints follows three teens as they search for belonging in a rapidly changing Manhattan.
June 13, 2011 Ron Hansen's latest novel, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, fictionalizes an infamous crime of sexual transgression. In 1927, Ruth Snyder killed her husband, Albert, after falling in love with a lingerie salesman. Hansen's sexy fictionalization of the real-life murder sizzles with the spirit of the Roaring '20s.
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June 13, 2011 Welcome to Temple Stage School, a place for child actors. At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald stars proprietress Freddie, her misfit students and her troubled teachers as they try to save the school. Author Ben Dolnick encourages you to take a front row seat with this bittersweet comedy.
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