June 28, 2012 Maureen McLane's experimental essay collection, My Poets, blends her academic and intellectual experiences with the poetry that has inspired her. The NYU professor tells her story through a series of reflections on poets from Chaucer to William Carlos Williams.
June 27, 2012 Dozens of journalists have been killed on the job in the past decade. Joshua Henkin's new novel follows the family of a man killed while reporting from Iraq as it copes with his loss, and the various secrets each family member is keeping from the others.
June 26, 2012 Anthony Heilbut's essay collection, The Fan Who Knew Too Much, features reflections on the Queen of Soul, soap operas and Jewish immigrants. The highlight of this sometimes harsh collection, says Michael Schaub, is a history of LGBT contributions to gospel.
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June 25, 2012 For Pablo Medina, Guillermo Cabrera Infante's Three Trapped Tigers was powerful enough to transport him back to his homeland of pre-revolutionary Cuba. Is there a book that has whisked you back to the place where you grew up? Tell us in the comments.
June 21, 2012 Brian Evenson's collection of 25 short stories examines the metaphysical in a blend of horror, sci-fi and Beckett. It's the most fun you can have contemplating your mortality.
June 20, 2012 In her hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking semi-autobiographical novel, Toronto author Sheila Heti chronicles her struggle to interact with people.
June 19, 2012 Author Sheila Heti has a fresh pulsing voice in her new novel, How Should a Person Be?
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June 19, 2012 In Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace, Kate Summerscale reconstructs the everyday private life and very public shaming of Isabella Robinson, a wife sued for divorce over her scandalous diary entries in the early days of England's divorce court.
June 18, 2012 Jess Walter's latest novel spans decades and traverses the Atlantic to create a kaleidoscopic collection of "beautiful ruins." Characters include a hotelier, a young script reader and real-life movie star Richard Burton. NPR's Maureen Corrigan says the book is a "literary miracle."
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June 18, 2012 For author Meg Wolitzer, John Neufeld's 1969 novel Lisa, Bright and Dark opened the door to more intense reads on mental illness. Has a book you've read ever acted as a gateway to harsher, truer or more literary novels? Tell us in the comments.
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June 15, 2012 Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep is on a journey from Carthage to Cairo. Here are two reading lists that will make his adventure a literary one.
June 14, 2012 To many, life in North Africa has long seemed dominated by dictatorships. Hosam Aboul-Ela shatters this portrait with three books that display a vibrant society present despite extreme oppression. Has a book ever changed your conception of a region or culture? Tell us in the comments.
June 14, 2012 In Truth Like The Sun, author Jim Lynch traces the growth of Seattle after it hosted the 1962 World's Fair. The novel deals with themes of idealism versus pragmatism and high idealism versus raw ambition.
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June 14, 2012 What happens when an expendable starship crewman realizes he's expendable? John Scalzi's new Redshirts is a meta-narrative about outsmarting Narrative itself, and a multilayered love letter to fans of classic science fiction.
June 13, 2012 In Mark Haddon's new book, two estranged siblings — and their disjointed families — share a holiday just after their mother's funeral. There's tension and tenderness, but the novel's several perspectives result in the literary equivalent of a dropped cellphone call.
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