July 28, 2011 In Flashback, sci-fi author Dan Simmons imagines a future America that has been ruined by entitlement programs. Though engaging, Simmons' new novel is ultimately overrun by political evangelism.
July 28, 2011 Lauren Shockey's memoir proves that no matter where in the world you're cooking, only so much can be said about slaving over rote tasks and being verbally abused 14 hours a day.
July 27, 2011 Is there anything fresh to be found in a food memoir? Reviewer Susan Jane Gilman says yes — and to prove it, she recommends five excellent books that will quench your desire for amazing food and adventure this summer.
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July 27, 2011 Can a graphic novel written for children, about children be worthy of the time and critique of an intellectual writer? Though he keeps it a bit of a secret, author Darin Strauss believes the Amulet series is so thrilling, you won't be able to put it down.
July 26, 2011 Forget vampires! This summer, the sexiest paranormal romance belongs to the wolves. Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf is a steamy combination of James Bond and Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster neck-biting sagas.
Dana Spiotta was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for her novel Eat The Document.
July 25, 2011 Nik Worth is a failed musician who painstakingly documents his life and non-existent career, leaving his sister to worry about practical things like paying his rent. Dana Spiotta's new novel investigates the long-term costs of an artist's passion.
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Rosamund Lupton lives with her husband and two sons in London.
July 25, 2011 In Rosamund Lupton's debut novel, a young woman living in New York takes on the role of detective when her younger sister disappears in England.
July 21, 2011 John Burnham Schwartz's latest novel, a complicated and emotionally commanding exploration of sorrow and catharsis, revisits the damaged characters of his 1998 book Reservation Road.
July 20, 2011 The best sports writing drags readers out of their armchairs and onto the field. Here are five books that do just that — with a few detours into the locker room along the way.
July 20, 2011 What is it about the human spirit? Even in the most emotionally and physically trying times, somehow, it is able to remain victorious. Author Susan Choi recommends three tales of struggle and, ultimately, of those who achieve great feats in the face of adversity.
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July 19, 2011 Sapphire's follow-up to her dark, poetic 1996 debut novel Push lacks the brilliant indignation of its literary parent. Rather than being revelatory, the tone of The Kid is unrelentingly grim.
July 18, 2011 Jason Zinoman revisits the kitschy origins of modern horror movies in Shock Value, a fascinating, well-written chronicle of the blood-and-guts flicks from the 1960s and 1970s.
July 18, 2011 In his novel Dream Boy, Jim Grimsley explores the beauty and violence of growing up gay in the rural South. Author Justin Torres offers this devastatingly beautiful novel to anyone who has ever been the target of a bully.
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July 14, 2011 Dr. Jennifer White is a retired orthopedic surgeon diagnosed with dementia — who cannot remember whether or not she killed her friend. Alice LaPlante's debut novel is a fearless and compassionate investigation into the erosion of her main character's mind.
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Dana Spiotta was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award for her novel Eat The Document
July 14, 2011 Dana Spiotta's third novel follows two adult siblings and the adolescent fantasies that define — and confine — them.
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