July 31, 2012 Stephen King's It showed Erin Morgenstern that the demons and ghouls of childhood stories don't hit the road just because you grow up. Have you read something that both scared and enticed you? Tell us about it in the comments.
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July 31, 2012 An American candy heiress butts heads with a snooty French chocolatier in Laura Florand's romantic new novel The Chocolate Thief. They fight, he throws her out of his candy store — of course they're going to fall in love. Read on for a sweet treat to while away a summer afternoon.
July 30, 2012 Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't usually read self-help books, but something about Walker Percy's existential optimism in Lost In The Cosmos actually changed his outlook on life. Do you have a favorite self-help book? Tell us in the comments below.
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July 26, 2012 In Tana French's fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad, Broken Harbor, she revisits the character Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, an intensely dedicated detective who must return to the town of the title. Fending off memories he'd rather forget, he investigates a triple murder.
July 25, 2012 Iain Sinclair, the foremost modern practitioner of "psychogeographic" nonfiction, explores the modifications to the London landscape in preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics. This "scam of scams," as he calls it, is an expression of British state egotism.
July 24, 2012 Charles Yu's collection Sorry Please Thank You embraces the tradition of experimental fiction that dates back to Gertrude Stein, playfully spinning fictions with a speculative edge. NPR critic Alan Cheuse says he's the best "story-bending talent" since George Saunders.
July 23, 2012 Flowers In The Attic is saucy and scandalous, but author Gillian Flynn says it was the complex, often evil women in the story that kept her turning the pages. Do you have a favorite female villain? Tell us about her in the comments.
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July 23, 2012 The Diesel was originally published in Arabic in 1994 and is the first novel by poet Thani Al-Suwaidi. William Hutchins recently translated the book into English.
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July 20, 2012 Tana French's latest novel follows Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy, a police detective with a rage for order, as he investigates a young family's murder in a suburban Dublin development gone bust. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Broken Harbor is as much social criticism as it is whodunit.
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July 19, 2012 In her essays, British columnist Caitlin Moran picks up funny feminism where Nora Ephron left off. She takes a fresh approach to hit topics from the past 40 or so years of feminist writing: sexuality, marriage, division of housework, female body fat, abortion and sexism in the workplace.
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July 19, 2012 In Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, editor Kelly Gerald lays out the youthful visual artwork of the woman who would become one of the greatest fiction writers of the 20th century. NPR's Glen Weldon sees it as a prototype for her prose sensibility.
July 18, 2012 Alan Cheuse reviews this summer's outpouring of new short story collections. He says they run the gamut from the experimental to the fantastic to deep realism. The collections are Sorry Please Thank You by Charles Yu, The Woman Who Married a Cloud by Jonathan Carroll, and Signs and Wonders by Alix Ohlin. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University.
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July 18, 2012 David Crist's The Twilight War is a realistic — and often pessimistic — analysis of America's relationship with Iran. Crist covers decades of policy and history, while balancing this military and diplomatic detail with concern for humanity in his narratives.
July 17, 2012 Sam Kean's The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code delves into the history of genetics, in the anecdotal and engaging mode of his previous exploration of the periodic table, The Disappearing Spoon.
July 16, 2012 Strong women abound in the media, but author Diana Lopez favors those who don't have inhuman courage, futuristic gadgets and superpowers. She recommends three books about average girls who are pushed to their limits. Who is your favorite fighting heroine? Tell us in the comments.
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