July 26, 2006 Cellophane, the debut novel by Marie Arana, offers a detailed portrait of life in a paper mill town in the Amazon Basin in Peru. Book critic Dominique de Turenne offers a review.
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July 19, 2006 Novelist Sarah Bird's latest work is a contemporary coming-of-age tale set in the flamenco underworld of Albuquerque, N.M. Book critic Veronique de Turenne offers a review of The Flamenco Academy.
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May 31, 2006 Chinese dissident author Ma Jian's story collection Stick Out Your Tongue bends time and reality. The collection, of stories inspired by a trip to Tibet in the mid-1980s, was published in China in 1997; since then, Ma Jian's work has been banned there.
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May 26, 2006 "A real treat for poetry lovers in summer — or any season," says book critic Alan Cheuse of this new trade paperback, recommended in his summer reading roundup for All Things Considered.
May 25, 2006 It's a lucky summer for jazz buffs who want to meditate on the funky stuff of life on earth. Alan Cheuse recommends pianist Horace Silver's memoir Let's Get to the Nitty Gritty in his summer-reading roundup for All Things Considered.
July 6, 2005 Get the full list of titles recommended by independent booksellers to Susan Stamberg on Morning Edition.
July 6, 2005 Twenty-five year old Cutter is a waitress struggling to keep the family homestead from being sold. She enlists the help of neighbors — in this case, the residents of a nearby home for retarded men — to come by when she knows that buyers will be at home. A first novel, this story is about people looking for love in all the wrong places.
July 6, 2005 This book of poetry involves many of the same characters as the author's book of short stories. The poems here are like little aural slices of the stories. Though more abstract, they have the same driving force and the same themes of snow and coldness.
July 6, 2005 This Southern novel is named after the first passenger train line to go between New York and Miami and set in the end of the 1950s. The story is told with the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War.
July 6, 2005 This is a delightful story of a group of women who form a relationship in college and remain buddies through decades of divorce, death, and remarriage. Twice a year, they meet and elect a queen who gets to wear a tiara and rule the other eight women.
July 6, 2005 Arlene's gods include high school quarterbacks and Jack Daniels in this tender story of redemption. This is a fun summer read with lots of turmoil, says Jake Reis of The Alabama Booksmith.
July 6, 2005 This book can be read either as a series of interconnected short stories or as a novel told in stories. It takes place in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; the writing has a driving energetic force, and uses a lot of atmosphere to set the mood.
July 6, 2005 Some might call these short stories quirky, but they are much more than that. Set in the Mohabi desert, they revolve around the quiet hopefulness of children. The characters are organic and gritty; the stories are beautifully constructed and emotionally and atmospherically strong.
July 6, 2005 It is the beginning of the 1900s. Henry MacAlpine, an artist, is in a self-imposed exile on an island off the coast of Brittany. He lures his biggest critic to the island to paint his portrait.
July 6, 2005 A fantastical 9-year-old boy serves as a pyschological medium for this emotional, multigenerational story. It's a device that works, according to Lucia Silva of Portrait of a Bookstore in a Studio City, Calif.
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