Displaying articles for: December 2012

"Detroit is an opera, it’s Mount Everest" A Conversation with Mark Binelli

Mark Binelli, author of Holiday '12 Discover pick Detroit City is the Place to Be -- an incisive and  wryly comic exploration of an American City left for dead -- discusses what he found when he moved back home to  Detroit and what the city really needs, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


Imperfect Loves: Ayana Mathis

We're not the only readers who fell in love with Ayana Mathis's terrific debut The Twelves Tribes of Hattie --this sweeping story of quiet heroism and imperfect family love is the second pick of Oprah’s Book club 2.0®. In this exclusive Q&A with Discover Great New Writers, Ayana discusses the profound changes brought by The Great Migration, what it feels like to be alone in a crowd, and her "hard to love" character, Hattie Shepard.



"I Thought I Knew You": A Conversation with Gregory Martin

Cheryl Strayed calls Gregory Martin's memoir,  Stories for Boys, "moving, brave, and unforgettable."  Martin discusses when memoirs go wrong, the unravelling of secret lives, writing about family (and how much children need to be told), among other things with Discover Great New Writers.


July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).