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.


"None of Us Give or Receive a Perfect Love": A Q&A with 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.


April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.