Displaying articles for: December 2013

A Peruvian Investor Walks into a Packard Plant: A Guest Post by Mark Binelli

Place is so much more than topography or social fault lines, political history and census data.  Capturing capital-P place – the soul, the machine, the people, the ethos thrumming just below the surface – is one of the most challenging aspects of the writer’s task.  But when it comes alive through vital, zig-zagging prose like Mark Binelli’s in Detroit City is the Place to Be (a Holiday 2012 Discover pick, now available in paperback, with a new afterward by the author), the results are unforgettable.  Because can't get enough of Binelli's wry reportage, he generously sent along this guest post for the Discover blog.


More Than One Story: A Guest Post by Jennifer DuBois

You think you know this story, but have you heard these voices? We were completely taken with the mix of voices that pulse through Holiday 2013 selection Cartwheel, and compel the reader through an emotionally-fraught, psychologically complex story.We’re still carrying Jennifer duBois’s characters around with us weeks later, so I asked her to riff on how she gives voice to her characters (and how she teaches her students to do the same), and this is what she said:


April 21: " 'Pull' includes 'invitations to tea' at which one hears smiling reminders that a better life is available to people who stop talking about massacres..."

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.