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Critics Weigh in on Summer 2012 Discover Picks

Just some of the exciting things that critics are saying about our Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selections.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Weighs In on 2012 Discover Picks

We're not the only ones who are excited about titles we've selected for the Discover Great New Writers program - the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tagged several 2012 Discover picks (some of which are forthcoming) and alumni on their list of 99 Summer book recommendations, and we're sharing their title list here.

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What to Read? Alexis M. Smith Recommends

Alexis M. Smith, author of the Spring 2012 Discover selection, Glaciers, talks about fascinating narrators, voice, and pulling off to the side of the road to finish reading as she recommends three novels she adores.

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What to Read? Naomi Benaron Recommends

Naomi Benaron, author of the Spring 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection Running the Rift, recommends four great reads.

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Discover Great New Writers and the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prizes

The 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize winners have just been announced, and among them two recent Discover Great New Writers selections, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. by Jacques Strauss (Holiday 2011), and The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka (Summer 2012).

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From the Discover Archives: Eric Blehm

Winner of first place, nonfiction in the 2006 Discover Awards, Eric Blehm's The Last Season is unforgettable reading set in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Blehm, also author of the national bestseller The Only Thing Worth Dying For, returns today with his newest book, Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown.


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Wired's Geek Mom reviews Next Stop by Glen Finland

More praise for Glen Finland's memoir, Next Stop, A Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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In Conversation: Megan Mayhew Bergman and Stephen Dau

My idea of fun: The authors -- longtime pals -- of Spring '12 Discover Great New Writers selections Birds of a Lesser Paradise and The Book of Jonas talk about character and place, process, inspiration, and readers, among other things...

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From the Discover Archives: William Boyd

Thoughts of vacation reading and good news for William Boyd -- novelist, screenwriter, director, critic, art-world prankster, and Discover alum -- have me thinking...

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On Circumstance: What They Do in the Dark and The Lifeboat

If you've already read Charlotte Rogan's deceptively-slim and psychologically-complex debut, The Lifeboat, and are looking for your next compelling read, you might try Amanda Coe's haunting novel, What They Do in the Dark, another 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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From the Discover Archives: Peter Carey

Twenty years ago, Peter Carey's masterful black comedy, The Tax Inspector, was selected for the Discover Great New Writers program.  His newest novel, The Chemistry of Tears is out today.

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Where People File the Things They See: A Conversation with Anakana Schofield

Enthralled by the narrator's quirky voice, the Discover selection committee members chose Malarky for the Summer 2012 list.  The novel's author, Anakana Schofield, talks about Irish women, grief, motherhood, and writing about sex, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.

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What to Read? Aria Minu-Sepehr Recommends

"A form as distinct as poetry." Aria Minu-Sepehr, author of the Summer 2012 Discover selection We Heard the Heavens Then, recommends three fantastic short story collections.

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From the Discover Archives: Terry Tempest Williams

Discover alum Terry Tempest Williams (Refuge, 1992) returns with a new book that asks "What does it mean to have a voice?"

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"Begin with a Question.": A Conversation with Shehan Karunatilaka

Published to rave reviews in the U. K., winner of the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian literature, and just released in the U. S. by Graywolf Press, Summer 2012 Discover pick The Legend of Pradeep Mathew is, in the words of Discover alum Michael Ondaatje, "a crazy ambidexterous delight."  The author, Shehan Karunatilaka talks about why Americans would want to read a novel about cricket, and reveals more about his debut novel for Discover Great New writers.

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What to Read?: Caitlin Horrocks Recommends

Discover alum Caitlin Horrocks, author of This is Not Your City and winner of the 201o Plimpton prize for her story "At the Zoo", recommends three great reads.

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From the Discover Archives: Game Day with Ben Fountain

Winner of the 2006 Discover Award (first place, fiction) for his remarkable story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Ben Fountain returns with an indelible novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which Karl Marlantes calls "The Catch-22 of the Iraq War."  We're excerpting today's rave review from The New York Times here.

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From the Discover Archives: Julia Alvarez

"An unlikely friendship between two people, two families, and two countries shines at the center of this book. We are privileged to witness it and become part of this journey via Julia Alvarez's funny and reflective narrative of both pre- and post-earthquake Haiti." -- Discover alumna Edwidge Danticat on A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez, author of the 1991 Discover selection How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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"A Literary Electrical Storm": A Guest Post by Sam Taylor, translator of Laurent Binet's HHhH

"I was going to call it a novel, but I'm not actually sure that's what it is. Then again, what else can you call it?" Sam Taylor writes about translating Laurent Binet's brilliant, fast-paced, Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman-winning HHhH, a Summer 2012 selection of the Discover Great New Writers program.

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What to Read? Kevin Wilson Recommends

Kevin Wilson, author of Fall 2011 Discover pick The Family Fang recommends three great reads.

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The Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers Selections

It feels like only a minute ago that we finished our deliberations for the Spring list, our first for 2012, and announced the winners of the 2011 Discover Awards. Yet somehow, the calendar reads May 1, which means it's time for us to announce the Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selections, a mix of fiction, memoir, and reportage by writers we believe readers need to know now.

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.