Displaying articles for: June 2012

Critics Weigh in on Seating Arrangements, the newest B&N Recommends Selection

More accolades for Maggie Shipstead's firecracker of a debut, Seating Arrangements, a perfect beach read and the newest B&N Recommends selection.

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Readers Respond to Kristen Iversen's Full Body Burden

The Discover selection committee members aren't the only readers to have embraced Kristen Iversen's Full Body Burden, a powerful hybrid of memoir and well-documented investigative journalism. She shares other readers' responses to her terrific -- though sometimes horrifying -- narrative, here.

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From the Discover Archives: Robert Goolrick

"I love Robert Goolrick's Heading Out to Wonderful. The novel's seductive power and the beauty of his writing create a delicious feast for the reader," says Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, a Spring 2009 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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"Most of Us Have Sought Consolation in Music"

Benjamin Wood, author of Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers selection The Bellwether Revivals talks to us about the consolation of music, the conflict between faith and doubt, and how all of his characters are outsiders.

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Coming-of-Age Novels and Discover Great New Writers

Karen Thompson Walker’s astonishing debut, The Age of Miracles, is a perfect example of what the Discover Great New Writers program looks for in a coming-of-age novel, and a review in The New York Times reiterates our selection committee's enthusiastic response to the voice of the book's narrator, 11-year-old Julia.

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"Stories Are Far More Important Than Possessions": A Conversation with Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, a Fall 2010 Discover Great New Writers selection, talks about connecting with readers, Proust, and the "odd correspondence between inheriting a story and inheriting an object."

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What to Read? Alison Espach Recommends

Alison Espach, author of The Adults, a Spring 2011 Discover selection recommends 3 great reads.

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Our Newest B&N Recommends Selection: Maggie Shipstead's Seating Arrangements

"I was collecting names even before I decided to write the book. One treasure trove was a plaque I came across at an old resort in Rhode Island that listed the winners of summer lawn bowling tournaments from the 1950s until now." That's Maggie Shipstead on how she came up with the wonderfully preppy characters that pop up in her madcap comedy of manners, Seating Arrangements, the newest B&N Recommends selection. In an exclusive interview, Maggie talks to Tess Taylor about translating WASPs, literary influences from Cheever and Updike to Perotta and Eugenides. And then there are the exploding whales...

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Coming Soon...

Notes on upcoming articles here on the Discover blog...

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From the Discover Archives: Mohammed Hanif

Critics weigh in Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, the new novel from Mohammed Hanif, author of the Summer ’08 Discover pick, A Case of Exploding Mangoes

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From the Discover Archives: Ben Okri

Reflecting on Ben Okri's luminous novel, The Famished Road, a 1991 Discover pick and an inspiration for several recent Discover authors.

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"No One in Our Community Knows What Goes on at Rocky Flats." A Q&A with Kristen Iversen

Full Body Burden: The amount of radioactive material present in a human body that acts as an internal and ongoing source of radiation. Read our Q&A with Kristen Iversen, author of the Summer 2012 Discover Great New Writers pick Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, here.

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What to Read? Alethea Black Recommends

Alethea Black, the author of the stellar story collection I Knew You'd Be Lovely -- one of Discover's big hits from last year -- recommends three great reads.

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From the Discover Archives: Elizabeth Gilbert

After reading the first few chapters of her great-grandmother's cookbook, At Home on the Range, it’s pretty clear to me that writing’s imprinted on Elizabeth Gilbert’s DNA.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."