Displaying articles for: July 2012

On the Kindness of Strangers: An Essay by M.L. Stedman

M.L. Stedman, the author of The Light Between Oceans, our newest B&N Recommends selection, ponders the kindness of strangers - "that miraculous social fabric that springs into being to form safety nets and shelters and shields, without duty, or promise of reward" - in the real world and in her fictional one, and asks if we are all kind-strangers-in-waiting in this original essay.


"The Science and the Chakras": Brian Castner and The Long Walk Home

The press for Brian Castner's harrowing memoir The Long Walk Home has been nothing short of terrific; but this is one of those times when it's best to let a book speak for itself, so here's a bit from the chapter called "The Science and The Chakras."


"Putting Your Faith in Something Unlikely": A Conversation with Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, discusses writing about the things she believes in, ordinary people, and the search for something bigger in life, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


"I Closed My Eyes and There It Was": A Conversation with M. L. Stedman

M. L. Stedman, the author of our next B&N Recommends selection, The Light Between Oceans (on sale 7/31/12), discusses the romance and metaphor of lighthouses, impossible choices, and cultivating compassion with Tess Taylor.


Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things

"Tiny Beautiful Things can really be read as a companion to Strayed's extraordinary book Wild." -- The San Francisco Chronicle


"Once I Can Hear the Way the Character Speaks": A Q&A with Carol Rifka Brunt

Carol Rifka Brunt, author of Tell The Wolves I'm Home, talks about finding inspiration and her characters' voices, and wanting to be the kind of person who writes in coffee shops, among other things, with Discover Great New Writers.


"You Do It for the Sake of Doing It": Alan Heathcock and Ben Fountain in Conversation

Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and Alan Heathcock, author of Volt, discuss provocative and "political" writing, the desire for accuracy, and the compulsion to tell stories, among other things, here on the Discover blog.


"This Dichotomy of Truth in Nonfiction and Beauty in Fiction": A Guest Post by Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala impressed readers and critics alike with his stunning debut, Beasts of No Nation. His new book, a nonfiction examination of the AIDS crisis in Nigeria called Our Kind of People: A Continent's Challenge, A Country's Hope is out now, and he talks about the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction with Discover Great New Writers


"This Is Why Dad Is the Way He Is." A Q&A with Brian Castner

"I will let my sons read it, but not until they are much older. I don't know exactly when. But my motivation for writing the book, before I had an agent or publisher or let myself consider such wide distribution, was always to write the book for them, and if I never sold a single copy, I told myself I'd print one out and put it on the shelf and save it for them for later, to be able to point to it and share it and say, "This is why Dad is the way he is, and acted like he did when you were younger."


"I Was Sweating It Out For Democracy": A Conversation with Anna Keesey

Anna Keesey, author of Little Century -- the novel Joshua Ferris so aptly calls "an epic of many small pleasures" --  talks about period research, Oregon's high desert, the uglier side of American enterprise, and who she's been reading lately -- among other things -- with Discover Great New Writers.


"Working as an Editor Made Me a Better Writer": A Conversation with Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker, author of Summer '12 Discover pick The Age of Miracles talks about choosing her book's title, "the hidden pleasure of apocalyptic stories," and Charlotte Rogan's debut novel, The Lifeboat, also a Summer '12 Discover pick.


July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).