The path to the altar isn't all rose petals.



The Wedding: A Novel

By Dorothy West


West, active in the Harlem Renaissance as a teenager, received critical acclaim for her 1948 novel The Living is Easy. Almost half a century later she completed her second book, the story of a black wedding on Martha's Vineyard in 1953 that goes awry when the bride wants a white jazz musician to perform. When this intricately woven tale was finally published in 1995, it proved the 88-year-old author remained keenly alive to the subtleties of her characters' lives.




The Member of the Wedding

By Carson McCullers


Frankie, 12, is bored out of her mind until she hears about her older brother's wedding. Then things get interesting. McCullers creates a full, vibrant inner world for Frankie, as her adolescent imagination sweeps her into a fantasy of stowing away on the couple's honeymoon in search of something grander than the limited life she has known.




Monsoon Wedding (DVD)

Directed by Mira Nair


This 2001 charming arthouse hit features an Indian woman who has just exited an affair with a much older man and now faces the marriage her traditionalist father has arranged for her with a man from Houston. Along the way, the story introduces a sweetly comic cast of characters at all stages of the love continuum.





Something Borrowed

By Emily Giffin


Rachel has always been a "good girl." She chucks it all on her 30th birthday when she ends up in the sack with her longtime best friend's fiancé. Oops. In a story as much about the nature of friendship as about romance, Giffin handles the touchy subject of her heroine's predicament with trademark humor and grace. Her real feat: the way she lets Rachel become a full-fledged adult in these pages.




Delta Wedding 

By Eudora Welty


Welty's flowing first novel chronicles the seemingly everyday goings-on of a large Mississippi Delta plantation family in 1923 that is readying for a cousin's nuptials. It is instead an engrossing study of the complicated world of the Deep South of the era—and of the eternal human need to belong.


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 Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

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.