Displaying articles for: March 2013

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Tournament of Books co-founder and novelist Rosecrans Baldwin had the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of Parisian living when a French advertising job landed in his lap. But cold réalité soon intruded, as told in this hilarious and winning memoir.

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Ghana Must Go

The death of a brilliant surgeon and flawed father reunites the disparate family he abandoned years earlier in suburban Accra, in Taiye Selasi's debut novel of jolting candor and the power of unconditional love. A 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. Read our interview with Selasi here.

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Hemlock Grove

With its forthcoming adaptation into a Netflix series upon us, now is a great time to read Brian McGreevey's chilling modern take on werewolf mythology.

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Beautiful Ruins

Spanning Hollywood, Italy, and Pacific Northwest over five decades, Jess Walter's movie-biz comedy is a tale of reunited lovers, Richard Burton, crafty idealism, and the impeccably named Hotel Adequate View.  A BN Review Best Fiction of 2012 selection, and a Tournament of Books Finalist.

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HHhH

Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's most feared disciple, met his end in broad daylight on a crowded Prague avenue.  But who were his dual assassins?  Laurent Binet's novel – a 2013 Tournament of Books Finalist -- follows their desperate mission. 

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Between Man and Beast

In 1856, gorillas were still, to Europeans, a creature as mythical as the unicorn.  Enter brave zoologist Paul Du Chaillu, the man who penetrated the West African jungle in search of the truth -- and emerged into a storm of controversy.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selection.

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Arcadia

Lauren Groff renders a kaleidoscopic view of a hippie commune’s arduous slog to utopia, as seen through the knowing eyes of lifetime resident Ridley “Little Bit” Stone.  A 2013 Tournament of Books Finalist.

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Wave

A poignant and riveting memoir of survival during the 2004 tsunami which leveled Sonali Deraniyagala’s native Sri Lanka, and an aftermath of mourning and renewal.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. 

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Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group

Punk rock crooner Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up) pens a wry “how-to” guide to stardom, via tongue-in-cheek séances with deceased musicians and sincere lessons in swagger.

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A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea

Twin sisters Saba and Mahteb come of age in 1980s Iran, obsessing over American pop culture, until revolution tears them apart.  Saba dreams that Mahteb has been swept away to the States, but will the two girls be reunited? A vivid evocation of a young woman facing a radically changing world.  A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Bad Pharma

Ben Goldacre prescribes a critical dose of hard data and revision to our health care industry in this searing profile of “How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients”. 

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Spectacle

Staged everywhere from a plane crash to a carnival ride, Susan Steinberg’s pointed short stories present remarkable women overcoming turmoil and grief.

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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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