Displaying articles for: April 2013

Pain, Parties, Work

Sylvia Plath interns at Mademoiselle for a month, undergoing the woes and adventures which inspired The Bell Jar, in Elizabeth Winder's stirring biography of the singular writer at age 20. 

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Falling to Earth

Marah, Illinois, 1925: a man, his family, his home and his lumberyard survive the deadliest tornado in U.S. history.  Kate Southwood’s ambitious novel begins in the wreckage.  A Discover Great New Writers selection.

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Astragal

A cult classic of 1960s France returns, newly reissued: a prisoner breaks her ankle escaping her cell, and is nursed back to health by a small time crook in this Godard-style tale of love on the run. 

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Gulp

With her trademark curiosity and humor, Mary Roach demystifies oddities of the human digestive system in this collection of "Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."

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The Astor Orphan

Alexandra Aldrich grew up in a crumbling 43-room Hudson River palace built by her legendary ancestors, the Astors.  Out of a grim family feud, the author salvages self-reliant wit and her own kind of prominence in this wry memoir.

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Z

Theresa Anne Fowler imagines the Jazz Age revelry of Zelda Sayre -- muse, wife, and raison d'être of F. Scott Fitzgerald -- as told by Zelda herself, in this artful ballad of the Lost Generation.

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Odds Against Tomorrow

In a near future, corporations place bets on natural disasters so as to bypass their own culpability.  Nathaniel Rich's debut novel proves a scathing, hilarious satire of ecological ruin and mass-market greed.

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Woke Up Lonely

A Cincinatti cult leader who promises to cure humanity of loneliness must first cure his own, in Fiona Maazel's globe-spanning comedy of secret agents and offbeat philosophy.

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Blood of Dragons

In the lost city of Kelsingra, war is brewing, and the existence of dragonkind itself hangs in the balance. The Rain Wilds Chronicles comes to an exhilarating climax with a new epic from Robin Hobbs.

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All That Is

The author of A Sport and a Pastime returns with his first full-length novel in over thirty years.  A tale of love and loss follows an ex-Naval officer coming of age in a new combat zone.

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The Accursed

Joyce Carol Oates' new novel is a crafty Gothic thriller, casting turn-of-the-century Princeton, New Jersey as a coven of vampires, ghosts, and demons dead set on seducing and destroying the town elites.

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With or Without You

Domenica Ruta mines dark humor to handle a hard-knock childhood-- and her mother's addiction -- in an incendiary memoir of struggle, redemption, and reckless youth.  A 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.

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

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