Iowa workshop graduate debuts with a novel from the Voice imprint of Hyperion--the first male author to join ranks--due in February. Set in Iowa and Chicago, Irreplaceable , in four sections and over the course of three years, vividly realizes the casualties and rebirths that occur when an organ is donated after a tragic accident. Spy novel set in Hamburg turning on extraordinary rendition.
Le Carre's exceptional writing skill makes for a satisfying read. Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg: Read or hear review.
Lulu in Marrakech by Diane Johnson: Read or hear review. A genteel and original novel about corporate corruption. After her husband is jailed as the fall guy in a big corporate scandal, a landscape architect wants to make reparations to those who lost their livelihoods as the bigwigs made piles of money. Carey, as witty as they come, also cleverly throws a crime novelist and his craft into the mix to charming effect.
It's a polite tale of greed that mirrors our current economic state. A "sansei" third generation Japanese-American historian explores the disappearance of his younger brother and the suicide of his father. This is the first novel by poet, playwright, memoirist, and performance artist David Mura. A look the paralyzing nature of fear and anger as they are manifest in the life of Marcus Messner, the son of a kosher butcher from New Jersey. This slim book, Roth's 29th, is a departure from his recent novels of old age. Fear and panic resulting in desperation and madness are explored against the domestic, sexual, public and political arenas in which we live.
A page-turner, to be sure: Read or hear review. I love War and Peace. I love Tolstoy, and this translation just flows: Read review. Wonder what it's like to travel through the jungles of Papua New Guinea? Award-winning travel writer Kira Salak allows her readers to vicariously experience the sights, the sounds, the isolation, and the tropical diseases of the remote island in her first novel.
It's an impressive debut: Read review. A contemplative book on running and being a distance runner and how that informs Murakami's life as a fiction writer: Read review. A teenage racial skirmish in s Washington D. Thirtysome years later, each has a chance for redemption. What do the sins of the past look like in the modern day, and is it possible to get along? Not his best, but entertaining none the less.
Frank will broaden his readership with this thoughtful analysis of the rise of conservative power in the United States. Here's a transcript of her most recent review. To listen: Go here. Now I can take the War and Peace Challenge. Thanks Beth and Mark! New novel due in November by one of my favorite authors, known as the bard of the working class, that explores what happens when an year-old woman disappears from a small Midwestern town.
Another good collection of four longer stories. Love every single word—even through the second reading of this first short story collection by the talented writer. The voice is my companion on solo runs, or as I walk Prince. So well written by Ethan Canin and well read by Ron Rifkin. Dancing as if the very heart of life and all its hopes might be found in those assuaging notes and those hushed rhythms and in those silent and hypnotic movements.
Dancing as if language no longer existed because words were no longer necessary Slowly bring up the music. Slowly bring down the lights. I liked this Can I Keep My Jersey? A ghost story and was, in the end, unimpressed. While Kim Powers opens the book with a provocative and promising twist on an old story, this "ghost story" focuses on why Harper Lee wrote nothing after To Kill a Mockingbird, and on why Capote suffered from Writer's Block at the end of his life could it be all the drugs?
Powers surmises that Lee was crushed by a casual comment that Truman made at his famous black and white ball--one in which HE claimed to have written To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee, in Powers view, then begins to doubt her own authorship and does not come to terms with that doubt until the final pages of the novel when Capote is dead and has written a note admitting he did not write Mockingbird.
The filler is episodic scenes in which Truman is visited by the ghosts of the Clutters and in which Lee visits cemeteries and receives gifts from Truman with hand carved coffins and other confusing yet symbolic trinkets and writes letters to her dead brother. At a recent gathering of authors and bookstore owners, Lin Enger and I am paraphrasing stated that one of the reasons we are so drawn to stories with unique intimacy is that the author is able to get to the deepest chambers of the heart in a way the reader cannot get to their own heart.
Well stated. So, Lin's book moved up to the top of my stack. A re-telling of Hamlet that doesn't require a reading of said play to enjoy, The Undiscovered Country is set in Northern Minnesota, and after 50 pages I can say that this is a book our customers will enjoy and recommend. A great set up: Concerned parents of a moody seventeen year old arrange to spy on his computer use.
With limited tech knowledge, they discover something disturbing and struggle with how to proceed--maintain the trust of their son or save him from seemingly dangerous liaisons. Naturally tensions arise as the truth is unveiled as Coben also exposes the generational technology use disparity existing between boomer parents and their children.
A page turner with a fantastic and unique set up. The first of three mysteries by the author of Peony in Love. A detective from each city partner to solve some murders that are tied to a human trafficking organization. See's examination of cultural differences adds to the psychological games detectives use to gather information and solve crimes.
An interesting and rather creepy book about the nature of the imagination and creativity as it is manifest in good and evil. A great selection for any book club: Read or hear review. A wonderful collection of short stories, many dealing with the experiences dieting and weight loss. With Berg's acute vision and insightful prose, the character's humanity and humility will resonate with many readers: Read or hear review. My first reading of this book. Can't wait to get back to it every day--after pages, the worlds of Levin and Kitty and Anna and Vronsky are embedded in my psyche.
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I love this book. I LOVE this book. An important epic novel set in the s; this is the best political book to read this year. Profound and poetic, this novel by the talented Canin satiates the soul. A young man on the verge of adulthood cares for his mentally handicapped brother as he struggles to find his way in a dismal town near the Salton Sea.
Another solid book by an insightful novelist exploring the nature of love and marriage and family life--both public and private. Three moving holiday stories to read and re-read. Masterful writing, humor and the experience of home and loss. After Tess Gerritsen recommended this book, I took it home to try. The Idaho setting and riveting plot are keeping me entertained. I understand why Tess was so enthusiastic. While Blue Heaven does not feature Box's usual protagonist, this book will appeal to his faithful readers and likely gain him more.
Very Good Thriller. Two road trips have given me the chance to listen to audio books. John Slattery is an excellent actor and reads each voice of this novel without grating on ones nerves. This love story represented the new romanticism for Hemingway. Highly Recommended--unabridged; 9 hours.
Skillfully read by Donald Sutherland, this novella, written in , confirmed Hemingway's power and presence in the literary world and was instrumental in his winning the Nobel Prize. The story of an old Cuban Fisherman and the young boy he teaches is fine.
This is a good audio, three hours. Excellent title fitting to any age or pain, excellent book about a young man overwhelmed by life after high school in twenty-first century New York City: Read review. Great book for the novice or experienced athlete trying to improve performance. A Godsend for me since the departure of my running partner. Just re-released in a Modern Library edition, this memoir of Styrons's descent into severe depression is compelling in it's attempt to articulate the symptoms of the disease, as well as a reflection on why it is so misunderstood.
Finally, he concludes that depression is rooted in loss of a loved one, a cherished friend or other source of support followed by a loss of self, then purpose, then hope and on down but that it can be cured with treatment that for him included hospitalization, allowing him time and a secure, though sterile, environment in which to heal.
As she manages school and parents with their own set of challenges, Lara also has to maneuver through the dynamics when a "stranger moves to town. Another good book by the author of so many great novels. Over the course of one summer month, lives unravel and secrets are revealed in unexpected ways by this esteemed storyteller.
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This play stands the test of time. Now after the playwright's own life has been written, a re-reading is interesting in that it foretells real incidents in Wasserstein's life. A romp of a book about John Brinkley, a medical quack who did much harm in our fine state, ran for governor twice and nearly won and was a pioneer in the early days of radio. This is also the story of the man who took Brinkley down. Jonathan Galassi, the esteemed editor, makes the bold claim that this novel is perhaps the best novel published by FSG.
He could be right.
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