- Book World: ‘Beautiful You’ by Chuck Palahniuk
Washington Post, Friday - 10/24/2014 - 02:47 PM
Chuck Palahniuk is something of a devilish demigod in gross-out social satire. Over the years, his signature attention to minutiae and his generous hand with carnal humor in books such as “Fight Club” and “Choke” have broadened his fan base to include geeks and bros alike. One might call him the king of red Solo cup literati.
- Jodi Picoult: Elephants should not be in zoos — period.
Washington Post, Friday - 10/24/2014 - 12:47 PM
You don’t have to read Jodi Picoult’s new novel, “Leaving Time,” to pick up on her criticism of the way elephants are treated in captivity. Today, the bestselling writer posted an essay on the PETA Web site that makes her position even clearer: “Elephants simply should not be in zoos.” Read full article >>
- 'Men We Reaped' wins 2014 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Chicago Tribune: Books, Friday - 10/24/2014 - 10:47 AM
When the Union Army's famous 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first African-American units in the Civil War, unsuccessfully assaulted Fort Wagner in South Carolina, escaped slave Harriet Tubman bore witness to the bloodshed from the front lines.
- A War Widow Reaches Out
Wall Street Journal: Books, Thursday - 10/23/2014 - 08:47 PM
By creating the American Widow Project, Taryn Davis, who was 21 when she lost her husband, changed her life.
- Excerpt from Neil Gaiman's 'Trigger Warning'
USA Today: Books, Thursday - 10/23/2014 - 06:47 PM
Read an excerpt and see the cover of his new short story collection.
- Atul Gawande: By the Book
New York Times: Books, Thursday - 10/23/2014 - 10:00 AM
The author, most recently, of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is a great fan of Dr. Watson: “He is intelligent, observant and faithful, the way we want all doctors to be.”
- Barnes & Noble to Leave the Bronx After 15 Years
New York Times: Books, Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 03:04 PM
The bookstore giant, which was wooed and cajoled to come to the borough in the 1990s, plans to close its store in Co-op City in late December.
- REVIEW: 'The Undertaking,' by Audrey Magee
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 12:51 PM
FICTION: A young German soldier and his wife become casualties of war in a powerful and poignant depiction of great love, grand dreams and bitter disillusionment.
- Loving Patsy Cline Always
Wall Street Journal: Books, Wednesday - 10/22/2014 - 10:47 AM
Actor Gerald McRaney gets sentimental over Patsy Cline’s ‘Always.’
- A celebration of American reading from the author of ‘Reading Lolita in Tehran’
Washington Post, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 04:47 PM
Azar Nafisi is an enthusiast. In the epilogue to her book, “The Republic of Imagination,” she states that she began her analysis (but, really, celebration) of American literature intending to write about 24 books. She ended up choosing three: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” In these works by Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis and Carson McCullers, she finds the essence of the American experience, filtered through narratives not about exceptionalism or fabulous success, but alienation, solitude and landscape.
- Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’
New York Times: Books, Tuesday - 10/21/2014 - 03:02 PM
Leslie H. Gelb reviews Leon Panetta’s memoir, which recounts a career in public service, including stints as White House chief of staff, director of the C. I. A. and defense secretary.
- Amazon.com and Simon & Schuster reach multiyear agreement for print and digital books
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 09:55 PM
- Samuel Hynes Discusses His Book ‘The Unsubstantial Air’
New York Times: Books, Monday - 10/20/2014 - 01:07 PM
Samuel Hynes’s new book, “The Unsubstantial Air: American Fliers in the First World War,” was inspired by his life of flying, most notably as an airman in World War II.