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susan-orlean's picture
Apr.25.2008
Some of the best and most original prose in America today is being written by literary journalists. Memoirs and personal essays, profiles, science and nature reportage, travel writing -- literary journalists are working in all of these forms with artful styles and fresh approaches. In Literary...
john-shirley's picture
Feb.26.2008
"It's funny how technology takes on a life of its own... It's like we surrender some of our own life to our technology, after a certain point in its growth. Seems we surrendered too much." -- John Shirley (Crawlers, 2003)
mark-childress's picture
Jan.16.2008
Alabama, 1942. The war is everywhere, but Victor--a sixteen-year old boy sent by his father to care for his dying grandmother on a lonely island in Mobile Bay--can only dream of it. Then he wakes one amazing night to a thunderous roar from the Bay, and watches as a thug burns his boat. He also...
po-bronson's picture
Jan.11.2008
Inspirational true stories of people pondering this great question and seeking meaningful answers. These remarkable individuals faced and overcame fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives and, in doing so, have been transformed by the experience.
david-corbett's picture
Jan.11.2008
A young American bodyguard tries to protect an honest man from the violent consequences of his principled stand in present-day El Salvador. "Poetic, romantic, hard-eyed, and brutal. David Corbett, like Robert Stone and Graham Greene before him, is crafting important, immensely thrilling books...
mark-childress's picture
Jan.10.2008
Meet Peter Joseph, aka Peejoe, a wide-eyed believer in the unbelievable, raised by his Meemaw in Pigeon Creek for a good part of his life. But it was his aunt Lucille who raised him for the better. And it all happened during that summer everyone was driven crazy in Alabama, with Lucille at the...
david-corbett's picture
Jan.06.2008
The death of an old jazz musician, the axman for legends like Bobby Blue Bland and King Curtis, sounds the blue note of this dazzling novel, narrated in the blunt and vigorous idiom of California noir but full of compassion for marginal people whose rights are trampled upon by power brokers....
david-corbett's picture
Jan.06.2008
An old school pot smuggler emerges from prison with one goal: to reunite with the love of his life. But she's fallen in with a bad lot, and every effort he makes to liberate her, only further ensnares not just her but himself. "Corbett thunders out of the gate with this gritty, moving debut...
gayle-brandeis's picture
Jan.05.2008
mark-childress's picture
Jan.04.2008
East Tupelo was a sprinkling of poor houses at the scratched-out back edge of Mississippi--and the birthplace of a boy who would become the greatest rock legend of his time. In Tender, novelist Mark Childress has redefined the American epic. He takes us on a wild ride through the last three decades...