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Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis
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Bookworm: Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal
Fourteen-year-old Rainey Royal lives with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality, in a once-elegant, now decaying brownstone. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father’s best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and build a substitute family. She’s a rebel, even a criminal, but she’s also deeply vulnerable, fighting to figure out how to put back in place the boundaries her life has knocked down, and more than that, struggling to learn how to be an artist and a person in a broken world.
Rainey Royal is told in 14 narratives of scarred and aching beauty that build into a fiercely powerful novel: the harrowing and ultimately affirming story of a young artist.
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
All Things Considered: After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The ‘Wonder’ Of Words
In a story exploring the theme of the artist’s isolation, Grady Tripp, an obese, aging writer who has lost his way, and debauched editor Terry Crabtree struggle to rekindle their friendship, a sense of adventure, and purpose in their lives.
Three Hundred Million: A Novel by Blake Butler
NPR: 300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America
Parallel narratives trace a psychologically charged cat-and-mouse case involving a psychopath who enlists young burnouts to bring him human sacrifices and the troubled police detective who would stop him. By the author of There Is No Year.
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
NPR: Rebooted Comic Heroine Is An Elegant, Believable ‘Marvel’
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
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Fresh Air: 'the Assassination of Margaret Thatcher' and Other Stories from Hilary Mantel
A new Hilary Mantel book is an event with a capital E. Here’s why - the first two best-selling novels in Mantel’s planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up The Bodies,” each won the Man Booker prize. That’s a first. The BBC is filming an adaptation of “Wolf Hall” for airing in 2015. And Mantel’s original short story, “The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher,” was printed in the Sunday New York Times book review a few weeks ago. That story is from Mantel’s new short story collection of the same name. Heads always tend to roll, figuratively and otherwise, in Mantel’s writing. Hers is a brusque and brutal world leavened with humor, humor that’s available in one shade only - black.
The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman
Eddie Ball has the chance of a lifetime: to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot during halftime at the NBA finals, no less. But someone really wants Eddie to shoot an air ball on the big day, and will do anything to sabotage the million dollar shot…
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
NPR: 'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire
A sequel to the Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Ancillary Justice finds warship weapon-turned-soldier Breq journeying with a troublesome crew to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once murdered.
Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Morning Edition: In ‘Lila,’ A Nomad Finds Solace And Love In The Arms Of A Preacher
The Leonard Lopate Show: Marilynne Robinson on Her New Novel, Lila
Triggering a romance and debate by seeking shelter in a church and becoming a minister’s wife, homeless Lila reflects on her hardscrabble life on the run with a canny young drifter and her efforts to reconcile her painful past with her husband’s gentle Christian worldview. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead.
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
NPR: A Hairy, Sardonic Fable In ‘The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil’
The fastidious life of clean-shaven Dave is upended on a fateful day when he grows an unstoppable, impressive beard, in a darkly comic, award-winning meditation on life, death and what it means to be different.
Nora Webster: A Novel by Colm Toibin
NPR: A Slow Simmer Of Grief And Strength In ‘Nora Webster’
Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.
Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon
Soundcheck: How Music Punches Up Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’
Colorado Public Radio: Video: “Inherent Vice” trailer
Fresh Air: Sixties ‘Vices’ Collide in Pynchon’s New Novel
All Things Considered: Pynchon’s New Novel Dark, Delicious
KPBS: Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice Is A Surprisingly Fun Read
Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon- private eye Doc Sportello surfaces, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era
In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre that is at once exciting and accessible, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there.
It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Undeniably one of the most influential writers at work today, Pynchon has penned another unforgettable book.
Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich
The Business: Seven Wonders
When the reclusive mathematician Jeremy Grady is murdered, it’s up to his estranged brother Jack to find out why. Jack’s search leads him on a far-flung journeyfrom Brazil, India, Peru, and beyondas he unravels the mystery that links the Seven Wonders of the World, and discovers that Jeremy may have hit upon something that’s been concealed for centuries. With the help of scientist Sloane Costa, they discover a conspiracy to hide a roadmap to the Garden of Edenand the truth behind a mythological ancient culture.
With a heart-pounding pace and panoramic backdrops, Seven Wonders is an electrifying read, and will be the first in a trilogy.
Big If: A Novel by Mark Costello
All Things Considered: Behind The Sunglasses: The Lives Of Secret Service Agents
In the wake of her father’s death and the vice president’s campaign for the presidency, young Secret Service agent Vi Asplund returns to her New Hampshire home to the side of her eccentric computer genius brother, who is poised to make a fortune on a nihilistic video game.
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
NPR: 'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True
The civil rights movement in 1959 Virginia irrevocably changes the lives of two girls: a persecuted black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school and a white integration opponent’s daughter with whom she confronts harsh truths during a school project.
Some Luck: A Novel by Jane Smiley
Weekend Edition: For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, ‘Where The Roots Are’
Jane Smiley follows the triumphs and tragedies of an Iowa farm family from 1920 through the early 1950s.