Authors in Real Life: Lisa Ko and Weike Wang

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(L-R: Lisa Ko and Weike Wang)

On the surface, The Leavers by Lisa Ko and Chemistry by Weike Wang are two very different books. The Leavers takes place over a decade, telling the story of a young man searching for his mother after being separated from her as a child in New York and raised by adoptive parents. It won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, a prize created and selected by Barbara Kingsolver. Chemistry gives us two years in the life of a high-achieving young scientist trying to make sense of all the parts of her life that don’t follow a formula: love, family, friendship, and career. It’s a coming-of-age romantic comedy that’s also deeply intelligent. Read the rest of this entry »

Amelia Gray’s New Novel, Isadora, Takes Readers Deep into the Madness of Loss

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Before she was known as the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan was a single mother of two young children, balancing her creative life with family life in Paris. In 1913, both children died in a freak accident, and Duncan’s world split forever into before and after. Her deep grief, mental unraveling, and struggle to regain her sanity are the basis for Amelia Gray’s new historical novel, Isadora. Read the rest of this entry »

Chuck Klosterman, The (Sort of) Reformed Multi-Tasker

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Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of seven books of nonfiction (make that eight now) and two novels. He solved moral dilemmas for The New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist column for three years, co-founded the website Grantland, and once appeared in a documentary. He has also contributed regularly to The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Over the last couple of decades, he has not only analyzed popular opinion on entertainment, sports, music, and philosophy; he has helped define it. Read the rest of this entry »

What It’s Like to Experience Edan Lepucki’s New Novel, Woman No. 17

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Motherhood doesn’t turn women into saints; if anything, it exposes our faults, raising the stakes when we screw up. In real life, that’s enough to give you an anxiety attack. In fiction, it’s riveting — especially in the hands of Edan Lepucki, whose second novel, Woman No. 17, explores the cracks in two women’s facades. Read the rest of this entry »

Our New Favorites for Young Readers, From Babies to Teens (Plus the Latest ParnassusNext Pick!)

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Are the young readers in your life claiming “nothing to read”? Do you need a perfect baby shower gift or birthday present for a grade-schooler or teen? Would you perhaps just like an excuse to come browse the darling titles on the shelves of our children’s section? Come on over — we’ve got you covered. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Favorites, Book Club Picks, and a Cover So Beautiful We’d Wear It If We Could

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Read this if:
A) You need not-boring gift ideas for Mothers’ Day.
B) You’re out of books and want to be reading something fabulous by bedtime TONIGHT.
C) You’re the person in your book club who always knows about the newest releases.
D) You’re looking for a paperback version of a great story you might have missed.
E) All of the above. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes from Ann: Flood

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There have been some water issues at our house. Read the rest of this entry »