First Words: Allan Gurganus

April 11, 2012 • No Comments In our continuing First Words series, we select works from First Words, a collection of early writings by famous authors edited by Paul Mandelbaum.  Our previous posts have highlighted the work of Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and…


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Publication Day: Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte

No Comments April 10, 2012 • No Comments Most cat lovers admit to having complicated feline friends. By “complicated,” I mean that your favorite pet manages to rearrange your life to run around his precise schedule (most active at 2 am), his particular…


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Lucky 7: Armchair Travel

6 Comments April 9, 2012 • 6 Comments Armchair Travel Spring is here, and there’s no better time to dream about escaping to far off destinations. Paris, Venice, Buenos Aires, Hawaii—the world is your oyster, and these seven armchair travel titles are ready…


April 6, 2012

Recently Published: Pocket Kings by Ted Heller

4 Comments April 6, 2012 • 4 Comments You don’t have to play, or even understand, poker in order to love Ted Heller‘s third novel, Pocket Kings.  In this dead-on satire of online obsessions, a novelist with writer’s block finds a new–and very…


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The Hunger Games: battle of the book v. the movie

3 Comments April 4, 2012 • 3 Comments Here is the cheesecake on fire I made for a pre-Hunger Games potluck, dubbed the Hungry Games. The odds were not in its favor; it did not survive. It takes a special type of person…


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Publication Day: The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead

18 Comments April 3, 2012 • 18 Comments Robert Olmstead is the author of the national bestseller Coal Black Horse and Far Bright Star, which won the Western Writers of America Spur Award. An amazing writer whose work has been compared to Cormac…