Milagro Creek Interview and Excerpt!

July 12, 2010 • No Comments Author of The School of Beauty and Charm and Polite Society, recipient of a Whiting award in fiction in 1995, and creative writing professor at Kennesaw State University, Melanie Sumner is out with her newest…


June 22, 2010

Excerpt: Lucky Girl

No Comments June 22, 2010 • No Comments Lucky you, today we have the first chapter of Mei-Ling Hopgood‘s memoir Lucky Girl. Adopted when she was a baby, Mei-Ling Hopgood grew up in the Midwest and was never really curious about her Asian…


May 26, 2010

Excerpt: Far Bright Star

1 Comment May 26, 2010 • 1 Comment Today we have an excerpt form Robert Olmstead‘s Far Bright Star. This novel, which came out last year and is new in paperback, has gleaned some high praise and won the Western Writers of America…


May 24, 2010

Peep Show: Sneak Peep

6 Comments May 24, 2010 • 6 Comments A little about Joshua Braff‘s new book, Peep Show: David Arbus will be graduating from high school in the spring of 1975. His divorced parents offer two options: embrace his mother’s Hasidic sect or go…


May 11, 2010

There’s a rabbi in the freezer…

1 Comment May 11, 2010 • 1 Comment In anticipation of today’s excerpt from Steve Stern‘s The Frozen Rabbi, I sat down with a copy of the book last night, intending to maybe read the first chapter, feel out Stern’s prose, and fall…


February 11, 2010

“It takes a village to make a tango dancer.”

No Comments February 11, 2010 • No Comments Today we have the first chapter of Maria Finn‘s new memoir, Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home. This selection is about Finn’s first tango lesson after her split from her cheating husband. She’s learning…


November 17, 2009

A Friend of the Family – Read an Excerpt

No Comments November 17, 2009 • No Comments There is a lot of buzz surrounding Lauren Grodstein’s new novel, A Friend of the Family, which just released last week. This story of a suburban father’s fall from grace as he struggles to save…