Somewhere, someone's waking up Billie Joe Armstrong as September enters its last days, but here in the book world we've been trying to keep track of all the titles hitting our shelves this month. This week, Marilynne Robinson wraps her celebrated Gilead series, local author Ryan Holiday's back with more from the Stoics, and a bevy … Continue reading Happy Fall, Here’s Some New Books For ‘Ya!
The National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced in a ceremony at the New School in New York City last night. In addition to the winners in the six categories listed below, Toni Morrison received the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award and Phil Klay (here in the store tonight!) received the John Leonard Prize for Redeployment. Since 1974, National Book … Continue reading 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners
Lila by Marilynne Robinson Reviewed by Katie Presley Marilynne Robinson is one of the most careful writers working today, in the purest sense of the word: there is more care put into every syllable of a Marilynne Robinson novel than in many shelves put together. Her publishing history and subsequent awards prove the point. Her … Continue reading New From Marilynne Robinson, On “The Wildness of Things”
~post by Brian C. On the last Sunday of every month, a ramshackle group of close readers get together to talk about a novel. This group has been meeting for five years, and we call ourselves The Voyage Out Book Group. We read in three month cycles centered on a particular region. We consider it … Continue reading What Is “The Great American Novel” All About?
If you only read one book this year, I don’t know that we could ever be friends. Who only reads one book a year? It’s absurd. Nonetheless, if you plan to read 5 books this year (and that is still far too few), allow me to make some recommendations: First up is Home by Marilynne … Continue reading 5 Must Reads