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A Galaxy of Authors, with Planets Named Pynchon, and Bolano, and Wallace, and Gaddis Orbiting the Imploding Star Called Melville by Nick Abrahamson

…And now what have we here?  Cadres of discerning readers, mostly male, incisive in their book sale crate digging, adherents supplicating at the altar of postmodern sprawl, have trained their eye on a forming planet still in its infancy within our authorial galaxy of ambitious doortstop novels. The planet’s name?  Sergio de la Pava.

Peeping Again by Cindy Hulsey

At the risk of sounding like a Peeping Tom I recently wrote about the allure of viewing other people’s lives through lit windows.  As a fan of Hitchcock’s Rear Window I’ve watched it numerous times and never tire of the initial premise; observing people surreptitiously, imagining their lives, consumed by a vague longing based not on reality, but some sort of

Sure Bets by Rebecca Howard

I recently participated in an online conversation with Readers’ Advisory librarians across the country.  One of the things we discussed was sure bet books.  Sure bets are those tried and true titles that we find ourselves suggesting to readers over and over.  A librarian from Seattle Public challenged us to come up with ten titles that are—generally speaking—crowd pleasers.  There were quite a few overlaps and some titles that were brand new to me, but it was a great exercise.

Magic, Garcia Marquez, and the Unknown by Laura Raphael

By now, if you’re at all plugged into the book world, you’ve heard that the inimitable Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez has died. It’s always sad to lose a literary lion of García Márquez’s stature, of course, but today I am focusing on what he gave us, not on what we’ve lost.

British Eccentricity by Cindy Hulsey

I’ve always enjoyed British humor, which seems to trade on eccentricity in a way sometimes lacking in American humor.

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