| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:50 AM
It Chooses You, by Miranda July (McSweeney's, 2011)
The filmmaker/artist/poet/fiction writer Miranda July is well-known for her movies, whose moods share a kind of charming sincerity with that of her other work. Last month, July's first attempt at...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 9:09 AM
We never seem to lose our appetite for stories about the end of the world. And novelist Peter Heller has written a good one. The Dog Stars reads a little like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road mixed with Mad Max, Contagion, Jack London and issues of...
| Jul 29, 2010
One thing to know about your book group: This is more literature seminar than coffee klatch. That's partly because the books are so challenging (“A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian” by Marina Lewycka?) and partly because our leader,...
| Jun 13, 2008
| 1:22 PM
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ($13.95)
2. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon ($15.95)
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95)
4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ($13.95)
5. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ($12)
6. No One...
| Dec 2, 2007
By Ed Park
To take a page from last month's column: We learn from John Crowley's "Endless Things," the final book of his "Aegypt" cycle, that "Coleridge had written . . . that 'the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a...
| Jul 22, 2007
Almost 50 years ago, in 1959, Philip Roth published "Goodbye, Columbus," a coming-of-age love story that was short, sharp, tender and pitch-perfect, and won the National Book Award. Few writers have launched a career so auspiciously. Roth, of course, went...
| Sep 2, 2007
They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment.
They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
| Dec 21, 2008
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99)
2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99)
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14)
5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz ($14)
| Feb 10, 2008
Nothing preempts Hollywood's awards season -- not even a crippling writers strike.
On the same day the West Coast and East Coast branches of the Writers Guild of America gathered to discuss an end to the three-month work stoppage, the union took a...
| Dec 27, 2009
1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ($14.95)
2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery ($15)
3. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout ($14)
4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and...
| Oct 18, 2009
Alfred A. Knopf: 452 pp., $26.95
Rather than a Milagro Beanfield-style war over water rights, in Philip Caputo's "Crossers" we have a veritable hot zone, with faceoffs between drug runners packing automatic pistols,...