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Gold Fame Citrus
The future is thirsty in this novel of an attempted escape from a drought-ravaged California. Review by Sarah L. Courteau.
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Carrie Brownstein's "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" takes us into a world where the smallest gesture can set off a creative explosion. Greil Marcus reviews.
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
What the year's most unexpected bestseller teaches us about pleasure, security, and "the fruit of labor", in one man's log-and-axe adventures. Review by Peter Lewis....
A hip fairytale of an enigmatic Baron from the author of "The Sisters Brothers" possesses a language and daring imagination all its own. Review by James Parker.
The Blue Guitar
"A middle-aged painter-cum-thief attempts to negotiate the fallout of his romantic indiscretions" in the latest work from one of Ireland's premier novelists. Review by Stefan Beck.
Phishing for Phools
A Nobel Prize winner and esteemed economist join forces to explain "the bridled market that measures and enforces quality standards that keep the system from becoming a colossal Ponzi scheme."
The Art of Memoir
A master class from the author of "The Liars Club" and "Lit" teaches us how to write our life stories. Leah Finnegan asks: should we?
Fates and Furies
With cutting inventiveness, one of today's best novelists examines a whirlwind marriage, and how to write about matrimony in the twenty-first century. Review by Mark Athitakis.
South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature
The lay of the land which birthed some of America's greatest writing, in the private lives of Faulkner, Welty, Harper Lee, and others.
Did You Ever Have a Family
A small-town tragedy sends ripples through the lives of many in a debut novel from memoirist Bill Clegg. Reviewed by Veronique de Turenne.
The Story of the Lost Child
Elena Ferrante's enthralling Neapolitan quartet comes to a close with a novel that closes the circle opened in "My Brilliant Friend." Review by Anna Mundow.
Paradise of the Pacific
A transporting immersion into the history of Hawaii, and the ways its native peoples held on to their way of life in the face of colonial exploits.