Heller McAlpin

Heller McAlpin appears in the following:

'Mister Monkey' Channels Disappointment In Many Voices

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Francine Prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel, about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off-off-off-off-Broadway musical based on a children's book.


A Neglected Library Leads To Love In 'American Philosophy'

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

John Kaag's new memoir-slash-philosophical treatise begins at a low point in his life, and follows his quest for answers to a dusty old library that proves to be a treasure trove of American thought.


Language Is Home In 'When In French'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

When New Yorker writer and native North Carolinian Lauren Collins married a French man, she set herself to the task of learning French. Her new memoir is a meditation on language and identity.


'Here I Am' Grapples With Weighty Matters ... And Weighty Paragraphs

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Jonathan Safran Foer returns with a door-stopper of a meditation on family, identity and Judaism. It's the story of a crumbling marriage set against the backdrop of a crisis in Israel.


'Textbook' Tries To Extend Kid-Lit Playfulness To Adult Reading

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Amy Krouse Rosenthal's latest requires a high tolerance for whimsy; billed as "not exactly a memoir," it's a kind of noisy activity book for adults that's more Mad Libs than Speak, Memory.


Complex Stories Snap Together In 'This Must Be The Place'

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Maggie O'Farrell's novel jumps among multiple storylines, points of view, times and places to tell the story of an American professor who meets a reclusive French actress on a lonely Irish road.


What Price Happiness? Pretty Expensive, According To 'The Invoice'

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jonas Karlsson's clever parable follows an average guy who Is uncommonly content with his lot in life — until he gets an astronomical bill from a sinister entity trying to redistribute happiness.


Fizzy 'Vinegar Girl' Tames Shrewishness To Sparkle

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Anne Tyler's latest is part of a series of Shakespeare plays turned novels; she's turned The Taming of the Shrew into a modern screwball comedy about an absent-minded scientist and his daughters.


'The Course Of Love' Is More Case Study Than Novel

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Alain de Botton returns to a long-standing fascination — the arc of relationships — in his new novel. But despite its fictional trappings, the book seems more like a class on maintaining a marriage.


'They May Not Mean To' Is A Wry, Warm Look At The Indignities Of Aging

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Cathleen Schine's new novel stars that literary rarity: a functional family. But matriarch Joy is struggling; her husband is ailing and her worried children don't like seeing their parents' decline.


Moving, Inventive 'Thing With Feathers' Is A Guide To Grief

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Max Porter's darkly funny, fiercely emotional new novel centers on a family — a husband and two sons — devastated by the loss of their wife and mother. And then the crow appears.


'Joe Gould's Teeth' Is The Tale Of A Long, Lost Book

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jill Lepore digs into the story of Joe Gould, a legendary Greenwich Village writer and eccentric — and discovers that his missing magnum opus, long thought imaginary, may actually have existed.


'The Noise Of Time' Can't Drown Out Shostakovich

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Julian Barnes' slim but powerful new novel chronicles the difficulties composer Dmitri Shostakovich suffered under repressive Soviet regimes, and mourns what is lost when tyrants try to control art.


Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.


One Life Changes Forever On 'Mothering Sunday'

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Graham Swift's slim, incantatory new novel centers around young Jane, a maid on a rural estate, and the day in 1924 that unexpectedly alters the trajectory of her life.


It's Love That's Important In 'The Truth About Death'

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Robert Hellenga's new collection contains nine searching, mature stories about grand passions, fleeting romantic adventures, and facing the end of life with few illusions.


Beautiful 'Breathing' Is A Nuanced Family Drama

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Elizabeth Poliner's book takes a familiar dramatic trope — the death of a child — and makes it the linchpin for an intricate tale that follows a close-knit family at a cultural turning point.


'Rodeo' Gets In Touch With The Wild, Both Inside And Out

Saturday, March 05, 2016

What would the United States be without its immigrants? Imagine no pizza, no New York City Ballet, no Saul Bellow — and no new waves of talented émigré authors helping us to see American culture from fresh angles. With his first novel, A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman (who came to ...


In A Novel Of Frustrated Young Love, Sexuality Comes To The Forefront

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Belinda McKeon's new novel takes the prize for having one of the most exquisite endings I've read in some time — but first, you have to get there. McKeon has followed her debut, Solace (which won an Irish Book Award in 2011) with a microscopically examined tale of lopsided, obsessive ...


Scouring Brazil For A Celebrated Novelist

Thursday, February 04, 2016

What's the last novel you read that revolved around a translator? I couldn't think of any, though a Google search reminded me that Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov sometimes worked as a translator, and the narrator chasing his elusive muse in Mario Vargas Llosa's The Bad Girl was an interpreter at UNESCO.

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