Heller McAlpin

Heller McAlpin appears in the following:

In 'The Chalk Artist,' A Plea For Real-World Connection

Thursday, June 15, 2017

While the love story in Allegra Goodman's latest novel can seem formulaic, she captures the allure of video gaming and the tension between real-world art and literature and the fantasy worlds online.


'Would Everybody Please Stop' Is Serious, Funny And Seriously Funny

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Jenny Allen's new essay collection is sarcastic, funny and astute, finding humor in everything from her battle with cancer to the indignities of aging to her many, many linguistic pet peeves.


Second Thoughts About A Second Marriage In 'Standard Deviation'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Katherine Heiny's first novel for adults is a warmhearted and funny — if overly long — portrait of a man who begins to doubt his chaotic, talkative second wife after 12 years of marriage.


In 'Bad Dreams,' Tessa Hadley Serves Up Satisfying Short Stories

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There are plenty of story collections out now to start your summer with, but Tessa Hadley tops the pile with Bad Dreams, ten richly complex tales of characters pushing the boundaries of their lives.


'House Of Names' Is A Violent Page-Turner, And A Surprising Departure

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Colm Tóibín ventures far afield — in time and place — for this heart-stopping take on the tragedy of Clytemnestra and her family, reanimated with suffering the ancient Greeks never imagined.


At 'The Dinner Party,' Stories That Walk The Line Between Tragedy And Comedy

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

The 11 stories in Joshua Ferris' new collection have all been published before, but they provide a fine showcase for his sly wit, proceeding from the ordinary to the uncomfortable and even bizarre.


'I'd Die For You' Gives A Glimpse Into F. Scott Fitzgerald's Writing Life

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fitzgerald wrote most of his best work in his 20s, and the stories in this new collection — all unpublished or uncollected — demonstrate how hard it was for him to deliver what readers wanted.


'Anything Is Possible' Is Unafraid To Be Gentle

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Elizabeth Strout's new novel-in-stories is a welcome salve for troubled times. A companion volume to last year's My Name is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible looks at the people Lucy grew up with.


In 'Exes,' The Losses Pile Up Like New England Snowdrifts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Max Winter's bleak, powerful debut novel is haunted by missing people — and those who feel their absence. It centers around a man trying to piece together his estranged brother's last years.


Celebrating A Glorious Life Of Excess In 'A Really Big Lunch'

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jim Harrison lived as he wrote — vividly. One year after his death, a new collection of his essays on food, wine, writing and aging brings him roaring back in all his immoderate brilliance.


Hunger, Boredom And Disappointment Are A Literary Feast In 'Bleaker House'

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nell Stevens retreated to a remote corner of the Falkland Islands in an attempt to write a novel. She came away with something better: This oddly winning memoir of deprivation, rain and penguins.


Rebuilding A Father's Life — But Tearing Down His Myths — In 'Dadland'

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Keggie Carew's father was a genuine war hero, but he was on shakier ground close to home. And after he began to suffer from dementia, Carew set out to reconstruct — and demythologize — his life.


This Trip Through 'The Alps' Is A Little Bit Bumpy

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Stephen O'Shea's quirky travelogue is packed with facts and history, but it's marred by a few odd choices — for example, why visit the famed skiing town of Val d'Isère at the height of summer?


'Insomniac City' Is A Valentine To New York, Oliver Sacks And Life Itself

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bill Hayes was Sacks' partner during the renowned author and neurologist's last years, and Insomniac City is a charming, intimate portrait of their relationship, full of sweet, unguarded moments.


'Autumn' Champions Free Spirits And The Lifeforce Of Art

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Ali Smith kicks off a seasonally-themed quartet with this ultimately uplifting look at the lifelong friendship between a young woman and her unconventional childhood soulmate, an artistic gay man.


In 'Lara,' The True Story Of Pasternak's Muse And Mistress

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What price love? In Lara, Anna Pasternak chronicles her famous great-uncle Boris's relationship with his mistress, Olga Ivinskaya — whose connection with the author landed her in the gulags.


'Transit' Is A Journey You Won't Want To End

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rachel Cusk's latest — the second in a trilogy that began with Outline — follows a writer unmoored by the breakup of her marriage, and the people she meets as she goes about her strange new life.


Women Astronomers Shine In 'The Glass Universe'

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Dava Sobel's new book is a history of the unheralded women — called computers, rather than astronomers — who worked at the Harvard College Observatory, studying, cataloging and classifying stars.


The Amazing Adventures Of Michael Chabon's Sort-Of-Grandpa In 'Moonglow'

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Moonglow is a playful, fictional take on the family memoir. Set in 1990, it stars young author "Mike" Chabon, who's visiting his dying grandfather. Grandpa, it turns out, has led a remarkable life.


Faith, Sex And The South Intersect In 'Virgin'

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

April Ayers Lawson's debut story collection features young, often sheltered characters struggling with intimacy in a world where ordinary uncertainties are amplified by a fundamentalist upbringing.