Heller McAlpin

Heller McAlpin appears in the following:

'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.


'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.