Heller McAlpin

Heller McAlpin appears in the following:

'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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