Friday, June 06, 2014
Even Prince Charles has used the book's signature line: "You might think that, but I couldn't possibly comment."
Monday, June 02, 2014
PEN prize-winning writer Smith Henderson discusses his new novel, Fourth of July Creek. After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral 11-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah, a paranoid survivalist waiting for the coming End Times.
Friday, May 30, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Adelle Waldman's debut novel made a big impression when it was published last year—it was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Slate, NPR, and The New York Times. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. follows writer Nate Piven, a young rising star in New York's literary world who can’t quite figure out his romantic life. It’s a portrait of a flawed and sometimes infuriating modern man searching for happiness, and it’s an honest look at how Nate thinks about women, sex, and love.
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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Former New York Times restaurant reviewer and Gourmet magazine editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl talks about her first novel, Delicious! It tells the story of Billie Breslin, who moves from California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. When the magazine is abruptly closed, Billie stays on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints. The lonely job becomes the portal to a miraculous discovery—she finds a cache of old letters written to the legendary chef James Beard.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Teju Cole talks about his new novel, Every Day Is for the Thief, about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He taps into the energies of Lagos life—creative, malevolent, ambiguous—and slowly begins to make sense of the profound changes that have taken place in his country and in himself in the 15 years since he moved away.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Zia Haider Rahman discusses her debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of this century. One September morning in 2008, an investment banker whose career and marriage are collapsing receives a surprise visitor at his West London townhouse. In the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Evie Wyld, one of Granta magazine's Best Young British Novelists, discusses her new book, All The Birds, Singing, about a young woman living in an old farmhouse on a British island where her disobedient collie and a flock of sheep are her sole companions. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep. Is it foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, or an obscure, formidable beast?
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Isla Morley discusses her novel Above. It’s about a teenager who’s abducted by a survivalist and locked away in an abandoned missile silo in Eudora, Kansas. At first, she focuses frantically on finding a way out, until the harrowing truth of her new existence settles in—the crushing loneliness, the terrifying madness of a captor who believes he is saving her from the end of the world, and the persistent temptation to give up.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Susan Minot talks about her new novel, Thirty Girls, about two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to find meaning from events that test them. Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army who struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Dinaw Mengestu talks about his latest novel, All Our Names. It’s the story of two young men who come of age during an African revolution, drawn from the safe confines of the university into the clamor of the streets. But as the line between idealism and violence becomes increasingly blurred, the friends are driven apart—one into danger, the other into the safety of exile in America, where he is haunted by the friend he left behind.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Mohsin Hamid talks about his new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. It’s a tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, and it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Helen Oyeyemi talks about her novel Boy, Snow, Bird. In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking for a new life. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. When Bird has a baby who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white.