Books

25 Iconic Book Covers from AbeBooks

This is a pretty nifty list, compiled by the folks at AbeBooks and made up of twenty-five book covers they consider iconic. Of the twenty-five listed, I can only claim to own three with those particular covers. Of course, lists are by their nature bound to inspire disagreement, and they rarely satisfy anyone. But come
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To Kill A Mockingbird Turns Fifty

Whenever someone asks you to name your favorite novel, how do you respond? Myself, I usually have to check my watch to see what day it is before I answer; that’s to say that over time, my appreciation for certain works changes. And I’m not only talking about the passage of years here, but even
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Author of the Week: Kurt Vonnegut

Nestled in the introduction to Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night is perhaps one of the most life-changing lines of writing I have ever read: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” If that statement sounds simple, it’s because it is simple. But the truth of it
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Confrontations with Reality in Richard Russo’s The Whore’s Child

Richard Russo’s collection, The Whore’s Child, features seven short stories with characters who dread coming face to face with specters from their present or past lives. Whether an elderly nun discovering her true history through the barely fictionalized story of her life, a father facing a domestically abusive son-in-law, a movie-maker meeting his wife’s ex-lover,
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DELTA BLUES Releasing

Delta Blues, a collection edited by my friend Carolyn Haines, is releasing soon and has been getting lots of good press. The book’s foreword is written by Morgan Freeman, and in addition to Carolyn, contributors to the collection include James Lee Burke, Charlaine Harris, John Grisham, Ace Atkins, Alice Jackson, Suzanne Hudson, Dean James, and Les Standiford.

The Introspective Detective in Michael Chabon’s THE FINAL SOLUTION

First things first: if you haven’t read Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon, you owe it to yourself to do so. People who know me will point out that I say this about every author I greatly admire, and they will be absolutely correct. However, I’ll qualify my statement by adding that if I could only recommend one author, it would very likely be Chabon. To me, he’s that good.