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Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Dusty Book: Coyote Blue, by Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore’s Coyote Blue (1994) may be best described as Tom Robbins meets American Gods (2001). The coyote trickster, a reoccurring figure in Native American folklore, appears to insurance salesman Sam Hunter as a handsome Native American who keeps cajoling poor Sam into making some very bad decisions. Is this payback for the act that turned teenage […]

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Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Web Crush: Largehearted Boy’s List of Online “Best of 2014″ Lists

Traditions stick around because they work. So here’s my annual plug for Largehearted Boy’s monstrously comprehensive list of this year’s “best of” lists. Want to know what anyone who has ever had an opinion about anything thought about what was published last year? Check out Largehearted Boy’s Online “Best of 2014″ Lists. A great source of […]

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The Peter Temple Project: Shooting Star
By December 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Peter Temple Project: Shooting Star

Peter Temple’s novels are the literary equivalent of potato chips: you can’t stop with just one. After that, however, the analogy breaks down completely, because not only are Temple’s books much more nutritious than potato chips (and I mean that metaphorically; please don’t chew the pages), they are also not nearly as numerous. If you were to receive […]

Cyber Monday? We’d Rather Be Browsing in a Bookshop

Cyber Monday? We’d Rather Be Browsing in a Bookshop

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a less observed but equally deserving retail holiday of note: Small Business Saturday. If I had to guess, I’d say our readers were much more likely to be browsing bookstores for gifts than lining up in cold parking lots for a chance at a doorbuster big-screen TV. For […]

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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack
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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

I’ve been anticipating the reprint of British author Barbara Trapido’s 1982 debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, for some time now—and it’s finally here! I’ve read pretty much everything that Barbara Trapido has written and have written about her here before. I have found no one else to match Trapido’s wit, style, and uncanny ear […]

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Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

Phil Klay’s Redeployment and Other New War Classics

As has been the case throughout the ages, some of our most powerful writing recounts what men and women experience at war and what they bring back home. Last century gave us classics like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Naked and the Dead, Catch-22, and The Things They Carried. Though this century is young, […]

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Dusty Book: Erasure
By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Erasure

Here’s one that begs another read. In Percival Everett’s Erasure (2001), a black author, sick and tired of no one reading his uber-literary historical novels, (he reaches his breaking point when he discovers his books—including his latest novel, which involves Greek philosophers—on the “African American Studies” shelves at Borders) writes a ridiculous spoof of contemporary street lit called My Pafology. He […]

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Vampires Rising

Vampires Rising

The Vampire Lestat is back, people. It’s been nearly 40 years since Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire burned up the bestseller charts. Ten years later she let Lestat de Lioncourt tell his own story in The Vampire Lestat.  In Prince Lestat  she adds to the legend of the neck-licking Lestat. With bloodsuckers back on the bestseller list, […]

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Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly
By November 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Dusty Book: Through a Glass Darkly

Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly (1986) is one of my go-to historical fiction finds. It has a strong female protagonist, rich historical detail, and both a prequel and a sequel, to boot, for if the patron enjoys it. Set in eighteenth-century England, it’s the tale of headstrong Barbara Alderley, who was born into a rapidly declining noble […]

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Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe Is in Good Company

Richard Ford’s Frank Bascombe Is in Good Company

Richard Ford writes the kind of sharp, lasting literary fiction that defines “contemporary classic.” (And, sure, the Pulitzer doesn’t hurt.) He’s spent nearly 30 years chronicling the life of the Frank Bascombe. Let Me Be Frank with You, out this month, is the fourth novel to feature the East Coast divorced dad who’s made the transition from sportwriter to real-estate […]

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