What We’re Reading: At Home: A History of Private Life

December 21, 2010 • 3 Comments

I am the unlikeliest person to be reading this book, for three reasons: 1) as anyone who knows me well can report, I have a certain deficiency in the housekeeping department; 2) I’m more inclined…

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Booksellers Rock! Rob Dougherty, Clinton Book Shop

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What books recently rocked my world: Nothing Left To Burn by Jay Varner (suck-up alert), Room by Emma Donoghue, Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King.

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December 15, 2010

Win This: Wicked Plants Seed Collection

39 Comments December 15, 2010 • 39 Comments

As some of you know, I planted a poison garden while I was working on Wicked Plants.  I’d never grown, much less seen, some of the plants in the book, and it’s just too weird…

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December 9, 2010

READ THIS: A Chanukah Essay

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December is one of my favorite times of year. For many of us, it means time to bring out the Bing Crosby songbook, time to unearth the scary Christmas napkins that look as if Santa’s…

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December 6, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Emma Straub, BookCourt

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Emma Straub is a native New Yorker. Her debut collection of short stories, Other People We Married, will be published by FiveChapters Books in February. She works at BookCourt, one of Brooklyn’s finest independent bookstores,…

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December 3, 2010

In Memoriam: In the Time of the Butterflies

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Algonquin author Julia Alvarez, who grew up hearing stories about the Mirabal sisters, and whose family fled the Dominican Republic only months before the tragic deaths, immortalized the sisters’ story in her bestselling novel In…

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November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! From my mom…

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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I’m flying out to see my parents this afternoon, but wanted to get in one last post before the holiday. Thinking about the best parts of Thanksgiving, what I’m thankful for, and…

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November 19, 2010

Booksellers Rock! Michele Filgate, RiverRun Books

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Michele Filgate is the Events Coordinator at RiverRun Books in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She recently made New Hampshire Magazine‘s “It List” for 2010. Michele is a writer and a book critic, and a member of…

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November 17, 2010

Like My Jacket? Paperback versus Hardback

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This month marks the publication of the beautiful paperback edition of Lauren Grodstein’s critically acclaimed novel A FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, an Algonquin staff favorite. Lauren’s suburban tragedy charts a father’s fall from grace as…

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October 6, 2010

A Fan’s Notes on A Fan’s Notes

4 Comments October 6, 2010 • 4 Comments

Brock Clarke on Frederick Exley’s cult classic

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.I first read Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes in the summer of 1993. I was at my parents’ house in upstate New York.…

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