reads from his book, Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth.
"A complete success, comprehensively demonstrating the value of his art...a necessary work that may enter the canon of great criticism."--Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A.O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight and warm humor, Scott shows that while individual critics--himself included--can make mistakes and find flaws where they shouldn't, criticism as a discipline is one of the noblest, most creative, and urgent activities of modern existence.
reads from her novel about M.F.K. Fisher, The Arrangement.
“Absolutely dazzling.”–Paula McLain
“A powerful, enthralling, delectable thrill.”–Kate Christensen
Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone.
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reads from his new novel, A Doubter's Almanac, an exploration of the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family.
"[Written] with stunning assurance and elegant, resonant prose . . . fascinating in its character portrayal and psychological insights . . . It is [Canins] superb storytelling that makes this novel a tremendous literary achievement."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
Milo Andret, the genius who solved the Malosz Conjecture and won the Fields Medal for mathematics, had an unusual, even eerie mind from birth, but not until he moves to Berkeley in the 1970s to pursue a Ph.D. does he realize the extent of his singular talents.
Launch for Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune. This epic tale of warriors and bravery, rebellion and revenge, reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.
"Kids who think history is boring will lose their heads over this one."--Booklist, starred review
When Yoshitsune was just a baby, his father went to war with a rival samurai family and lost. His father was killed, his mother captured, and his brothers sent away. Yoshitsune was raised in his enemy s household until he was sent away to live in a monastery. He grew up skinny and small. Not the warrior type. But he did inherit his family pride and when the time came for the Minamoto to rise up against their enemy once again, Yoshitsune was there.
reads from his new book, My Brain on Fire: Paris and Other Obsessions.
"What makes reading Pitt's book so enjoyable is not only following the intellectual leaps he makes between his many and varied topics of interest. It is also seeing the creative connections among apparently unrelated subjects such as Louis XIV, Elvis Presley, and the Hula Hoop. From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."--Kirkus
This is Leonard Pitt's story of growing up the misfit in Detroit in the 1940s and 50s. In a later age he would have been put on Ritalin and paraded before psychiatrists because he couldn't pay attention in school. In 1962, at the end of a misguided foray towards a career in advertising, he took the ultimate cure: a trip to Paris. He thought it would only be a visit. He stayed seven years. There in the City of Light, Leonard s mind exploded. And it hasn't calmed since.
reads from her new novel, Innocents and Others, about aspiration, film, work, and love.
“The brilliant Dana Spiotta had me from page one of Innocents and Others—a lithely intelligent, moving inquiry into the mysterious compositions of art and friendships.”—Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
Innocents and Others tracks the friendship of two women, both filmmakers: Meadow, who makes art films, and Carrie, who makes commercially successful films with a feminist slant.
reads from her new novel, Under the Influence, a poignant story about the true meaning and the true price of friendship.
"It's a story about the pull of consuming friendships, of seeking to escape into the lives of others, of possession and illusion and you will not be able to put it down until Maynard herself releases you. Utterly captivating."--Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever
Under the Influence traces the story of Helen, a lonely and vulnerable woman recovering from addiction who is enchanted by Ava and Swift Havilland, wealthy and connected philanthropists who take Helen under their wing and help her restart her life, offering to use their influence to help her regain custody of her son. But when tragedy strikes with Swift and her son at the center of it, Helen finds out what happens when she’s expected to repay her debt, and she must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her so much.
presents The Lost Celt.
Written in the voice of Mikey, a fourth-grader who believes that eating crunchy things will get your neurons to fire, The Lost Celt follows Mikey's adventures after a chance encounter with what he thinks is a time-traveling Celtic warrior.
With the help of his best friend Kyler, and clues from his military history book, Mikey tracks down the stranger, and in the process learns about the power and obligations of friendship.
presents Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, a tense, exciting exploration of how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into "the most dangerous man in America," and risked everything to expose the government's deceit.
"Young people in the United States are growing up in a vastly changed world, one where endless war and all-pervasive surveillance is a matter of course. Most Dangerous will help them understand how it has become so."--The New york Times Book Review
This captivating nonfiction investigation of the Pentagon Papers has captured widespread critical acclaim, including features in The Washington Post and on NPR, selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and selection as a finalist for the 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
Launch for Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, an exploration of the widening gap between what parents may think they know about their daughters’ sexual lives and what girls are actually experiencing, as well as how they feel about it.
Even as the media focuses on the controversies around campus rape and assault, Peggy Orenstein pursues a much broader agenda, examining how contemporary culture, saturated in sexting, casual hook-ups, and internet porn, affects high school and college girls and the choices they make.
reads from Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, a sweeping history told through nine American and British characters including Hemingway and George Orwell.
"George Orwell once explained that going to Spain, in 1936, seemed the only conceivable thing to do. As soon as he got there, the right thing to do got a lot less clear. And how to write about it was immediately difficult, too. The twenty-eight hundred Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War felt the same way, as Adam Hochschild recounts in this rich and fascinating book. Few writers grapple so powerfully with the painful moral and ethical choices of past actors as does Hochschild, who brings to "Spain in Our Hearts"his exceptional talents and his moral seriousness as a reporter, as a historian, and as a writer."--Jill Lepore
For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa's photographs.
Readings from Tiller North and Because:
“In poems that are reminiscent of the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Rosa Lane is fierce in her dedication to craft throughout this remarkable volume. Lane’s poems build through the architecture of the image, the texture of physical detail, and a sparse, understated language that resonates a profound love of humanity, an embrace of the people around her, and a deep, inward movement of the poet’s imagination.”—Stephen Haven
“Nina Lindsay’s Because is beautiful work.The poems pick through the things of the world . . . exposing the unseen and intensifying the seen.They question what she calls ‘our multifrond uncertainties and errors’ and ‘hesitant happiness.’ She negotiates with great poise the push-pull of darkness and light, presence and absence, waking consciousness and the dream life. The poems . . . even in their melancholies, are rapturous.” —W. S. Di Piero
Tiller North takes us behind the walls of a fishing village in coastal Maine. With her insider’s voice, Lane breaks the code of silence in her telling: secrets embedded within class, sexual identity, familial relationships, death, and rebirth.