Speak-by-Louisa-Hall
Feb. 8 2016
Speak is not a traditional love story. It's not a traditional anything. It's a fractured novel by Louisa Hall told from multiple points of view by a host of interconnected characters across great distances...
casualties-version-3
Jan. 25 2016
In Elizabeth Marro's tremendous debut novel Casualties, San Diego becomes a battleground fought by the men and women behind the scenes of America's military efforts in the Middle East. Ruth No
floating_2015
Dec. 29 2015
In 2015 I read exactly 91 books: 45 were authored by women, 45 by men, and one was a collaboration. While I covered a great many in the pages of The Floating Library, here's a look at a few of my fav
voicesfromchernobyl
Dec. 7 2015
When I was in the Navy, I learned that if I were to get a sunburn so severe that it interfered with my ability to do my job, I could be prosecuted under the terms of the Uniform Code of Military Justice...
Wood
Nov. 16 2015
Lately I've been listening to a lot of books on Audible.com, the largest audio book producer and retailer in the United States. I pay a flat monthly fee and accumulate credits that I can save or spen
blackhole
Oct. 26 2015
Black Hole is set in a near-future San Francisco where massive gentrification has ruined the city Chuck loves. Chuck, a hard-partying old punk, lives in a rented room and works for a startup that sells...
Lotto
Oct. 5 2015
Shirley Jackson's short story "The Lottery" is one of the most widely anthologized works of fiction by a 20th century American writer and with good reason. It's absolutely terrifying
Bad-Sex
Sept. 14 2015
I'm fascinated with recovery memoirs, drug novels and stories where overcoming addiction takes center stage. The narrative arc of a recovery story is similar to a romance and it's almost always the same:...
What-Is-Punk
Aug. 24 2015
What Is Punk? is a picture book for kids that tells the story of punk through rhyming couplets and three-dimensional images of clay figures. Think Wallace and Grommet with liberty spikes and anarchy patches
musicforwartime
Aug. 3 2015
Music for Wartime is Rebecca Makkai's third book but her first collection of short stories, which is unusual considering her short stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best...
invaders
July 13 2015
With The Invaders, Karolina Waclawiak welcomes us to Little Neck Cove Yacht & Country Club, a beach community approximately an hour outside of New York City where wealthy retirees on the wrong...
JLJoe
June 22 2015
Everyone has heard the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover," but what if two covers have similar subjects and the exact same title?
mahoneycover
June 1 2015
If you love music, but the prospect of reading a collection of record reviews strikes you as a less-than-thrilling use of your time, Daniel Mahoney just might make you reconsider.
themiraclegirl
May 11 2015
Oceanside author Andrew Roe has written what could be called a pre-apocalyptic novel set in the heady days leading up to Y2K, when doomsday cults were predicting the end of the world as we knew it
Kim_Gordon
April 21 2015
Kim Gordon's memoir, Girl in a Band, begins and ends with her divorce from her longtime husband and bandmate Thurston Moore.
MattCoyle
March 23 2015
Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm ocean breezes typically aren't the makings of a gritty detective novel. They are in Yesterday's Echo, local author Matt Coyle's debut novel and the first in the...
GashlycrumbTinies
March 2 2015
The Unstrung Harp is hardly an endorsement for a life in letters, yet it remains one of the most honest books about the writing process I've ever read
DorothyIannone (1)
Feb. 10 2015
In You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends (Siglio Press), a collection works by artist Dorothy Iannone and edited by Lisa Pearson, sex is both everywhere and nowhere.
Haruki_Murakami
Jan. 19 2015
I'm not the biggest fan of Haruki Murakami's fiction, but when I saw a copy of The Strange Library in the bookstore, I had to pick it up. The slender volume sealed in plastic and designed by...
inherentvice
Dec. 29 2014
A friend of mine went into a bookstore in Los Angeles and asked the man behind the counter if they had a copy of Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. "You don't want to read that," he said

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