After eight commanding works of fiction, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo now turns to memoir in a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape.
Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville - once famous for producing gloves and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by.
Legendary author, Margaret Atwood, joins us to tell us about the e-book, Erase Me: Positron, Episode Three - Episode Three in the Positron Series. In the latest edge-of-your-seat episode of Positron, the dystopian comedy takes its darkest turn yet. Atwood’s story pits husband against wife and the human impulse to love against the animal instinct to survive.
Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. Lionel Asbo: State of England centers around a thuggish, yet occasionally endearing antihero, Lionel Asbo, whose last name results from being handed down at age 3 an Anti Social Behavior Order, a civil order issued in Britain against conduct that includes things like begging, graffiti and excessive noise.
Archer Mayor is the author of the highly acclaimed, Vermont-based series featuring detective Joe Gunther, which the Chicago Tribune describes as "the best police procedurals being written in America." In the new book, Paradise City, Joe Gunther investigates Vermont burglaries and a murder leads him to Northampton, Massachusetts.
Dan Wakefield joins us to talk about Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes the next blockbuster thriller featuring Army Special Agent John Puller. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. In The Forgotten, Puller is back on the case.
While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of the country’s early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief.
He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust and that of the people in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men.
Emma Straub is, according to Gothamist, "the belle of the Brooklyn indi-lit ball". Her debut story collection Other People We Married, was published in February to rave reviews. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Slate and many other journals.
Hailed as “the best thrill writer of the moment” (New York Times) and “the poster boy for American crime fiction” (Los Angeles Times), with more than 40 million copies of his novels in print worldwide featuring his now iconic creation—ex Army cop and all-around tough guy Jack Reacher—Lee Child is doing pretty good.