David Levithan has successfully done what so many have failed to do in his novel Every Day; he has captured the very essence of the human condition. Levithan created A’s life and tied it to thousands of others, putting his characters to the test as they try to make sense of A’s odd and once solitary existence.
For over 50 years folksinger & songwriter Tom Rush has captivated and delighted audiences with his music. Considered the original troubadour, Rush helped put Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Brown in the limelight after doing covers of their early work.
Tom Rush will be performing at The Bennington Center for the Arts this Saturday Sept 29th at 8PM. He spoke with WAMC’s Katie Britton about his career, and how he bridges the gap between his folk roots, and the younger generations.
In Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls were brought into two worlds. One is where humans are blind to the witches and supernatural powers that be, and the other is a more carnal place where daimons kill for a higher place in society and lower caste members sell themselves for food and coin. Marr’s writing brings us flawlessly into these places, and gives us just enough to set our imaginations free.
In Kat Rosenfield’s debut novel, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, we’re brought into the lives of two young women who are trying to escape their circumstances. They both have bright futures, but only one has a chance to follow her dreams. Though Becca plans to move forward, she’s obsessed with the mysterious death of Amelia Anne and is reevaluating everything and everyone around her.
Magic changes everything, and that’s especially true for Alex Lee, a teenager who until recently, believed that she didn’t have any living relatives. Set in Savannah, Georgia, Katie Crouch’s The Magnolia League series explores Hoodoo, generations of grudges, and the need for self identity for the League’s youngest members. Crouch’s newest book in the series is The White Glove War.
With work spanning over a decade, the Grammy Award winning band Train romanced listeners with songs like 'Meet Virginia', 'Calling All Angles', 'Drops of Jupiter' and 'Hey, Soul Sister'. Their newest album is California 37, a response to their previous album Save Me San Francisco. Bringing even more soul to the masses, the album brings us through the ups and downs of relationships with sweet melodies and toe-tapping beats.
In Sangu Mandanna’s The Lost Girl we enter a world where those who can afford it, have Echoes weaved of their loved ones. If something were to happen to the original, the Echo steps into their life. They are trained to be exactly like their counterpart, from what they eat and experience, to having identifying tattoos and hair styles.
Disasters take many forms, and we never know when they will strike. To help us be prepared for any situation, Rich Johnson and Outdoor Life have createdTheUltimate Survival Manual that will get us out alive.
In Gerald Kolpan’s Magic Words, he finely crafts fact with fiction as he tells the tale of a Jewish boy-interpreter, the world’s most estimable magician, a murderous harlot, and America’s greatest Indian Chief.
We’re deep into summer reading, and there’s nothing better than immersing ourselves in a great novel that takes us away to another place with characters we can relate to. Author Elin Hilderbrand is a pro at this, and in her novel Summerland, we’re brought back to Nantucket as she tackles something new by splitting her narrators between the parents and their teenage children to tell a story of heartbreak and forgiveness.