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November 21, 2014

Book Notes - Sean Manning, Jack Pendarvis, Heather Havrilesky, Phil Hanrahan, Laura Lippman, Emily Chenoweth "Come Here Often?"

Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar is a magnificent celebration of local bars.

Forbes wrote of the book:

"Perfect holiday gift book. . . Between the bars, locales, themes and the writers themselves, there is something here for pretty much everyone."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In their own words, here is Sean Manning and several contributors' Book Notes music playlist for the anthology Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar:

Jack Pendarvis - "Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash

I'd say that if you're alone at a back table "Sunday Morning Coming Down," written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Johnny Cash, is the perfect bar jukebox song to accompany self-pity, an all-time fave barroom emotion.

Heather Havrilesky - "Hot in Herre" by Nelly

I know I'm outing myself as a aging frat boy with this one, but "Hot in Herre" by Nelly is the first song I look for on a jukebox. It's catchy but still soulful, upbeat but still menacing, and sexy, but in that old-school, goofy way that doesn't take itself too seriously ("I think my butt can bend!"). The bottom line is that most people are disappointingly hesitant to "take off all their clothes" in public, even when it's very hot and they're drinking tequila. This song makes up for that just a little bit.

Phil Hanrahan - "The Have Nots” by X

For a few years now I've had this fantasy of opening a small New York City bar that plays only Husker Du songs (with exceptions made for tunes by Bob Mould's post-Husker band Sugar and his solo work). Seven days and nights a week, this magnificent music, yours to hear by just stepping through the door into a place where you'll share at least one instant, guaranteed bond with everyone in there. "Celebrated Summer.” "Flexible Flyer.” "Brasilia Crossed With Trenton.” One night, all of Zen Arcade. Another night, Copper Blue. Paradise.

But given just one jukebox credit, it turns out I wouldn't turn to Husker Du. Nor to my favorite song in the world, Mark Lanegan's weary, whisky-voiced love ballad "Strange Religion” (with dark-angel backing vocals by Come Here Often? contributor Duff McKagan). The Lanegan song—about a scarred, regret-filled soul who finds transformative love—is too stately of tempo, too interiority-triggering, too grained with ache, to play in a bar, unless you want to see a roomful of patrons staring into their drinks, remembering their sharpest losses and the way love both redeems and paves the way for grief.

I'd go with my second favorite song, "The Have Nots” by X. Closing track on their epochal 1982 album Under the Big Black Sun, this song, too, has some ache in its gritty sketch of factory lifers, barflies, lonely souls gathered in Bukowski-ready dive bars and Rust Belt taverns, nursing a shot and a beer after another "hard-earned day,” playing cards with "barmaids while they work.” A lifetime of grinding and these workers have barely risen up the economic ladder since, system-wise, "this is the game that moves as you play.” (Bret Easton Ellis used the lyric, with irony, as a Less Than Zero epigraph). But the song's tempo is fast: Billy Zoom plays snappy, surging rockabilly licks; DJ Bonebreak drums with whip-cracking crispness; and as ever with X, John Doe and Exene Cervenka deliver distinctive, sometimes soaring, slightly cracked vocal harmonies—Cervenka's voice sliding up and around her then-husband's, unpredictably, wonderfully weirdly, even darting into brief, droning atonality. A harmonizing that in its knowing spikiness seems to capture the complexity of love. I've played this song more than any other song in my life. And it's never better than when pounding out of a bar jukebox. Like they're driving down one of the factory neighborhood streets in my hometown of Milwaukee (the lyrics reportedly came to Cervenka while touring the Upper Midwest) and reading aloud what they see on neon tavern signs, Doe and Cervenka chant together the names of seventeen blue-collar bars all told, including my favorites The Hula Gal, Jocko's Rocket Ship, Dexter's New Approach, GG's Cozy Corner and the Get Down Lounge. I would have loved to have been in LA's Roxy Theatre on July 12 this past summer when X played the third of four full-album shows devoted to their first four albums. That night, a Saturday, they played all of Under the Big Black Sun.

Laura Lippman - "Everything Happens to Me” by Chet Baker

There's a Steve Earle-Emmylou Harris duet that I love, "I Remember You,” from the Jerusalem album, but I've never found it on any jukebox. And I can't listen to it without crying, so maybe that's for the best. I have found Chet Baker on various jukeboxes, although it's almost always "My Funny Valentine,” which is fine, but I'd love to find his version of "Everything Happens to Me.” The thing about playing Baker for people who have never listened to him is that people start off saying, "That sounds like my drunk uncle at a wedding," but after a while, they get it. Oh, and want to win a bar bet? Bet someone who's sure they know everything about music they don't know the verse to "My Funny Valentine.”

Sean Manning - "Roll With It” by Steve Winwood

Trying to pick just one jukebox song is tough. Usually you get at least three songs, and you don't pick them independent of one another. You weave them together to tell a story or evoke a mood. Picking jukebox songs is like boxing: your combinations should vary and surprise. Picking just one song, then, is like coming out of your corner and instantly throwing a haymaker. In which case, I'd have to choose "Roll With It” by Steve Winwood. There's a reason the sax solo in rock and roll died out shortly after this song's release in 1988: you can't do it any better. Put it on and just watch the nods of appreciation from your fellow drinkers.

Emily Chenoweth - "Return of the Grievous Angel” by Gram Parsons

I've never been that person who goes to the jukebox clutching a fistful of ones. This is partly because I'd rather spend the money on a cocktail—but it's also because I don't want to choose everyone's night-out soundtrack. That seems…well, kind of bossy, honestly. And, as if these reasons aren't already enough to keep me away from the jukebox, I'm also totally indecisive. Sure, if ever forced to impose my taste on fellow bar patrons, I'd probably pick a Gram Parsons song, because I love him and because that is some down-home all-American drinking music, albeit sung by an androgynously gorgeous drug addict named Cecil wearing a bespoke sequined suit. You can hear beer bottles shattering during Parsons's live numbers, and his so-called Cosmic American Music is anthemically perfect for all the beautiful, regrettable promises a night of drinking with friends and strangers seems to hold: bad romance, psychedelic visions, satanic bargains, murder and heartbreak. But which song to pick? "Still Feeling Blue"? Too honky-tonk. "$1000 Wedding"? Too depressing. "Hickory Wind"? Waaay too slow. (See what I mean?) So I'd dither around in front of the blinking machine for ten minutes and then end up with "Return of the Grievous Angel," which, as much as I love it, would somehow feel anticlimactic and unsatisfying. Better to just stay at the bar and talk shit about the guy who picked "Take the Money and Run.”

Sean Manning and Come Here Often?: 53 Writers Raise a Glass to Their Favorite Bar links:

the editor's website
excerpt from the book (Andrew WK's essay)
excerpt from the book (Elissa Schappell's essay)
excerpt from the book (Hunter R. Slaton's essay)

Biographile review
Forbes review
Kirkus review
San Francisco Book Review review

Reddit interview with the author
Shelf Awareness profile of the author
Soundcheck interview with the author

also at Largehearted Boy:

Book Notes (2012 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

List of Online "Best of 2014" Book Lists

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists

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Book Notes - Eugene Lim "The Strangers"

December 6, 2013

Book Notes - Ryan Bartelmay "Onward Toward What We're Going Toward"

Book Notes - Victoria Patterson "The Peerless Four"

December 5, 2013

Book Notes - Jessica Stilling "Betwixt and Between"

December 4, 2013

Book Notes - Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon "Nothing"

December 3, 2013

Book Notes - Debbie Millman "Self-Portrait as Your Traitor"

Book Notes - Mark Haskell Smith "Raw: A Love Story"

November 26, 2013

Book Notes - Sean Beaudoin "Wise Young Fool"

Book Notes - Ravi Mangla "Understudies"

November 22, 2013

Book Notes - Brendan Connell "Miss Homicide Plays the Flute"

Book Notes - Joe Henry "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him"

November 21, 2013

Book Notes - Cassandra Troyan "Throne of Blood"

November 20, 2013

Book Notes - David Lehman "New and Selected Poems"

November 19, 2013

Book Notes - Martin Aston "Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD"

Book Notes - Nathan Filer "Where the Moon Isn't"

November 15, 2013

Book Notes - Daniel Nester "The Incredible Sestina Anthology"

Book Notes - Snowden Wright "Play Pretty Blues"

November 14, 2013

Book Notes - P.S. Duffy "The Cartographer of No Man's Land"

November 12, 2013

Book Notes - Nicola Griffith "Hild"

November 8, 2013

Book Notes - Laura van den Berg "The Isle of Youth"

Book Notes - Laura Hemphill "Buying In"

November 7, 2013

Book Notes - Nicolas Lampert "A People's Art History of the United States"

November 5, 2013

Book Notes - Jonathan Miles "Want Not"

Book Notes - Roy Choi "L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food"

November 1, 2013

Book Notes - Ben Tanzer "Orphans"

Book Notes - Robert Hilburn "Johnny Cash: The Life"

October 31, 2013

Book Notes - Peter Ames Carlin "Bruce"

October 29, 2013

Book Notes - Scott McClanahan "Hill William"

Book Notes - Jeff Somers "Chum"

October 25, 2013

Book Notes - Kenneth Bonert "The Lion Seeker"

Book Notes - Kari Luna "The Theory of Everything"

October 24, 2013

Book Notes - Kelcey Parker "Liliane's Balcony"

October 22, 2013

Book Notes - Will Self "Umbrella"

Book Notes - Marcia Alesan Dawkins "Eminem: The Real Slim Shady"

October 18, 2013

Book Notes - Don Waters "Sunland"

Book Notes - Andrew Steinmetz "This Great Escape"

October 17, 2013

Book Notes - Lisa Borders "The Fifty-First State"

Book Notes - Michael Demson "Masks Of Anarchy"

October 16, 2013

Book Notes - Justin Kramon "The Preservationist"

October 15, 2013

Book Notes - Cari Luna "The Revolution of Every Day"

Book Notes - Wayne Macauley "The Cook"

October 11, 2013

Book Notes - Sergio De La Pava "Personae"

Book Notes - Lynn Coady "The Antagonist"

October 10, 2013

Book Notes - Matthue Roth "My First Kafka"

October 9, 2013

Book Notes - Catherine Burns "The Moth"

October 8, 2013

Book Notes - George Pelecanos "The Double"

Book Notes - Jessica Keener "Women in Bed"

October 4, 2013

Book Notes - Bill Roorbach "Life Among Giants"

Book Notes - Norm Sibum "The Traymore Rooms"

October 3, 2013

Book Notes - Natalie Serber "Shout Her Lovely Name"

Book Notes - Marek Waldorf "The Short Fall"

October 2, 2013

Book Notes - Beth Lisick "Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames"

October 1, 2013

Book Notes - Kelly Luce "Three Scenarios In Which Hana Sasaki Grows A Tail"

Book Notes - James Robertson "The Professor of Truth"

September 27, 2013

Book Notes - Paul Kwiatkowski "And Every Day Was Overcast"

Book Notes - Kevin Smokler "Practical Classics"

September 26, 2013

Book Notes - Lauren Grodstein "The Explanation for Everything"

Book Notes - David Schickler "The Dark Path"

September 25, 2013

Book Notes - Justin St. Germain "Son of a Gun"

September 24, 2013

Book Notes - Jeff Jackson "Mira Corpora"

Book Notes - T. Greenwood "Bodies of Water"

September 20, 2013

Book Notes - Kevin Fenton "Leaving Rollingstone"

Book Notes - Laura Krughoff "My Brother's Name"

September 19, 2013

Book Notes - Kate Manning "My Notorious Life"

Book Notes - David Vann "Goat Mountain"

September 18, 2013

Book Notes - Colin McAdam "A Beautiful Truth"

September 17, 2013

Book Notes - Eric Lundgren "The Facades"

Book Notes - Chris L. Terry "Zero Fade"

September 13, 2013

Book Notes - Jesse Michaels "Whispering Bodies"

Book Notes - Leah Hager Cohen "I Don't Know"

September 12, 2013

Book Notes - Claudia Zuluaga "Fort Starlight"

Book Notes - Leila Sales "This Song Will Save Your Life"

September 11, 2013

Book Notes - Peter Murphy "The River and Enoch O'Reilly"

September 10, 2013

Book Notes - Paul Harding "Enon"

Book Notes - Hannah Kent "Burial Rites"

September 6, 2013

Book Notes - Dan Beachy-Quick "An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky"

Book Notes - Tim Finch "The House of Journalists"

September 5, 2013

Book Notes - Ben Dolnick "At the Bottom of Everything"

Book Notes - Gwenda Bond "The Woken Gods"

September 4, 2013

Book Notes - Jillian Cantor "Margot"

September 3, 2013

Book Notes - Kathryn Davis "Duplex"

Book Notes - Dave Hill "Tasteful Nudes"

August 30, 2013

Book Notes - Ciaran Collins "The Gamal"

Book Notes - Gillian Linden "Remember How I Told You I Loved You?"

August 29, 2013

Book Notes - Gabriel Roth "The Unknowns"

Book Notes - Patricia Engel "It's Not Love, It's Just Paris"

August 28, 2013

Book Notes - Allison Lynn "The Exiles"

August 27, 2013

Book Notes - Sarah Weinman "Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense"

Book Notes - Sinan Antoon "The Corpse Washer"

August 23, 2013

Book Notes - Patrick Flanery "Fallen Land"

Book Notes - Anne Sward "Breathless"

August 22, 2013

Book Notes - Mitchell S. Jackson "The Residue Years"

Book Notes - Ethan Hauser "The Measures Between Us"

August 21, 2013

Book Notes - Rob Roberge "The Cost of Living"

August 20, 2013

Book Notes - Dennis Bock "Going Home Again"

August 19, 2013

Book Notes - Alex Marwood "The Wicked Girls"

Book Notes - Ben Winters "Countdown City"

August 15, 2013

Book Notes - Susan Conley "Paris Was the Place"

Book Notes - Janice Deal "The Decline of Pigeons"

August 14, 2013

Book Notes - Nick Antosca "The Girlfriend Game"

August 13, 2013

Book Notes - Saïd Sayrafiezadeh "Brief Encounters with the Enemy"

Book Notes - Lucy Corin "One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses"

August 9, 2013

Book Notes - Peter Orner "Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge"

Book Notes - Kelly Braffet "Save Yourself"

Book Notes - Scott Bradfield "The History of Luminous Motion"

August 8, 2013

Book Notes - Brendan Jay Sullivan "Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives"

August 7, 2013

Book Notes - Jenni Fagan "The Panopticon"

August 6, 2013

Book Notes - Mark Slouka "Brewster"

Book Notes - Stacey D’Erasmo "The Art of Intimacy"

August 2, 2013

Book Notes - Stephen Burt "Belmont"

Book Notes - Jen Michalski "The Tide King"

August 1, 2013

Book Notes - Adelle Waldman "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P."

Book Notes - Lori Baker "The Glass Ocean"

July 31, 2013

Book Notes - Kevin C. Smith "Recombo DNA: The Story Of Devo, Or How the 60s Became the 80s"

July 30, 2013

Book Notes - Royal Young "Fame Shark"

Book Notes - Warren Ellis "Dead Pig Collector"

July 26, 2013

Book Notes - Lauren Beukes "The Shining Girls"

Book Notes - Scott Lasser "Say Nice Things About Detroit"

July 25, 2013

Book Notes - Jen Lin-Liu "On the Noodle Road"

Book Notes - Ron Carlson "Return to Oakpine"

July 24, 2013

Book Notes - Jens Lapidus "Never Fuck Up"

July 23, 2013

Book Notes - Tao Lin "Taipei"

Book Notes - Ben Stroud "Byzantium"

July 19, 2013

Book Notes - David Margolick "Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns"

Book Notes - Jordaan Mason "The Skin Team"

July 18, 2013

Book Notes - Merrill Joan Gerber "The Hysterectomy Waltz"

July 17, 2013

Book Notes - Austin Grossman "You"

July 16, 2013

Book Notes - Matthew Guinn "The Resurrectionist"

Book Notes - Sam Toperoff "Lillian & Dash"

July 12, 2013

Book Notes - Lindsay Hunter "Don't Kiss Me"

Book Notes - Rosecrans Baldwin "Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"

July 11, 2013

Book Notes - Veronica Gonzalez Peña "The Sad Passions"

Book Notes - Sarah Pemberton Strong "The Fainting Room"

July 9, 2013

Book Notes - Monica Drake "The Stud Book"

Book Notes - Ali Liebegott "Cha-Ching!"

July 5, 2013

Book Notes - Ethan Rutherford "The Peripatetic Coffin"

Book Notes - Michelle Tea "Mermaid In Chelsea Creek"

July 2, 2013

Book Notes - Rock Bottom Remainders "Hard Listening"

Book Notes - Jessica Anya Blau "The Wonder Bread Summer"

June 28, 2013

Book Notes - Chris Eaton "Chris Eaton, a Biography"

Book Notes - Nancy Jo Cullen "Canary"

June 27, 2013

Book Notes - Preston L. Allen "Every Boy Should Have a Man"

Book Notes - Simon Spence "The Stone Roses: War and Peace "

June 26, 2013

Book Notes - Matt Bell "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods"

June 25, 2013

Book Notes - Jennifer Cody Epstein "The Gods of Heavenly Punishment"

Book Notes - Gabe Durham "Fun Camp"

June 21, 2013

Book Notes - Thomas Van Essen "The Center of the World"

Book Notes - Jim Ottaviani "Primates"

June 20, 2013

Book Notes - A. Igoni Barrett "Love Is Power, or Something Like That"

Book Notes - Kim Barnes "In the Kingdom of Men"

June 19, 2013

Book Notes - Eli Brown "Cinnamon and Gunpowder"

June 18, 2013

Book Notes - Lori Carson "The Original 1982"

Book Notes - Richard Melo "Happy Talk"

June 14, 2013

Book Notes - Andrew Vachss "Aftershock"

Book Notes - Maris Wicks "Primates"

Book Notes - Joshua Isard "Conquistador of the Useless"

June 13, 2013

Book Notes - Jaimee Garbacik "Gender and Sexuality For Beginners"

June 12, 2013

Book Notes - Travis Nichols "The More You Ignore Me"

June 11, 2013

Book Notes - Craig Nova "All the Dead Yale Men"

Book Notes - Jasmine Beach-Ferrara "Damn Love"

June 10, 2013

Book Notes - Anton DiSclafani "The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls"

June 7, 2013

Book Notes - Brian Kimberling "Snapper"

Book Notes - Marc Weingarten "Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales)"

June 6, 2013

Book Notes - Anthony Marra "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena"

Book Notes - Masha Hamilton "What Changes Everything"

June 5, 2013

Book Notes - Alina Simone "Note to Self"

June 4, 2013

Book Notes - Gregory Spatz "Half as Happy"

May 31, 2013

Book Notes - Courtney Angela Brkic "The First Rule of Swimming"

Book Notes - Peter Anderson "Wheatyard"

May 30, 2013

Book Notes - Ramona Ausubel "A Guide to Being Born"

Book Notes - Samuel Sattin "League of Somebodies"

May 29, 2013

Book Notes - Taiye Selasi "Ghana Must Go"

May 28, 2013

Book Notes - Joan Silber "Fools"

Book Notes - Dan Kennedy "American Spirit"

May 24, 2013

Book Notes - Scott Elliott "Temple Grove"

Book Notes - Jan Richman "Thrill-Bent"

May 23, 2013

Book Notes - Christopher Hacker "The Morels"

Book Notes - Elizabeth Huergo "The Death of Fidel Perez"

May 22, 2013

Book Notes - Sarah Gerkensmeyer "What You Are Now Enjoying"

May 21, 2013

Book Notes - Charles Newman and Ben Ryder Howe "In Partial Disgrace"

Book Notes - Drew Magary "Someone Could Get Hurt"

May 20, 2013

Book Notes - Ru Freeman "On Sal Mal Lane"

May 17, 2013

Book Notes - Virginia Pye "River of Dust"

Book Notes - Various Authors "The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage"

May 16, 2013

Book Notes - Norah Labiner "Let the Dark Flower Blossom"

Book Notes - Cecil Castellucci "Odd Duck"

May 15, 2013

Book Notes - Norman Lock "Love Among the Particles"

May 14, 2013

Book Notes - Ben Greenman "The Slippage"

May 10, 2013

Book Notes - Joanna Hershon "A Dual Inheritance"

May 9, 2013

Book Notes - Bill Loehfelm "The Devil in Her Way"

Book Notes - Michael Zapruder "Pink Thunder"

May 8, 2013

Book Notes - Cate Lineberry "The Secret Rescue"

Book Notes - Sean Murphy "Punk Rock Jesus"

May 7, 2013

Book Notes - Elanor Dymott "Every Contact Leaves A Trace"

May 3, 2013

Book Notes - Michele Forbes "Ghost Moth"

Book Notes - Amy Shearn "The Mermaid of Brooklyn"

May 2, 2013

Book Notes - Lucy Knisley "Relish"

Book Notes - Anna Stothard "The Pink Hotel"

April 30, 2013

Book Notes - Julie Wu "The Third Son"

April 29, 2013

Book Notes - Toure "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon"

April 26, 2013

Book Notes - Blake Bailey "Farther and Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson"

Book Notes - Laura Lee Smith "Heart of Palm"

April 25, 2013

Book Notes - Amit Majmudar "The Abundance"

Book Notes - Jenny Davidson "The Magic Circle"

April 24, 2013

Book Notes - Julie Sarkissian "Dear Lucy"

April 23, 2013

Book Notes - James Kelman "Mo Said She Was Quirky"

April 19, 2013

Book Notes - Jake Arnott "The House of Rumour"

Book Notes - Leah Umansky "Domestic Uncertainties"

April 18, 2013

Book Notes - Amy Brill "The Movement of Stars"

Book Notes - B.J. Hollars "Sightings"

April 17, 2013

Book Notes - Jessica Soffer "Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots"

April 16, 2013

Book Notes - Boaz Yakin "Jerusalem: A Family Portrait"

April 12, 2013

Book Notes - Matthew Specktor "American Dream Machine"

Book Notes - Lenore Zion "Stupid Children"

April 11, 2013

Book Notes - Meg Wolitzer "The Interestings"

Book Notes - Elizabeth Scarboro "My Foreign Cities"

April 10, 2013

Book Notes - Jennifer Gilmore "The Mothers"

April 9, 2013

Book Notes - Rayya Elias "Harley Loco"

April 5, 2013

Book Notes - Peter Rock "The Shelter Cycle"

Book Notes - Dave Bry "Public Apology"

April 4, 2013

Book Notes - A. L. Kennedy "The Blue Book"

Book Notes - Shawn Vestal "Godforsaken Idaho"

April 3, 2013

Book Notes - Laleh Khadivi "The Walking"

April 2, 2013

Book Notes - Fiona Maazel "Woke Up Lonely"

March 29, 2013

Book Notes - Benjamin Lytal "A Map of Tulsa"

Book Notes - M. Henderson Ellis "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe"

March 28, 2013

Book Notes - Ron Currie Jr. "Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles"

Book Notes - Fred Waitzkin "The Dream Merchant"

March 27, 2013

Book Notes - Jen Michalski "Could You Be With Her Now"

March 26, 2013

Book Notes - Kristopher Jansma "The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards"

March 22, 2013

Book Notes - Frank Bill "Donnybrook"

Book Notes - Roy Kesey "Any Deadly Thing"

March 21, 2013

Book Notes - Leigh Newman "Still Points North"

Book Notes - Steven Amsterdam "What the Family Needed"

March 20, 2013

Book Notes - Ryan McIlvain "Elders"

March 19, 2013

Book Notes - Owen King "Double Feature"

March 15, 2013

Book Notes - Tom Folsom "Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream"

Book Notes - Michelle Herman "Stories We Tell Ourselves"

March 14, 2013

Book Notes - Austin Ratner "In the Land of the Living"

Book Notes - Ben Miller "River Bend Chronicle"

March 13, 2013

Book Notes - Evan Roskos "Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets"

March 12, 2013

Book Notes - Poppy Gee "Bay of Fires"

March 8, 2013

Book Notes - Rajesh Parameswaran "I Am an Executioner: Love Stories"

Book Notes - Jamie Quatro "I Want To Show You More"

March 7, 2013

Book Notes - Marisa Silver "Mary Coin"

Book Notes - Ariel Djanikian "The Office of Mercy"

March 6, 2013

Book Notes - David McConnell "American Honor Killings"

March 1, 2013

Book Notes - Linda Olsson "The Memory of Love"

Book Notes - Joe David Bellamy "Green Freedom"

February 28, 2013

Book Notes - Aria Beth Sloss "Autobiography of Us"

Book Notes - Michael Lavigne "The Wanting"

February 27, 2013

Book Notes - Jim Gavin "Middle Men"

February 22, 2013

Book Notes - Christopher Castellani "All This Talk of Love"

Book Notes - Andrew Shaffer "Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors"

February 21, 2013

Book Notes - Christine Sneed "Little Known Facts"

Book Notes - Geneviève Castrée "Susceptible"

February 20, 2013

Book Notes - Louise Aronson "A History of the Present Illness"

February 19, 2013

Book Notes - Melissa Harrison "Clay"

February 18, 2013

Book Notes - Tanis Rideout "Above All Things"

February 15, 2013

Book Notes - Jamie Mason "Three Graves Full"

Book Notes - Randy Susan Meyers "The Comfort of Lies"

February 14, 2013

Book Notes - Michelle Orange "This Is Running for Your Life"

Book Notes - Joshua Mohr "Fight Song"

Book Notes - Amy Stewart, Caroline Leavitt, Christopher Castellani, Jill McCorkle,and Jonathan Evison's Valentine's Day Playlist

February 12, 2013

Book Notes - Teddy Wayne "The Love Song of Jonny Valentine"

February 8, 2013

Book Notes - Michael Heald "Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension"

February 7, 2013

Book Notes - Carlene Bauer "Frances and Bernard"

February 6, 2013

Book Notes - David Shields "How Literature Saved My Life"

February 5, 2013

Book Notes - Sean Ferrell "Man in the Empty Suit"

February 1, 2013

Book Notes - Dina Nayeri "A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea"

January 31, 2013

Book Notes - Benjamin Nugent "Good Kids"

Book Notes - Margot Berwin "Scent of Darkness"

January 30, 2013

Book Notes - Amber Dermont "The Starboard Sea"

January 29, 2013

Book Notes - Ian Hamilton "The Disciple of Las Vegas"

January 25, 2013

Book Notes - Todd Hasak-Lowy "33 Minutes"

January 24, 2013

Book Notes - Sam Sheridan "The Disaster Diaries"

January 23, 2013

Book Notes - Ashok Rajamani "The Day My Brain Exploded"

January 22, 2013

Book Notes - Thomas Maltman "Little Wolves"

January 18, 2013

Book Notes - Emily Raboteau "Searching for Zion"

Book Notes - Jeff Backhaus "Hikikomori and the Rental Sister"

January 17, 2013

Book Notes - Matthew Vollmer "Inscriptions for Headstones"

Book Notes - Alex Danchev "Cezanne: A Life"

January 16, 2013

Book Notes - Lara Santoro "The Boy"

January 15, 2013

Book Notes - Adam Mansbach "Rage Is Back"

January 11, 2013

Book Notes - Ben Schrank "Love Is a Canoe"

Book Notes - Nicholas Montemarano "The Book of Why"

January 10, 2013

Book Notes - Hugh Sheehy "The Invisibles"

January 9, 2013

Book Notes - Marjorie Celona "Y"

January 8, 2013

Book Notes - Susan Steinberg "Spectacle"

January 4, 2013

Book Notes - David Abrams "Fobbit"

Book Notes - Nicholas Christopher "Tiger Rag"

January 3, 2013

Book Notes - Juliann Garey "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See"

December 21, 2012

Book Notes - Camille Paglia "Glittering Images"

Book Notes - Cory Taylor "Me and Mr. Booker"

December 20, 2012

Book Notes - Chris Stedman "Faitheist"

December 18, 2012

Book Notes - Kris Saknussemm "Sea Monkeys"

December 14, 2012

Book Notes - George Singleton "Stray Decorum"

December 13, 2012

Book Notes - A.M. Homes "May We Be Forgiven"

Book Notes - Blake Butler "Sky Saw"

December 11, 2012

Book Notes - Will Davis "The Trapeze Artist"

December 7, 2012

Book Notes - Brett Hartman "Cadillac Chronicles"

December 6, 2012

Book Notes - Tony Fletcher "A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths"

Book Notes - Stephanie LaCava "An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris"

December 4, 2012

Book Notes - Susannah Cahalan "Brain on Fire"

November 30, 2012

Book Notes - David Helwig "About Love: Three Stories by Anton Chekhov"

Book Notes - Bill Peters "Maverick Jetpants in The City of Quality"

November 29, 2012

Book Notes - Susan Vaught "Freaks Like Us"

Book Notes - Mark Brend "The Sound of Tomorrow: How Electronic Music Was Smuggled into the Mainstream"

November 28, 2012

Book Notes - Jay Neugeboren "The Other Side of the World"

November 21, 2012

Book Notes - T Cooper "Real Man Adventures"

Book Notes - Peter Trachtenberg "Another Insane Devotion"

November 16, 2012

Book Notes - Mark SaFranko "No Strings"

November 15, 2012

Book Notes - Julia Pandl "Memoir of the Sunday Brunch"

Book Notes - Brad Tolinski "Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page"

November 14, 2012

Book Notes - Diana Wagman "The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets"

November 13, 2012

Book Notes - Marie-Helene Bertino "Safe as Houses"

November 9, 2012

Book Notes - Richard Kramer "These Things Happen"

Book Notes - Ben Masters "Noughties"

November 8, 2012

Book Notes - Nick Harkaway "Angelmaker"

Book Notes - Barbara Shoup "An American Tune"

November 7, 2012

Book Notes - Peter Geye "The Lighthouse Road"

November 6, 2012

Book Notes - Sadie Stein "Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story"

November 2, 2012

Book Notes - Mary Stewart Atwell "Wild Girls"

Book Notes - Carlo Rotella "Playing in Time"

November 1, 2012

Book Notes - B.A. Shapiro "The Art Forger"

Book Notes - Joe Wilkins "Notes from the Journey Westward"

October 26, 2012

Book Notes - Jeanne Thornton "The Dream of Doctor Bantam"

Book Notes - Tod Davies "Lily the Silent"

October 25, 2012

Book Notes - Kathleen Rooney "Robinson Alone"

Book Notes - Caryn Rose "Raise Your Hand: Adventures of an American Springsteen Fan in Europe"

October 24, 2012

Book Notes - Tamara Faith Berger "Maidenhead"

October 23, 2012

Book Notes - Jami Attenberg "The Middlesteins"

October 19, 2012

Book Notes - Bronwen Hruska "Accelerated"

Book Notes - Dan Josefson "That's Not a Feeling"

October 18, 2012

Book Notes - Daniel Waters "Break My Heart 1,000 Times"

Book Notes - Anne Elizabeth Moore "Hip Hop Apsara : Ghosts Past and Present"

October 17, 2012

Book Notes - Yael Kohen "We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy "

October 16, 2012

Book Notes - Elena Passarello "Let Me Clear My Throat"

October 12, 2012

Book Notes - Andrew Cotto "Outerborough Blues: A Brooklyn Mystery"

Book Notes - David Menconi "Ryan Adams: Losering, a Story of Whiskeytown"

October 11, 2012

Book Notes - Richard Beard "Lazarus is Dead"

Book Notes - Amber Sparks "May We Shed These Human Bodies"

October 10, 2012

Book Notes - "Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road"

October 9, 2012

Book Notes - Don Bajema "Winged Shoes and a Shield: Collected Stories"

October 5, 2012

Book Notes - Laird Hunt "Kind One"

Book Notes - Mike Barnes "The Reasonable Ogre: Tales for the Sick and Well"

October 4, 2012

Book Notes - Eliot Schrefer "Endangered"

Book Notes - Joanna Luloff "The Beach at Galle Road"

October 3, 2012

Book Notes - James Meek "The Heart Broke In"

October 2, 2012

Book Notes - J. Robert Lennon "Familiar"

September 28, 2012

Book Notes - Sharma Shields "Favorite Monster"

Book Notes - Cynthia Carr "Fire in the Belly"

September 27, 2012

Book Notes - Mette Jakobsen "The Vanishing Act"

Book Notes - Josh Garrett-Davis "Ghost Dances"

September 26, 2012

Book Notes - Robert Anasi "The Last Bohemia"

September 25, 2012

Book Notes - Antoine Wilson "Panorama City"

September 21, 2012

Book Notes - Michael Kimball "Big Ray"

Book Notes - Paula Bomer "Nine Months"

September 20, 2012

Book Notes - Shani Boianjiu "The People of Forever Are Not Afraid"

Book Notes - George Minot "om love"

September 18, 2012

Book Notes - Sheila Heti "The Middle Stories" and "How Should a Person Be?"

September 14, 2012

Book Notes - Mat Johnson "Pym"

Book Notes - Gwenda Bond "Blackwood"

September 13, 2012

Book Notes - Tim Kreider "We Learn Nothing: Essays and Cartoons"

Book Notes - Amy Leach "Things That Are"

September 12, 2012

Book Notes - Kathleen Alcott "The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets"

September 11, 2012

Book Notes - John Reed "Snowball's Chance"

September 7, 2012

Book Notes - Andrew Porter "In Between Days"

Book Notes - Dan Wilbur "How Not to Read"

September 6, 2012

Book Notes - Morgan McCarthy "The Other Half of Me"

Book Notes - Jennifer Spiegel "Love Slave"

September 5, 2012

Book Notes - Ilie Ruby "The Salt God's Daughter"

September 4, 2012

Book Notes - Emma Straub "Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures"

August 31, 2012

Book Notes - Marie Myung-Ok Lee "What My Son's Disabilities Taught Me About 'Having It All'"

Book Notes - Frank Anthony Polito "Lost in the '90s"

August 30, 2012

Book Notes - Victor LaValle "The Devil in Silver"

Book Notes - Eric Nuzum "Giving Up the Ghost"

August 29, 2012

Book Notes - Paul Tremblay "Swallowing a Donkey's Eye"

August 28, 2012

Book Notes - Benjamin Wood "The Bellwether Revivals"

August 24, 2012

Book Notes - Molly Ringwald "When It Happens to You"

Book Notes - Matthew Batt "Sugarhouse"

August 23, 2012

Book Notes - Shane Jones "Daniel Fights a Hurricane"

Book Notes - Scott McClanahan "The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1"

August 22, 2012

Book Notes - Maryanne O'Hara "Cascade"

August 17, 2012

Book Notes - Matthew Parker "Larceny in My Blood"

Book Notes - Miranda Mellis "The Spokes"

August 16, 2012

Book Notes - Emily Perkins "The Forrests"

Book Notes - Adam Braver "Misfit"

August 15, 2012

Book Notes - Leigh Stein "Dispatch from the Future"

August 14, 2012

Book Notes - Selma Dabbagh "Out of It"

August 13, 2012

Book Notes - Pauls Toutonghi "Evel Knievel Days"

August 10, 2012

Book Notes - Roshi Fernando "Homesick"

August 9, 2012

Book Notes - Charles Yu "Sorry Please Thank You"

Book Notes - Gregory Spatz "Inukshuk"

August 8, 2012

Book Notes - Katie Kitamura "Gone to the Forest"

August 7, 2012

Book Notes - Joshua Cohen "Four New Messages"

August 3, 2012

Book Notes - Amit Majmudar "Partitions"

Book Notes - "The Beautiful Anthology"

August 2, 2012

Book Notes - Claire Vaye Watkins "Battleborn"

Book Notes - Ben Ryder Howe "My Korean Deli"

August 1, 2012

Book Notes - Megan Abbott "Dare Me"

July 31, 2012

Book Notes - Padgett Powell "You & Me"

July 27, 2012

Book Notes - Nichole Bernier "The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D."

Book Notes - Joe Oestreich "Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll"

July 26, 2012

Book Notes - Tim Horvath "Understories"

Book Notes - Gina Apostol "Gun Dealers' Daughter"

July 25, 2012

Book Notes - Colin Dickey "Afterlives of the Saints"

July 24, 2012

Book Notes - Michael Jeffrey Lee "Something in My Eye"

July 23, 2012

Book Notes - Pauline Chen "The Red Chamber"

July 20, 2012

Book Notes - Ted Sanders "No Animals We Could Name"

July 19, 2012

Book Notes - Karolina Waclawiak "How To Get Into the Twin Palms"

Book Notes - Carissa Phelps "Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time"

July 18, 2012

Book Notes - Joshua Henkin "The World Without You"

July 17, 2012

Book Notes - Carol Rifka Brunt "Tell the Wolves I'm Home"

July 13, 2012

Book Notes - Jennifer Spiegel "The Freak Chronicles"

Book Notes - Pamela Ribon "You Take It From Here"

July 12, 2012

Book Notes - Matt Dojny "The Festival of Earthly Delights"

Book Notes - Kaya Oakes "Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church"

July 11, 2012

Book Notes - Christian Kiefer "The Infinite Tides"

July 10, 2012

Book Notes - John Brandon "A Million Heavens"

July 6, 2012

Book Notes - Joe Meno "Office Girl"

Book Notes - Nathan Larson "The Nervous System"

July 5, 2012

Book Notes - Tara Altebrando "The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life"

Book Notes - J. R. Angelella "Zombie"

July 3, 2012

Book Notes - Barbara Browning "I'm Trying to Reach You"

June 29, 2012

Book Notes - David Yoo "The Choke Artist"

Book Notes - Larry Tye "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero"

June 28, 2012

Book Notes - Colleen Mondor "The Map of My Dead Pilots"

Book Notes - Ralph Pezzullo "Hunt the Wolf"

June 27, 2012

Book Notes - Anakana Schofield "Malarky"

June 26, 2012

Book Notes - Janet Groth "The Receptionist"

June 22, 2012

Book Notes - Christopher Coake "You Came Back"

Book Notes - Alexi Zentner "Touch"

June 21, 2012

Book Notes - James Conway "The Last Trade"

June 20, 2012

Book Notes - Aria Minu-Sepehr "We Heard the Heavens Then: A Memoir of Iran"

June 19, 2012

Book Notes - G. Willow Wilson "Alif the Unseen"

June 15, 2012

Book Notes - Christopher Beha "What Happened to Sophie Wilder"

Book Notes - Laura Boudreau "Suitable Precautions"

June 14, 2012

Book Notes - Gideon Lewis-Kraus "A Sense of Direction"

Book Notes - Robert McCammon "The Providence Rider"

June 13, 2012

Book Notes - Alix Ohlin "Inside"

June 12, 2012

Book Notes - William J. Cobb "The Bird Saviors"

June 8, 2012

Book Notes - Anne Korkeakivi "An Unexpected Guest"

Book Notes - Christopher Narozny "Jonah Man"

June 7, 2012

Book Notes - Paul Goldstein "Havana Requiem"

June 5, 2012

Book Notes - Lucia Perillo "Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain"

June 1, 2012

Book Notes - Corwin Ericson "Swell"

Book Notes - Matt Rees "Mozart's Last Aria"

May 31, 2012

Book Notes - Kate Bornstein "A Queer and Pleasant Danger"

Book Notes - Rosie Sultan "Helen Keller in Love"

May 29, 2012

Book Notes - Dallas Hudgens "Wake Up, We're Here"

May 25, 2012

Book Notes - Deni Y. Bechard "Vandal Love" and "Cures for Hunger"

Book Notes - Anne-Marie Kinney "Radio Iris"

Book Notes - Rosie Dastgir "A Small Fortune"

May 24, 2012

Book Notes - Cecil Castellucci "The Year of the Beasts"

Book Notes - Meg Howrey "The Cranes Dance"

May 23, 2012

Book Notes - Jeet Thayil "Narcopolis"

May 18, 2012

Book Notes - Brian Evenson "Windeye"

May 17, 2012

Book Notes - Isaac Adamson "Complication"

May 16, 2012

Book Notes - Amy Waldman "The Submission"

May 15, 2012

Book Notes - Emily St. John Mandel "The Lola Quartet"

May 11, 2012

Book Notes - Jennifer Miller "The Year of the Gadfly"

Book Notes - Nick Arvin "The Reconstructionist"

May 10, 2012

Book Notes - Alyson Hagy "Boleto"

Book Notes - Jac Jemc "My Only Wife"

May 9, 2012

Book Notes - Augusten Burroughs "This Is How"

May 8, 2012

Book Notes - Judith Kitchen "Half In Shade: Family, Photography, and Fate"

May 7, 2012

Book Notes - T.M. Wolf "Sound"

May 4, 2012

Book Notes - Dylan Hicks "Boarded Windows"

May 3, 2012

Book Notes - Lisa Brackmann "Getaway"

May 2, 2012

Book Notes - Simon Mawer "Trapeze"

May 1, 2012

Book Notes - Brandon W. Jones "All Woman and Springtime"

April 27, 2012

Book Notes - Jon McGregor "This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You"

Book Notes - Jon Raymond "Rain Dragon"

April 26, 2012

Book Notes - Michael Downs - "The Greatest Show"

Book Notes - Imran Ahmad - "The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West"

April 25, 2012

Book Notes - Ben Tanzer "Lucky Man"

April 24, 2012

Book Notes - Seth Greenland "The Angry Buddhist"

April 20, 2012

Book Notes - Dan Barden "The Next Right Thing"

Book Notes - Janyce Stefan-Cole "Hollywood Boulevard"

Book Notes - Kirby Gann "Ghosting"

April 19, 2012

Book Notes - Rob Jovanovic "Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground "

April 18, 2012

Book Notes - Joe Schuster "The Might Have Been"

April 17, 2012

Book Notes - Jurgen Fauth "Kino"

April 16, 2012

Book Notes - Nick Dybek "When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man"

April 13, 2012

Book Notes - Eugene Cross "Fires of Our Choosing"

Book Notes - Seth Grahame-Smith "Unholy Night"

April 12, 2012

Book Notes - Ralph Sassone "The Intimates"

April 11, 2012

Book Notes - Matthew Gavin Frank "Pot Farm"

April 6, 2012

Book Notes - Naomi Benaron - "Running the Rift"

Book Notes - Jennifer duBois - "A Partial History of Lost Causes"

April 5, 2012

Book Notes - Megan Mayhew Bergman - "Birds of a Lesser Paradise"

Book Notes - Chiara Barzini - "Sister Stop Breathing"

April 4, 2012

Book Notes - Leela Corman - "Unterzakhn"

April 3, 2012

Book Notes - Jordan Stempleman - "No, Not Today"

March 30, 2012

Book Notes - Noah Hawley - "The Good Father"

Book Notes - Caroline Brothers - "Hinterland"

March 29, 2012

Book Notes - Peter Markus - "We Make Mud"

Book Notes - Derek McCulloch - "Gone to Amerikay"

March 28, 2012

Book Notes - Etgar Keret - "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door"

March 27, 2012

Book Notes - Matthew Forsythe - "Jinchalo"

March 23, 2012

Book Notes - Melissa Joulwan - "Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat"

March 22, 2012

Book Notes - Jessica Maria Tuccelli - "Glow"

Book Notes - Tom Gauld - "Goliath"

March 21, 2012

Book Notes - Hari Kunzru - "Gods Without Men"

March 20, 2012

Book Notes - Kris D'Agostino - "The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac"

March 17, 2012

Book Notes - William Walsh - "Unknown Arts"

March 16, 2012

Book Notes - Adam Levin - "Hot Pink"

March 15, 2012

Book Notes - Heidi Julavits - "The Vanishers"

Book Notes - Miles Klee - "Ivyland"

March 14, 2012

Book Notes - Lauren Groff - "Arcadia"

March 13, 2012

Book Notes - Kevin Barry - "City of Bohane"

March 9, 2012

Book Notes - Austin Kleon - "Steal Like an Artist"

Book Notes - Joe Wilkins - "The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry"

March 8, 2012

Book Notes - Catherine Chung - "Forgotten Country"

Book Notes - Myfanwy Collins - "Echolocation"

March 7, 2012

Book Notes - Peter Behrens - "The O'Briens"

March 6, 2012

Book Notes - James Renner - "The Man from Primrose Lane"

March 2, 2012

Book Notes - Kevin Fox - "Until the Next Time"

March 1, 2012

Book Notes - Melissa Pritchard - "The Odditorium"

Book Notes - Erin O'Brien - "The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts"

February 29, 2012

Book Notes - Margot Livesey - "The Flight of Gemma Hardy"

February 28, 2012

Book Notes - Nick Antosca - "The Obese"

February 24, 2012

Book Notes - Diane Williams - "Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty"

Book Notes - Jenna Le - "Six Rivers"

February 23, 2012

Book Notes - Ramona Ausubel - "No One is Here Except All of Us"

February 22, 2012

Book Notes - Sara Benincasa - "Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from My Bedroom"

February 17, 2012

Book Notes - Ayad Akhtar - "American Dervish"

Book Notes - Mike Doughty - "The Book of Drugs"

February 16, 2012

Book Notes - Elizabeth Hand - "Available Dark"

Book Notes - Frank Bill - "Crimes in Southern Indiana"

February 15, 2012

Book Notes - Will Hermes - "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever"

February 14, 2012

Book Notes - Tupelo Hassman - "Girlchild"

February 10, 2012

Book Notes - Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral - "Chopsticks"

February 9, 2012

Book Notes - Josh Bazell - "Wild Thing"

February 8, 2012

Book Notes - Katie Ward - "Girl Reading"

February 7, 2012

Book Notes - Dan Chaon - "Stay Awake"

February 3, 2012

Book Notes - Steve Erickson - "These Dreams of You"

February 2, 2012

Book Notes - Alan Glynn - "Bloodland"

February 1, 2012

Book Notes - Courtney Taylor-Taylor - "One Model Nation"

January 31, 2012

Book Notes - Hanne Blank - "Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality"

January 27, 2012

Book Notes - Keshni Kashyap - "Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary"

January 26, 2012

Book Notes - Bret Lott "Dead Low Tide"

January 25, 2012

Book Notes - Stewart O'Nan "The Odds: A Love Story"

January 24, 2012

Book Notes - George Pelecanos "What It Was"

January 20, 2012

Book Notes - Roxane Gay "Ayiti"

January 19, 2012

Book Notes - Ben Marcus "The Flame Alphabet"

January 18, 2012

Book Notes - Shalom Auslander "Hope: A Tragedy"

January 13, 2012

Book Notes - Daniel O'Malley "The Rook"

January 12, 2012

Book Notes - Leigh Stein "The Fallback Plan"

Book Notes - Trinie Dalton "Baby Geisha"

January 11, 2012

Book Notes - Alex Gilvarry "From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant"

January 10, 2012

Book Notes - Jessica Keener "Night Swim"

January 6, 2012

Book Notes - Kevin Grange "Beneath Blossom Rain"

January 5, 2012

Book Notes - Caitlin Horrocks "This Is Not Your City"

Book Notes - Will Boast "Power Ballads"

January 4, 2012

Book Notes - Adam Christopher "Empire State"

January 3, 2012

Book Notes - Ryan Boudinot "Blueprints of the Afterlife"

January 1, 2012

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