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April 17, 2014

Book Notes - Christopher Brookmyre "Bred in the Bone"

Bred in the Bone

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, Myla Goldberg, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Christopher Brookmyre's novel Bred in the Bone impresses with its depiction of Glasgow as well as its well-drawn characters on both sides of the law.

Publishers Weekly wrote of the book:

"Peppered with choice Glaswegian slang and oozing with just the right combination of black humor and sobering commentary on the city’s dark underbelly, this entry should cement Brookmyre’s reputation as one of today’s top Scottish crime writers."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In his own words, here is Christopher Brookmyre's Book Notes music playlist for his novel, Bred in the Bone:

The advance posters for John Singleton's landmark 1991 debut Boyz n the Hood memorably featured the tag line: "It ain't no fairytale." This was a subtle barb aimed at the Steve Martin-penned comedy LA Story, released earlier the same year, which had offered viewers a pastel-shaded (and all-white) fantasy version of Los Angeles as a dream factory, pretending that neighbourhoods and communities such as Singleton's didn't exist. Singleton's exasperation was not the result of one movie, but rather with the fact that whenever Hollywood turned its attention to LA, it tended to trade in love letters rather than home truths, and always offered the same fairytale version to the world.

I have long harboured a similar frustration with regard to depictions of my native Glasgow, but my complaint is essentially the opposite. The Glasgow of film, TV and literature is always one of violence, poverty, deprivation, drugs and alcohol, and while the city's problems with all of the above are chronic and undeniable, there must be few cities subject to such a consistently one-sided portrayal. To my mind, this gangland theme-park Glasgow of mainstream popular culture is as idealised and unrealistic as Steve Martin's LA, and I have long made it a mission of my writing to show the world all of my city's many faces.

When I conceived of the novels that ultimately comprised the Jasmine Sharp trilogy, I was extremely wary of adding to the negative stereotype. Where the Bodies are Buried, When the Devil Drives and Bred in the Bone are about thirty years of secrets buried amidst the complex relationships between the police and the city's crime lords, where neither law nor morality is denoted by a clear border, but rather a mist-shrouded hinterland.

I was determined to reflect the fact that Glasgow is also a thriving, energetic and culturally vibrant city. To me, one of the most rewarding ways of doing this was to showcase the songs emerging from the city's enduringly fertile and ceaselessly surprising music scene. I wanted not merely to create a silent soundtrack to the books, but to depict the role this music has in my characters' lives, as well as to acknowledge the debt of inspiration I owed to these songs in conceiving of and writing this trilogy.

Some of these are songs I refer to specifically in my novels, others are songs I was listening to at the time, but the bottom line is that Jasmine Sharp, Catherine McLeod and Glen Fallan would not have been the same without them.

Frightened Rabbit – The Loneliness and the Scream
This is kind of where it all began with these novels. Late Summer 2009, my family dealing with the sudden death of my wife's father. Around about this time I fell in love with Frightened Rabbit's music, and was awe-struck by Scott Hutchison's candour and unflinching honesty in analysing his own life. It was much more than that, though: what truly grabbed me was his gift for making the personal universal. Here was music about vulnerability, self-doubt, melancholy and the precipice of despair, but ultimately celebrating our enduring hope and the unlikely places we find redemption. By way of acknowledgment, I chose to open Where the Bodies are Buried by naming its first chapter after this song, whose title particularly chimed with the mood and the events that begin the story.

The Twilight Sad – Cold Days from the Birdhouse
I named a chapter in Where the Bodies are Buried after a more appropriately titled Twilight Sad track (And She Would Darken the Memory), but it was the opening song from the album Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters that really haunted my mind in the months before I sat down to write the book. It is sparse, admitting of no self-pity, and yet remains strangely comforting: a soundtrack for contemplating the hardest things we must face. As mentioned above, I was dealing with bereavement and channelled my feelings into the process by which Jasmine must cope with the loss of her mother, and no song better reminds me of that mood. Once you've heard it a couple of times, it will stay with you always.

Glasvegas – Go Square Go
Glasvegas' debut album was one of the most emotionally raw and draining collections of songs I had ever heard, so much so that I had to ration my exposure to it at first, as certain of the tracks were frequently causing me to fill up: not ideal if you're listening in the car and driving on the motorway. In common with both of the bands mentioned above, James Allan eschewed the mid-Atlantic register often preferred by Scottish vocalists, choosing instead to sing in his own Glasgow accent: something that adds to the immediacy and frankness of the songs. One of the most toxic sources of misery in the west of Scotland is its enduring cult of the hard man, a theme I sought to explore through the character of Glen Fallan: a former gangland hitman and enforcer searching for redemption. This song cuts open the issue at the root, exposing how a corrupt and yet seductive code equating masculinity with violence is irrevocably inculcated in childhood.

Biffy Clyro – A Whole Child Ago
Biffy Clyro are a hard act to pigeonhole: constantly evolving their sound, beguiling the listener with strange and shifting time signatures, and generally hitting the accelerator whenever they are approaching any kind of comfort zone. Simon Neil's lyrics tend to be just as perplexing, though even when their meaning remains elusive, their use of language can be arresting. I chose A Whole Child Ago as the name for a chapter describing Jasmine Sharp's recollection of the first time she lost her mother – just for a while, in a supermarket, as a little girl – and how that feeling returned permanently when her mother died.

Balaam & the Angel - Day and Night
In When the Devil Drives, the latest West End stage hit (and best-selling soundtrack album) for theatre impresario Hamish Queen is a musical based on Grange Hill, an Eighties TV show about an ordinary British school. Hamish reflects that the songs in his show evoke nostalgia precisely because he chooses largely forgotten numbers that weren't quite hits. His reasoning is that the classic Eighties standards don't specifically remind anyone of that decade, because we've been hearing them throughout every decade since. Among the tracks Hamish used was this goth-pop gem by one of my favourite bands of the era, Balaam & the Angel: probably best known in the US for I'll Show You Something Special, which was the song playing in the demonic late-night cab ride taken by Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Twin Atlantic – Yes I Was Drunk
In making reference to an emerging new band in a book, you can be hostage to fortune in that they might soon disappear without trace, or evolve into something you really didn't anticipate. If you're lucky, though, they can go from strength to strength, and your character's relationship with their music can seem more authentic for that. In Where the Bodies are Buried, I referred to Jasmine as having seen Twin Atlantic play just before her mother became ill, which set things up nicely for two books later with Bred in the Bone, in which I describe Jasmine's first time seeing them since. It is a painful but ultimately cathartic and galvanising experience for her, and provided me with an excuse to re-live an exhilarating show at the Dunfermline Alhambra. In the book and in reality, Twin Atlantic opened their set with this song.

Admiral Fallow – Tree Bursts
There can be few bands boasting as lushly textured a sound as Admiral Fallow's orchestral folk arrangements, and consequently the emotional impact of their music can be both soaring and desolate. In Bred in the Bone, I wanted to convey a character's recurring torment and self-recrimination over the moment a relationship went wrong due to an innocent misstep between two emotionally vulnerable people. This poor guy can no longer listen to the album that was playing at the time because it brings him right back into that moment. I chose this song (and this album) for that moment because I loved it so much that it would be all the more painful to have to go without hearing it.

Chvrches – The Mother We Share
When it comes to music, TV, books, pretty much all of popular culture, I am usually so far behind the curve that I couldn't even see the curve with a telescope and Google maps. This was the one time I snuck in front. I heard this track in Autumn 2012, around the time I was writing Bred in the Bone, and found it utterly joyous: sweeping synth-pop reminiscent of the early Eighties, except good this time. It struck me as the kind of thing Jasmine would listen to (and singer Lauren Mayberry looked rather unnervingly like my mental picture of Jasmine) so I described her singing along to this song in her kitchen. I am laying down a claim for it to be the first reference to the band in a published work of fiction, and any cool points that may consequently accrue (believe me: I need them).

The Big Dish – Swimmer
This trilogy has its roots in the Eighties: deeds done and secrets not quite buried that continue to haunt their victims and perpetrators alike. The music of that time continues to resonate for these characters, bringing back memories of things lost and things they wish they could forget. At the heart of all this is Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod, whose bittersweet recollections of the decade are key to the interlinking stories. In When the Devil Drives, one of her happier moments is getting to see the reformed Big Dish play for the first time since she was a teenager. This was the title track of their debut album, which still sounds pretty fresh to me almost three decades on.

Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan
Although I've only made specific mention of them twice, Mogwai are lurking somewhere within every novel I've written this century. The reason is that they have become an indispensable part of my creative process. When I'm trying to work out where a story is going, I go out running and listen to Mogwai on my mp3 player, and this gives me access to a place in my mind devoid of distraction. Their music is both meditative and inspirational, playing in the background of my thoughts as I construct narrative and dialogue. If I ever can't get past an obstacle in the plot after 10 kilometres' worth of Mogwai, I'll know I'm in trouble.

Frightened Rabbit – Backyard Skulls
Here's where it all comes full circle. Having acknowledged the contribution Frightened Rabbit made to Where the Bodies are Buried, in February 2013 Scott Hutchison gave me an advance copy of the new album, Pedestrian Verse, and thanked me for my novel having in turn inspired the second track: Backyard Skulls. This story of deadly secrets emerging from the past prompted him to imagine the sins and betrayals that lie concealed within everyday relationships, just waiting to arise at the worst possible juncture. There's a wee bit of me glows inside every time I listen to it.

Foreign ambassadors or honorary Glaswegians: In the interests of full disclosure, I need to throw in a couple of tracks by two artists who hail from quite some distance outside the city limits, but whose shadows hang over the trilogy.

The Twilight Singers – Bonnie Brae
I dedicated When the Devil Drives to Greg Dulli, whose music in first the Afghan Whigs and then the Twilight Singers has been intriguing, bewitching and inspiring me for twenty years. Few artists can speak to the dark side of human nature like Greg does, and fewer still can do it while remaining sympathetic and compassionate. In his songs, as in my novels, there are temptations, there are demons, even devils, but there are no monsters: only human beings. Bonnie Brae should have been number one in twenty-five countries. It is utter fucking genius.

Jimmy Eat World – Heart is Hard to Find
It's a good thing I have a wife and son to keep me anchored and responsible, or I'd end up following these guys around on tour so I could watch them night after night. In an act of both acknowledgment and self-indulgence, I refer to Jasmine Sharp as being a Jimmy Eat World fan, and I have name-checked their songs in several other novels before and since this trilogy. I'm rounding off my playlist with Heart is Hard to Find, as it was released the day after I finished the first draft of Where the Bodies are Buried, and I just kept playing it throughout the writing of my next four novels.

Christopher Brookmyre and Where the Bodies Are Buried links:

the author's website
the author's Wikipedia entry
excerpt from the book

Kirkus review
Publishers Weekly review

Clash interview with the author
Daily Record profile of 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

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 - 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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