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July 29, 2014

Book Notes - Christy Crutchfield "How to Catch a Coyote"

How to Catch a Coyote

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.

Christy Crutchfield's How to Catch a Coyote is a marvelously told novel of a family tragedy.

Mary Miller wrote of the book:

"At once epic and spare, beautiful and ugly, Christy Crutchfield's How to Catch a Coyote will make you question whether you ever knew the difference between a scavenger and a predator."

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.


In her own words, here is Christy Crutchfield's Book Notes music playlist for her novel, How to Catch a Coyote:


How to Catch a Coyote is a novel about a fractured family. But rather than telling the story of the event that broke them, it concentrates on the aftermath. It's told in a fractured timeline, and we hear from each family member but one. We hear from other members surrounding the characters and the incident. The reader decides who's right or if anyone is.

For this playlist, I was interested in songs that represent the family members and in songs that these characters would actually listen to.


"Things That Scare Me," Neko Case

Neko Case is from Canada, but this song feels like Southern Gothic to me. I listened to Neko Case while writing this book because her music is full of country tendencies, animals, and hopelessness. The novel shifts point of view, and we get into the minds of many characters, but the character we hear from most is the youngest child Daniel. The lines that always get me in this song are about the black birds, those "same birds that followed me to school when I was young." Daniel has a lot to be afraid of at an early age. He can't quite understand or articulate what is happening to his family when he is 10 years old so he focuses his fear on the coyotes overtaking his neighborhood, the ones her can hear at night, the ones eating neighborhood cats. Later in life, he will be more afraid of death, sex, genetics, splinters, his father, his mother, and his sister. But for his earlier years in this book, his fear can be placed on something outside of himself.

"Seedling," Bonnie "Prince" Billy

This playlist could very well be made entirely out of Will Oldham songs. The Letting Go became an important album while writing this novel. His songs are both sweet and nefarious. You want to laugh with him and you want to look away. This album in particular is full of songs about innocent love and songs that deny that innocence, and the song that's always drawn me in even though I don't want it to is "Seedling." The dissonance, the yelling chorus of background voices, and the unapologetic lines like "My full-sized child with full-sized spread" echo the tone and plot of How to Catch a Coyote, especially the "List of Fears" sections of the book, which are told from father Hill Walker's perspective. The novel deals with the question of incest. The teenage daughter Dakota accuses Hill of molestation, and he denies it for the rest of his life. Daniel and his mother Maryanne spend the novel retracing events, deciding how to deal with Hill who, though separated from them, is not out of their lives. And if Daniel believes Dakota, what does that mean about his own genetic makeup?

"Jolene," Dolly Parton

Maryanne Walker wouldn't be a huge fan of Dolly Parton, but she would buy this single and play it on repeat. The lyrics would be so important to her long before she was even in a relationship. She would dig it out after her separation with Hill. Maryanne's self esteem will always place her as the speaker in this song, and she will see many Jolenes in her life, even when they are her own children. What's interesting to me in this song, and many others like it, is that the person blamed here is Jolene. The speaker can't keep herself from crying when her partner calls Jolene's name, instead of kicking him out because she deserves better. It's common, and while this is not exactly how it plays out for Maryanne, this jealousy and pining for the wrong partner is with her throughout the novel.

"Workin' Woman Blues," Valerie June

After her separation with Hill, Maryanne has to go back to work. She's not a stranger to work, but she hasn't held a job since she waited tables at age 19. They live in a dying mill town, but there are a few factories still in operation, and the best paying job she can find is at a yarn factory. Hill does not pay child support so she becomes a full time provider and full time mother. The opening lines of "Workin' Woman Blues" are my favorite on the album: "I ain't fit to be no mother/ I ain't fit to be no wife/ I've been working like a man, y'all/ I've been working all my life." The quick guitar drives the song forward, like the rhythm of Maryanne's factory machine keeps her working. Maryanne's muscles grow and she spends the rest of her life scraping grease out from underneath her nails, dreaming of a job in the factory's office where she can type and wear pencil skirts. She dreams of her son succeeding and saving them. She is not technically divorced, but she is no longer a wife.

"Only Happy When It Rains," Garbage

There is no doubt in my mind that sixteen-year-old Dakota would blast this song on her headphones. She would write these lyrics down in her notebook instead of taking notes. She, like a middle school me, would imitate Shirley Manson's eyeliner (the best part being that you don't have to know how to make a straight line—just smear liquid liner as far up your lids as possible). I think this song is perfect for her because its lyrics are so cliché and mainstream ("I'm only happy when it rains/I'm only happy when it's complicated), but to a small town teenage girl who is forced to go to Catholic school, this is the perfect anthem to show off who she is in the face of the girls who listen to the pop station instead of the alternative one.

"The Fox," Sleater-Kinney

As soon as she's old enough, Dakota leaves small-town Lafayette, NC and her family. She travels farther and farther away with one partner after another as her chauffer. Daniel only sees her when she comes to ask for money and then, after she moves to Boston, he doesn't see her again for a long time. I imagine as she changes and grows, so does her musical knowledge. She's still only happy when it rains, but she's educated on the riot grrrl scene, on music she hopes will make people clutch their pearls. I chose "The Fox" not only because Dakota would love screaming "Land Ho!" but because in many ways Dakota is the fox (or really the coyote) in this story. Daniel wonders if his sister is a predator or a scavenger, killer or prey. In many ways, she is both. If he believes her story, she is a victim and no one stood up to support her. Whether her story is true or not, she shows her manipulative side to lovers and family when she returns back home.

"A Well Respected Man," the Kinks

Any time I can put the Kinks on a playlist, I will. This time it's for Hill Walker. Hill loves music. He loves to noodle on his guitar. His music taste mostly sticks to classic rock, and he stopped seeking out new music some time in the 80s. I imagine Hill would love the Kinks because of their irreverence, their humor, and their fairly easy chord progression. He plays their songs at the beach to tune out. He is drawn to "A Well Respected Man" because he hates the rules he's expected to follow as a young man: a man must go to college and get a good job, a man must marry the woman he knocks up, a man must drop out of college and be the breadwinner for that wife and child, a man must be a respectable father, a real man hunts. He follows these rules for quite some time. On the surface, he seems like the best of family men. In the Kinks song, we're ready for the respectable man to break and show us the opposite of respectable.

"Resurrection Fern," Iron and Wine

There's a bittersweet quality to Iron and Wine songs that work for Daniel. Daniel is innocent but marked. He wants to do the right thing in spite of his sadness. I see him as a young adult putting on this album when he needs to de-stress or when he's driving home to visit his mother. I think "Resurrection Fern" is also appropriate for the chapter "How It's Supposed to Work." Daniel loses his virginity in this chapter, and he's torn about what it means to be the boyfriend who takes his girlfriend's virginity. I've always thought of this song as a story of childhood and first sexual experiences. It's tender, but there's a sadness there for what is lost. Not innocence, but youth and the tight nerves during these early, secret encounters.


"You Are a Runner and I am My Father's Son," Wolf Parade

I could not stop listening to this song in the early 2000s. This song would terrify college-age Daniel, whose greatest fear is to end up like his father. The lyrics, "I'll draw three figures on your heart/one of them will be me as a boy/one of them will be me/one of them will be me watching you run," are representative of so many of the characters in the book. Characters who have been hurt, characters who can't see the good in themselves, and characters who don't think they deserve love. They self-sabotage, and they push people away until they run. When that happens it's easy to say, "I warned you." It's easier than being the one who runs.

"Father, Father," Laura Mvula

Most of Mvula's songs are upbeat with a 60s Motown vibe, so this quiet, sad song stands out. She asks her father and her brother why they let her go. The bridge repeats, "Let me love you" four times. This song could work for any of the Walker family members and all of the family members could be the ones pleaded to. I see all the Walkers wanting to love each other and instead abandoning each other in different ways. But I think the speaker in this song is most appropriate for Daniel, who tries the hardest to figure out how to love his fractured family.


Christy Crutchfield and How to Catch a Coyote links:

the author's website
excerpt from the book

HTMLGIANT review

Josh Spilker interview with the author
Publishing Genius interview with the author
Vol. 1 Brooklyn 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

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 - 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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