The Alex Awards are given each year to 10 adult books judged most likely to appeal to teen audiences. Here are the 2011 winners: zombies, vampires, and lemon cake – oh my!
The author who was not nominated for a 2010 National Book Award – Jonathan Franzen – is getting at least as much commentary as those who were.
Bruce Springsteen really started to find a purposeful working life with his fourth record, 1978's 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' the subject of a documentary that had its world premiere Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
For years, people have been guessing at why, as a species, we love to do things like watch hideously depressing movies or read paralyzingly sad books. And while I’m sure any analyst could have a field day teasing apart just what causes a sad-book propensity, what I’m going to do is to put forth a generally applicable theory and then leave you with a selection of titles that will make you hurt so good. Books with heart-breaking plot points, utterly unlikable characters, dysfunction piled atop dysfunction simply must redeem themselves through the clarity of their prose and the ingenuity of their structure. In other words, when the content is unlovely the form must be brilliant. Great writing shines through unadulterated.
When the writer's son gets entangled in his seat belt, a cowboy strides to the rescue and offers kind, quick roadside assistance.
Vulnerable, hopeful characters populate this award-winning collection of short stories.
To read against place is to invite fantasy by exchanging worlds.
This collection of short pieces by Louise Erdrich is a rich sampler of her writing at its best.
On this vacation, he and his wife are visiting the stomping grounds of great writers.