Topic: Flannery O'Connor

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  • 10 best adult books for teens

    10 best adult books for teens

    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!

  • National Book Award 2010 nominees: one big surprise

    National Book Award 2010 nominees: one big surprise

    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 says 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' marked dawn of career

    Bruce Springsteen says 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' marked dawn of career

    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.

  • 6 books that hurt so good

    6 books that hurt so good

    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.

  • Roadside assistance Costa Rican-style

    Roadside assistance Costa Rican-style

    When the writer's son gets entangled in his seat belt, a cowboy strides to the rescue and offers kind, quick roadside assistance.

  • The Theory of Light and Matter

    The Theory of Light and Matter

    Vulnerable, hopeful characters populate this award-winning collection of short stories.

  • Reading Gogol in Wyoming

    Reading Gogol in Wyoming

    To read against place is to invite fantasy by exchanging worlds.

  • The Red Convertible

    This collection of short pieces by Louise Erdrich is a rich sampler of her writing at its best.

  • Chapter & Verse Laura Bush, publishers, discuss a book deal

  • Following the footsteps of Flannery O'Connor

    Following the footsteps of Flannery O'Connor

    On this vacation, he and his wife are visiting the stomping grounds of great writers.