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Elizabeth Strout

A Bit About Elizabeth Strout

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 01.05.2017 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, My Name is Lucie Barton, returns to the mother-daughter turf of her debut, Amy and Isabelle, published a decade and a half ago.

5 Hot Books: A New Take on Prohibition, Writings of an Internet Activist Who Died Tragically

The National Book Review | Posted 01.05.2017 | Books
The National Book Review

Instead of the familiar story of flappers, jazz clubs and gangsters, Harvard historian McGirr argues that Prohibition's greatest legacy was an expansion of government crime fighting. She sees in Prohibition the roots of an expanded prison system, a more aggressive F.B.I. and a more powerful state.

Life And Death In An American Novel's Small Town

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

In the waning pages of Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, My Name Is Lucy Barton, the title character and narrator recalls advice she was given by a famo...

I Was a Woman Writer in THAT Issue of The New Yorker

Kate Southwood | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Kate Southwood

Did anyone really think that an issue of the New Yorker would magically include even 50 percent women writers? No. Did we want to be reminded of that perpetual imbalance? Perhaps not. Did we need to be reminded? Absolutely.

7 Highly Anticipated Fiction Reads

Vogue | Posted 05.28.2013 | Books

In contemporary Maine, a teenage boy's racially-charged prank prompts his New York attorney uncles to converge on the town of their youth in Elizabeth Strout's latest, The Burgess Boys, but it's the sister who never left who understands alienation best.

The Book We're Talking About

Posted 03.25.2013 | Books

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout Random House, $26.00 March 26, 2013 What is it about? Though the Burgess boys grew up in small-town Maine, ...

Legacy and Issues of Aging

Rachael Freed | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

I don't wish to be younger (maybe because I'm blessed with good health and plenty of energy), but I can't deny that I'm slower. We don't spend enough time sharing with each other about our blessings or, more to the point, about our fears about aging.

It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

A Novel That Stirs Interest in Short Stories

Dave Astor | Posted 07.17.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Olive Kitteridge is enthralling and appalling, and it might cause novel readers to find themselves falling... in love again with short stories.

In Praise of Flawed Women

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.04.2012 | Books
Ann Bauer

During the long year that The Forever Marriage was circulating, I sought out portraits of imperfect but redeemable women.

3 Moms Who Make Your Mothering Seem Perfect | By Carol Shields | Posted 07.04.2011 | Books

My mom was a stay-at-home, bake-from-scratch, children-come-first mother. It was a wonderful way to grow up, but I never considered following in her f...

Big Woman, Small Town: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In her inability to feel content with her life, with the "blackness" that accompanies her through her household tasks and is often expressed through anger and even cruelty, Olive seems, in a way, to be too big for the town that has always been her home.

Saving The Stories Of Beverly Jensen: One Man's Quest To Publish His Wife's Stories After Her Death

Jay Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jay Silverman

When Beverly Jensen, my wife, was dying in 2003, she feared she'd been given talents and had not used them. But in fact she had.

BIG NEWS: Women Can Write!

The Huffington Post | Erica Jong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

We have known that women could write since Sappho invented love poetry 2600 years ago. Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, George Eliot co...

Slow Sell, or, Why Professors Matter

Amy Hungerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Amy Hungerford

The slow sell can't be done pre-publication. It requires -- wait for it -- reading. My last week's reading is a case in point: I read David Mitchell's Black Swan Green.

Women Sweep Literature Prizes

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Is it an accident, the judging panels, a mini-trend or are the tides turning? With the sweep of this year's literary awards, all eyes are on the women...

Women Gather to Celebrate Reading in Nashville, Tennessee

Holly Goddard Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Goddard Jones

I'm a southern Kentucky native -- grew up just a few miles away from the Tennessee state line, turned to Nashville in my growing up as the nearest "real" city -- and yet this weekend's Southern Festival of Books was my very first.