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The Words After War Interview With Jesse Goolsby By Siobhan Fallon

Words After War | Posted 08.28.2015 | Books
Words After War

"Opening in Afghanistan, the book follows three U.S. soldiers as they return to their families in small towns across America. Births, deaths, marriages, friendships and time pass, but the three men are forever connected by one dark moment."

In "Married Sex: A Love Story," It's Not Cheating If Your Spouse Is There. (Then It Gets Complicated)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Why do couples get divorced? They cite all manner of reasons, but in the end, I believe it comes down to sex: interest withers, or someone cheats. How might a couple prevent a divorce? I thought: What if they made an agreement --- if you're tempted to cheat, bring that person home.

Q&A With Best-Selling Author Renee Carlino

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Heather Hummel

If you love a good New York City love story, you will fall in love with Matt and Grace. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino is a complicated love story of missed opportunities and the influence that outside factors have on a couple's journey... or is it all really just part of their journey?

The Bottom Line: 'Eileen' By Ottessa Moshfegh

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts

A passionate new friendship might be a lifeline for the troubled young woman at the heart of Eileen. But not in the way she hoped.  If you&rsquo...

Psychology in Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Over the last few years, I've been writing fiction. For decades, I've been a psychiatrist. As a novelist, I now write with a reader's sensibility, and read with a writer's eye. I'm struck by the degree to which fiction and psychology share certain crucial elements.

Q&A with Best-Selling Author K.A. Tucker

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Heather Hummel

I caught up with K.A. just before Chasing River's release to chase down some answers about her fascination with Ireland, the depth of her characters, and her dream automobile.

'Protocol Zero,' A Conversation With James Abel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Abel is a pseudonym for Bob Reiss, the bestselling author of more than 20 books. He is a former Chicago Tribune reporter and previously was a correspondent for Outside Magazine.

Rome in Love: A Conversation with Author Anita Hughes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Stunning location: check. Beautiful people: check. Romance: of course! Rome in Love, the latest book by Anita Hughes delivers on all three fronts as it tells the story of young actress Amelia, who learns about love, Italian food, and Audrey Hepburn while living in Rome to film a remake of Hepburn's classic film, Roman Holiday.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Short Story Temperature

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

The manuscripts, and finished typescript, for F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1939 short story "Temperature" have rested quietly at Princeton University for many decades.

The Bottom Line: 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat' By Helen Phillips

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts

What is the deal with the office? The inexorable rise of the office workspace has occasioned an almost bizarre level of cultural fascination with the...

The Words After War Interview with Sara Nović by Jesse Goolsby

Words After War | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Words After War

Sara Nović is the author of Girl at War, a novel of incredible richness that investigates the devastation of the Yugoslavian civil war and the deep yearning for identity and place by one its survivors.

A Watchman Sets a Mockingbird Free

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Michelle Blair Wilker

With the recent discovery and publication of Go Set a Watchman we are faced with disillusionment of our first fictional love, but we have earned clues into the writing process of a literary genius and opened up a much-needed dialogue about literature and race relations.

A Harem of Translators: Isaac Bashevis Singer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

Singer wanted a translator who wouldn't share the spotlight, and thus began his employment over the years of some 40 unknown women, a few of whom didn't even speak Yiddish.

Joshua Braff Talks About the Daddy Diaries, Flannery O' Connor, and Filmmaking

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Joshua Braff is the author of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green and Peep Show. He lives in California with his wife and two kids.

16 Things Sexist Male Writers Say To Female Writers

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Christine Stoddard

"Adult women's writing isn't that much different from what they wrote as angsty teen girls. Boo-hoo, sorry you didn't get Prince Charming."

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.27.2015 | Arts

Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series?...

Happy Birthday, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Despite strife and money troubles, illness and depression and The Great Depression, their honeymoon went on for the next twenty years. If you don't believe that, just read Scott and Zelda's letters to each other.

9 Titles Every Book Club Should Read

Kirkus | Posted 07.22.2015 | Books
Kirkus

9 new titles to add to your book club's reading list.

Am I Losing My Devotion to Reading?

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.21.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

I can turn away from writing. The beauty of it is not fame, fortune, or even recognition. Its value is best realized within, the journeys and joys of self-discovery. What writers can learn about themselves. I've done my share and it was...fun. But if the passion for reading wanes, that's a big gaping hole and I want to conclude the fault lies within which I must endeavor to discover.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

What If Germany And Greece Switched Places?

Sebastian Christ | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Sebastian Christ

Germany in 2015 is a nation full of self-righteousness. The Greek crisis has produced in the country an unpleasant strain of chauvinism vis-à-vis other nations, rooted in the belief in our own exemplarity: We work harder. We're more successful. We're more frugal.

The Words After War Interview With Sara Nović, Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

Words After War | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Words After War

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are the authors of War of the Encyclopaedists, which Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls "a captivating coming of age novel that is by turns, funny and sad and elegiac."

Innocence and Experience: Nelle Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Go Set A Watchman

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not all succeed. Nelle Lee, publishing as Harper, has now done so twice: first, with To Kill A Mockingbird, its sales in the hundreds of millions already; and now, with Go Set A Watchman, the presale orders for which have smashed prior records to bits.

The Demonologist and the Damned: What Keeps Andrew Pyper Up at Night?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

There's a reason suspense novels rule the best-seller list and are the subject of studio bidding wars: Done well, the genre burrows into the collective psyche, keeping us up at night with well-paced plot twists and perfectly wrought villains.