Nine fine books for holiday giving

Nine fine books for holiday giving

It’s not too late to order books as Christmas or holiday gifts, and I have nine fine books in mind to recommend. Some are New York Times bestsellers; others are by independent authors who are relatively unknown. FICTION Books aren’t listed in a particular order:...
Chicago, my new favorite novel

Chicago, my new favorite novel

Have you ever loved a book so much that you’ve revisited a few random pages each night before going to sleep? Have you begun a book, put it aside and then come upon it weeks later, having forgotten entirely that you’d cracked it open? Both scenarios are...

A fine novel by Thrity Umrigar

Like many writers, I’m an avid reader. When I need to rest and forget about daily concerns, I’ll grab a book that sweeps me to an absorbing world and keeps me there for a while. I needed a book like that last weekend because I was slammed with a cold so intense I had...

Smokin’ story collections!

Short story collections have enriched my reading lately. What strikes me most about the books I’ve read is how creative the authors—or in the case of one anthology, the authors and editors—were in framing their projects. It’s not just writing style that distinguishes...

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