Meg Wolitzer photographed by Nina Subin.
Meg Wolitzer was introduced to The Bell Jar by a smart friend at age 15.
“I remember reading it on a train and being so caught up by the inevitability of it, because I knew Plath had committed suicide,” Wolitzer says. “There are some books that, once you know what they’re about, there’s like a rope that’s pulling you through. Some of the books that I love cause great unease... and certainly The Bell Jar does, not just because ...
Carl Hiaasen photographed by Tim Chapman.
Carl Hiaasen grew up in a Florida without superhighways, high-speed fiber-optic cable or 19 million neighbors.
“It was basically swamp and Everglades, and I spent my childhood afternoons and weekends outdoors, fishing, and couldn’t imagine a happier place to be,” says Hiaasen, the New York Times best-selling author of an abundance of punchy capers thick with Floridian pride and preservationist admonition (Star Island, Bad Monkey, Strip Tease).
“I think we never escape our childhood, for better or for worse ...
Garth Stein photographed by Susan Doupé Photography.
How do you follow up a book that spends 156 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, is translated into dozens of languages, and spawns a global legion of fans? It’s a question Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, the sensational novel narrated by a race car driver’s philosophical pooch, knew he’d have to answer.
“I can go zen on it and say, ‘Well, it’s just me, I’m still the same,’ but I ...
S. C. Gwynne photographed by Corey Arnold.
September’s most scintillating read may be a 640-page biography of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson—and that’s no knock on the current crop of back-to-school books. S.C. Gwynne’s riveting retelling of the canny Confederate whose strategies shaped the early years of the Civil War is just that good.
In Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson, Gwynne, author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon, again displays a considerable talent for commanding readers’ attention, honed ...
Mark Bailey (left) and Edward Hemingway.
So prolific a boozer was Bing Crosby, friends nicknamed him “Binge Crosby.” Clara Bow routinely breakfasted on a full bottle of Champagne, passed out and had to be carried, inert, to the set. And when John Barrymore’s second wife dumped out every bottle of alcohol in the house—you’ll never guess what he did.
And you won’t need to. Just pick up a copy of Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History,written by Mark Bailey and illustrated ...
Caitlin Moran photographed by Mark Harrison.
“Fifty Shades of Grey: that was where I lost my rag,” says Caitlin Moran, feminist, Marxist, critic, columnist, comedian and author of the British bestseller How to Be a Woman (2012).
When Moran gets angry, she takes action. “I think it’s very important that women own their sexuality—not a man comes along and discovers it for her, but they discover it themselves. I think there’s very little that’s more dangerous and brilliant in this world than a young ...
Jandy Nelson photographed by Craig Line.
The twin protagonists of Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun are bursting with artistic potential and emotion and insight and desire that’s absolutely dazzling. Noah and Jude Sweetwine, at times so close they’re NoahandJude, are two of the brightest lights in YA fiction—which makes it especially curious that Nelson wrote their story in the dark.
What’s up with that?
Nelson laughs and says, “This sounds very strange, but it’s out, so I will go into it: I wrote my ...
Two American Writers Make the Cut
Karen Joy Fowler is one of two Americans to make it to the Booker Prize shortlist.
Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler are the first Americans to claim spots on the Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist.
Announced this morning, the 2014 shortlist reflects the first year in which all English-language writing published in the UK is eligible, regardless of the author’s nationality. From 1968-2013, the Booker Prize was awarded only to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
Ferris is the author of To Rise Again at a Decent Hour ...