Credited with helping to start the new-adult genre—novels aimed specifically at older students and early 20-somethings—Jamie McGuire’s influential self-published works have all become bestsellers. Her first romance series started with the popular Beautiful Disaster, released by Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, but for many of that book’s sequels, her popular Maddox Brothers series, and her several young-adult thrillers, McGuire chose to self-publish. By being more flexible and staying in touch with her readers, McGuire has built an indie empire for ...
Catherine Burns photographed by Aly Nicklas.
To make it to the oratorical Valhalla that is The Moth Mainstage, you’ve got to have bravery, vulnerability, and a hell of a story to tell. You absolutely cannot have that story printed on sheets of paper.
“People wanted us to do a book for a long time...but I was a little bit reluctant because it’s The Moth—our storytellers are not allowed notes,” says Catherine Burns, artistic director of The Moth, the acclaimed, not-for-profit, live storytelling organization founded ...
Somewhere along the line in Lucy and Owen’s marriage, the sex tapered off. The makeup, high heels, and date nights went out the window. The poop wound up on the wall. Again.
“Why is there poop on the wall again?” Sarah Dunn writes in The Arrangement, a big, bawdy comic novel (starred review) set in the fictional Hudson Valley town of Beekman, New York:
[Lucy] didn’t expect an answer. She just wanted the universe to hear her. To ...
With the continuing news regarding the Trump administration’s plans to ignore human-caused climate change, gut the EPA, and generally disdain the natural sciences, it’s more important than ever to pay close attention to books about nature, the environment, and other similar topics. In that spirit, I put forward the following significant books as we enter what is likely to be the hottest spring on record (thanks, Chinese hoaxsters):
The Gulf by Jack E. Davis
“In light of the 2010 devastation ...
Mary Pope Osborne photographed by Elena Seibert.
“I can’t believe you didn’t get ‘Frog Creek, Pennsylvania,’ ” my daughter said, witheringly. "I deserved it. In a scorching humiliation, my team had lost a children’s-book trivia contest with the final question: 'In Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series, where do Jack and Annie live?'”
Following series opener Dinosaurs Before Dark, which introduced white time travelers Jack and Annie, every single Magic Tree House book began, “One summer day in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, a mysterious tree ...
Deb Olin Unferth photographed by Elizabeth Haidle.
Deb Olin Unferth’s quirky-funny-brilliant collection, Wait Till You See Me Dance, features 39 short (and shorter) stories on the absurdity and magnificence of everyday life. And they give the impression—I mean, they at times make you wonder if—they’re directly drawn from her life.
“She doesn’t have any skills,” Unferth writes in “My Daughter Debbie,” a story narrated by a lovingly exasperated mother. “While she was growing up, I always encouraged her to learn how to do something. I ...
BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence
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Cover Story: Photo Op
Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve seen taken in front of artist Erica Group’s mural in DeLand, Florida.
Sara Vanadi’s not crazy. She’s just ...
Ron Powers photographed by Sarah Junek.
When Kelly Rindfleisch wrote the words, “No one cares about crazy people,” she never dreamed Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers would read them.
“I cannot describe to you the emotion, the shockwave, that hit me when I read that quote,” says Powers, author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America, who Kirkus reached at home in Castleton, Vermont.
Rindfleisch, who was Wisconsin Governor Scott ...