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Tall tales

Novelists and poets set fancies flying
This fall brings fiction and poetry lovers new treats from old friends.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 14, 2009


The whole truth

Tomes from the 'fact' department
It's the economy, stupid. Or maybe politics or literature. Fall non-fiction goes wide and deep, so plan for some marathon reading.
By: BARBARA HOFFERT  |  September 14, 2009


Have a nice future

Blake Butler rains gravel and glass
Blake Butler rains gravel and glass
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 09, 2009


Victorian jewel

A fictional setting that never fades
What price beauty? That's the question lovely Grace Hammer has to answer as her world begins to fall apart.
By: CLEA SIMON  |  September 09, 2009


Not so elementary

Barbara Bradley Hagerty goes looking for God
On June 14, 1995, around two in the afternoon, I lowered my guard. I opened myself up just barely to the notion that there might be a God who cares about me in the same way that Jesus cared about, say, his friend Mary.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 02, 2009


Visible man

Tracy Kidder gets into the picture
As Tracy Kidder’s immersive journalism matures — his latest book recounts his travels through genocidal East Africa — he becomes more visible.
By: JEFF INGLIS  |  October 15, 2009


Heart and claw

Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard act out
Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard act out
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 25, 2009


Hot Nazi beach reads

The new wave of Reich books: pop genres, good Germans
Nazis aren't blitzing just the movie screens this year, though — they're also invading the bookstores, with battalions of novels and non-fiction tomes published or upcoming.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  August 18, 2009


Interview: Joseph Finder

True fiction
"Since 9/11, thousands of CIA employees have quit to go private. Basically, these guys are private spies."
By: CLEA SIMON  |  August 18, 2009


Tapperina's tales

Jane Goldberg hoofs her way through
The frontispiece of Shoot Me While I'm Happy reproduces a poster for a New York Tap Fringe Festival performance in 2005.
By: MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 13, 2009

bird list

Close encounters

Keep your eye on this Bird
Laura Jacobs, who was the dance critic here at the Phoenix in the mid 1980s, is the author of Landscape with Moving Figures, a collection of writing from the New Criterion that's as polemic as it is poetic. But she's also a novelist. Like Women About Town (2002), The Bird Catcher focuses on a young woman finding her way in 21st-century Manhattan.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 05, 2009


Surf bored

Little virtue in Pynchon's Inherent Vice
Paranoia isn't what it used to be — not for Thomas Pynchon, at any rate.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  July 28, 2009


Extreme Reads

The Phoenix beach-reading four-pack delivers sex, drugs, and rock and role — plus black-market human organs!
Reading on the beach is a rite of summer as treasured as slathering on globs of coconut oil and squatting in front of a tanning mirror. Of course, five out of five dermatologists recommend that you read this special collection of book excerpts indoors — but that’s where we decided to draw the line.
By: PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 22, 2009


The End of the Long Summer

Why we must remake our civilization to survive on a volatile Earth
In this nonfiction treatise about global warming and other ecological dangers, the author details why our environment is in much worse shape than we thought. In this excerpt, Dianne Dumanoski notes that, far from taming Mother Nature, our factories and habits have only enraged her, which could lead to Earth's inability to sustain life. In other words, we're all gonna die — enjoy your summer!
By: DIANNE DUMANOSKI  |  July 22, 2009


Larry's Kidney

Being the true story of how I found myself in China with my black-sheep cousin and his mail-order bride, skirting the law to get him a transplant — and save his life
In this nonfiction account pretty accurately described by the book's subtitle, Daniel Asa Rose accompanies his nebbishy but mobbed-up relative on a mission for a Chinese two-fer: to get the organ he desperately needs and — why not, as long as we're here? — a wife, to boot. In this excerpt, the author first hears about his cousin's dubious — and, according to Chinese law, illegal — plan.
By: DANIEL ASA ROSE  |  July 22, 2009


It Feels So Good When I Stop

In this excerpt, the protagonist recalls his post-college years, in which he worked a crappy job at a restaurant owned by a racist.
In the winter of 1994, I graduated from UMass after four and a half years with a BA in English. I did pretty average; a lot worse than I might have done if I had given the tiniest of fucks about school. I decided to dick around until the summer and not think about my limited prospects, my withering University Health Insurance, and the looming crush of student-loan repayment.
By: JOE PERNICE  |  July 22, 2009


The Accidental Billionaires

The founding of Facebook: A tale of sex, money, genius, and betrayal
In this nonfiction account of the Harvard origins of the social-networking phenomenon, the author boils down the essence of why Facebook — orginially called thefacebook — was created and the root of its power: nerds obsessing over sex. In this excerpt, undergrads Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg begin to realize that Facebook is indeed their golden ticket.
By: BEN MEZRICH  |  October 04, 2010


Interview: Michael Lang

Going back to Woodstock
"At the end, he talks about how wonderful it was, but throughout the entire day, Pete Townshend was like the Grinch that stole Christmas. He was uptight, miserable, hated being there, and wanted to go home."
By: ROB TURBOVSKY  |  July 22, 2009


Wyndham's war

Revisiting a modest master
Francis Wyndham's first book of short stories, Out of the War , was published in 1974, when the author was 50 and in the midst of a distinguished career of reviewing and editing.
By: CHARLES TAYLOR  |  July 21, 2009


The Market Messiah

How Sam Walton changed America
Many Americans feel as if they'd been living helplessly amid the handiwork of extraterrestrials, as if a spaceship had suddenly blown in and zapped the landscape with suburban sprawl while sucking up middle-class wages in exchange for low-paid service work.
By: CATHERINE TUMBER  |  July 07, 2009


. . . And so is your mom

If you don't have anything nice to say dept.
Va te faire enculer . Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Actually, I just told you to fuck off. Pardon my French!
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  August 08, 2011

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