West of Sunset

A Story About Second Chances: Stewart O'Nan on "West of Sunset"

Lauded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, F. Scott Fitzgerald is synonymous with The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age, and the Lost Generation. Not many know that in the twilight of his life and career--when his wife Zelda was in a mental asylum, and Fitzgerald was struggling financially--he tried to launch a comeback as a Hollywood screenwriter. This is the focus of Stewart O'Nan's gorgeously-written fictional biography, West of Sunset. Here O'Nan discusses the inspiration behind the book.

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Her

Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her. The tagline of this creepy (and we mean that in a good way) novel--“ You don’t remember her--but she remembers you“--says it all; Her is the story of one London woman stalking another over an incident that occurred in the distant past, an incident that broke apart the stalker’s life but probably went unnoticed for the stalkee. Told in alternate voices, Her is the definition of a page-turner. Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson spoke by phone to the delightful Lane, at home in London.

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Thornbirds

Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet didn’t exist and the world was a much bigger, more spread out place, it’s likely that we can also recall a runaway bestseller written by...

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Sara Says...

Sara Says...Welcome to Our Parlor

There used to be a column in a famous women’s magazine called: “Welcome to My Parlor.” That quaint locution keeps coming to mind as I think about introducing you to our brand new Omnivoracious, now called The Amazon Book Review....

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The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah and Megan Chance on "The Nightingale"

"When would I, as a wife and mother, risk my life--and more importantly, my child’s life--to save a stranger?" This question spawned Kristin Hannah's emotionally-charged historical novel, set during WWII, The Nightingale. Here, Hannah and her good friend, author Megan Chance, throw back a few Mai-Tais and "talk book."

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Happy

"Happy are the Happy" - An Excerpt from Yasmina Reza's New Book

The title is a quote from Jorge Luis Borges, but don’t be fooled by that erudition. Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy is universal and accessible to anyone who has ever wanted to be, or has been, in a relationship – as long as she wants to admit her ambivalences. It’s dark in places, and funny, and unusual; but these 20 short chapters, each told by a character who may or may not reappear in another piece, are the tragicomic portrait of love. Here, a portion of one of our favorite chapters:

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King

Constructive Criticism: Announcing the NBCC Award Nominees

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were announced this week. There are thirty finalists, falling into six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. The National Book Critics Circle has one of the more interesting...

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Blondie, 1970s New York, and Chris Stein's Heart of Glass

In the early 1970s, Chris Stein was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, spending his off-hours photographing the pre-Giuliani Big Apple of garbage strikes, murder, muggings, and a Midtown more S&M than M&M...

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MasteringMistakesKitchen

Mistakes Were Made. Dana Cowin Helps Us Fix Them.

I first became aware of Dana Cowin through my love affair with Top Chef where Cowin, the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, is a guest judge every season. Then last fall came her first cookbook, Mastering My Mistakes in...

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Gut

"My Own Hunt for Health" - Reading Along with Author Heather Abel

Originally from Los Angeles, Heather Abel now lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and daughters. Her most recent non-fiction is about celiac disease, bananas, her mom, and the rise of the gluten-free diet. Here, Heather tells us about what...

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Wild at Heart: The Dark Center of Tim Johnston's "Descent"

2015 may be young, but Tim Johnston's Descent has positioned itself as an early frontrunner for year-end best-of lists. The surprise bestseller's plot is straight-up thriller: On the eve of daughter Caitlin's departure for college, the Courtlands drive into the...

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