Literature + Fiction

A Guest Review of Sharma Shields' "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"

Shawn Vestal, winner of the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and a writer of formidable talent—see Godforsaken Idaho for proof of this statement—turns his eye toward another author's work in this guest review of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields.

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"I couldn’t help wondering, have you ever really…?" by Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, which was a Best of the Month pick in January 2014, is a quite steamy thriller/courtroom drama about a 52-year-old woman who begins an affair with a mysterious man whom she meets by chance. Soon both she and the lover are on trial for murder, and our protagonist must explore the events, the actions, and the emotions that brought them to this point.

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Oprah Picks Cynthia Bond's Debut "Ruby"

Oprah Winfrey announced her next pick in Oprah's Book Club 2.0 today. It's Ruby, a debut novel by Cynthia Bond, which Oprah describes as "a love story, a ghost story, a story about the legacy of racial injustice and sexual abuse." She continues: "The title character, when we first encounter her, is a once beautiful, now ravaged woman—filthy and barefoot—who wanders the streets of all-black Liberty Township, Texas.

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Revisiting Sherlock Holmes: Anthony Horowitz on "Moriarty"

Carrying the (heavy) torch of the beloved Sherlock Holmes franchise, Anthony Horowitz's Moriarty is one of the only works to earn the seal of approval of Arthur Conan Doyle's estate. We recently caught up with the author.

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Lonesome Dove

Weekend Reading

Wintertime in Seattle. While we’re very grateful to not be encased in ice, the incessant deluge of rain is starting to get us down. Fortunately it’s great reading weather, or as Chris more specifically put it, “Seems like as good a weekend as any to read about a serial killer.” Here are the tomes we're tapping into this weekend.

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Sara Says... A Long-Awaited Sequel Appears

Like millions of readers, I was thrilled this week to hear that Harper Lee was finally going to publish another book. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the touchstones of my youth, of my experience as a reader, as, well. . . as an American. And to learn today that Lee will publish another book about Scout and Gem and Atticus. . .

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Big News! Harper Lee Has Another Novel Coming

What would Scout be like as a grown up? We're about to find out. In Lee's own words: “In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman and I thought it a pretty decent effort.

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Amazon's Best Books of February: Part One

This is a great month in books, and our top 5 picks of February reflect that. There's good fiction and nonfiction. There's the serious, the funny, and the plain bizarre. Here's a wrap-up of the first half of our Top 10 Best Books of the Month.

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"Black River" - A Conversation with Author S.M. Hulse

S.M. Hulse's Black River is a debut novel by a promising young author. Set in the American West, the novel is about a very memorable man named Wes Carver, a true man of the west who...

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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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