Neal Thompson
Neal Thompson
Neal is a journalist/author, an amateur photographer/videographer, and a compulsive reader-writer whose rampant tastes veer from narrative non-fiction to literary fiction to long-form journalism to memoir/biography to sports, history, food, music, and so on. Favorite way to kill an hour: a book, a bourbon, some Miles Davis.

Recent posts by Neal

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    From the Archives: Sonali Deraniyagala's Memoir of Surviving 2004's Tsunami

    Last week marked the 10-year anniversary of the massive tsunami that roared across the Indian Ocean and devasted the coastlines of fourteen countries. One of the deadlist natural disasters in modern history, the tsunami took the lives of more than...
  2. YannickG

    Guest Post: Two "Obscure Geniuses"--Alan Turing & Kurt Gödel

    Yannick Grannec is the author of The Goddess of Small Victories, her debut novel about the life and marriage of one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century, Kurt Gödel. In this guest essay, she compares the lives of...
  3. IrisJohansen

    Guest Post by Iris Johansen, Author of "The Perfect Witness"

    Iris Johansen, New York Times bestselling author of "The Perfect Witness," shares with us her top five favorite mystery and thriller reads. KILLER by Jonathan Kellerman. For psychological suspense, you can't go wrong with Kellerman's Alex Delaware, a brilliant psychologist...
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    The Goodreads Interview: Stephen King

    Thanks to our friends at Goodreads for this excerpt from their recent interview with Stephen King, whose new novel, Revival, was selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of 2014. ~ Just when you think Stephen King's well of pitch-black,...
  5. Anna

    Dean Koontz Interviews His Dog, Anna, Who Interviews Him

    Dean Koontz's latest novel is The City. On December 9 he's publishing a Kindle Single, Odd Thomas. His dog Anna's, ahem, new book is Ask Anna: Advice for the Furry and Forlorn. ~ Dean Interviews Anna DEAN: Hey, sweetie, how...
  6. Thefall

    Excerpt: "The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps," by Diogo Mainardi

    Brazilian author and journalist Diogo Mainardi's unflinching story about raising a son, Tito, with cerebral palsy, The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps is comprised of 424 short passages, each representing Tito's steps walking toward the hospital whose errors...
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    Guest Essay: David Baldacci, on the Origins of "The Escape"

    In David Baldacci's latest novel, special agent John Puller hunts down an escaped prisoner who's become the most wanted man in America--his own brother. The Escape is an Amazon Best Book of the Month for November. ~ The year was...
  8. Cornwell

    Amazon Asks: Patricia Cornwell, on Her New Novel, "Flesh and Blood"

    Flesh and Blood is Patricia Cornwell's twenty-second novel featuring forensic sleuth Dr. Kay Scarpetta. This time Scarpetta pursues a sharp-shooting serial sniper, and her investigation leads too close to a family member--her own flesh and blood. Flesh and Blood is...
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    Excerpts from "BOMB: The Author Interviews" - Featuring Colm Toibin, Chris Abani, Patrick McGrath, and Martin Amis

    For more than thirty years, BOMB magazine has been pairing artists, authors, poets, and painters together for intimate artist-on-artist conversations, more than 1,200 of them so far. In BOMB: The Author Interviews, published last week by Soho Press, the magazine's...
  10. Dunham

    Video: An Interview with Author and "Font Nerd" Lena Dunham
    -- "I Love the World of Books"

    Praise for Lena Dunham’s memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, has come from all angles: David Sedaris (“A fine, subversive book”), Judy Blume (“Always funny, sometimes wrenching”), George Saunders (“smart, honest, sophisticated, dangerous, and charming”), Miranda July (“hilarious, artful, and...
  11. Bathelme

    How I Wrote It: Frederick Barthelme, on Dictation, Tornadoes, Dishwashers--and Chocolate

    Frederick Barthelme's new novel is There Must Be Some Mistake. ~~~ How When starting a new project I first gather all I’ve got in the way of unused text--fragments of stories, scenes cut from novels, sketches, characters, complaints I’ve jotted...

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