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

  1. 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 down, jokes once-loved, whatever. All this stuff has little in...
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    Best of the Year: Celebrity Authors Pick Their Favorite Books of 2014

    It's becoming a thing: Each of the past few years, when we announce our editors' picks for Best Books of the Year, we also share a list of our favorite writers' favorite books. This year we asked some of the biggest names in books, fashion, film, food, music, and more--all...
  3. Brock_Sean

    Best Books of the Year:
    Sean Brock Lists His Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. Mallmann on Fire by Francis Mallmann Francis Mallmann is living the dream in this book, cooking in some of the most beautiful places on earth....
  4. Fogislandmountains

    "Fog Island Mountains" by Michelle Bailat-Jones wins Inaugural Christopher Doheny Prize

    Michelle Bailat-Jones's novel Fog Island Mountains has won the first-ever Christopher Doheny Prize, which recognizes excellence in writing about serious illness. The prize was created by Audible in honor of Chris Doheny, an employee at Audible who lost his battle with cystic fibrosis in 2013. Fog Island Mountains--the story of...
  5. Dicamillo

    Best Books of the Year:
    Kate DiCamillo Lists Her Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. The Right Word, Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet This picture book is a cabinet of wonders--it offers permission to...
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    Best Books of the Year:
    Alan Cumming Lists His Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway This is like a Scottish 'Catcher in the Rye.' You actually feel you're inside this women's...
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    Best Books of the Year:
    Tory Burch Lists Her Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez One of my all-time favorites—Gabriel García Márquez is an incredible storyteller, every sentence is extraordinary. One...
  8. Bittman

    Best Books of the Year:
    Mark Bittman Lists His Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook by Niki Segnit Despite the title, this is not actually a...
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    Best Books of the Year:
    Martin Short Lists His Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart This is a brilliant new novel by E. Lockhart. I’ve always adored a good generational drama and this is...
  10. Liane

    Best Books of the Year:
    Liane Moriarty Lists Her Favorite Reads of 2014

    We asked some of our favorite authors, chefs, and a few celebrities to recommend two or three books they read and loved this past year. Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers This is an amazing story about a Boston family and the damaging effects of verbal abuse. Every character...
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