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Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?

Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Unexpected nuance from a firebrand cartoonist.

Political cartoons are drawn in stark black-and-white, snapshots that leave little room for nuance. As a political cartoonist, Tim Kreider was limited by the speech bubbles, but his collection of    More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?

For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jesse Bering, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Also, why do people eat other people?

As its provocative title suggests, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American, 320 pages, $16) is a book unafraid of topics most of us don’t typically have the balls to bring up. It   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins

Love letters to Cleo.

In 1962, 20th Century Fox made a movie that almost bankrupted the studio and changed Hollywood forever. The epic Cleopatra was shot on location in Italy and Egypt at a cost of more than $40 mill   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

But what about me?

In How Should a Person Be? (Henry Holt, 306 pages, $16.50), the narrator, Sheila, not yet 30 and fresh from a failed marriage, struggles to write a play about women as she drifts lethargically a   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Peter Zuckerman, Amanda Padoan, Buried in the Sky

The real heroes.

There are a lot of books about mountaineering disasters, but few center on people with stories like Chhiring Sherpa’s. Buried in the Sky (W.W. Norton & Company, 304 pages, $26.95) is Peter Zuc   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Scott Jurek, Eat & Run

Tramps like us, baby.

The last few miles are rough for Scott Jurek. As Eat & Run (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 272 pages, $26) comes to a close, we find the Michael Jordan of ultra-running in a bad way. Abandoned by    More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Greg Rucka, Alpha

Is it Omega yet?

Greg Rucka is a serial series writer. Aside from penning big-name comic-book titles for DC and Marvel, the Portland-based author is responsible for the excellent Atticus Kodiak novels (about a s   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Richard Ford, Canada

One boy, two lives, and an uneven landscape.

Dell Parsons, the narrator of Richard Ford’s conflicted new novel, Canada (Ecco, 432 pages, $27.99), tells us right off about the story’s major event. His parents became unlikely bank robbers.   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 BRENT WALTH
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