Literary


When Will There Be Good News?

When Will There Be Good News?

I’m a snob when it comes to good writing, so when it comes to crime fiction, I’m in the camp of PD James, not Steig Larsson. So stumbling upon Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? — a beautifully written novel that slowly reveals itself to be a mystery (and even part of a [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/12/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/12/2010

Hardcover Fiction Rat, Fernanda Eberstadt The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell The Passage, Justin Cronin Help, Kathryn Stockett To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst [...]

I Love You and…

I Love You and…

The dedication in I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway, a memoir by Glendale-based writer Tracy McMillan, says most of it: “To my dad, who never let me go. And to my fourth husband — wherever you are.” But did we mention that McMillan’s charming, charismatic father was a pimp and a drug dealer who brought [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/5/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers, 7/5/2010

Hardcover Fiction The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Stieg Larsson The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst The Language of Secrets, Dianne Dixon Innocent, Scott Turow Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich Rat, Fernanda Eberstadt The Madonnas of Echo Park, [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 6/7/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 6/7/2010

Hardcover Fiction The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson Storm Prey, John Sandford Heart of the Matter, Emily Griffin State Fair, Earlene Fowler Strip, Thomas Perry Help, Kathryn Stockett Innocent, Scott Turow 61 Hours, Lee Child The Madonnas of Echo Park, Brando Skyhorse Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende Hardcover Nonfiction Where’s My [...]

The Lacuna

The Lacuna

A “lacuna” is a hole, an empty place in a stone or bone — and a metaphor for The Lacuna‘s central character. Harrison Shepherd moves through Mexico and America in the first half of the 20th century, aching to be a part of a family, and a nation, but never quite fitting in.He’s too bookish for [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/24/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/24/2010

Hardcover Fiction 61 Hours, Lee Child Help, Kathryn Stockett The Ark, Boyd Morrison The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende Storm Prey, John Sandford This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Haunt Me Still, Jennifer Lee Carrell Private Life, Jane Smiley Strip, Thomas Perry Hardcover Nonfiction 101 Things I [...]

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

Lincoln Vampire Log Lags a Bit

I am an oozing, drooling undead groupie for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so I rushed out to buy Seth Grahame-Smith’s latest mashup, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The premise is deliciously dumb: In addition to his other accomplishments, Honest Abe is a hunter of vampires, who are depicted in “historic” photos throughout the book in [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/10/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 5/10/2010

Hardcover Fiction Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris Help, Kathryn Stockett Innocent, Scott Turow Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel A Question of Belief, Donna Leon Hardcover Nonfiction Spoken [...]

Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Three Weissmans: Keep the Mom Spirit Going

Mother’s Day may have passed, but you can (and should) keep the spirit going by diving in to Cathleen Schine’s wonderful new novel, The Three Weissmans of Westport. Reminiscent of Anne Tyler at her best, Schine is a deft writer who blends humor, social observation and a real understanding of humankind’s foibles and strengths into [...]

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