Every L-train-riding Brooklynite’s favorite author, JONATHAN LETHEM, is back on tour for his follow-up to 2003’s Fortress of Solitude. You Don’t Love Me Yet is a departure from the author’s native New York: this time around, the setting is the smoggy sparkle of Los Angeles, but Lethem’s hipster fan base won’t be disappointed by his choice of character archetypes.
Mrs. Andy Richter, a/k/a actress and writer SARAH THYRE, was dubbed the “family liar” by her father almost as soon as she learned to talk. In her attempt to live up to this infamous nickname, high jinks and hilarity ensued, and she resurrects all her old raunchy anecdotal ghosts in the new memoir Dark at the Roots, which comes packaged with breathless plugs by the likes of David Sedaris and David Rakoff.
If you’re hankering for yet another tale of an adolescent loner with major family issues, consider dipping into The God of Animals. New writer ARYN KYLE pulls off a YA/adult-fiction crossover with her tale of a young girl living on a Colorado ranch who’s fixated on a drowned classmate and then finds herself spending extra time with her unpopular English teacher.
The author of The Piano Tuner, DANIEL MASON, follows up his bestselling debut with yet another journey story. The Harvard grad’s second book, A Far Country, trails 14-year-old Isabel on her voyage from a rural area of her impoverished country to the outskirts of a city. After her brother goes missing, Isabel does exactly what most confused teenagers would do in her place: she tries to find him on her own.
Friday night, March 16, Grub Street hosts one of their "Grub Gone . . ." parties. Tomorrow evening's theme: Grub Gone Silly. Besides being boozey affairs (free beer for anyone who brings a book to contribute to the Grub library!), the parties involve a few quick readings. Jonathan Ames, Kris Frieswick, and Leslie Talbot bring on the guffaws for this installment.
From today's Publisher's Lunch:
Crown has pulled back on another high-profile acquisition, deciding not to go forward with Melissa Dumas' LIVE TO TELL: My Life as Madonna's Nanny, which had been pre-empted in a major deal. The house simply says "it will not be publishing the memoir to be authored by Madonna's former nanny, Melissa Dumas.
Our obsession with Radar (now in its third print incarnation thanks to yet another relaunch) notwithstanding, we know the voice of its Fresh Intelligence blog, or Gawker, for that matter, couldn’t have existed without Spy. KURT ANDERSEN co-founded the original media/celebrity/politics satire rag, but he’s written a surprisingly serious historical novel called Heyday
Check this slightly hysterical rant of a Salon feature: "Oprah's Ugly Secret." Peter Birkenhead's screed is a meaty, 3-page attack of Oprah, damning her support of the best-selling self-help book The Secret. The book is currently No. 1 on best-seller lists and has shot ahead of the final Harry Potter tome in sales.
On Monday night at Memorial Hall in Cambridge, writer, editor, and publisher Dave Eggers was joined by Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, and Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese "Lost Boy," and the subject of Eggers's fictional biography, What Is the What