From the author of Mystic River comes a collection of tales
no cheerier than his intense portrait of crime drama in working-class
Dorchester. Whether Dennis Lehane's characters are buckling under the
strain of class resentment, cheating on their spouses, or choosing
money over reconciliation, Coronado: Stories (five shorts and
a two-act play) is yet another brutal glimpse into lives perpetually
wrecked by violence and always touched by tragedy.
How'd we miss this? On Wednesday The Guardian UK ran Lionel Shriver's infuriating diatribe on "vapid" computer-generated book covers.
While we're not familiar with the author's work, we've decided to
pre-judge and say that we pretty much hate her already. Especially for
lines such as these:
"Ashima never thinks of her husband's name
when she thinks of her husband, even though she knows perfectly well
what it is. She has adopted his surname but refuses, for propriety's
sake, to utter his first. It's not the type of thing Bengali wives do.
Like a kiss or caress in a Hindi movie, a husband's name is something
intimate and therefore unspoken, cleverly patched over."
This half of Word Up is a little bit consumed with the whole Harry
Potter...everything. And we're having serious withdrawal issues this
summer since there's no 19438328289 lb. new book to carry around and
sink our teeth into. Really, we EAT Harry Potter books.
They taste like crumpets. With jam. Jolly good!
The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) monitors both the number and type of books published per
country per year. In 2005, the US shelved 172,000 new books. We only
came in second to the UK, which printed a total of 206,000.
With numbers like that it's no surprise to anyone -- especially
struggling writers -- that landing a book deal, or even just scoring an
agent, has gotten harder than debuting a number one pop single without ever having released a record