Irish novelist Kennedy Marr is making millions of dollars through the sale of his books and as a Hollywood scriptwriter.…
Like some other readers I know, my taste in books these last 20 years or so has shifted from fiction…
I spent a week reading this novel, and each time I laid it down, I expected to find a damp…
In Annaliese From Off (Five Points Press, ISBN 978-0-692-24434-0, 362 pages, $15.99), Lindy Keane Carter gives us a rich, old-fashioned…
Eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely, a shy high school dropout from Walter Middleton High School in Jackson County, North Carolina, seems resigned to…
“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell We live in an…
One of my bookshelves is reserved for books that I have not read, but that I am saving for some…
Note to readers: this is one of the few times I have written a column addressed to one sex —…
During the past 60 years, I have maintained a hearty appreciation for what is called “fantasy/horror” literature. I guess it…
In French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, Mirielle Guiliano produced a No. 1 New York…
When people ask me what I’ve been doing this fall, I tell them I’ve been on a reading jag —…
For many of us, the bells ringing in the New Year carry a bittersweet tune. We look forward to better…
One of the oldest traditional folktales, ‘Godfather Death,’ exists in all cultures; however, the tone of the stories may vary…
In 1977 I fell in love with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. That was a year of deep reading…
One of the things that I admire about the New York Review of Books is a special honor that they…
For all of you who haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, for you who scorn Black Friday, who keep telling…
When I was 6 years old, I entered the first grade at Boonville Elementary School. For months, various adults had…
The story goes that as Benjamin Franklin was leaving the final session of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a Mrs.…
About three years ago, I reviewed a bloody little horror tale filled with black humor called Breed. It was a…
In Lauren Grodstein’s novel The Explanation For Everything (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2013, 336 pages, $24.95), we meet Andrew…
This week it’s time to break out the champagne, pop that cork, and raise a flute of bubbly to the…
Gone Girl is currently the most popular novel in America and it has been around since 2012; it is also…
I am intimidated by this book. In fact, this is one of the most challenging reviews that I have ever undertaken.…
Twenty-five years ago, while under a good deal of pressure and stress, I began noticing I was forgetting things. I…
When the novel, The Leftovers came out several years ago, it was an immediate success. (Oprah gave it a significant boost…
“Evil is no more at an end than History, and so long as there are men there will be no…
A little over one year ago, Mark Powell published The Dark Corner, a novel that was set in the northwest…
For many reasons, this summer in particular afforded many opportunities for reading. During a 60-hour stay at Figure Eight Island,…
In case you haven’t noticed, let me call your attention to a disturbing fact regarding current Appalachian literature: some critics have been…
In Why Read?, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson discusses the practice of student reviews of a teacher, then writes:…
By Michael Beadle • Contributing writer Anyone who’s spent serious time with a cat knows there are a myriad of ways…
After running into numerous critical references to this little novel, which has won a series of international awards and has…
Not so long ago, a neighbor in the building where I love in Montford, a budding comedian in her early…
Each time Stephen King is interviewed, he finds himself responding to the same question: “Where do you get your ideas?”…
For whatever reason — the leisurely pace of days, the break in my work routine, the annual trip to the…
I have always been something of a fanatic about graphic novels and my collection includes Maus (which depicts the holocaust…
This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More, For Young and…
Since I happen to love folklore and storytelling, I have always felt blessed to be a resident of Jackson County.…
Let’s begin by noting the continuing biographical interest in writers and drinking. In my own collection are Tom Dardis’s The…
If you love epic tales that celebrate the American West; if you treasure novels like Trail of the Lonesome Dove,…
Back in the day when the “culture wars” focused more on literature, music and movies — Tipper Gore, for example,…
I have always been drawn to authors who can seize your attention in the first paragraph and like a pit…
In our tell-all age of talk shows and reality television, of Facebook and Twitter, the idea that restraint and repression…
In recent years, I have developed a growing discomfort with the Internet. Services like Facebook, Amazon, Linked-in have become increasingly…
Recently I returned from a trip to the library with a bagful of books. When handling these books in the…
As I write this, I am wondering if I should disqualify myself from writing a review about a book written…
Early in this novel, an old retired teacher with Alzheimer’s, mistaking a visitor for his son, gives the young man…
May is fast approaching, and with May comes the season of graduations. Daughters and sons, nephews and nieces, young people…
Russell Banks knows how to hook the reader’s interest. In the opening pages of Lost Memory of Skin, the book’s…
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