Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay, “Hunger”

The first line of the marketing letter that comes with the Uncorrected Proof of Roxane Gay’s Hunger reads, “Dear Bookseller, What you have before you is not an easy book to read.  But I guarantee that as soon as you start, you won’t be able to put it down.”  Both things are true. Hunger is an open…

Recommended Reading: Joe Hill’s “The Fireman”

When someone is cold and you share your blanket, you’re both warmer than you would’ve been alone.  You offer the sick your medicine and their happiness will be your medicine.  Someone probably a lot smarter than me said hell is other people.  I say you’re in hell when you don’t give to someone who needs,…

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Recommended Reading: Jenny Lawson’s “Furiously Happy”

I’ve read plenty of funny books but only a select few have made me laugh out loud.  Chelsea Handler’s pre-fame memoir My Horizontal Life was one.  Chuck Palahniuk’s darkly comic novel Choke was another.  David Sedaris’s memoirs Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim both did.  These are the titles I laughed at even…

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Recommended Reading: Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

Sometimes it’s good to be in the book business.  Mention you love an author’s debut, for example, and you might find yourself lucky enough to be reading his follow up months before it comes out.  I make this promise to fans of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One: when your four-year wait is over, you won’t be disappointed.…

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Recommended Reading: Dudes Doing Domestic Fiction

When Jeffrey Eugenides or Jonathan Franzen tackle relationships the literary establishment goes a big rubbery one, while thrillers from Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins rake in all the dough.  Yes, writers can write whatever the hell they want, but let’s face it – authors writing against their gender bring an edge to their work.  When tackling family life,…

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Michelle Hodkin has Great Taste in Books

    “Some girls make enemies out of other girls, and you don’t even know why.” – Violet, The Walls Around Us The last time the mighty Michelle Hodkin visited Books & Books to sign copies of the titles in her Mara Dyer trilogy, we spoke of many things – Joe Hill, American Horror Story, @_FloridaMan…