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Book Notes From The Underground: Independence Day Edition

The Fourth of July: Fireworks, hot dogs, potato salad, parades, washing the dog (hey, not everyone has the same rituals). These are just a few of the things that most people will be partaking of this Saturday.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: June 2015 (New Books)

Although the summer is traditionally a slow season in the publishing world, it doesn't mean that there aren't any interesting books being published. Here are a few titles published this month that may appeal to you.Read More ›

Book Notes from the Underground: Summer Beach Reads, Country Noir Edition

What is "country noir?" Well, it usually involves criminal activity, and the setting is usually in the rural South, particularly in Appalachia or in the Ozarks, but anywhere that has a hardscrabble rural population will suffice. If you like good, dark crime fiction, than you also might enjoy reading some of the following examples—even at the beach.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: May 2015 (New Nonfiction)

From magical realism to Nazi occupation, delve into essays, memoirs, and more.Read More ›

Vladimir Nabokov, écrivain, 1899-1977*

April 22 is the anniversary of his birth. If you haven’t read Nabokov—or if you’ve only read his most famous novel, Lolita—and you love to read books with exquisite language, here are three others to consider.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: Books From The Future!

Running out of things to read? Panicking because your “to read” pile has dwindled down to 10 books or so? Not to worry! Here are some well-reviewed new titles coming out next month that you can add to your wish list.Read More ›

The Book on the Book: Biographies of Works of Literature

There has been a mini-boomlet in book biographies recently. Wouldn't you love to read a book about your favorite book?Read More ›

The Tracks of My Tears: Six Books (and a Poem) That Will Make You Cry

Books so good, they will bring a tear to your eye.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: January 2015, Part 2

Recent short story collections that may interest you.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: January 2015, Part 1

A look at recent books available in translation.Read More ›

The Nobel Prize in Literature Goes to Patrick Modiano

Who is Patrick Modiano? For our purposes, I'll just say that he is a French novelist whose first book, La Place de l'Etoile was published in 1968. Since then he has written more than two dozen books and several screenplays. Many of his novels deal with the experience of Jews during the Occupation of France during World War II. Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: September 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: July 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve:Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: June 2014

Having trouble finding something to read on the beach this summer? You don’t want something too fluffy but reading a dense tome requires too much concentration when you’re dealing with sand, rising tides and runaway beach umbrellas. How about a book that is challenging—but also fun to read?Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: May 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve. Read More ›

Read Alikes for Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch

Congratulations to Donna Tartt for winning the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel The Goldfinch. If you've already read it, then you know why everyone's going ga-ga over it. But if you're still waiting patiently in the holds line to read it, then perhaps we can suggest a few plot-driven, "what's going to happen next?" titles for you to read in the meantime.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: April 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: March 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve:Read More ›

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