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How I Killed Pluto

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Mike Brown’s Twitter handle gives a good sense of his humor: plutokiller. He takes rather regretful glee in his role in the demise of Pluto’s planet status. He acknowledges the sentimental place in American hearts held by the smallest planet, and was sorry to be part of the change. Perhaps especially as it cost him [...]

One Dog at a Time

One Dog at a Time

In 2006, Pen Farthing was a British Royal Marine serving in Afghanistan when he was moved to help the stray dogs wandering the streets, foraging for food and shelter. Soon after, he retired and now runs the charity he created, Nowzad Dogs, which aids in the rescue and care of the dogs, cats, even donkeys, [...]

Catcher, Caught

Catcher, Caught

The Catcher in the Rye, that is. Amazon highlights Catcher, Caught by including an interview with the author by Kathryn Erkine, author of Mockingbird (Philomel), winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. In that interview, Honenberger shares that one of the reasons she wrote Catcher, Caught was to help today’s teens [...]

The Last Brother

The Last Brother

Nathacha Appanah grew up in a traditional Indian family on Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. As an adult, she emigrated to France and is currently based in Paris. She has published four novels in French, and this is the first of her novels to be published in translation in the [...]

Swamplandia!

Swamplandia!

So much buzz and anticipation preceded this week’s publication of Karen Russell’s first novel that I was nearly afraid to read it for fear of disappointment. Russell won the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 award in 2009, was included among The New Yorker’s 20 under 40 last summer, and was named one of Granta’s [...]

Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters

Fantasy novelist Sharon Shinn follows up her Twelve Houses series with a stand-alone adult novel, particularly suited to young adult readers. The first chapter is freely available on the book’s rather lovely website. SHINN, Sharon. Troubled Waters. 391p. Ace. 2010. Tr $24.95. ISBN 978-0-441-01923-6. LC number unavailable.   Adult/High School–A romantic coming-of-age set in a [...]

Life

Life

2010 was an outstanding year for memoir and autobiography by popular musicians. Patti Smith’s Just Kids (Ecco) won the National Book Award for Nonfiction among other accolades. Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash (Viking) received multiple starred reviews. And, later in the year, Life by Keith Richards burst onto bestseller lists. What is particularly impressive about these titles [...]