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The Round House & The National Book Awards

The Round House

This Wednesday evening, the National Book Award winners will be announced in a grand ceremony at Cipriani in New York City. I went to the NBA site to refresh myself on just how the awards work.“The National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation.” [...]

The Virgin Cure

The Virgin Cure

Ami McKay discovered the idea for her second historical novel (following The Birth House) while researching her own family. Her great-grandmother was a doctor on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the late 19th century, caring for the homeless children living in the alleys and tenements of the area. McKay describes her research in an Author’s [...]

Canada

Canada

Richard Ford’s novel hooks readers from the beginning, “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” Dell and his twin sister are 15 when their parents’ actions doom them to being orphans, though the novel is less about these events than about their effect. In a Daily [...]

A Train in Winter

A Train in Winter

Caroline Moorehead builds her extraordinary narrative about 230 women who participated in the French resistance during World War II by weaving together first-person accounts from interviews, diaries, letters, and photographs. The first half sets the scene in France. The second follows the women to prison and then to concentration camps where their friendships and cooperation became [...]

Power & Beauty: A Love Story on the Streets

Power & Beauty

Rapper T.I. is now an author, and his debut is a coming of age novel about two teenagers. His inspiration? The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (Pocket Books, 1999), the landmark Street Lit novel. For more on T.I.’s writing process, inspiration and the difference between writing a book and writing music, take a look at this [...]

Everything We Ever Wanted

Everything We Ever Wanted

This is the second adult novel by Sara Shepard, popular YA author of the Pretty Little Liars series. First was The Visibles (Free Press, 2010), a coming-of-age that received fine reviews and seems tailor-made for teen readers. Everything We Ever Wanted revolves around a bullying scandal; Shepard’s many fans are sure to be interested. Amazon [...]

The Most Dangerous Thing

The Most Dangerous Thing

I had the chance to meet Laura Lippman briefly at ALA last summer, and she spoke about the fact that this is the first book she has set in Dickeyville, the part of Baltimore that she knows best, the corner of the city in which she grew up. As a child, she and her friends played [...]

Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us

Rachel Lloyd’s book is effective as both a memoir and as a way to build awareness for her cause. Lloyd is the founder of GEMS, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, “the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.” It is [...]

This Beautiful Life

This Beautiful Life

Helen Schulman’s book, centered on a family torn apart by the teen son’s sexting scandal, was yesterday’s New York Times front page Sunday Book Review, accompanied by a Book Review Podcast in which Schulman discusses the book. The Pew Internet & American Life project includes many, many data resources on teens, including a 2009 report on [...]

Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

The book trailer for Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel ends with these words: “They were young when new York was young. That’s how it felt. They’d never been more alive. Three kids, in a roiling, untamed city. But maybe that’s how everyone feels in the moment before they change forever.” Very teen, isn’t it? Alive and [...]