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A blurb from Philipp Meyer hails Scott Cheshire's debut novel, High as the Horses' Bridles, as "a great new American epic." At first glance, the page count of Bridles seems too slim to be an epic. But within its swift... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Omnivoracious
In her new short story collection Snow in May (a Best Books of May pick in Literature & Fiction), Kseniya Melnik explores a breadth of characters--from the past to the near present--and how their lives lead back to the small... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Omnivoracious
I grew up battling my brother in just about every two-player videogame released in the '90s. But little did I know that while my sibling and I were duking it out on our TV, Japanese console manufacturers Sega and Nintendo... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Omnivoracious
If parenting is the hardest job in the world, imagine doing it in a place of civil unrest. Nathan Deuel's book, Friday Was the Bomb, spans the five years he and his daughter Loretta spent in Turkey and Lebanon as... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Omnivoracious
"Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia—em (into) and pathos (feeling)—a penetration, a kind of travel," Leslie Jamison writes. "It suggests you enter another person's pain as you'd enter another country, through immigration and customs, border crossing by way of query:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Omnivoracious
All the Birds, Singing is a haunting novel that opens with question: what is killing the sheep? Each morning, Jake Whyte's discovers the mangled remains of one of her flock, and it's unclear whether the culprit is a group of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Omnivoracious
If the power of books is to bring people together, then there's perhaps no example more literal than the Craigslist missed connection I stumbled across just minutes before interviewing Karen Russell. The posting, titled (sic) "karen russel cutie - w4m",... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Omnivoracious
I had the chance to sit down with Phil Klay, author of our March Best of the Month Spotlight Pick, Redeployment. Check out our feature-length profile of Klay, in which he discusses his short story collection, his deployment in Iraq... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Omnivoracious
The financial crisis of 2008 not only changed the landscape for banks and investment firms, but also spoiled the reputations they once maintained. And still, places like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Credit Suisse were able to recruit some of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Omnivoracious
Paul Pope does not write kids' stuff. The comic artist/writer is best known for his Eisner Award-winning Batman series, Batman: Year 100, a gritty dystopian take on the Dark Knight. But Pope's first foray into comics for younger audience isn't... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Months before the words "NSA," "PRISM," and "Edward Snowden" dominated newspaper headlines, Jaron Lanier's Who Owns the Future? warned us about the amount of personal information we have floating around the web. The truth is that while companies and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez In June, Gilbert Hernandez's Marble Season topped our Best of the Year So Far list for Comics & Graphic Novels. Since then, it's been a strong season for comics, but after revisiting Hernandez's touching, nostalgic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Omnivoracious
For my generation, I’ve noticed, the 1980s don’t have a lot of respect for chronology: our decade began in 1984, when Pablo Escobar assassinated the Minister of Justice, Rodrigo Lara Bonilla, and ended in December 1993, with the symmetrical death... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Our friend Jynne Dilling Martin, the Director of Publicity of Riverhead Books, toured with Khaled Hosseini earlier this year while promoting And the Mountains Echoed. She was kind enough to share a few stories about traveling around the country with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Omnivoracious
I love football. I spend every Sunday (and most Monday and Thursday nights) on my couch yelling at my television, drinking beer, and fist-pumping every time the Seahawks score a touchdown. But there are moments when I'm reminded of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Omnivoracious
This morning, the National Book Foundation revealed the finalists in the Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature categories for this year's National Book Awards. Among the finalists are Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland (our September Best of the Month... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Omnivoracious
In Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment, Anita Elberse explores all the elements behind making the biggest hits in movies, TV, music, books, and sports. The entertainment industry has seen a rapid shift around the way it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Boxers & Saints is thrilling, funny, sad, but most of all, deeply ambivalent. The two-volume comic, written by Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), confronts the Boxer Rebellion, a two-year uprising in 1899 in which violent nationalists sought to combat... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2013 at Omnivoracious
An interview series in which Amazon Editors meet authors at their favorite bars. During a surprise thunderstorm, No. 7's cozy, Edison bulb-lit aesthetic was the perfect hideaway from the rain and lightning. The restaurant's classic look — dark wood, tiled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Omnivoracious
D.T. Max's biography of the late author David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, was released in paperback in August. To celebrate, D.T. sent along a diverse list of books Wallace enjoyed. D.T. Max: David Foster Wallace... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Last May, I had the pleasure of talking with Fiona Maazel, author of Woke Up Lonely, about the culture of loneliness, the differences between Cincinnati and North Korea (there are a few, it turns out), and the novel she is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Omnivoracious
My editors' pick for our Big Fall Books Preview was Fiona McFarlane's debut The Night Guest. It's a tender novel about old age and a psychological meditation on isolation, all told with the page-turning pace of a mystery. I can't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Omnivoracious
Fuminori Nakamura tells me exactly how he would steal my wallet. In Japanese, he explains that the trick is to lift it out of my back pocket with his three middle fingers. By foregoing the thumb (the clumsiest finger), it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Omnivoracious
We believe that books can take you places. And in that spirit, we've picked our favorite transportive classic and contemporary novels, memoirs, biographies, and travel books to prove it. Our selections for Around the World in 80 Books represent all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Omnivoracious
How do you welcome an author who has sold 200 million books worldwide to New York’s Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center? Show the 2,000 fans in the audience where he lives, of course. At this launch event for Dan... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Omnivoracious