Post Road Magazine #11

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PIG BOY'S WICKED BIRD: A MEMOIR by Doug Crandell - Cathy Day

I grew up in Peru, Indiana, and Doug Crandell grew up in Wabash, Indiana-just 16 miles apart. We are about the same age. We are both writers....more

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson - Jean Monahan

Dr. Temple Grandin breaks new ground with every book she writes. She was first introduced to the general public...

SONNY'S BLUES by James Baldwin - Merrill Feitell

I began recommending this story to people with the assertion that it contains the best description ever written about the experience of listening to live music....more

Other People's Houses and Her First American by Lore Segal - Alice Mattison

Two novels by Lore Segal, Other People's Houses and Her First American, are the books I want to recommend here, but my first encounter with Segal's work was a picture book for children, Tell Me a Mitzi-three stories about a little New York girl....

WOMEN IN THEIR BEDS: NEW AND SELECTED STORIES by Gina Berriault and THE TEA CEREMONY: THE UNCOLLECTED WRITINGS OF GINA BERRIAULT - Daphne Kalotay

It wasn't until 2002, three years after her death, that I discovered the work of Gina Berriault....more

First Novels - Ann Hood

I love firsts. The first snowfall. The first sip of wine. The first star of the night. The first day of school....

THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER - Jessica Shattuck

I have to admit that when I first read Cheever, I thought he was kind of hokey....more

A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price - Leah Hager Cohen

I first read A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price, on the subway, over a period of a week or two in 1991....

THE LOST STRADIVARIUS, MOONFLEET and THE NEBULY COAT: The Abnormal Romances of John Meade Falkner - Wesley Stace

In 1915, Lady Violet Bonham Carter went to Armstrong, Whitworth Co., "the greatest and most famous of Victorian armament makers," in Elswick near Newcastle....more

Strong Opinions by Vladimir Nabokov - Elizabeth Cox

>As a fiction writer, I often dive into nonfiction hungry for opinions or critical assessments of literature, art, politics, education, and life....

A Scot's Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon - David Anthony Durham

This author's name will likely be new to most American readers, and that's a shame because Lewis Grassic Gibbon (a pseudonym for James Leslie Mitchell) was a precociously gifted and terribly underappreciated writer of a difficult time, Scotland of the 1930s....

Sisters by a River by Barbara Comyns - Suzanne Berne

Almost no one I know has read any of Barbara Comyns' books, and I can't understand why, except that she has a penchant for disquieting titles, like The Skin Chairs and Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead, which might unnerve the reader looking for a nice, comfortable novel....

Delights & Shadows by Ted Kooser, Search Party by William Matthews and Jack and Other New Poems by Maxine Kumin - Wesley McNair

Aren't you a little curious about how a person like Ted Kooser, whose poetry you barely know, could become the Poet Laureate of the United States?...

The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins - Ben Jones

As a student, I ran away from the math that would have gotten me into all of the really interesting science and now I make up some of that lost ground by reading books like Richard Dawkins' The Ancestor's Tale....

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