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James Galvin listen Download

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As Is  (Copper Canyon)One of our most tender poets (tough but tender), James Galvin, investigates his growing tendency toward poems that express his bitterness— toward...

Nicholson Baker listen Download

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The Anthologist (Simon & Schuster)The polymath Nicholson Baker has been able to create a version of himself in the figure of accomplished poet Paul Chowder...

Nick Laird listen Download

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Glover's Mistake (Viking) In this novel of love, manipulation and deception, Nick Laird attempts one of the trickiest strategies in the novelist's tool kit. He structures...

Lorrie Moore: A Gate at the Stairs listen Download

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A Gate at the Stairs (Knopf) Lorrie Moore has written three collections of short stories and two rather short novels. Now, after eleven years of work,...

Carlos Ruiz Zafon listen Download

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The Angel's Game (Doubleday)Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón has attracted an international audience with his series of metaphysical thrillers.

Dennis Cooper listen Download

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Ugly Man (Harper Collins) Although we've followed the career of Dennis Copper from the ground up, in this conversation, he acknowledges a new influence—the master director...

Alvaro Uribe and Cristina Rivera-Garza listen Download

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Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Dalkey Archive)  This new anthology makes clear that magical realism is only a tiny segment of what’s been happening in...

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman listen Download

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Road Show, a recording of the musical (Nonesuch, PS Classics) Stephen Sondheim is right — his new musical, Roadshow, is not gloomy. Sondheim and his collaborator,...

Clancy Martin listen Download

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How to Sell (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Clancy Martin's first novel reads like a piece of sleaze, but it turns out — surprise! — to be a...

Colum McCann listen Download

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Let the Great World Spin (Random House) Darkened by intimations of 9/11, Column McCann's generous extravaganza of a novel brings together the lives of strangers who witness...

Reif Larsen listen Download

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The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet (Penguin Press) Reif Larsen's T. S. Spivet, twelve-year-old genius cartographer, compulsively maps everything...

Glen David Gold listen Download

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Sunnyside (Knopf)What a charming raconteur Glen David Gold is, with his anecdotes about the movies, theories about identity and celebrity, and knowledge of World War...

Eduardo Galeano listen Download

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Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone (Nation Books)Eduardo Galeano has written a history of the world in brief chapters, each one devoted to an iconic incident...

E. L. Doctorow listen Download

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Homer & Langley  (Random House) In this comic and affecting novel based on the lives of the Collyer brothers — one a blind pianist, the other...

Jim Krusoe listen Download

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Erased  (Tin House Books) In this wild and woolly conversation, Jim Krusoe reveals that his zany, unpredictable, hilarity-inspiring novels are, well, descriptions of the human condition (at least...