LitStack Rec: Stoner & Cradle to the Stage

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Stoner, by John Williams John Williams’ 1965 novel went out of print after selling only 2,000 copies, but since its re-release by Vintage in 1995, this novel of a Midwestern academic’s insular life has appeared on bestseller lists in Europe and Israel, and has since sold over 100,000 copies. Stoner seems at first an unlikely [….]

LitStack Recs: The Drifters & The Book of Strange New Things

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The Drifters, by James Michener I was curious about Michener’s 1971 bestseller, but “Not a book for kids,” was I think how my mother phrased the embargo on reading The Drifters. But the cover art of sexy college kids and chapter titles like “Monica,” “Britta,” and “Pamplona,” proved too difficult to resist, so I smuggled the paperback [….]

LitStack Recs: The Night Angel Trilogy & A Definitive study of Alfred Hitchcock

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The Night Angel Trilogy The Way of Shadows / Shadow’s Edge / Beyond the Shadows Brent Weeks I really like Brent Weeks. He’s a genuine reader’s author. He’s very accessible. His blog is fun; he is very open and witty in his postings, many of which occur while he’s in the process of writing. He’s [….]

LitStack Rec: The Android’s Dream & The Goldfinch

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The Android’s Dream John Scalzi With the announcement of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series being tapped for a SyFy television show, I thought it would only be appropriate to recommend this week the very first Scalzi book I ever read:  The Android’s Dream.  The book was not at all what I expected:  it was [….]

LitStack Rec: Can’t Cook Book & Favorite Reads of 2013

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The Can’t Cook Book Jessica Seinfeld I don’t know why I’m fixating on cook books lately; perhaps it’s because this time of year lends itself to our wanting to share our best with those we love and admire? Or perhaps, being a less than stellar cook myself, I keep holding out hope that I will [….]