Every once in a while, a person I hire to work at my house will pause in front of the book cases. This is one of those occasions.
This new collection of essays -- "The Correspondence" -- is so smartly entertaining I read many parts of it out loud to savor the enjoyment. Here's a glimpse of J. D. Daniels' debut.
It never fails. The annual Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Awards bring to the forefront not-to-miss, stay-up-all-night mystery novels. Here are the three that won in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel by an American Author and Best Paperback Original for 2016.
One day every year in November, I fill a shopping cart with used books at a book fair in Dayton, Ohio. Here are a few of this year's treasures.
What happens when you're supposed to be in-the-know about new books being published, but you bury yourself in the old books?
We're in the count-down days to the announcement of the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It's not the winner I'm most interested in but the short-list of nominees, which always provides a whopping good reading list. Here are the 10 in the line-up.
A gathering of five books -- fiction and non-fiction -- soon to hit bookstores.
Here are three novels, two of them crime mysteries, published in 1993, 2009 and 1930. It's a way of welcoming the new year by remembering that the past in literature shall not be forgotten.
Richard McGuire's graphic novel "Here" covers thousands of years from one fixed corner of a living room in a suburban house. It's not a book to read as much as to experience, a perfect browsable companion for any time, any place.
French author Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year. Looking into his "oeuvre" made me curious about other French books. The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, in its recently announced 2015 longlist, provided these, which look wonderful.
Something I love to do during the summertime is catch up on classics. The desire is connected to the memory of the required summer reading lists I used to get for school when I was a young reader. Here's what I've "assigned" to myself this summer.
"Play it Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible" is about mastering Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor for the piano, as well as the ever-present overtaxed schedule that keeps us from doing the things we love. It reminded me of my own journey with the piano.
This blog post could've been titled "the power of book cover illustrations" or "why carrying a print book (versus an e-reader) matters". That's because it shows what happens when people see the book you're reading.
Mark Helprin’s “Winter’s Tale” hit the New York Times best-seller list 31 years ago in 1983. This past February, it hit movie theaters, and the bad reviews drove me to read the novel. Here’s more about that experience.
These four German words, translated "I am a Berliner," concluded President John F. Kennedy's Berlin speech Wednesday, June 26, 1963, and went down in history. Hamburg photographer Ulrich Mack was among the press corps capturing the event, as well as the prior days Kennedy spent in other German cities. "Kennedy in Berlin" is Mack's collection of unpublished black-and-white photographs. Here's a peek.