In Naomi Novik's rich fantasy novel Uprooted, a girl must embark on a dangerous journey into the heart of a dark forest to face an unexpected foe. Our reviewer writes, "With a foothold firmly in the fairy-tale tradition, Novik spins an enthralling story of the classic good-versus-evil variety, where magic, monsters and romance abound." We asked Novik to tell us about three books she's enjoyed reading lately.
Remember the Jane Austen Project? (We're still waiting for Curtis Sittenfeld's take on P&P!) Well, Hogarth Books is launching a similar project this fall, and if you thought taking on Austen could be daunting for a writer, imagine how it must feel to try to reimagine Shakespeare.
This week's literary links include forays into fact-checking, medieval advice and more!
Trained chef and reality television star Dean McDermott's recipe for Easy Lemon Curry Chicken has just the right balance of spice to spruce up your typical baked chicken while maintaining its kid-friendly appeal. Check out his new cookbook, The Gourmet Dad, for more than 100 recipes that will keep the whole family happy during meal times.
Get ready for some great books next month! LibraryReads has put together a list of the 10 books coming out in July that librarians are most excited about putting on their shelves.
Although the cripplingly shy recluse Howie watched Emily Phane grow up next door, he’s never actually spoken to his only neighbor for miles. Despite this, he cares for her in a sweetly paternal way, and he’s aware that there’s definitely something wrong with her. He’s been watching as she gradually becomes a recluse herself—plus there’s the odd fact that she’s taken up the habit of night gardening. This is an achingly beautiful and unexpectedly hilarious portrait of two deeply sad, deeply sensitive people reaching the breaking point and pulling each other back.
Most readers probably imagine their favorite author as thoughtful and deep—someone bursting with insight into life and empathy for all creation. From the outside, that’s what Henry Hayden appears to be. Modest despite the five-and-counting bestsellers that bear his name, he seems to be devoted to his wife, loyal to his friends and eager to sign books for the fans who travel to his remote village just to meet him. But he’s a fraud: Every word of his novels was written by his publicity-shy wife, Martha.
This week's new paperback selections offer several summer-reading-worthy options.
Ah, alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems (to misquote “The Simpsons”). In Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola reveals the ugly side of addiction with humor and honesty. She writes gracefully of blackouts, junk food binges and unnerving sexual encounters. Along the way, she touches on loneliness and cats and hangovers and alternative weeklies. Although she claims that alcohol made her fearless, her true bravery emerges in this memoir’s witty candor.
Three intersecting narratives combine in this spin-off to Morgan Rhodes’ best-selling Falling Kingdoms series.