Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Glasgow Curse – William Lobban

There's a notorious criminal following me! On Twitter, that is, and it's former criminal, if you please. William Lobban, a gangster so vicious no prison in Scotland would take him, finished paying his debt to society in an English penitentiary in 1988.

Doctor Sleep – Stephen King

Doctor Sleep is the sequel to The Shining, Stephen King’s 1977 best-seller. In an interview with NPR’s David Greene, King tells why he returned to Danny and the characters of the Overlook Hotel for this book. I wanted to revisit Danny and see what he was like as a grown-up. I think that we all have this … desire to reconnect with friends from when we were younger — you know, that’s the whole basis of high school and college reunions. So, I was also wanting to ...

Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Stephen King chose this book when asked by the National Book Foundation to name "The Book that Changed My Life." Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, said "Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years."

The Hot Zone – Richard Preston

The dramatic and chilling story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a surburban Washington, D.C. laboratory, with descriptions of frightening historical epidemics of rare and lethal viruses. More hair-raising than anything Hollywood could think of, because it's all true.

I Only Read It For the Cartoons – Richard Gehr

People who have to be funny become strange -- probably the pressure. This book is chock full of weirdos; gifted, talented, hard-working weirdos. "Available for the first time to The New Yorker’s one million-plus readers: a volume dedicated to the individual careers of the magazine’s cartoon superstars."

Gray Mountain – John Grisham

A new John Grisham novel... Is there a lawyer in it? Yes, and her name is Samantha. She moves from the big apple to a tiny coal town -- and wackiness ensues. It's bad enough that you can't get decent sushi in rural Virginia, but the locals resent her, she's not getting paid, and there's something sinister going on.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Star of Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, and perhaps most famously, the actor behind the brilliant Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler is 42. That's a bit early for a biography, but she's been busy. Her book is both a reflection of her past and a contemplation of her future; from the midpoint of 42, a look at life in both directions.