Stewart O'Nan

Off the Radar by Cindy Hulsey

I spend a lot of time around books. I read numerous reviews, pay attention to the buzz about new titles, and talk incessantly with my friends about what we’re reading. In spite of that, I sometimes miss a wonderful author, wondering after his or her books have come to my attention how in the world that happened. Of course, I guess there is an upside to this; once you discover someone who already has a body of work, you have a treasure trove of titles to explore, whereas discovering an author with the first novel means you have a wait for the next one.

Reading Restaurants by Laura Raphael

I didn’t think anyone could write a better “set in a restaurant” novel than Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen.

Book Pairings

I love the idea of pairing nonfiction and fiction titles about a particular subject and reading them successively.  For example, I know of a book club that read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain together with Hemingway’s A Moveable

Summer Read Twins, Activate! by Laura Raphael

Have you ever experienced reading déjà vu? You’re reading along in some great new novel your friendly neighborhood librarian suggested (of course!)… and you get that fuzzy, peripheral-vision feeling that maybe you’ve read this before. The characters or the setting or just something feels familiar.