Thursday, January 20, 2011

Interesting NPR & NY Times Book reviews & articles

I was reading some articles and reviews about books this morning and wanted to share a few of them especially for those of you who don't get the chance to read NPR's website or the New York Times Books section very often. I know I don't as much as I'd like!

A review of Colm Toibin's new story collection An Empty Family by Heller McAlpin and an Excerpt:
Elegy and Energy in Colm Toibin's 'Family' Stories by Heller McAlpin

From NPR's column You Must Read This:

Stacy Schiff reviews Nancy Mitford's Voltaire in Love
An Ardent, Intellectual Affair by Stacy Schiff

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr., reviewd by Mishna Wolff
Brooklyn Is A Character Too by Mishna Wolff

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is getting rave reviews and has been chosen by Barnes & Noble for its
Discover Great New Writers Program beginning in February. Other authors chosen for this program in the past include Khaled Hosseini, Kathryn Stockett, Jhumpa Lahiri, Helen Simonson, David Sheff and many more. Congratulations to Eleanor! I confess I haven't read The Weird Sisters yet but I hope to very soon!

Janet Maslin reviewed The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown for The NY Times:
A Family Speaks in Someone Elses' Words, But at Least It Chooses the Best by Janet Maslin


  1. I definitely have The Weird Sister on my radar, once I finish with the Dare. And I did enjoy Brooklyn by Toibin, so perhaps I need to chase this one down.

  2. Thanks for sharing these. I read Mishna Wolff's book and turned off "Last Exit To Brooklyn" (the movie) so I'm curious to read that.

    And I've been hearing lots of good stuff about The Weird Sisters too.

  3. Thanks for the links! I'm very interested in both The Weird Sisters and Toibin's stories... as soon as the tbr dare is over.

  4. Great links! I wish I had more time to read NPRs site; they always have great lists and great reviews of books that really appeal to me.

  5. I am sadly aware of how much I don't know! :)
    Just picked up a book of American short stories that Richard Russo edited. I'll let you know what I think.

  6. I hope to read the Weird Sisters as well. I've seen several good reviews lately; enjoy. Hope your week is perfect as well....more snow mid-week:(

  7. Thank you for all of the great links to explore!