It was in 2012 that Will Schwalbe published "The End of Your Life Book Club," a New York Times bestseller. That book was a chronicle of the two years he spent in a special relationship with his mother as she fought a losing battle with pancreatic cancer.
My 8-year-old daughter loves story songs. As the gatekeeper for the Spotify playlists, I like to sneak in a personal favorite from time to time, which is how we ended up listening to Bob Dylan’s haunting song "John Brown" on the way to Dairy Queen.
Late in "Moonglow," the latest novel from Michael Chabon, "Mike Chabon," the novel’s voice, is presented with a photo album by his mother, only to discover that four photos are missing from the album’s first page. That moment becomes a vindication of what has initially seemed a sort of rando…
Aurors have been chasing Grindelwald throughout Europe. Now, there’s an Obscura loose in 1926 New York City. And Newt Scamander, a magizoologist, is stepping off an ocean liner that has just passed the Statue of Liberty. A latch on Newt’s suitcase flicks open of its own accord. Newt whispers…
Last year, John Grisham gave us Sebastian Rudd in "Rogue Lawyer." Rudd was not the usual Grisham fish-out-of-water. He was aware, cynical and exasperating. And he was a formidable creation.
There’s a certain thrill of the find when you come upon a needed or hoped-for item at an arts and crafts market.
Jack Shay spent more than 10 years researching and writing his new book on the World War II POW camp at Fort McClellan. But in truth, it’s a place that has been with Shay for most of his life.
It’s been almost three decades since native Alabamian Winston Groom caught the public’s fancy with his deliriously whimsical novel "Forrest Gump," and over two decades since the equally fanciful film won over audiences and won Tom Hanks an Academy Award.
This new book for young readers, much like its often-delightful young heroine, has aspirations towards greatness. Pre-publication reviews have already cited Gertie Reece Foy as the "new" Ramona Quimby, the youngster at the heart of a book series begun a half-century ago (is that really possi…
One of the perks of being asked to review books is discovering a writer who’s been around for a while, but who has for some reason slipped past that big shelf of review books.
With the publication of "Girls in White Dresses," Jennifer Close established herself as the legacy for the sort of urban commentary that, say, Nora Ephron had been channeling for decades.
To say children's book author Roald Dahl had a way with words is like saying Violet Beauregarde occasionally chewed gum … don’t be such a vermicious knid.
There is a touch of darkness in "Heroes of the Frontier," but that darkness is pretty much mitigated by an unequivocally endearing trio of "heroes."
Although these images are just recorded moments of one man’s life — people, back roads, hand-painted signs — the overall effect is a rare study of the historic social conditions in the South of our youth.
Erik Axl Sund is the pen name of Swedish authors Jerker Eriksson and Håkan Axlander Sundquist. "The Crow Girl," just appearing in its first American edition, contains three novels originally published separately: "The Crow Girl" (2010), "The Hunger Fire" (2011) and "The Pythia’s Instructions…
The most moving aspect of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the care with which it concentrates on two generations: Harry, Ron and Hermione, now all parents, are one generation; their children are the other.
J.K. Rowling has managed to keep many of the plot details secret, but here are 10 things we know about "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child."
Irish novelist/playwright Samuel Beckett writes of a world absent of meaning at its core, a situation he faces with all manner of verbal and physical clowning. His characters talk — often a lot — in desperate attempts to fill the "absurd" silence that greets their questioning. They find them…
There seems to be a genre of new works set in what used to be thought of as bucolic Appalachia. True masters like Ron Rash chronicle a decidedly different Appalachia, however, one whose inhabitants seem to have become as exhausted as the landscape they so tenaciously cling to. In such a land…
Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and grew up in Huntsville. In fact, Alabama figures prominently in the last half of this debut novel, a sweeping account of a "new" people whose history and culture, Gyasi argues, begins in 18th-century Ghana and continues into present-day America.
In Clarke County, Miss., a few miles north of the tiny town of Shubuta, there stands a rusting, steel-framed bridge, long since closed to traffic, seemingly intentionally forgotten by time and the surrounding community.