Verlyn Klinkenborg is the author of a column called "The Rural Life," essays which appear on an irregular basis in the editorial pages of the New York Times. These pithy pieces are often inspired by his observations about life on the rural acreage that he owns somewhere in New York State. The author can be a bit mysterious when it comes to describing the precise location of his small farm. It appears that he enjoys keeping his readers guessing in regard to that particular mystery.
150 years ago the Civil War was raging. During the first week of July, 1863 the battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) marked a crucial turning point in the conflict.
Harold Holzer has made a career out of the study of President Lincoln and the Civil War. Holzer has written more than 40 books. I doubt that there is another author who has written more books about Lincoln than Holzer. He is the leading authority on our greatest president.
In "NOS4A2" Joe Hill has penned what has to be the creepiest book of the year. His villain, Charlie Manx, is an undead sort of fellow in the tradition of Count Dracula. But Charlie doesn't imbibe that crimson fluid. No, Charlie feasts on the souls of innocent children. See what I mean? Very creepy.
In this interview Joe Hill gives us a few clues about his inspirations and his process. You'll never look at a covered bridge again without flashing on Joe Hill's "NOS4A2." And don't even think about Christmas.
Whenever I start reading a book, I begin it with the hope that it will be so much fun to read that I won’t want to put it down. I never want certain books to end.
Books like “A Man Without Breath,” the latest installment in Philip Kerr’s noir series that features the long suffering homicide detective Bernie Gunther. Bernie is German. He was solving homicide cases in Berlin when Hitler took power in the early 1930's.