Almost every day someone will ask me if I have read any good books lately? I always respond in the affirmative. Anybody who has asked me that question during the past month has received the same response. I tell them that "The Son" by Philipp Meyer is the finest novel that I have read in a long time.
Mardi Jo Link's marriage had fallen apart. She was determined to keep the rest of her life together for her three sons. This meant paying the bills, scrimping and economizing, and trying to obtain another mortgage on their acreage in northern Michigan. It wasn't going to be easy.
Link tells her story in her memoir "Bootstrapper - from Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm." Link was making a living as a freelancer writing in the genre known as "true crime." Her income was unpredictable. How could she find ways to conserve?
After a dozen excruciating years American forces are now in the process of finally pulling out of Afghanistan. So after all of this time what do we really know about this mysterious country and the people who live there? Probably not as much as we might think.
Anna Badkhen began reporting from Afghanistan right before the invasion. She has written extensively about her experiences there. In her latest book, "The World is a Carpet - Four Seasons in an Afghan Village," Badkhen describes the time that she spent visiting a remote village in the desert.
David Margolick remembers the first time that he heard the name of John Horne Burns. Margolick was attending a boarding school when he heard about a book that had been banned from this prep school. Burns had written a scathing book, a novel, that was a thinly disguised critique of that school. Margolick was intrigued.
Michael Wellman brings his distinctive literary voice to fiction for the first time in his novel Versus the Demons. This is the story of Shorty Irslund, a guy who loved playing baseball so much that he sacrificed a good part of his life toiling away in the minor leagues.