Richard's 2015 and older picks

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Conversations with Barry Hannah (Literary Conversations) Cover Image
By James G. Thomas (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781496804440
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - December 17th, 2015

Most interview articles or books are interesting for personal or professional information brought to light. This book does that, and Hannah was, no doubt, a person whose work and life, both, were iconoclastic. Beyond this, however, these interviews surrender the funny, brilliant and honest conversational language of Hannah that defined his social being and his fiction. A must read for Hannah fans—lots of Oxford stuff—with a nice intro by Jimmy Thomas.


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The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385353021
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 15th, 2015

Stuart Stevens has written five books on politics and travel, but this one's personal. The Last Season is an account of the year the author and his 95-year-old father set out to see every Ole Miss game in 2012. Stevens investigates the destinations life has taken him, especially regarding his relationship with his dad. As Pat Conroy says, "It's nuts, it's Ole Miss, it's outrageous, it's got depth and emotion."


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The Clasp: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374124410
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 6th, 2015

Sloan Crosley’s two bestselling books of essays have been called “hilarious”, “charming”, and “slightly cracked”, so it’s no surprise her first novel, The Clasp, has those qualities, too. Three college friends are now in their late twenties on a wedding weekend that turns into an adventurous romp across Europe and a play on Guy de Maupassant’s famous short story, “The Necklace,” as these millennials find all that glitters is not gold.


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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (Vintage International) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015

When Tsukuru leaves his hometown for college and an engineering career in Tokyo, left behind are his four high school friends, two boys and two girls, with whom he has an intense and special relationship. Through his hopes and, literally, dreams, Tsukuru struggles to understand whether the control of his destiny is up to others, himself—or no one at all. Alongside Tsukuru in his journey Murakami steers us effortlessly, and the journey becomes our own.


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All That Is: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400078424
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Published: Vintage - January 28th, 2014

James Salter is a great writer and now at age 87 he has written his best book. This novel is revealing, quitely honest, beautiful, full of life, and sometimes shocking. I read it recently but already want to read it again.


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And Sons: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812984354
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 27th, 2014

A smart, funny novel of modern New York according to two New York families -- one dominated by a famous reclusive writer, the other by his childhood/life long best friend. A cross between Rules of Civility and The Hair of Harold Roux.


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The Suitors: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590515730
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Published: Other Press - February 26th, 2013

Two sisters in their early thirties are faced with the unacceptable idea that their parents may sell the family summer house on the coast of France. What is to be done? Perhaps find rich husbands -- Downton Abbey goes to France!


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The Odds: A Love Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143122272
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Published: Penguin Books - September 25th, 2012

This small fable - of love and life for a Midwest couple who face the perils of middle-age life today - is a wonderful story by one of our best writers. Highly recommended.


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House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer's Journey Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400077779
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Published: Anchor - February 14th, 2012

One of my favorite books of 2011. A memoir that is compelling, different, candid, funny, and moving. Mark Richard is a great writer.


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Nemesis (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307475008
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

This is one of our greatest writer's best books, "suffeused with precise and painful tenderness" (Leah Cohen in the New York Times). A sort of flipside to another of Roth's best, Sabbath's Theatre, I recommend highly to anyone "scared" of Roth, or to anyone at all.


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Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812982152
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 27th, 2013

Two of the best at their trade offer sound advice in an entertaining, highly readable book. Could be the Strunk & White of our time.


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The Typist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145369
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Published: Grove Press - August 9th, 2011

A story of love in war narrated by a young soldier in postwar occupied Japan who works in General MacArthur's office pool. A gem of a novel that appears small but reads big. Highly recommended.


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Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel Cover Image
By Hans Keilson, Damion Searls (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374532857
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2011

First published in Europe in the 1940s, this novel fell into obscurity until a couple of years ago—when the author was 100 years old. This quiet, ironic little story takes place i Nazi-occupied Amsterdam and reads like—or is—a thriller Highly recommend.


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Chinaberry Sidewalks: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307740977
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 2012

Rodney Crowell is a gifted and accomplished songwriter. Turns out he's equally gifted as a storyteller and writer. This is a vivid and fascinating account of Rodney's tough childhood in Houston, TX and how it led to who he is today. Love this book!


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Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307591043
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Published: Crown - March 22nd, 2011

A fascinating and splendidly rendered memoir. Interesting not only for its keen insights into Faulkner (and new info about him), but simply a wonderful account of growing up as a girl in the small-town south. Great read!


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Rules of Civility: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

Two working girls in 1930s Manhattan save their weekly wages to splurge on a night out in a jazz club. In walks a handsome debonair and wealthy young man—who changes their lives forever. A well written, fast-paced read with great atomsphere and interesting history. Highly recommend.


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John Saturnall's Feast Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802121738
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Published: Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - Grove/Atlantic, Inc. - - October 2013

Set in 17th cenutry rural England, this is a great tale of a boy's will to survive by his wits and knowledge of food amidst the English Civil War. Rich in religious and culinary history, with folklore, a love story, and powerful narrative. May be my favorite book this fall.


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Total Loss Farm: A Year in the Life Cover Image
By Raymond Mungo, Dana Spiotta (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9781940436036
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - May 2014

A classic of 60s literature, this entertaining account of a Vermont commune helps explain wonderful things about the 60s—and also why the 60s didn't exactly work.


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Strength in What Remains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812977615
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 4th, 2010

Deo escapes a genocidal civil war in Burundi to New York City, nowing no one, speaking no English, with $100 in his pocket. One of the greatest biographies and most inspiring stories I have read, written by one of our very best non-fiction writers. A remarkable book.


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Mrs. Bridge Cover Image
By Evan S. Connell, James Salter (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781582435688
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 5th, 2010

Evan S. Connell's Mrs. Bridge (and her novel husband Mr. Bridge) form a modest but quietly profound portaiture of mid-20th century middle America that is likely to resonate in our literary canon for a good long while.


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Tabloid Dreams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802120984
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2013

Butler's most imaginative and funniest book. Check out the titles of the stories, and try "Woman Uses Glass Eye to Spy on Philandering Husband" and you'll see what I mean. A keystone publication among modern short fiction.


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A Fan's Notes (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679720768
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Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1988

Never has a better book been written about being a football fan, an alcoholic, or a writer. But it's so much bigger than that. A cult classic since it was published in 1968.


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A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic Cover Image
By Walter Lord, Nathaniel Philbrick (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780805077643
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 7th, 2005

Published in 1955, this remains the best book about the most dramatic maritime tragedy in history. The author interviewed over 60 survivors. With an introduction by Nathaniel Philbrick.


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Round Rock (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679776161
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Published: Vintage - September 1998

This talented author's delightful first novel. The reader is never certain where the story is going but happy to follow. And the journey has its rewards, especially, perhaps, for those with even a mild curiousity about recovery.


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Leaving the Atocha Station Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566892742
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Published: Coffee House Press - August 23rd, 2011

An American poet on fellowship in Madrid neglects his work while "contemplating the profundity of art." And smoking hash. A J.P. Donleavy or Joyce Cary of what Franzen calls "our late modern moment." Clever, funny, fresh, this book is admired by great writers but remains undiscovered. Discover!