Sherman Alexie is the best reason in the world to cram yourself into a bookstore basement with the entire population of Seattle. He’s funny as hell—“like a standup comedian,” I’ve heard Alexie virgins exclaim—and he understands that readings are performance. An Alexie reading is not just about communication, it’s about empathy—making a room full of... more » free.
Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith is a book by a man Eugene Peterson calls "the clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known." This atheist is busy biting his tongue so hard that he might be breaking skin. Free.
The 67-year-old Thompson's debut novel is titled Lies You Wanted to Hear. It's about a woman whose children have left the nest. Free.
A 12-year-old Washington boy shot and killed a sheriff in 1931. He was nearly killed by a lynch mob. The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff tells the story of what happened to that boy and why he shot a cop. Free.
Journeying 66 is a book of photographs celebrating Route 66, which was apparently a road of some sort but is now a tremendous nostalgia factory. Free.
Shteyngart's brilliant novels are hilarious and kind of terrifying explorations of empires that have just collapsed or that are on the verge of collapse. His new memoir, Little Failure, should follow along those lines, only with possibly more awkwardness, which would be a real feat. Free.
Subtitled What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth, Blessing the Hands That Feeds Us promises a whole lot. Free.
A boy and his three sisters flee their home and travel the world in For Today I Am a Boy. Free.
Badluck Way is a memoir about being young on a ranch in Montana. A wolf is involved in the story, too. Free.
The promotional material for The Trip to Echo Spring reads, "WHY IS IT THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF LITERATURE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT COST THEM PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND CAUSED HARM TO THOSE WHO LOVED THEM?" No, I don't know why it's in all-caps. That's a question for the book's publisher. Stil... more » Free.
San Francisco's Maupin is a popular author who comes to town often. The Days of Anna Madrigal revisits one of Maupin's most famous characters, who in press materials is referred to as the "transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane." Free.
The Wind Is Not a River is a true statement. Are many people confusing winds for rivers nowadays? In any case, this is a novel about a young man who investigates Japanese actions in World War II after the death of his brother. Free.
Here's a piece of a poem from The Exchange: "I took care of myself. I took care/Of myself, thinking much too often/I took care of someone else./Everything feels like payment." That's a nice couple stanzas, right there. Free.
I Always Loved You is a fictionalized account of the romance between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. Free.
In Vlatin's novel The Free, an injured vet with PTSD experiences a moment of mental clarity that he assumes is fleeting. He then goes about trying to change his life before the fog comes back in and consumes his brain. Free.
An Unnecessary Woman is a novel about a Beirut woman who loves books and is viewed as eccentric by everyone around her. Free.
Real Happiness at Work is subtitled Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. If any of that stuff matters to you, maybe you care. Free.
Quick's Silver Linings Playbook became the very good movie, but the book itself wasn't very good. But because the movie was so good, a lot of people are going to give Quick's next novel, The Good Luck of Right Now, a shot. Let's wish him luck. The book is about a young man who doesn't know what to do when his mom dies. Free.
Monroy's The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love is a real book about a sham marriage. Has anyone published a sham book? Not a forgery but a book that doesn't exist as a book? That might be interesting. Free.