If Schadenfreude denotes the relishing of another's pain, then -- according to author Jennifer Weiner -- Franzenfreude is "taking pain in the multiple and copious reviews being showered on Jonathan Franzen." While this glut of attention may be irking other deserving authors, the consensus of glowing reviewers everywhere seems to be that … [Read more...]

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Ellen Ruppel Shell on Weekend Edition

In case you missed it, local author Ellen Ruppel Shell was on Weekend Edition this Sunday talking about the recent egg recall, outlet malls, and shrimp farms,  among other interesting topics. She teaches at Boston University and her latest book is Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. Check out the interview here. … [Read more...]

101 Places Not to Visit

NPR has a very amusing article about Catherine Price's book 101 Places Not to See Before You Die. Among the most praiseworthy -- for their utter inappropriateness as travel destionations -- are: Beijing's Museum of Tap Water, Montana's "Testicle Festival," and a former Latvian prison which has, bizarrely, been converted into an exclusive hotel in … [Read more...]

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“It's probably safe to say that most Americans don't think about intellectual property laws on a daily basis. The closest most of us ever come to pondering  copyright, trademark and patent issues is when we're trying in vain to fast-forward through the FBI warning on a DVD. That's not for lack of trying on the part of groups like the Motion … [Read more...]

Franzen, Harding popular with Pres.

During his recent vacation on Martha's Vineyard, President Obama had the good sense to stop by the resident indie bookstore and pick up some summer reading: Jonathan Franzen's new novel Freedom (out on Tuesday), and Paul Harding's Pulitzer Prize-winning debut Tinkers. Harding will be reading here with Rick Moody on Tuesday, 14 September. … [Read more...]

The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us  by Thrity Umrigar deftly navigates the complexities of class and ethnicity in India through Sera, a Parsi widow of the upper class, and her longtime Indian maid, Bhima.   Though the two women are different as night and day, they both harbor some dark burdens that make them more similar than at first sight. This … [Read more...]

Lily King Wins Award

Father of the Rain  by Lily King has won the New England Book Award in fiction, awarded by the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Come see her read with us on Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm! … [Read more...]

Jon Krakauer on Pat Tillman

Jon Krakauer was interviewed in The Metro on August 24, 2010. An excerpt: Jon Krakauer, author of ..."Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air," among others, presents the story of Pat Tillman, the NFL-player-turned-U.S.-soldier whose friendly fire death in Afghanistan was covered up by Bush administration officials to better their so-called Global War … [Read more...]