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Pinstripe Empire by Marty Appel

2014-05-31T04:27:25Z

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Pinstripe Empire, Marty Appel's full-length, thoroughly researched "biography" of the Yankees is a remarkably dispassionate and even-handed history from someone associated with the team for twenty-five years. Appel brings people and events to life and lets the reader into some of the backstage dealings which have made the Yankees perhaps the most loved and hated team in baseball history.

Review of Pinstripe Empire

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Pinstripe Empire by Marty Appel originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 04:27:25.

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A Life in Men by Gina Frangello

2014-05-30T13:19:18Z

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In Gina Frangello's third novel, Mary, recently diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and her best friend Nix set out on a global journey together, but something happens at their first stop that will forever change the course of their friendships and their lives.

Review of A Life in Men

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A Life in Men by Gina Frangello originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 13:19:18.

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Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

2014-05-28T15:09:15Z

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May Angelou passed away in her Winston-Salem home today at the age of 86. The author of six memoirs including her most famous, I Know Wy the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou spent time as an actor, playwright, journalist, teacher and songwriter, In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the poet told the story of her humble beginnings in Arkansas, an unstable childhood during which she was raped by her mother's boyfriend. When the rapist was killed by Angelou's uncles, Angelou blamed herself and didn't speak for five years.

"The Caged Bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom."

In addition to a prolific poet and author, Angelou went on to become a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and a guest of U.S. Presidents, having famously read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Clinton's 1993 inauguration and, in 2011, been presented with a Medal of Freedom by President Obama. She was by all accounts a light in this world who will long be remembered.

More about Maya Angelou and her writing.

Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014 originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 15:09:15.

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Marshlands by Matthew Olshan

2014-05-28T11:22:46Z

(image) Marshlands, Matthew Olshan's short yet dizzying tale of a race of indigenous marshmen and the outsider in their midst is an exceptional, culturally-resonant and uniquely-told debut novel.

Review of Marshlands

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Marshlands by Matthew Olshan originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 11:22:46.

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The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

2014-05-22T16:55:49Z

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The Transcriptionist, Amy Rowland's remarkable debut novel, is the story of "one lowly worker questioning the role of the newspaper as an institution, and how newspapers are facing the challenges and the new reality of the time we live in."

Review of The Transcriptionist

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The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 16:55:49.

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The Returned by Jason Mott

2014-05-19T15:03:32Z

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The Returned, Jason Mott's unique vision of reincarnation, has the dead returning to life the same age at which they died, disoriented and seeking the people they knew in life though often in the wrong part of the world.

Review of The Returned.

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The Returned by Jason Mott originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 15:03:32.

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Gary Shteyngart, "auteur of the book promo"

2014-05-16T11:10:06Z

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A number of years ago I bought a phone from a guy who claimed to have travelled the Czech Republic with Gary Shteyngart, a trip that purportedly was the basis for The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Shteyngart's 2002 debut novel. The author has been on my radar since then, and though I've only read Super Sad True Love Story so far, I've now added his memoir, Little Failure to my TBR pile. Shteyngart is a ridiculously funny and inventive individual, evidenced not only by his novels but by the book trailers he's done for both Super Sad and Little Failure.

For a glimpse into his life, time-travel with me now to a brief profile of Gary Shteyngart that will be published in tomorrow's Sydney Morning Herald.

Gary Shteyngart, "auteur of the book promo" originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 11:10:06.

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The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim

2014-05-12T12:59:21Z

(image) Hassan Blasim's The Corpse Exhibition is a brutal, sobering collection of short fiction from the literarily under-explored world of contemporary Iraq. Blasim holds core literary concepts like good and evil and life and death to entirely different standards than the Western canon, making The Corpse Exhibition a difficult but illuminating, valuable read.

Review of The Corpse Exhibition

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The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 12:59:21.

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Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk

2014-05-06T15:51:02Z

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Biologist Marlene Zuk has brought her trademark wit and rigorous research to Paleofantasy, a remarkable study that explores, as the sub-title states: "What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live." In ten intriguing chapters, Zuk presents a compelling case that debunks the "paleofantasy" that our ancestors were healthier, more muscular, and more attuned to their world than we are.

Review of Paleofantasy

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Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 15:51:02.

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

2014-04-30T15:36:49Z

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San Francisco in the 1870s is undergoing both a heat wave and a small pox epidemic. French immigrants like Blanche Beunon and Jenny Bonnet are trying to make a living, while also trying to stay alive. When Jenny is murdered in cold blood in front of Blanche's eyes, Blanche makes it her mission to bring Jenny's murderers to justice. But at what cost?

Review of Frog Music

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue originally appeared on About.com Contemporary Literature on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 15:36:49.

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