To many of us, lavender smells like serenity, sweet and calming. But to Annie Holleran, the fields of lavender on her family's Kentucky farm smell like too much: too much secret history, too much strangled longing, too much violence and grief. Lavender, like love, can turn from sweet to cloying, even stifling.
“We've become a nation of indoor cats," Dave Eggers wrote in A Hologram for the King (2012), his existential novel about an American doing IT work in the Saudi Arabian desert. "A nation of doubters, worriers, overthinkers."
Pitlor, 44, has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories collection since 2007. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from Emerson College in Massachusetts and is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin (now Houghton Mifflin …
In the funny pages
Can't get enough comic book heroes at the movies? These books will feed your fandom.
William Valentine (Costa Rican Reprise) will sign his thriller at 2 p.m. May 31 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
For some of us, choosing the right book to read on vacation is almost as important as choosing the right destination.
Coming from a conservative political pundit who writes columns for the New York Times, The Road to Character is not exactly what you might expect. Don't look for mentions of the current crop of presidential candidates or hand-wringing over that terrible news on the front page of the newspaper. Instead, …
We caught up with McKagan, co-founder of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver, as he was stuck in Manhattan traffic on May 12. In addition to his musical career, McKagan, 51, has established himself as a writer. His work includes his 2011 autobiography, It's So Easy (and …
Three new nonfiction books look at human flight, from its early days to its future.
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