Book Review http://kmuw.org en Complex Worlds and Complex Families http://kmuw.org/post/complex-worlds-and-complex-families <p></p><p></p><p>In her novel <em>The Land of Love and Drowning</em>, Tiphanie Yanique takes us to the Virgin Islands in the early 1900s, as rule is transferred from Denmark to the United States.</p><p></p><p>Two sisters, Eona and Annette, and a brother they don’t know they have, all possess a particular beauty and sensuality. Orphaned after a shipwreck and stripped of their social status, the siblings traverse the next 60 years on the beloved island that is bound by the sea that killed their father.</p><p>Yanique, a native of St. Thomas, creates a multifaceted world you won’t soon forget.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 38024 at http://kmuw.org Complex Worlds and Complex Families New Books Find Humanity In Difficulty http://kmuw.org/post/new-books-find-humanity-difficulty <p></p><p>A good novelist weaves a gripping story out of small details, big emotions and just the right words to transport us into the mind of and emotional terrain of his or her characters. Good writing draws me into tragedy before I know it, and two new releases did just that.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 37407 at http://kmuw.org New Books Find Humanity In Difficulty Books To Make You Feel http://kmuw.org/post/books-make-you-feel <p></p><p>Salman Rushdie said, “literature opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel.”</p><p></p><p>Two new novels will grab you at your core, getting hold of your empathy, sympathy and humanity, as only good stories can.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 36620 at http://kmuw.org Books To Make You Feel A Reissue From A Landmark Series http://kmuw.org/post/reissue-landmark-series <p></p><p>Poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti co-founded the venerable City Lights Bookstore in 1953 and the City Lights Press in 1955.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 35905 at http://kmuw.org A Reissue From A Landmark Series 'My Salinger Year' Is An Irresistible Literary Memoir http://kmuw.org/post/my-salinger-year-irresistible-literary-memoir <p></p><p></p><p>In the mid-1990s, when the Grande Dame of Literary Agents could still-- possibly, even credibly-- think that computers in the workplace were a passing fad, Joanna Rakoff, at age 23, took a job as her assistant.</p><p><em>My Salinger Year</em> is Rakoff’s irresistible memoir of the year she assisted this unnamed legendary agent whose clients included Judy Blume and, most importantly, the elusive and private J. D. Salinger—known as "Jerry" to those in the office.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 34486 at http://kmuw.org 'My Salinger Year' Is An Irresistible Literary Memoir 'The Painter' Is Rock Solid http://kmuw.org/post/painter-rock-solid <p></p><p>Meet Jim Stegner: mid-40s, a fly-fisherman, painter and killer.</p><p>He is the masculine protagonist in Peter Heller’s new novel, <em>The Painter</em>. The opening line is masterful and captures our attention-- 45-year-old Jim reflects, “I never imagined I would kill a man.” From then on, Heller holds us until the very last sentence.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 34485 at http://kmuw.org 'The Painter' Is Rock Solid New Yorker Cartoonists Pen Brilliant Memoirs http://kmuw.org/post/new-yorker-cartoonists-pen-brilliant-memoirs <p></p><p></p><p>I have two cartoons clipped from the New Yorker displayed on my fridge door.</p><p>One is by Roz Chast, with the caption, “When Moms Dance”-- you know what we look like. And one is by Bob Mankoff, with the caption, “How about Never—is Never good for you?” Haven’t you ever wanted to say this to a persistent salesperson?</p><p>In one frame, Chast and Mankoff capture life’s telling moments with hilarity, brilliance and poignancy. Now, each has a new memoir for fans to relish.</p><p></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 33825 at http://kmuw.org New Yorker Cartoonists Pen Brilliant Memoirs Biblical Justification For Same-Sex Relationships? http://kmuw.org/post/biblical-justification-same-sex-relationships <p></p><p>Wichita native Matthew Vines has good news for gay Christians, especially those who are theologically conservative, in his groundbreaking book <em>God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same Sex Relationships.</em></p><p>While in his second year at Harvard, Vines determined the correct answer when he asked himself, “Am I gay?” His affirmation inspired four years of meticulous research of the most common uses of Scripture in admonishing same-sex relationships as sinful.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 33211 at http://kmuw.org Biblical Justification For Same-Sex Relationships? Jimmy Rabbitte Is Back http://kmuw.org/post/jimmy-rabbitte-back <p></p><p>Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle introduced readers to Jimmy Rabbitte in 1987 in his beloved book about the finest soul band in Dublin, <em>The Commitments</em>.</p><p><em>The Guts</em>, Doyle’s new novel, portrays Jimmy in his 47th year. He is married, has four children, owns a successful online music site selling the records of obscure ‘80s Irish bands, and has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 32536 at http://kmuw.org Jimmy Rabbitte Is Back 'Los Alamos' Is A Lyrical Portrait http://kmuw.org/post/los-alamos-lyrical-portrait <p></p><p>When the wives of the Los Alamos scientists learn that their husbands have spent years building the atomic bomb, their world is forever changed. Their pride is replaced with shock and disillusionment.</p><p>In her debut novel, <em>The Wives of Los Alamos</em>, TaraShea Nesbit gives us an intimate view of this unique community of educated women who sacrifice a secure life in familiar neighborhoods, are given new names, and are displaced with their children and husbands to a secret place “out west.”</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Bagby 31840 at http://kmuw.org 'Los Alamos' Is A Lyrical Portrait