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The Brief History of the Dead (Paperback)

by Kevin Brockmeier

The Most Monstrous Version of Yourself: The Millions Interviews Karen Russell 7

I think there is something fascinating about the wickedness that boys get up to in groups. I used to take these groups of high school students abroad, and I swear to god, the boys individually would be beyond sweet, but collectively they would transform and posses this evil energy.

Migrations: A Reading List 6

Migration in its various forms is at the heart of a great many of my favorite plots in fiction. But beyond that it seems to me that migration, as an idea of motion, is inextricable from good fiction. Your characters must change—they must move, psychically at least, from point A to point B—and the plot must move forward.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview 60

8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.

Staff Pick: Larry Watson's Montana 1948 0

I spent a great deal of time on tour this summer, reading at bookstores from southern California to New Hampshire, and I encountered Larry Watson’s Montana 1948 toward the end of all this, a hot day in Ann Arbor when I had some time to kill before an event.