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December 21, 2008

A Year in Reading: Gregory Rodriguez 0

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Gregory Rodriguez, author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America, is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and an op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Maybe it’s my age, but after years of reading nothing but serious history, I’m suddenly hungry again for fiction […]

December 21, 2008

A Year in Reading: Mickey Hess 1

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Mickey Hess is an English professor at Rider University and the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory and a bunch of books about hip hop. The best thing I read in 2008 was Richard Brautigan’s Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel. It is one of my favorite books that begin with a sombrero falling […]

December 20, 2008

A Year in Reading: Matthew Rohrer 2

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Matthew Rohrer is the author of four books of poems, of which the most recent is Rise Up. The former poetry editor at Fence, he has been shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Award, and has appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Next Big Thing.” The most marvelous book I read in 2008 […]

December 20, 2008

A Year in Reading: John Dufresne 0

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John Dufresne has written seven books, including the novel Love Warps the Mind a Little, a New York Times Notable Book, the fiction writing guide The Lie That Tells a Truth, and, most recently, the novel Requiem, Mass. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida. Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee. Coetzee’s least allegorical book and his […]

December 19, 2008

A Year in Reading: Rob Gifford 2

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Rob Gifford is NPR’s London Correspondent. He came to London in 2005, after six years as NPR’s correspondent in Beijing. Gifford has reported from around the world for NPR, especially in Asia and Europe. Two days after the terrorist attacks on the United States in September 2001, Gifford flew to Pakistan for the first of […]

December 19, 2008

A Year in Reading: Maria Semple 0

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Maria Semple wrote for Arrested Development, Mad About You and Ellen. Her first novel, This One is Mine, is being published by Little, Brown in December 2008. Read more about it at www.mariasemple.com. Having my first novel coming out this year, I ended up becoming kind of obsessed with the “New Arrival” fiction table at […]

December 19, 2008

A Year in Reading: Dustin Long 1

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Dustin Long is the author of Icelander (McSweeney’s). He’s currently working on his Ph.D. in 18th-century literature at Indiana University and recently completed a novel about Jesuits in 17th-century China. This year, I read a good deal of “literary fantasy,” although as Gene Wolfe points out, “All novels are fantasies. Some are more honest about […]

December 18, 2008

A Year in Reading: Laura Miller 1

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Laura Miller is a journalist and critic. She is a cofounder of Salon.com, where she is currently a staff writer, and is the editor of The Salon.com Readers Guide to Contemporary Authors. A regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review, her work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, […]

December 18, 2008

A Year in Reading: Frances de Pontes Peebles 0

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Frances de Pontes Peebles was born in Recife, Brazil and raised in Miami, FL. Her debut novel, The Seamstress, recently won the Elle Grand Prix for Fiction in 2008. Her short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Indiana Review, The Missouri Review, and The O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology 2005. She currently lives in […]

December 18, 2008

A Year in Reading: V.V. Ganeshananthan 3

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V.V. Ganeshananthan’s first novel, Love Marriage, was published in April by Random House. She lives in New York. Edan Lepucki recommended it last year; I’m going to recommend it this year. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao astonishes me more every time I think about it, every time I discuss it with a friend […]