Archive: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Andrew Greeley, Priest and Novelist

I just received "Irish Tweed," the latest mystery novel by the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley, the Chicago priest, sociologist and bestselling author. The protagonist, once again, is Nuala Anne McGrail, a fictional character nearly as multi-talented as Greeley himself: She's an Irish songstress and sleuth with second sight. In "Irish...

By Alan Cooperman | March 6, 2009; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years

If you don't know the nerdy culture magazine Mental Floss, buy a copy of their March/April issue. The lead story, by Rosemary Ahern, is called "The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years." It's everything you want in a list of books: quirky, daring, provocative and sometimes outrageous....

By Ron Charles | March 5, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Five Novels Up for the NBCC Award

The National Book Critics Circle will announce its awards at a ceremony in New York next Thursday night, and I've been eying their great shortlist of fiction finalists, trying to figure the odds. Compared to the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, the NBCC has far and away the largest...

By Ron Charles | March 4, 2009; 5:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reader Spotlight: Nancy & Sam Raskin, Adams Morgan

Nancy and Sam Raskin, DC residents since 1969 (and parents of Steve Raskin of globe-trotting electronic funk band Fort Knox Five, and Joyce Raskin, a freelance art director for Houghton Mifflin), are two of our community's avid readers and book club members. Sam and Nancy Raskin. (Mary Morris) Nancy, former...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | March 3, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Short Fiction to Read When You Should Be Working

Sometimes it is helpful to take a break from work while still giving the appearance of feverish focus. After all, empty desks give budget-crunched bosses bad ideas. So, rather than slipping out for a cup of coffee, or even to go to the bathroom, casually send your browser over to...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | March 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)


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