The Beautiful Urban Family of the Upper West Side

**Attention Writers! Joanna Clapps Herman leads “How Life Becomes Fiction,” a craft talk, on Thursday, September 18. Details on our News and Events page.** No Longer and Not Yet, by Joanna Clapps Herman, offers linked short stories about the city is at its best. The book teems with unique souls that somehow, serendipitously, come together in community, […]

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Love The Last Policeman!

DETECTIVE PALACE VERSUS ASTEROID MAIA Ben H. Winters’ Award-Winning Last Policeman Novels Congratulations to Ben H. Winters on the recent nomination of Countdown City, the second novel in the Last Policeman trilogy, for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for science fiction! Last year, the first novel in the series won an Edgar for best original […]

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Fall for Giants

Fall in the North Atlantic U.S. is the perfect time and place to read Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach–over a long weekend, or a chapter at a time as the days shorten and the early evenings chase you to bed. This easy-paced yet structurally complex novel is laced with just enough bittersweet regret to […]

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Rambling Through “&Sons” by David Gilbert

  Wade into &Sons, the epic New York novel by David Gilbert, with both eyes open. For one thing, you don’t want to miss a single beautiful turn of phrase, and the characters’ portraits, with the possible exception of young Andy Dyer, who is simply a “likable bastard,” to quote the New York Times, are […]

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CP Book Club Tackles Oates’ The Accursed

All honor and praise to Joyce Carol Oates.  We expect that if science can accomplish such things and she is willing, her brain will one day be among the most valuable relics to grace a Princeton University pickle jar. We are all glad that we read The Accursed.  One member even loved it (I consider it […]

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