Category Archives: On Books

Michael Chabon’s Moonglow: A Novel Shines From Within

Michael Chabon, of course, needs no introduction. But you may wonder whether his latest book, Moonglow: A Novel, is  actually a novel or a memoir. He calls this work a novel in the title itself and so it is, but … Continue reading

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“Maud’s Line”: A Terrifying, Heart-Tugging Tale of A Hard-Scrabble Life

Eastern Oklahoma in the 1920s, in an area inhabited mostly by Cherokees. This is the setting for Margaret Verble’s remarkable, heart-breaking yet ultimately life-affirming first novel, Maud’s Line. Why did this book’s title grab me so sharply? First, because I … Continue reading

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TRY SHOOTING YOUR WAY OUT OF THIS ONE! HANNAH TINTI’S “THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY”

What a spectacular yarn! A doting father with a crime-riddled past whose claims on him are not yet expired (and whose failures are recorded on nearly every inch of his body). A devoted daughter who tends to act (or react) … Continue reading

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Colum McCann’s Wonderful Recent Collection

[I wrote this back in October. But after I mentioned it today to a fairly regular reader of this blog, and noticed the puzzled look on her face, I checked back and found that I’d actually never published it. So here it is now. … Continue reading

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Guess What! Cover of Publishers Weekly!

Hey, guys! Sorry to toot my own horn, but I’m on the cover of Publishers Weekly! Well, not me, exactly, but my book, Problems of Translation. I feel quite thrilled to see that image of my book staring up at … Continue reading

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ANOTHER FREEBIE IS HERE! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Okay, here’s the big news! Once again, we’ve decided to do a promotion for my comic adventure novel Problems of Translation, or Charlie’s Comic, Romantic, Terrifying, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness! Starting today and for the next 3 … Continue reading

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PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION CONCLUDES 24-HOUR GIVEAWAY

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to all those who downloaded the kindle version of my novel, Problems of Translation over the 24-hour giveaway period yesterday. Six hundred eleven people took advantage of this zero dollars sale, from all over the world! … Continue reading

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Free Today Only – My Novel, Problems of Translation (ebook edition)

FREE. FREE, FREE! Today only! The ebook of my novel Problems of Translation is free today, December 23, for one day only. Adventure, travel, a love story, and a wild ride — it’s a great holiday read and gift! “One part midlife … Continue reading

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BASKING IN THE GLOW

Hey! This morning I put the finishing touches on my next novel! How great is that! So what do I do next? Well, a few minutes later, going out to celebrate with a coffee, I sit down in an Upper West Side coffee … Continue reading

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Jim Story & Celeste Baker: May 11th, 6-7:30, Cornelia St. Café

Come join Celeste Rita Baker and me at the Cornelia St. Café for a delightful early-evening reading of new fiction! I’ll be reading from my soon-to-be-completed next novel, The Condor’s Shadow, and from Problems of Translation, my recently published novel, called “An insanely amusing … Continue reading

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