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We know finding that next great read isn't easy, so we've been working hard at the Center to help you find the perfect book just for you! 

 

Over at our Book Recommendations page you can find lists of interesting and entertaining reads for your book club or for your own reading pleasure. 

 

Our new Author Picks section features recommendations from some of your favorite writers whether you're a mystery fan or you love historical fiction or you want to read about women behaving badly! 

 

Our Small Press Spotlight section features reviews, and excerpts from some under the radar titles. 

 

Junior Edition features reviews by book critic and arts writer Celia McGee guaranteed to get younger readers (or those young at heart) turning the pages.

 

Or if you're in New York City, we hope you'll stop by our bookstore or library where you can pick up a copy of the latest novel or a familiar classic. 

 

And if you're looking for a personal reading list we hope you'll consider a little bibliotherapy with our Novel Approach program. 

 

We hope we've made it fun and a little easier to find your next favorite book!

A NOVEL APPROACH

 

A Novel Approach

 

At a crossroads? Getting married or having an affair, moving abroad, changing jobs or having a child? Get insight from great literature on life’s big moments. The Center for Fiction will handcraft a year’s worth of reading for you or your loved one based on a 45-minute personal consultation (in person or over the phone). And even if you don’t plan on having a big year, we can still help select books that will be perfect for wherever you are right now!

 

For more on bibliotherapy or to schedule a session, please CLICK HERE

ESSENTIAL READING

JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers #30
by Celia McGee


JUNIOR EDITION: New Fiction for Younger Readers searches recent releases to discover the best kids' fiction out there. Writer, editor, and Center for Fiction board member Celia McGee covers four fantastic titles in this month's columnSuite for Human Nature by Diane Lampert, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal written and illustrated by classic children's author Judith Kerr, Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, and The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight. 

 

We hope Celia's terrific choices inspire the kids in your life to pick up a book (and you may even find yourself flipping through these pages!)

Pride at The Center for Fiction

 

June is Pride month, and in celebration of this, we wanted to share videos of just a few of the authors we've hosted over the years who address LGBTQIA issues in their work. 

 

If you like what you hear, you'll love our new podcast, Fiction Talks, which will launch later this year. This project was recently fully funded on Kickstarter, and thanks to over 100 generous donors, we will be able to remaster the audio of great events like these from our archive. These voices deserve to be heard in the best quality, and we can't wait to bring them to you in the form of a literary podcast! READ

5 New Book Clubs (You’ve Never, Ever Heard Of)

 

If you're reading this, you're probably a good reader, zipping through the latest bestseller & diving into classics. But even voracious readers need to mix things up every once in a while. Over at O Magazine, they suggest a few original takes on the book clubyou may even be inspired to start a new one!  

Five Over Fifty
by Elizabeth Marro


Elizabeth Marro was fifty-nine and a half when her debut novel, Casualties, was published. In this new book list she celebrates the late blooming literary set. From a classic children's tale to this year's hit debut, you'll be surprised at the books whose authors prove it's never too late to start writing.   

"Sometimes a writer has to live a little before that first novel. Sometimes she has to live a little longer. Here are five debut books by authors who first published when they were over fifty—and then kept going. They prove that it is worth the wait." READ

A Tribute to Edith Grossman 

 

If you've read Spanish-language literature, chances are you've read an Edith Grossman translation. From Cervantes to Gabriel García Márquez to Mario Vargas Llosa to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Grossman is a chameleon, able to take on the voice of an author and transform their writing into a stunning work of art for the English-speaking world.

 

On April 30th, in celebration of her 80th birthday, Grossman was fêted by her colleagues as part of the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, in partnership with the Cervantes Institute. We'd like to continue the celebration by sharing with you some of the tributes she received. READ

Constant Cravings
by Jennifer Haigh


Jennifer Haigh's new novel, Heat and Light, takes place in Bakerton, PA where alcoholism and meth addiction are commonplace. In this book list she picks three story collections and four novels that delve into the topic of addiction in its many forms. 

"My character Dick Devlin worked in the coal mines until his job disappeared; then he opened a tavern. His younger son is a recovering addict who works as a counselor in a methadone clinic, and his older son, a corrections officer in a prison full of drug offenders—an entire family working in the addictions business. In Bakerton, as everywhere, drinking and drugging are baked into the culture. For the addict and everyone around him, the consequences are profound." READ MORE

The Book That Made Me A Reader
Sara Paretsky on Louisa May Alcott and James Joyce


What do little women and a young man have to do with Sara Paretsky's reading habits? Find out in this new edition of The Book That Made Me a Reader by the creator of the iconic V. I. Warshawski. 

 

"I can’t remember the first books I read, although I do remember the first words I wasn’t able to sound out: 'city' and 'Penelope.' Perhaps I was reading a child’s history of the Trojan War. My older brother taught me to read and write as he was learning those things, so I don’t remember beginning, I only remember being in the middle."  READ MORE

    An excerpt from Ways to Disappear 
    by Idra Novey


    What happens when a famous author disappears up an almond tree with just a suitcase and a cigar? In the case of Idra Novey's much-buzzed-about new novel Ways to Disappear that means a translator, the author's children, a loan shark, and even the country of Brazil start looking for her. In this excerpt, we get a clue to the infamous Beatriz Yagoda's whereabouts. 

    "The esteemed literary publisher Roberto Rocha liked to test his steaks to see if the meat was worth what he had paid for it. The test had to do with the density of the smoke once the steaks began to sizzle. With the works of fiction he selected for his press, he tested for density as well, for something tender in the middle yet still heavy enough to blacken the air." READ MORE