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Mathea Morais's Playlist for Her Novel "There You Are"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Mathea Morais's coming-of-age debut novel There You Are impressively wields music as the heart of both its characters and environment. Kirkus wrote of the book: "...for readers who...
Tags: Asia, Music, Aretha Franklin, David, House, David Bowie, Smokey Robinson, Elvis Presley, Michael Brown, Francis, Prince, Michael Jackson, St Louis, Detroit, Nina Simone, Cypress Hill


Crissy Van Meter's Playlist for Her Novel "Creatures"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Crissy Van Meter's novel Creatures is a stunning debut, a coming-of-age tale with a strong sense of place. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Vivid and moving . . . The tempo o...
Tags: Music, California, David, New York Times, Snoop Dogg, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Johnny Cash, San Francisco Chronicle, Evie, Evangeline, Emmylou Harris, Liam, Chuck Berry, CCR, Antiheroines


Wesley Browne's Playlist for His Novel "Hillbilly Hustle"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Wesley Browne's novel Hillbilly Hustle is a fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable debut. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A top-notch debut with a winning narrative voice and unexpectedly ...
Tags: Music, Kentucky, Tom Waits, David, Bob Dylan, Chelsea, Willie Nelson, Knox, Janis Joplin, Illinois, Commonwealth, Sturgill Simpson, Kirkus, Tom, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Clare Beams' Playlist for Her Novel "The Illness Lesson"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Clare Beams' debut The Illness Lesson is a brilliant, inventive, and evocative debut. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Astoundingly original, this impressive debut belongs on...
Tags: Music, Massachusetts, Andrew Bird, David, New York Times, Connecticut, Beethoven, Margaret Atwood, New England, Sylvia Plath, Samuel, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, San Francisco Chronicle, Caroline


Amina Cain's Playlist for Her Novel "Indelicacy"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Amina Cain's novel Indelicacy is as inventive and assuredly written as any I have ever read. An exemplary contemporary novel from one of our most talented writers. Booklist wrote of...
Tags: Music, David, Harper, Billy, Townes Van Zandt, Coney Island, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Johann Sebastian Bach, Paris Review, Bach, Caroline, Los Angeles Review of Books, Booklist, Bonnie, Wainwright


Kathleen Donohoe's Playlist for Her Novel "Ghosts of the Missing"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Kathleen Donohoe's Ghosts of the Missing is a smart and engaging literary thriller. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Donohoe is skilled at cultivating the pervasively disconcerting and m...
Tags: Music, New York, David, Ireland, Sinead O'connor, Carney, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Evelyn, Rowan, Scully, Angela, Cyndi Lauper, Mulder, Hudson Valley


Andrew Krivak's Playlist for His Novel "The Bear"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Andrew Krivak's novel a href="https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1942658702/ref=nosim/largeheartedb-20">The Bear is a brilliantly written post-apocalyptic fable of nature's stre...
Tags: Music, Boston, Wilco, America, David, House, New England, Cormac Mccarthy, Josh Ritter, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Alejandro Escovedo, Booklist, Scranton, ASIN


Katharine Coldiron's Playlist for Her Novella "Ceremonials"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Katharine Coldiron's Ceremonials is a novella inspired by the Florence + the Machine album of the same name, and manages to distill the spirit of its inspiration into a book both lyr...
Tags: Music, Berlin, David, Bing, Florence, Amelia, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Gershwin, Florence The Machine, Irving Berlin, Jennifer Connelly, Fred Astaire, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Antiheroines


Sharma Shields' Playlist for Her Novel "The Cassandra"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Sharma Shields' novel The Cassandra is powerful, relevant, and masterfully told. Booklist wrote of the book: "[A] galvanizing variation on the ancient Greek tale of a seer doomed a...
Tags: Music, Washington, David, New York Times, Epa, Solange, North America, Pacific Northwest, Columbia, Northwest, James Murphy, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Robyn, Delphi, Kirkus


Luke Geddes' Playlist for His Debut Novel "Heart of Junk"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Luke Geddes' debut novel Heart of Junk is quirky, moving, and hilarious. Publishers Weekly wrote f the book: "[A] rambunctious, oddly touching debut…[Geddes] offers even his most m...
Tags: Music, Ebay, Electric Ladyland, David, Burma, Memphis, Ray Davies, Wilson, Kirkus, Don, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Lee, Wichita, Appleton Wisconsin, Seymour


Lance Olsen's Playlist for His Novel "My Red Heaven"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Roxane Gay, and many others. Lance Olsen's novel My Red Heaven is bold and inventive in its form without sacrificing readability. Another must-read book from a writer never afraid to take chances. Publishers We...
Tags: Music, Florida, Wikipedia, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, David, David Bowie, Slavoj Zizek, Hitler, Lou Reed, Thomas Pynchon, Nick Cave, Weimar, Trump, Bowie


Rye Curtis's Playlist for His Debut Novel "Kingdomtide"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Rye Curtis's novel Kingdomtide is a surprising, powerful, and above all, entertaining, debut. Booklist wrote of the book: "Gloriously unexpected...A deep and surprising debut...Cl...
Tags: Music, Texas, Glen Campbell, David, Bobby Brown, Bobby, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Debbie, Cyndi Lauper, Booklist, Kyrie, Corona, Galveston, Enya


Sadie Hoagland's Playlist for Her Short Story Collection "American Grief in Four Stages"

In the Book Notes seriaes, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Sadie Hoagland's brilliant collection American Grief in Four Stages is filled with stories of loss and its subsequent trauma. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A captivating debut colle...
Tags: Music, David, Salem, Lafayette, Jenny Lewis, Simon, Ihop, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, University of Utah, Harvey, Garfunkel, Digest, Aztecs, Johnston, University of Louisiana


Nancy Davis Kho's Playlist for Her Book "The Thank-You Project"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. I have long admired Nancy Davis Kho's Midlife Mixtape blog, and her book The Thank-You Project impressed me as well. Deftly examining the power of expressing gratitude in writing, t...
Tags: Music, Time, Neil Young, David, Ariana Grande, James Taylor, Shakira, Prince, North Carolina, Van Halen, Dawn, Kirkus, Lizzo, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Matt


"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 9th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed. Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists. See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Larg...
Tags: Music, Washington Post, Boston, David, Arizona, William Hill, Boston Globe, Kirkus, Horton, Luke, Electric Literature, Kirkus Reviews, Prospect, Alliance of Independent Authors, Librairie Drawn, Digital Camera World


"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 25th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed. Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists. See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon). Please consider making a donation or ...
Tags: Music, Washington Post, David, The Times, Times, Elle, Penguin Random House, Forbes, Kirkus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Madeline McIntosh, City of Asylum Bookstore, Kes Gray


Sergio Troncoso's Playlist for His Story Collection "A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. The stories in Sergio Troncoso's collection A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant's Son are poignant examinations of identity. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Troncoso's sharp-edged stories spe...
Tags: Music, New York, Wikipedia, Berlin, Neil Young, David, Young, Sarah, Laurie Anderson, Babylon, Bloc Party, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Melissa, Johnny Cash, Mumford


Mimi Lok's Playlist for Her Story Collection "Last of Her Name"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Mimi Lok's collection Last of Her Name features empathetically drawn characters whose lonely lives haunt the reader long after the book is closed. The New York Times wrote of the b...
Tags: Hong Kong, Music, UK, England, London, California, China, San Francisco, Karen, Dave, David, New York Times, San Diego, Jim Jarmusch, Whitechapel Gallery, Nelson


Marco Rafalà's Playlist for His Novel "How Fires End"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Marco Rafala's novel How Fires End is an unfrgettable and epic debut. The New York Journal of Books wrote of the book: "Rafalà seems to love language as much as his characters lov...
Tags: Echo, Music, America, David, Sam, Sicily, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Tony, Cocteau Twins, Waterboys, Roberto Alagna, Siciliano, Antiheroines, Storie, New York Journal of Books


Mark Barr's Playlist for His Novel "Watershed"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Mark Barr's novel Watershed is a compelling and emotionally intelligent debut. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "A powerful debut...readers looking for vivid historicals full ...
Tags: Music, David, Freitag, Kenneth, Bush, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Guthrie, Mumford, Claire, Travis, Underwood, Nathan, Wallace Stegner, Arkansas Democrat Gazette


Veronica Raimo's Playlist for Her Novel "The Girl at the Door"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. The Girl at the Door, Veronica Raimo's first novel translated into English, is a moving and important book. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "[A] fanged, elliptical tale… The ...
Tags: Music, Berlin, Rome, David, States, Bon Iver, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Callahan, John Misty, Chan Marshall, Cat Power, Tahiti, Bill Callahan, Lucio Battisti


Chris L. Terry's Playlist for His Novel "Black Card"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Chris L. Terry's Black Card is a darkly funny and thought-provoking coming of age novel. Nylon wrote of the book: “Chris L. Terry does a magnificent job of dissecting all the ways...
Tags: Music, Virginia, America, David, Manhattan, Fugazi, Upper East Side, Prince, Brooklyn Bridge, Terry, Richmond, Voodoo, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Brown Sugar, Electrolux


Brock Clarke's Playlist for His Novel "Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Brock Clarke's Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe? is the funniest novel I have read all year. Clarke once again proves himself a master with this comic yet poignant book. Kirkus wrote of...
Tags: Europe, Music, David, Tennessee, Clarke, States, Seattle, Calvin, Bob Seger, New England, Interpol, Louisville, Hinds, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Karen Havelin's Playlist for Her Novel "Please Read This Leaflet Carefully"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Karen Havelin's Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a poignant and profound examination of life and illness. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Chronic pain takes center stage in this f...
Tags: Music, Iraq, US, David, Grimes, Norway, Florence, Belle, Morrissey, Oslo, Robyn, Mountain Man, Kirkus, Don, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Laura


Peter Rock's Playlist for His Novel "The Night Swimmers"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Andrew Sean Greer, and many others. Peter Rock's The Night Swimmers is a complex and mesmerizing novel. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Haunting, elegiac . . . the book’s moody sense of hidden depths and...
Tags: Music, Wilco, San Francisco, Neil Young, Tom Waits, David, Willie Nelson, Diana, Alice, Cowboy Junkies, Bonnie Prince Billy, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Lake Michigan, Sioux Falls, Lucinda Williams


Rachel Cline Cline's Playlist for Her Novel "The Question Authority"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Rachel Cline's The Question Authority is a compelling, haunting, and important novel. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Nora is a beautifully crafted character. Late in the book, she com...
Tags: Music, Washington Post, Kentucky, Aretha Franklin, David, Grateful Dead, Liz Phair, Adams, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Dan, Becker, APPALACHIA, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mann, Roger Miller


Rachel Cline's Playlist for Her Novel "The Question Authority"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Rachel Cline's The Question Authority is a compelling, haunting, and important novel. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Nora is a beautifully crafted character. Late in the book, she com...
Tags: Music, Washington Post, Kentucky, Aretha Franklin, David, Grateful Dead, Liz Phair, Adams, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Dan, Becker, APPALACHIA, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mann, Roger Miller


Saskia Vogel's Playlist for Her Novel "Permission"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Saskia Vogel's novel Permission is a nuanced and provocative debut. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "[A] daring and thoughtful study of love, loss, and pain." In her own wo...
Tags: Echo, Music, Hollywood, Lana Del Rey, California, Youtube, David, Madonna, Elvis Costello, Bjork, Elvis, Ana, Alanis Morissette, Irish Times, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly


Stewart O'Nan's Playlist for His Novel "Henry, Himself"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Stewart O'Nan's Henry, Himself is a moving and subtly told novel of everyday life. Kirkus wrote of the book: "As usual, this profoundly unpretentious writer employs lucid, no-fril...
Tags: Music, David, Pittsburgh, Henry, Kirkus, Britten, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Schumann, Christina, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Bach, Columbus Dispatch, Emily, Rufus, Britney


Mathangi Subramanian's Playlist for Her Novel "A People's History of Heaven"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Mathangi Subramanian's novel A People's History of Heaven captures the strong spirits of the women who fought for their Bangalore neighborhood. Booklist wrote of the book: "The po...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, David, New York Times, Delhi, Mary J Blige, Bangalore, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Hill, Rahman, Tori Amos, Booklist, Padma



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