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Molly Dektar's Playlist for Her Novel "The Ash Family"

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. Molly Dektar's stunning debut novel The Ash Family is propulsive and captivating. Booklist wrote of the book: "[A] lyrical debut...Dektar’s deft construction of the Ash Family’s w...
Tags: Spotify, Music, New York City, DICE, David, Mtv, Ocean, Philip Roth, Nashville, North Carolina, Kurt Cobain, Bay, Harp, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Christian Kiefer's Playlist for His Novel "Phantoms"

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. Christian Kiefer's novel Phantoms is propulsive, expansive, and haunting. Kirkus Reviews wrote of the book: "Sweet life spills from every perfect word. It will break your heart, a...
Tags: Music, David, Vietnam, Nicholas Britell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Max Richter, Kirkus Reviews, Richter, Yehudi Menuhin, Sacramento News Review, Antiheroines, Toru Takemitsu, Eliane Radigue


Joseph Grantham's Playlist for His Poetry Collection "Tom Sawyer"

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. Joseph Grantham's poetry collection Tom Sawyer is both haunting and fascinating. Vol. 1 Brooklyn wrote of the book: "Writer and bookseller Joseph Grantham makes the quotidian fasc...
Tags: Music, New York, New York City, David, Brooklyn, Penguins, Bob, North Carolina, Sam, Sonny Smith, Sun Kil Moon, Tom Sawyer, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Jersey City, Bruce, Lucinda Williams


Hal Schrieve's Playlist for Hir Novel "Out of Salem"

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. Hal Schrieve's novel Out of Salem is one of the most entertaining and poignant YA novels I have read. This genderqueer urban fantasy is a propulsive gem. Kirkus wrote of the book: ...
Tags: Music, David, Salem, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Dyke, Sleater Kinney, Elaine, Laura Jane Grace, MCR, Antiheroines, Solidarity Forever, Sadie Switchblade, Lauren Groff Bret Easton Ellis Celeste Ng, Hal Schrieve, Aysel


Lynn Lurie's Playlist for Her Novel "Museum of Stones"

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. Lynn Lurie's novel Museum of Stones is both insightful and incisive in its exploration of the parent/child relationship. Laird Hunt wrote of the book: "Lynn Lurie writes here with...
Tags: Music, David, Patti Smith, Grimm, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Andes, Lurie, Morse, Seuss, Jane Siberry, Jarret, Antiheroines, Laird Hunt, Bob Dylan Bob Dylan, K D Lang, Lauren Groff Bret Easton Ellis Celeste Ng


Seth Fried's Playlist for His Novel "The Municipalists"

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. Seth Fried's debut novel The Municipalists is a literary thriller both comic and wonderfully weird. Library Journal wrote of the book: "Fried’s debut explores issues likely to aff...
Tags: Music, Paul Simon, David, Brooklyn, United States, Metropolis, Giants, Wall Street Journal, Thompson, Henry, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Owen, Devo, Dan Deacon, Fiona


Josh Denslow's Playlist for His Story Collection "Not Everyone Is Special"

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. Josh Denslow's short story collection Not Everyone Is Specialis funny, profound, and utterly relatable. Kirkus Reviews wrote of the book: "Denslow opens his debut collection by q...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Rome, Austin, Tom Waits, David, Fugazi, Yeasayer, Mark, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Blake, Steinbeck, Neil, Kirkus Reviews, Lin


Keith Rosson's Playlist for His Novel "Smoke City"

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. Keith Rosson's Smoke City is a surreal, genre-defying whirlwind of a road trip novel. Foreword Reviews wrote of the book: "A brilliantly haunting tale of forgiveness and redemptio...
Tags: Music, California, France, Sheriff, US, Los Angeles, David, Marvin, Portland, Joan, Discogs, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Mike, Lance, Rosemary Clooney


Bryan Washington's Playlist for His Story Collection "Lot"

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. Bryan Washington's impressive debut collection Lot brings to life the Houston of the narrator while poignantly exploring race, class, and sexuality. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A s...
Tags: Music, Washington, David, New York Times, Houston, Los Angeles Times, Frank Ocean, Isaiah Rashad, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Houston Chronicle, GoldLink, Texas Monthly, Houston Public Media, Yoshimura, Antiheroines


Polly Rosenwaike's Playlist for Her Story Collection "Look How Happy I'm Making You"

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. Polly Rosenwaike's collection Look How Happy I'm Making You is filled with nuanced and poignant stories of motherhood. Booklist wrote of the book: "The 12 stories in Rosenwaike’s ...
Tags: Music, Toronto, Paul Simon, Barack Obama, David, Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, Tacoma, Mitchell, Maya, Ontario, Cbc, Judy, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly


Atomic Books Comics Preview - March 21, 2019

In the weekly Atomic Books Comics Preview, Benn Ray highlights notable new comics, graphic novels, and books. Benn Ray is the owner of Atomic Books, an independent bookstore in Baltimore. He also runs the Mutant Funnies Tumblr. Atomic Books has been named one of BuzzFeed's Great American Bookstores, as well as one of Flavorwire's 10 greatest comic and graphic novel stores in America. Bubbles #1 by Bubbles Bubbles exists to bring comics fandom off the internet (not that there's anythi...
Tags: Music, America, David, Arkansas, Baltimore, Sarah, Nancy, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Atomic Books Comics Preview Benn Ray, Benn Ray, Atomic Books, Mutant Funnies Tumblr Atomic Books, Flavorwire, Twitter Atomic Books on Facebook, Antiheroines, Atomic Books Comics Preview March


Chelsey Johnson's Playlist for Her Novel "Stray City"

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. Chelsey Johnson's novel Stray City is a propulsive and engaging debut. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Diverse and colorful . . . a vibrant portrait of a woman coming into ...
Tags: Music, Oregon, David, House, New York Times, Portland, Los Angeles Times, Anderson, Sao Paulo, Linda Ronstadt, Josh, Andrea, Elliott Smith, Kirkus, Paul Westerberg, Publishers Weekly


HM Naqvi's Playlist for His Novel "The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack"

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. HM Naqvi's novel The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack is inventive, fun, and wholly evocative of its setting, Karachi. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A love story, a caper, a fa...
Tags: Music, India, David, Pakistan, Khan, Frankie Valli, Delhi, Leonard Cohen, Hindu, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Cohen, KARACHI, Abdullah, Dave Brubeck, KLF


Joseph Scapellato's Playlist for His Novel "The Made-Up Man"

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. Joseph Scapellato's novel The Made-Up Man is one of the most fun books I have read all year, a smart and absurdist take on noir. NPR Books wrote of the book: "Joseph Scapellato's ...
Tags: Music, Chicago, David, Prague, Kendrick Lamar, Chicagoland, Miles Davis, Marilyn Manson, Lech, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Breeders, Central Pennsylvania, Los Angeles Review of Books, St Mary, Stanley, Manson


Richard Chiem 's Playlist for His Novel "King of Joy"

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. Richard Chiem's novel King of Joy is absurd, profound, and utterly engaging. Nylon wrote of the book: "A disturbingly beautiful portrayal of trauma and grief, loss and redemption,...
Tags: Music, David, San Diego, Stanley Kubrick, Grimes, Smith, Bombay, Ciara, Frank Ocean, Chromatics, Robyn, Elliott Smith, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Tim, Perry


Jordan A. Rothacker's Playlist for His Story Collection "Gristle"

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. Jordan A. Rothacker's collection Gristle is filled with stories varied in style but similar in their empathetic characters and Thoracker's strong storytelling voice. In his own wo...
Tags: Music, California, Georgia, Spain, Pink Floyd, David, Paris, David Bowie, Ohio, Miles Davis, Jordan, Bjork, Woody Allen, Joni Mitchell, Giants, Nina Simone


K Chess's Playlist for Her Novel "Famous Men Who Never Lived"

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. K Chess's debut novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived, is a mesmerizing work of speculative fiction. Booklist wrote of the book: "Chess’ debut novel offers an intriguing and fresh spi...
Tags: Music, New York, New York City, Earth, Wes, David, Brooklyn, Kendrick Lamar, Manhattan, Illinois, Kid Cudi, Coney Island, Samuel, Elliott Smith, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview


William Boyle's Playlist for His Novel "A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself"

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. William Boyle's novel A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself is a madcap literary thriller both funny and dark. NPR Books wrote of the book: "Part Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and p...
Tags: Music, New York, Time, Bbc, Jimi Hendrix, David, New York Times, Stevie Nicks, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Irma Thomas, Arnold, Trump, Martin Scorsese, Bobby, Kirkus


Joe Wilkins' Playlist for His Novel "Fall Back Down When I Die"

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. Joe Wilkins' brilliant debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is moving, haunting, and unforgettable. Booklist wrote of the book: "In his first novel, short story writer, poet, a...
Tags: Music, Montana, America, David, Ford, John, Rowdy, Joni Mitchell, Garth Brooks, Jason Isbell, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Mary, Brooks, Gillian


Salvatore Scibona's Playlist for His Novel "The Volunteer"

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. Salvatore Scibona's brilliant novel The Volunteer is both moving and epic. Booklist wrote of the book: "Scibona’s lyrical yet muscular prose anchors this majestic work as he probe...
Tags: Music, Paul Simon, David, Iowa, Cambodia, Jesus, Vietnam, Marilynne Robinson, Saigon, Simon, Claude Debussy, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Joseph, Schumann, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Andrew Ridker's Playlist for His Novel "The Altruists"

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. Andrew Ridker's debut novel The Altruists is a family drama both ambitious and intimate. Booklist wrote of the book: "Beautifully written, with witty, pitch-perfect dialogue and f...
Tags: Music, David, Paris, Zimbabwe, Ohio, Swan Lake, Prince, St Louis, Lou Reed, Maggie, American Dream, New Yorker, Trump, Midwest, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly


Nickolas Butler's Playlist for His Novel "Little Faith"

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. Nickolas Butler's Little Faith is a moving novel that explores faith and loss. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Breathtaking yet devastating.... Butler weaves questions surro...
Tags: Music, George Harrison, Tom Waits, David, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Clapton, Harrison, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Library Journal


Katie Peterson's Playlist for Her Poetry Collection "A Piece of Good News"

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. Katie Peterson's A Piece of Good News is an evocative and often startling poetry collection. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "In the fourth collection from Peterson, a typica...
Tags: Music, California, Massachusetts, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Barack Obama, David, Dolly Parton, Rosetta, Ikea, Jesus, Honda, Shakespeare, North Carolina, Joni Mitchell, Richard


James Sullivan's Playlist for His Book "Which Side Are You On?"

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. James Sullivan's book, Which Side Are You On?, is a fascinating overview of the power of protest music from the Civil War to the present. Library Journal wrote of the book: "Sulli...
Tags: Music, White House, Pete Seeger, Los Angeles, David, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Nashville, David White, Fdr, Grateful Dead, Hamilton, Puerto Rico, Bay Area, Dionne Warwick, Joan Baez


Alex DiFrancesco's Playlist for Their Essay Collection "Psychopomps"

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. Alex Difrancesco's Psychopomps is an incisive and important essay collection. Mary Adkins wrote of the book: "Alex addresses questions many of us aren’t brave enough to ask—about ...
Tags: Music, Mexico, New York City, Tom Waits, David, New Jersey, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Ohio, Alex, Leonard Cohen, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Townes Van Zandt, Josh Ritter, Atomic Books Comics Preview


Brendan Mathews's Playlist for His Short Fiction Collection "This Is Not a Love Song"

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. Booklist wrote of the book: "Mathews demonstrates in these stories an uncanny ability to inhabit characters with just a few well-crafted sentences. A master impersonator, Mathews...
Tags: Music, New York, Wilco, Chicago, David, John Coltrane, Mike Tyson, North Carolina, Peter Jackson, Tolkien, Sauron, Liz Phair, Public Image Limited, Veruca Salt, Metro, Juliana Hatfield


Will Ashon's Playlist for His Book "Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America"

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. Will Ashon's Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America is a brilliant examination of Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers and American culture. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A conc...
Tags: Music, Wikipedia, America, Chicago, David, Wu Tang, Wu Tang Clan, Black Lives Matter, Eric Garner, Morton, Cbc Radio, Rza, Irish Times, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Jenkins


Lindsay Stern's Playlist for Her Novel "The Study of Animal Languages"

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. Lindsay Stern's novel The Study of Animal Languages is an exceptionally funny and thought-provoking debut. Publishers Weekly wrote of the book: "Thought-provoking…A taut, brainy t...
Tags: Europe, Music, Andrew Bird, David, Iowa, Paris, Cambodia, States, Belle, Leonard Cohen, Central Park, Vega, Phnom Penh, Frank, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly


J.S. Breukelaar's Playlist for Her Short Fiction Collection "Collision"

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. J.S. Breukelaar's short fiction collection Collision is filled with stories complex and defiant of genre, each one guaranteed to shock and amaze. Breach Magazine wrote of the book:...
Tags: Music, London, Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, US, Bette Davis, David, New Jersey, Paris, Clint Eastwood, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Prince, Jack, Marvin Gaye, Meatloaf


Raymond Strom's Playlist for His Novel "Northern Lights"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors includea 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. Raymond Strom's Northern Lights is a stunning debut, an unforgettable coming of age novel. The Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote of the book: "Good news for readers who love coming-...
Tags: Music, David, Mtv, Northern Lights, Oakland, Midwest, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Mary, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Shane, Holm, Hinton, Jesus Son, Denis Johnson