“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman
“Tiny Little Thing” by Beatriz Williams
“The Book of Speculation” by Erika Swyler
“Saint Maizie” by Jami Attenberg
“Among the Ten Thousand Things” by Julia Pierpont
“In the Country” by Mia Alvar
“Who Do You Love?” by Jennifer Weiner
Beatriz Williams, Author
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With autumn just days away, Elaine previews new titles that offer an escape from fall’s frantic pace. These stories offer up a literary romp back to the beach and the lazy days of summer. Beatriz Williams introduces us to her new book, “Tiny Little Thing.”
Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami, after a four-month test run in parts of New York City. Amazon said that its service, Prime Now, expanded to “select Baltimore and Miami zip codes” and will soon expand to wider neighborhoods in those cities.
Amazon said the service is available to Prime members (costing $99 a year) and can be accessed through an app on iOS and Android devices. One-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Prime Now was launched in December as a test in lower Manhattan, and it was later expanded to Brooklyn.
A newly discovered cache of letters by Jack Kerouac dating back to 1939 will be coming up for auction on November 16. There are 17 complete letters, two postcards and seven “substantial fragments” that “sustained significant damage from a leaking paint can.”
Typed and single-spaced, the letters often have a frenetic, breathless quality. Written by Kerouac as early as high school, they show, in part, the development of the writing style that would make him the most famous novelist of the Beat Generation.
Living in New York in 1941, Kerouac writes in one letter that he will return home to Lowell, Mass., for a weekend, typing in red ink, “because that is where the road began.”
Kerouac was writing to George J. Apostolos, a childhood friend in Lowell. Some of their correspondence has appeared in biographical works about Kerouac. These letters had been rumored to have been in Apostolos’ possession and possibly burned, but were discovered by his daughter after Apostolos died in 2010.
Since its publication seventy years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has captivated millions. But did you realize, the tale was written and first published in New York, during the author’s two year stay there during World War 2?
To celebrate the book’s New York connection, the Morgan Library and Museum has created a major exhibition: The Little Prince: A New York Story, on now through April 2014. It features original watercolors, manuscripts, letters, photographs, even the silver identity bracelet Saint-Exupéry was wearing when his plane tragically went down in 1944.
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Cycling’s superstar lied for years about doping, and now some unsatisfied folks who purchased his books want their money back. Two readers are spearheading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong. The suit, filed in federal court in California, said the readers would not have bought the books had they known the truth about Armstrong’s misconduct and doping. Also named in the suit are several book publishers who produced “It’s Not About the Bike” and “Every Second Counts.” Oh boy, it’ll be interesting to see how this one cycles out.
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