This week, 82-year-old Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature and for good reason. If you haven't read Munro, drop everything and head to a bookstore right now. Her short stories are nothing short of genius, and her way with words will make you feel like you are best friends with each and every one of her characters. In Runaway, each short story is filled with tales of love and betrayal, and the lengths we will go to for the ones we care about. Munro's stories are about women and the friends, family members and loved ones that surround them and make their lives what they are. Start with this Munro book and you'll soon be on to many, many more.
McSweeney's founder, Dave Eggers, has a new novel that will change (or at least challenge) the way you look at the internet. Mae Holland, a college graduate with a lot of ambition, lands a job at The Circle, a new company that has developed a groundbreaking password technology and provides users with one single online identity. Eggers (who doesn't have a Twitter or a Facebook account) confronts the current state of over sharing online and really makes you think twice about what you do on the internet. At first, Mae thinks she's landed the perfect job -- a startup with sprawling campuses, free food, beds for employees to stay overnight -- but soon her role at The Circle becomes very public and she finds herself faced with a decision that could change more than just her life.
Gilbert's first novel came out this past summer, but what better to read during a chilly fall night than a book about books? & Sons tells the story of a J.D. Salinger-type, the reclusive-yet-beloved author, A.N. Dyer, who hasn't been seen much since his groundbreaking novel years ago. Dyer spends most of his time in his Upper East Side apartment, and when his dear childhood friend passes away, his presence at the funeral stirs up a lot of excitement. As Dyer stands to give his eulogy, he suffers a breakdown about his own life. He decides he must get his three sons back together (two of whom rarely speak to him) one last time. Soon, the real purpose of this reunion comes to life and his sons must decide what to believe.
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