Jan 31, 2014 — Diane Johnson often writes about American heroines living in France, but when she began her memoir, she found herself drawn back to her native ground in America's heartland. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Flyover Lives "lets scenes and conversations speak for themselves, accruing power as they lodge in readers' minds."
Jan 25, 2014 — Diane Johnson has spent much of her adult life living in France, writing novels like Le Divorce. But it was not until a visit home, to the Midwestern town of Moline, IL, that the Johnson discovered that her pioneer ancestors had lives worthy of writing about. Her new book, Flyover Lives reconstructs their stories.
Jan 20, 2013 — Leonard Michaels' Sylvia, an account of a violent and tumultuous love affair, began as an autobiographical essay and then grew into a novel. Author Sarah Manguso writes that despite all of its particularities, the story could really be about anyone. What are some novels that you can relate to?
May 26, 2008 — What makes the perfect beach book if you're the kind of person who gravitates toward the literary? The answer is simple: Books literally about the beach, featuring miles of shoreline.
May 12, 2006 — When we had this dessert growing up in San Francisco, we called it wine Jello. Read a recipe.
Nov 21, 2005 — Whether it's a gift your looking for, a recipe for a holiday gathering, or a delicious title to read by the fire, this list has something for you. Food blogger and cookbook author Heidi Swanson has pulled together her favorite titles this year, and her favorite recipes from those books.
Nov 21, 2005 — Food writer Holly Swanson recommends this title in her roundup of cookbooks to give and receive, praising this menu-based title.