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*Official May selection of the TNB Book Club.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

iurA young man walks down by the banks of the Blackwater under the full cold moon. He’s been drinking the old year down to the dregs, until his eyes grew sore and his stomach turned, and he was tired of the bright lights and bustle. “I’ll just go down to the water,” he said, and kissed the nearest cheek: “I’ll be back before the chimes.” Now he looks east to the turning tide, out to the estuary slow and dark, and the white gulls gleaming on the waves.

It’s cold, and he ought to feel it, but he’s full of beer and he’s got on his good thick coat. The collar rasps at the nape of his neck: he feels fuddled and constricted and his tongue is dry. I’ll go for a dip, he thinks, that’ll shake me loose; and coming down from the path stands alone on the shore, where deep in the dark mud all the creeks wait for the tide.

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Lidia Yuknavitch is the guest. Her new novel, The Book of Joan, is available now from Harper. It is the official April selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Lidia’s third appearance on the podcast. She first appeared on August 5, 2012, in Episode 93, and again on July 15, 2015, in Episode 370. All episodes can be streamed free of charge.

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Now playing on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Ron Currie , author of the novel The One-Eyed Man, available from Viking. The official March selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

This is Ron’s second time on the podcast. He first appeared in Episode 4, which aired on September 28, 2011.

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The buzz is really building for this one:

The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017, Elle Magazine

The 32 Most Exciting Books Coming Out in 2017, BuzzFeed

50 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2017, Nylon Magazine

33 New Books to Read in 2017, The Huffington Post

Most Anticipated, The Great 2017 Book Preview, The Millions

Also: The movie rights just sold!

Be on the lookout for Lidia’s appearance on the Otherppl podcast in the weeks to come.

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This week on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Min Jin Lee, author of the novel Pachinko, available now from Grand Central Publishing. It is the official February pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

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The Nervous Breakdown Book Club is reading Ron Currie’s  The One-Eyed Man this month, available from Viking Press. Richard Russo calls it “a revelation, a wonder.”

Stay tuned for Ron’s appearance on the Otherppl podcast in the weeks to come.

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This week on the Otherppl with Brad Listi podcast, a conversation with Nicole Dennis-Benn. Her debut novel Here Comes the Sun is available now from Liveright. It is the official September pick of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club.

 

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Brad Listi talks with Stewart O’Nan, author of the novel West of Sunset , the official February selection of The TNB Book Club.  Listen to the podcast here.

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When Willy Vlautin’s first book, Motel Life, came out, I brought it with me to the beach house where my family (parents, siblings, spouses, kids, etc.) meet up for a week every summer. I read it in an afternoon, loved it, and passed it on. By the end of the week no less than six people across three generations were diehard Willy fans. We have all read (and loved) every Willy book since. So, when an advance copy of Willy’s new book recently landed in my hands, I felt I owed it to my family to get this guy on the phone.

Our conversation took place over two hours on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Willy has a great voice with a lot of gravel and a little bit of twang—he sounds like a really smart country boy who’s read a lot of books. We skipped the usual small talk and went straight into the heart of things: writing, love, life, family, childhood, happiness, drinking, and his latest book The Freewhich happens to be the official March selection of The TNB Book Club.

Willy said way more than is fit to print in a single interview, so here are some highlights from one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had with a stranger:

Rob Roberge is the guest. His new novel, The Cost of Living, is now available from Other Voices Books. It is the April selection of The TNB Book Club.


 
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Kris D’Agostino’s debut novel, The Sleepy Hollow Family Almanac, captures perfectly that anxious time after college graduation — the time when you realize everything you’ve been told about your education is wrong. Many of us, especially among the middle class, are raised to believe that with a college degree in hand the world is yours. For the majority of us, it doesn’t quite work out that way.

Greetings, TNB readers and Book Club members!

This month’s TNB Book Club selection is Diana Spechler’s second novel, Skinny.


Greetings, TNB readers and Book Club members!

This month’s TNB Book Club selection is Stewart O’Nan’s Emily, Alone.


Why do you write?

I kept in touch with many former inmates, especially the former political prisoners and their relatives after we had been redressed in the early 80s. But we seldom talked about the camp life we had gone through when we met, because the new life seemed to have started and there was no time for remembering our nightmarish past. Then there loomed on the shelves of the bookstores the prison literature, novels and stories, written by former political inmates like us. These books became very popular as soon as they appeared. The Cultural Revolution had just ended and the majority of the Chinese were anxious to know what had happened to millions of innocent people who had been kept in prison labor camps during the previous decade. We, too, as survivors of the brutal system, were eager to read them, only to feel angry and disappointed, because we found there was nothing in common between what they described and what we had experienced.

 

The TNB Book Club is proud to offer its members the first FREE bonus book of the year — Our Noise:  The Story of Merge Records, by John Cook, Mac McCaughan, and Laura Ballance — which comes to us courtesy of the fine people at Algonquin Books, easily one of the most badass presses in all of publishing.

Our Noise tells the exuberant story — in words and pictures — of Merge Records, the little indie label that defied the odds to become one of the music industry’s biggest success stories.  This, folks, is the label that brings you music from bands like Arcade Fire, The Magnetic Fields, Spoon, Superchunk, and Lambchop.

A truly inspiring story of great art being made the right way in the 21st century.

Needless to say, we hope you enjoy it — and huge thanks again to Algonquin.

Figured we should open up a discussion thread here on The Feed.  For those of you who’d like to discuss Our Noise…the comment board is yours.

Have at it!