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In Cold Blood

Author: Truman Capote First Published: 1965, in The New Yorker The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of Western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.” So begins, beautifully, Truman Capote’s meticulously-researched masterpiece about the brutal 1959 murder of the Clutter family in their home, and the pursuit and […]

The Boys of My Youth

Author: Jo Ann Beard First Published: 1997, by Little, Brown This is one of those books that comes along once in a lifetime. It’s so special that as soon as I finished it, I immediately sent a copy to Elizabeth Quinlan, my reading compatriot and the daughter of the woman who brought this reading sickness […]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Author: Shirley Jackson First Published: 1962, by Viking Press Shirley Jackson is best known for her short-story “The Lottery” (1948), as well as her novel The Haunting of Hill House (1959). But I’ve heard people say that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of the best books they’ve ever read, and I […]