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Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner | Book Discussion

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Dead Stars is Bruce Wagner’s most lavish and remarkable translation yet of the national zeitgeist: post-privacy porn culture, a Kardashianworld of rapid-cycling, disposable narrative where reality-show triumph is the new American narcotic.

At age thirteen, Telma is famous as the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor until threatened with obscurity by a four-year-old Canadian who’s just undergone a mastectomy … Reeyonna believes that auditioning for pregnant-teen porn online will help fulfill her dream of befriending Jennifer Lawrence and Kanye West … Biggie, the neurologically impaired adolescent son of a billionaire, spends his days Google Map-searching his mother-who abandoned home and family for a new love [...]

Authority by Jeff VanderMeer | Book Discussion

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After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach. Following the tumultuous twelfth expedition chronicled in ANNIHILATION, the agency is in complete disarray.

John Rodrigues (aka "Control") is the Southern Reach's newly appointed head. Working with a distrustful but desperate team, a series of frustrating interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, Control begins to penetrate the secrets of Area [...]

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn | Book Discussion

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Join the Book Circle team as we investigate the he said/she said psychosis of GONE GIRL, Gillian Flynn's bestselling hypnotic thriller (soon to be a major motion picture):

"Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates [...]

Qaddaffi's Point Guard by Alex Owumi | Book Discussion

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A Nigerian native who emigrated to the United States at age 11, Alex Owumi’s exploits on the basketball court led him to a successful career as a small college player. Undrafted by the NBA, Owumi pursued his pro basketball dream overseas, eventually signing with Al-Nasr of Libya, a state-run athletic club privately funded by the family of then-Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi.Owumi’s tenure with Al-Nasr was interrupted by the Libyan uprising and resulting civil war.

Imprisoned in his Benghazi apartment for more than 2 weeks with no food, phone, Internet, or hope, Owumi wondered whether he would make it out of Libya alive. Despite his [...]

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace | Book Discussion

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In honor of Tax Day, the Book Circle team explores what may be the most ambitious and resonant fiction ever composed on the subject of the IRS and the men and women who serve it...

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even [...]

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer | Book Discussion

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ANNIHILATION is a bestselling slice of weird fiction that follows a woman we know only as “the biologist” into a lost world of sorts, an expanding eruption of primeval paradise called AREA X, wherein multiple ecosystems are rudely spliced and teeming lifeforms mutate at the speed of eternity. She and her colleagues (a surveyor, an anthropologist, and a sinister psychologist) are the twelfth expedition into the shrieking tropical depths of X, where savage miracles unfold on an hourly basis, where history and memory and identity are as mutable as the terrain and nothing is what it seems. It combines a feverish excess of naturalistic [...]

Kevin Sampsell |This is Between Us | Author Interview

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Chronicling five years of a troubled romance,This Is Between Us offers an intimate view of one couple’s struggle—from the illicit beginnings of sexual obsession to the fragile architecture of a pieced-together family. Full of sweet moments, emotional time bombs, unexpected humor, and blunt sexuality, the daily life of this man and woman, both recently divorced, with children and baggage in tow, emerges in all of its complexity. In this utterly engrossing debut novel, Kevin Sampsell delivers a confessional tale of love between two resilient people who have staked their hearts on each other.

Join Jason Squamata, Pat Janowski, Mark Savage, and Kevin Sampsell [...]

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | Book Discussion

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The Fault in Our Stars is the #1 New York Times bestselling novel by John Green. It is now a major motion picture, and follows the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters after the two meet and form an instant connection at a cancer support group. In this edition, hosts Jeffrey Masters, Jillian Leff, and Kylie Hodges sit down and discuss John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
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Under The Skin by Michael Faber | Book Discussion

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UNDER THE SKIN is a sleek and bizarre science fiction story by Michel Faber, a sometimes erotic, sometimes ice-cold portrait of a disfigured alien predator. Strategically disfigured as a honeytrap for earth men who will soon be meat. Her name is Isserly and she picks up hitchers on the motorways of Scotland, conducting them into castration, mutation, and processing into foodstuff at the behest of a decadent cosmic aristocracy. The book pushes buttons like JG Ballard on hits of champagne-spiked estrogen. Through the insect eyes of a huntress in disguise, we're tricked into thinking about where our food comes from and who it used [...]

Charity Gaye Finnestad |Hollywood in Heels | Author Interview

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Charity Gaye Finnestad describes herself as a modern-day Alice in Wonderland who has fallen down the rabbit hole. While sill in her 20s, Charity left Oregon and her second husband to move to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Along the way, she started her popular blog, Hollywood in Heels, where she documented her adventures while dating and learning to navigate the entertainment industry.

Her new book of the same name expands on the blog and is smart, funny, and unapologetically honest. Charity writes that Hollywood’s primary commodity is sex and that “illusion is the name of the game.” In Hollywood [...]

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon | Book Discussion

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Step into the Circle and bear witness as the BCO narrative dissection team explores Samantha Shannon's THE BONE SEASON, an exciting and widely hyped new novel (the first of a projected seven-part series), wherein we meet Paige Mahoney, our narrator and heroine, a nineteen year old criminal clairvoyant who can slash her way into the headspaces and dreamscapes of those around her.

She performs her little thought crimes in a future London, circa 2059, a London under the control of SCION, a tyrannical security force that runs six other major cities and seems poised to take over a globe even darker and more troubled [...]

A Brilliant Novel in the Works by Yuvi Zalkow | Book Discussion

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“A Brilliant Novel in the Works” edition, is an exploration of Yuvi Zalkow’s “A Brilliant Novel in the Works”, an almost semi-autobiographic piece about a man struggling to write a novel. Host Jason Squamata talks about the book on the levels of craft, theme, and character. Joining Jason with the breakdown are co-hosts Doug Dean, Pat Janowski, and Mark Savage. It’s Book Circle Online's “A Brilliant Novel in the Works” podcast!

About “A Brilliant Novel in the Works”:



When Yuvi's wife finds him in his underwear, standing on top of his desk, she isn't terribly impressed with him and his writing habits.

But Yuvi [...]