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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

January 15, 2012

“Get to Work:” A Yoga-Teaching Novelist Stretches to Become Publisher and Marketer
Why a yoga instructor and mom of 3 decided she needed to take on the task of self-publishing

“If you have a book you believe in, get to work,” says novelist Mary E. Kingsley. She would know. Mary’s debut novel, Angel, was released last November, with Mary acting as both author and publisher. Set in an Appalachian town in the early 1970s, Angel is the story of a thirteen year-old […]
September 30, 2010
Jonathan Franzen

One Editor’s Love/Hate Relationship with Freedom (By Jonathan Franzen)
Ross Browne's review of Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

“In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy […]
July 12, 2009
Bella Swan, Twilight

Twilight, A “First 50” Review
A review of the first 50 pages of Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

The first 50 pages of Twilight make for what I would call a mildly interesting read. The novel opens with a preface of a half page in which an unnamed narrator writing in the first person contemplates the fact that she’s about to die, presumably at the hand of an […]