Heller McAlpin http://kgou.org en Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read http://kgou.org/post/full-warmth-and-wisdom-vacationers-frothy-beach-read Meet the Posts — no relation to Emily and her rules of etiquette. The stressed family of New Yorkers in Emma Straub's breezy summer read,<em> The Vacationers,</em> are the kind of people who pack their troubles on top, for easiest access, when they head off on a trip together.<p>Sixty-year-old Jim Post has been kicked out of his beloved job editing <em>Gallant</em> magazine after an indiscretion with a 23-year-old editorial assistant whose father sits on the publication's board. Wed, 21 May 2014 21:34:50 +0000 Heller McAlpin 29809 at http://kgou.org Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain http://kgou.org/post/empathy-exams-virtuosic-manifesto-human-pain A boyfriend once called Leslie Jamison "a wound dweller." This is one of many personal morsels she shares in her virtuosic book of essays, <em>The Empathy Exams,</em> in which she intrepidly probes sore spots to explore how our reactions to both our own pain and that of others define us as human beings. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 26515 at http://kgou.org 'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions http://kgou.org/post/sprinkler-wacky-poet-returns-new-obsessions Nicholson Baker has become a sort of poet of the particular and the peculiar. His books are filled with people who focus minutely on what captivates them – in other words, obsessives. A positive way of looking at obsession is as passion taken to an extreme. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 13676 at http://kgou.org In 'Sprinkler,' A Wacky Poet Returns With New Obsessions Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park http://kgou.org/post/farm-team-saga-class-hits-it-out-park Is there room for another book about America's favorite pastime? Lucas Mann's <em>Class A</em> earns a position in a lineup that already includes <em>Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural</em>,<em> The Boys of Summer</em>,<em> Moneyball </em>and <em>The Art of Fielding</em> because, remarkably, it offers a fresh, unexpected angle on this well-trodden game.<p>Chances are you'll be hearing lots of cheers proclaiming Mann's genre-bending book a <em>Grand slam! Thu, 09 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Heller McAlpin 5518 at http://kgou.org Farm Team Saga 'Class A' Hits It Out Of The Park