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One of the low-key joys of visiting my local library is picking up a free copy of BookPage. Sure, most of the books and authors in there are hopelessly mainstream and not of even the slightest interest to my literary-fiction-snob self, but I still always manage to find a few things there that I'm interested in pursuing further. This month's highlights included:

+ An interview with Monica Ali, focusing on her latest, Alentejo Blue.

+ Debut novelist reviews of Pauls Toutonghi's Red Weather (which is also intriguingly excerpted at KGBBarLit; any book which begins "My dad, drunk again and singing." is alright with me) and Shari Goldhagen's Family and Other Accidents (already on my To Read Pile, courtesy of Felicia Sullivan at Small Spiral Notebook who was kind enough to send me a copy).

+ Katherine Weber's backstory on her latest novel, Triangle, based on the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire in NYC in 1911.

+ And in nonfiction, a sobering review of Jeff Goodell's Big Coal, which I'm guessing would make a nice companion piece to Barbara Freese's Coal: A Human History, which I read a few years ago and enjoyed quite a bit.

July 24, 2006 in Books | Permalink