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Mary Kay Zuravleff

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Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of three novels published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Man Alive! is her newest. Alice McDermott called it an "exuberant novel, a sparkling book"; Tom Perrott praised it as a "witty and engaging novel"; and Jane Hamilton said "This is a book to share, reading sentences aloud to marvel at."

She is also the author of The Bowl Is Already Broken, which the New York Times praised as "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming," and The Frequency of Souls, which the Chicago Tribune deemed a "beguiling and wildly inventive debut novel." Honors for her work include the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the James Jones Award. She grew up in Oklahoma City a
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Man Alive!

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Your Trauma, My Trauma

In every book group I visit, someone has been through something you can barely fathom. At the fabulous all-male book club (homemade liquor, grilled meats!), the guys argued about whether Owen being struck by lightning was a metaphor for midlife crisis or not. They'd identify usual midlife issues, and then someone would say, "But he was actually struck by lightning."

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The Bowl Is Already Broken by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"At first, The Bowl Is Already Broken seems like a light-hearted, humorous romp through the esoteric world of museum curatorship, but as the reader becomes more embroiled in the perils and drama of Promise Whittaker’s eventful helming of the Museum of" Read more of this review »
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Famous Adopted People
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This is a terrific novel about friendship, being adopted vs. adopting, and feeling victimized vs. being a victim! Stephens wrote the book from the point of view of a transracial adoptee, maybe the first novel to take that on. When Lisa Pearl tutors h ...more
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The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass by Laura Scalzo
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These are a few of my favorite things: Washington, DC, novels, math, museums, teenagers and their thirst for justice as well as their indignation, and now this book by Laura Scalzo. The Speed of Light in Air, Water, and Glass. It’s totally original a ...more
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Carry Her Home by Caroline Bock
Carry Her Home: Stories
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Vivid and moving! This book covers three generations in dozens of beautifully written stories. Love and tragedy and longing--but not a drop of sentimentality. She captures people falling in love and losing their mind, a suitor sweating through an unc ...more
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The Peacock Feast by Lisa Gornick
The Peacock Feast
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Gornick has an unparalleled ability to capture character and class. With this novel, she expands her storytelling to move 101-year-old Prudence and her grandniece Grace through a century of history, from the splendor of a Tiffany mansion to the squal ...more
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The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"I would never have guessed that a pseudo-romance about a refridgerator designer and an unattractive woman could be so enticing. Zuravleff is one of the most brilliant authors I've ever read. "
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The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff
"My local library is full of many gems. Recently as a I strolled through the fiction at end of the alphabet the bright colors of The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff cover got my attention. The combination of electrical extension cords (one ma" Read more of this review »
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Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
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I'm crazy about Carolyn Parkhurst's novels, and this is the best one yet. Frankly, it's a relief to read a novel that gets the family dynamics with an autistic child (the mother's narrative in 2nd person brilliantly captures the internal parental bla ...more
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“We should have made do at home. We threw away so much food."

Ricky says, "We ran out of ketchup," and the rest of them concur. No ketchup, no dinner.”
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