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Mark Willen

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Mark Willen was born, raised, and educated in New England, where he developed a special appreciation for the values, humor, and strength of its people, as well as the sense of community that characterizes so many of its small towns.

As a journalist, he has been a reporter, columnist, blogger, producer, and editor at The Voice of America, National Public Radio, Congressional Quarterly, Bloomberg News, and Kiplinger. Though based primarily in Washington, he has reported from datelines as varied as New York, Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg. He has taught journalism ethics and creative writing.

Mark is on the board of the Maryland Writers’ Association, serving as treasurer and coordinating the group’s Teen Writing Club pr
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Ali Smith—Scottish, 55, fearless—has already made a reputation as one of most ambitious, offbeat, and mesmerizing novelists of our time. Now she’s pushing it a step further with an unusual “seasonal” quartet. The first two volumes, Autumn and Winter, are already out, and you better hurry up and read them because you want to be ready when Spring arrives. And it won’t be long.

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Hawke's Point

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Hawke's Return

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Hawke's Discovery

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer
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This Pulitzer prize winner has been widely praised as an hilarious look at an American writer trying to come to grips with mediocrity. Its skewering of the publishing industry and literary awards was biting, but the humor never really worked for me. ...more
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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Reread this recently for a book club and found it holds up very well, especially as a window into the turmoil of the Vietnam War era. Many in the group found the writing style hard to deal with, especially Roth's penchant for long sentences. Short se ...more
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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
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All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
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Recently re-read this for a book club, and it seemed a bit slower than I remembered, it's still one of the best political novels ever written. A classic study in power and how it affects those who have it or strive to get it. And it's even more relev ...more
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
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Smith does a nice job of moving effortlessly around the Golden Age of Dutch art to New York City in the 1950s to Australia in this century to explore the lives of two women painters -- one whose gender kept her from being a public success in the 17th ...more
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Winter by Ali Smith
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I enjoyed this a lot, but not as much as Autumn. It's a bit more chaotic and unfinished, but there is still a great deal of insight and humor. For more, I did a blog on both books that might be useful: https://www.markwillen.com/blog/
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Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly
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Autumn by Ali Smith
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Autumn is one of those wonderful books that leave you reeling, wondering how some writers can take the most trivial of everyday annoyances – applying for a passport, to take one example – and find the meaning of life just below the surface. It is a s ...more
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Autumn by Ali Smith
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Autumn is one of those wonderful books that leave you reeling, wondering how some writers can take the most trivial of everyday annoyances – applying for a passport, to take one example – and find the meaning of life just below the surface. It is a s ...more
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Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
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Like most of Perrotta's other novels, Mrs. Fletcher is set in a suburb, somewhere in the northeast, in contemporary times. And like the characters in those earlier novels, the people in Mrs. Fletcher tend to be disappointed in many aspects of their l ...more
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