Like the best kind of pizza, Claire is from Chicago, IL. She recently graduated from Brown, where she studied English. Words Claire likes: "Poobah," "akimbo," and "ballyhoo." She prefers men to cauliflowers and waffles to pancakes.

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Keija Parssinen On Badasses And Baskeball Girls

Dogear whatever novel you've been trudging through, because you need to read Keija Parssinen's The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (Harper Collins).This is the witchhunt novel you never knew you needed, but now's the time. Mercy is a teenaged basketball st…
By Claire Luchette

Tyler's 20th Novel Is A Masterpiece (Big Surprise)

>Words like “again” and “another” abound in reviews of Anne Tyler novels, largely because she returns to familiar subjects and themes in her work. In her 20th novel, A Spool of Blue Thread (Knopf), Tyler proves that it is possible to breathe new life…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Miranda July On Her Debut Novel And Weirdness

In the opening paragraph of Miranda July's debut novel The First Bad Man (Scribner) our protagonist Cheryl drives to a doctor's office and feels terrific. "I drove to the doctor's office as if I was starring in a movie Philip was watching," July wr…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Emily St. John Mandel Talks 'Station Eleven'

Over iced coffee in Brooklyn, Emily St. John Mandel tells me that her fourth novel, Station Eleven (Knopf), is her favorite of her titles so far. This highly touted work is a departure from the type of book those who know Mandel have come to associat…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Edan Lepucki Talks 'California' and 'Colbert'

In late June, Stephen Colbert commanded viewers to refuse to "lick [Amazon's] Monopoly boot." Colbert, a Hachette author, had personal stake in the ongoing battle between bookselling giant Amazon and the publisher, but he also sought to encourage wat…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Emily Gould Talks 'Friendship'

I spoke with Emily Gould just when the World Cup was beginning, and she professed how much she hated the soccer tournament already. "But I like watching people watch the World Cup," she said, and therein described herself better than I could attempt …
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Cristina Henríquez on 'Unknown Americans'

When you finish Cristina Henríquez's latest novel, The Book of Unknown Americans (Knopf), you may want to lie very still. That's normal. This is a book for which you will allow very few, if any, interruptions. You'll want to silence your phone, bring…
By Claire Luchette

13 Ways 'Ramona Quimby' Prepared Us for Adult Life

As anyone who grew up on a hearty diet of books and TV can attest to, life is filled with moments that remind one of fiction. (Sometimes the overlap is so intense that my life seems strangely like what would come of a collaboration between Judy Blume…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Alena Graedon on 'The Word Exchange'

Alena Graedon's writing will make you speechless — and maybe that's the idea. Graedon's debut novel, The Word Exchange (Knopf) imagines a future in which the oft-feared "death of print" has become a reality. Anana Johnson works with her dad, Doug, a…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Cohen on 'No Book' and Not Knowing

When I closed the cover on Leah Hager Cohen's No Book but the World (Riverhead), I may have been done with the pages, but my experience with the novel was far from over. Cohen's voice is the kind that lingers in the head of a reader long after she's …
By Claire Luchette

The Most Eggers-y Book Yet Is Coming!

Usually authors take a while between book releases because, you know, books take a while to write, and promote, and then there's that paperback cycle thing, and did we mention that books usually take a while to write? And then there's Dave Eggers, th…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Maggie Shipstead Talks 'Astonish Me'

The arts of dance and writing seem separate enough, but in her second novel, Astonish Me (Knopf), author Maggie Shipstead assumes all the precision, grace, and poise of a professional ballerina. Shipstead proved her aptitude with 2012's Seating Arran…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Widger Talks 'Real Happy Family,' Reality TV

The pages of Caeli Wolfson Widger's Real Happy Family (New Harvest) practically turn themselves.The messy drama of the Branch family will remind the reader of family dramas not from literature, but from that vacuous entertainment we hate to love: rea…
By Claire Luchette

9 Virginia Woolf Quotes to Remember Her By

Friday marks the 73rd anniversary of Virginia Woolf's death. The author of modernist masterpieces including To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf wrote 9 novels and dozens of essays and short stories, and her posthumous autobiographical essay co…
By Claire Luchette

What It's Like to Create a Wicked Queen

The word "enchanting" describes both the work and the demeanor of British novelist Helen Oyeyemi. The Nigeria-born, Britain-raised, Prague-dwelling writer just published her fifth novel, Boy, Snow, Bird (Riverhead). With this latest book, we watch Oy…
By Claire Luchette

You Should Still Be Reading Picture Books

If we lived in the pages of picture books, our problems would be resolved with a hug, a trophy, or a meal cooked by Strega Nona herself. Wouldn't that be delightful? That was author C.B. Bryza's line of thinking when she was working in children's pub…
By Claire Luchette

Read a Novel in 90 Minutes — Here's How

Reading just taking up too much of your time? (I know, gah, right?) Well, Boston-based software developer Spritz has been working in "Stealth Mode" for the past three years to develop a new way of reading content in ebooks, apps, and other platforms.…
By Claire Luchette

Q&A: Tears & Trauma in Claire Cameron's 'The Bear'

Since 1990, 62 people have been attacked and killed by bears in North America. Sure, bear attacks are rare, but they're tangibly feared — especially during camping trips. The horror and mystery of one such attack is the basis for Claire Cameron's sec…
By Claire Luchette

8 Absurdly Wonderful Miranda July Moments

Happy birthday, Miranda July! The wide-eyed, mop-topped writer/director/performance artist/email curator turns 40 today, and even though it's the middle of February, we find ourselves in a very July mood. Throughout her career, July's eccentric and v…
By Claire Luchette

8 Interspecies Couples That Know What True Love Is

Depending on your mood or which romantic comedy your life currently resembles, Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to eat out, drink in, or spend your evening in pious adoration of Saint Valentine (like Elisa and Jack on 30 Rock ). Whichever way y…
By Claire Luchette