“Our world is fragmented, Amanda Eyre Ward seems to say, in all the ways that it might be. I’m going to put it back together for you, slowly. Take my hand.” Kurt Caswell on Amanda Eyre Ward’s new collection of short stories, Love Stories in This Town.

“[Welsh] doesn’t do redemption. At best, a crack in the façade reveals some minuscule glimmer of humanity; at worst, the characters triumph and beat down whatever decency and goodness dared challenge them.” John Matthew Fox takes on Irvine Welsh’s latest, Reheated Cabbage.

“Hell is a place where bookstores go out of business as soon as they open.” Karen Laws looks at Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler’s Hell.

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Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →