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Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter. In the Neverland that is Los Angeles, where make-believe seems real, three dreamers find themselves on the verge of transformation. Twenty-five-year-old poet Gwendolyn Griffin works as a stripper to put herself through graduate school. Her perpetually stoned boyfriend Leo dresses in period costume to hawk his music downtown, and seems to be losing his already tenuous grip on reality. And their flamboyant best friend and neighbor, nightclub crooner Count Valiant, is slowly withering away. When the city explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. Valiant is invigorated, Leo plans a new stunt—walking into east L.A., naked, holding a white flag—and Gwen, discovering she is pregnant, is confronted by troubling questions. Can Leo become a good, dependable father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city's spell prove too seductive? Combining poetry and sensuality with an edgy urban sensibility, Further Out Than You Thought is a celebration of life and a haunting story of love, friendship, and one woman's quest for redemption.
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Bestselling author of The Reading Group, Elizabeth Noble, talks with Book Club Girl and book club members who call in, about her newest novel, Things I Want My Daughters to Know. Before succumbing to cancer, Barbara... more

Join Book Club Girl on February 3rd at 12:00pm EST for a very special episode featuring Juliette Fay, author of the acclaimed debut novel, Shelter Me, which has been "Bookmarked" by Target as a book club pick. The author will... more

THIS SHOW IS AT 3PM EST on 1/30/2009. "Sometimes a single individual changes the world, even if it is a parrot.” — Frans de Waal, author of Our Inner Ape. Join us for an interview with Irene Pepperberg about her New York Times... more

Wally Lamb talks with the readers of about his new novel The Hour I First Believed, an extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.

In this interview, debut author Rishi Reddi discusses her story collection, Karma and Other Stories. The collection weaves a multigenerational tapestry of characters pining for their Indian past while building new lives in modern America.

An interview with John Grogan about his New York Times bestseller, Marley & Me. The show is held in conjunction with Books-a-Million bookstores, where Marley & Me is the pet book club pick of December.

Laura Moriarty talks with the readers of the blog about her luminous and compassionate novel The Rest of Her Life in which she examines how mothers and daughters with the best intentions can be blind to the... more

Book Club Girl of talks with Diana Spechler about her debut novel Who By Fire. In her novel, Spechler examines what happens to a family years after their youngest daughter has been kidnapped and how... more

An interview with Diana Spechler about her new novel, Who By Fire. Spechler's novel is a sharp, captivating story of a family grieving from the loss of their youngest daughter and trying to understand the role of faith in their lives.

An interview with Thrity Umrigar about her new memoir, First Darling of the Morning. In her memoir, Umrigar unflinchingly recounts her turbulent upbringing from childhood to adolescence, exquisitely set against the backdrop of... more