Telling the Truth About Content

May 2014

Better World Books

May 30, 2014Colleen Tsironis 0

Too many books? I realize there is no such thing … unless you are moving and have used up the good will of friends who have lifted one box of books too many. Or maybe you’ve run out of shelving and decide you really can part with that dog-eared Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3D paperback, now that the 3D glasses are long gone and your child has moved on to SpongeBob.

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Author Interview: Rufi Thorpe

May 22, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Last week we reviewed The Girls from Corona del Mar and Shotgun Lovesongs. This week we have interviews from both of these debut novelists. Read on for Rufi Thorpe’s thoughts on female friendship, young motherhood, and Western medicine. If you missed our interview with Shotgun Lovesongs author Nickolas Butler, check it out here for his thoughts on some of these same questions, plus Midwestern modesty and why (or if) the Midwest gets short shrift in fiction.

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Author Interview: Nickolas Butler

May 20, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Last week we posted a review of Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs and Rufi Thorpe’s The Girls from Corona del Mar, two debut novels that explore the complexities of childhood friendships in adulthood. This week, we have interviews from both Butler and Thorpe, in which we asked each of them questions related to both works, as well as questions specific only to their title. Enjoy the interview with Nickolas Butler today and come back later this week for our conversation with Rufi Thorpe.

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Double Feature Book Review: Shotgun Lovesongs & The Girls from Corona del Mar

May 14, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I first listened to Nickolas Butler’s debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs when I received an advance listening copy in early January. Two months later, I picked up an advance copy of Rufi Thorpe’s debut The Girls from Corona del Mar at PLA. I was struck by the similar themes between the two books and re-read Shotgun Lovesongs to compare the two. Though starkly different styles and characters, both books explore the same central theme: what happens to our childhood friendships as we grow into adults? I enjoyed both books tremendously, and each has its own merits separate from the other, but my experience of both was enriched by the other, and they will always live in my mind as a sort of unexpected, long-distance friendship between people who have never met.

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Narrator Interview: Tavia Gilbert, Part 1

May 5, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Here at Tattle we believe that the voices behind the characters we love don’t get nearly enough credit. We love the annual Audies gala and eagerly anticipate the nominees and winners each year, but the attendees are largely from the industry and while we think it is wonderful and right to award the best in the business, awards acknowledge only the final, finished product, not all the work and years of training that went into it. We can’t give out awards or throw lavish events, but we can simply talk to narrators about their work and the medium they love. Here at Tattle, we will be interviewing narrators to shine a light on the real blood, sweat, and tears that go into the audiobooks we love.

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The June To-Read Pile

May 1, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

A big part of my job is reviewing upcoming titles, hundreds each month. The stingy 6-year-old in me wants to dance around singing “I know something you don’t know,” but the civilized, mature part of me wants to hand out flyers on the street corner to share the excitement. Tattle is a nice middle-ground, allowing me to spread the word without standing out in the rain.

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