Susan Jane Gilman http://wcbe.org en 'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story http://wcbe.org/post/someone-quietly-mesmerizes-intimate-ordinary-story I'll be honest. I often judge books by their titles — and <em>Someone</em>, isn't promising. It's generic, vague. Flat. And in the hands of a less talented author, this beautifully intimate novel would have been just that.<p>Nothing spectacular happens in Alice McDermott's latest work. Her protagonist, Marie, is largely unremarkable except for her stubbornness and her eyeglasses. She could be any young Irish woman sitting in a church pew or a luncheonette in Brooklyn. She yearns for love and autonomy and respect — but who doesn't? Fri, 13 Sep 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Susan Jane Gilman 43098 at http://wcbe.org 'Someone' Quietly Mesmerizes With Intimate, Ordinary Story 'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital http://wcbe.org/post/five-days-ambiguous-morality-katrina-hit-hospital If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.<p>But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, <em>Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital.</em> The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy.<p>On Aug. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Susan Jane Gilman 42730 at http://wcbe.org 'Five Days' Of Ambiguous Morality At Katrina-Hit Hospital Indulge Yourself: 2011's Best Celebrity Tell-Alls http://wcbe.org/post/indulge-yourself-2011s-best-celebrity-tell-alls Ah, 'tis the season to be indulgent. Another glass of champagne? Please, have some homemade cookies. Does anyone want to go to the movies instead of the gym? As far as I'm concerned, December is Guilty Pleasures Time.<p>Yep. Time to kick back with all those books I secretly love but hate to admit reading. My literary drug of choice? Behind-the-scenes reads about the rich and famous. Five of the best of 2011 — by a rock star; a hotel concierge; a stuntman; a Brat Packer; and an Emmy-winning, Voguing lesbian — offer backstage passes to their lives as well as others'. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Susan Jane Gilman 2077 at http://wcbe.org Indulge Yourself: 2011's Best Celebrity Tell-Alls