Book Keeping: A Reader's Community

Mary Kay Zuravleff


When Mary Kay Zuravleff and Lisa Gornick discovered that both of their novels have psychoanalyzing protagonists, they sat down to discuss literary conception, psychopharmacology, and Jonathan Galassi’s koan.


When it comes to publishing novels, no one mentions the amazing biblioaccessories you attract.


In grade school, I wrote a yearly book report on From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Although I read plenty of books, there was only one I ever wanted to report on.


The first book I remember is A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, maybe because my mother read it so often that I can still recite chunks of those poems.


My life is a “to do” list, and I often put “write a novel” on there, partly to remind myself but also for my own amusement.


Questions and topics for discussion for Man Alive!, a warm, funny, and profoundly original novel about a family dealing with disaster, from a rising literary star.


When Order of the Phoenix was first released (way back in 2004), the kids’ pediatrician made news for identifying a syndrome he coined “Hogwarts Headaches,” when a half-dozen 9-year-olds showed up in his office complaining of eyestrain and sore wrists.


Everyone deserves a vacation from himself, Owen Lerner thinks, on the last day of his. He’s convinced that spending three weeks at their beach house each summer makes him a better doctor and a better parent, if not a snappier dresser…