At Salon, Laura Miller protests National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a., NaNoWriMo) and its participants, saying the month-long writing marathon is a waste of time. At the Los Angeles Times book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg disagrees.
New this week is a debut collection of loosely linked stories that’s been getting some attention. Military families are the common theme in Siobhan Fallon’s You Know When the Men Are Gone. Another newly released debut is Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters about a Shakespeare scholar’s three daughters, all named after characters from the Bard’s plays. Also new this week, a tome dedicated to the “hot” condiment of the moment, The Sriracha Cookbook.