To me, the things that are suspenseful, that I find frightening, aren’t someone jumping out of a closet or those kind of big scares, but instead that slow build of dread, and [Highsmith] does that really well. She kind of takes you by the hand and walks you toward the cliff.

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn on the suspenseful writing of Patricia Highsmith. Flynn will lead the Wall Street Journal book club discussion of Highsmith’s fifth novel, Deep Water.

carpentrix:

Months and months and months, and then a week ago I submitted the final draft of the book I’ve been working on, and this morning, it goes into production. Relieved to say: Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter will be out early next year from W. W. Norton.

Unless of course we are all compelled by Nina’s sparkling prose to quit our jobs and become carpenters ourselves. But no, we must resist the urge. The books must be made! 

Follow carpentrix now, if you aren’t already. 

AKHIL SHARMA — ON TOUR FOR FAMILY LIFE

Family Life is a dark and thrilling accomplishment by a wildly gifted writer.”—Ann Packer

4/9 — New York, NYAsian American Writers’ Workshop
4/14 — New York, NYThe Center for Fiction, with George Packer
4/15 — Cambridge, MAHarvard Book Store
4/16 — Princeton, NJPrinceton Public Library
4/22 — Albany, NYNew York State Writers Institute
4/24 — New York, NYMcNally Jackson, with Nell Freudenberger
5/5 — Washington, DCPolitics and Prose
5/6 — Philadelphia, PAFree Library of Philadelphia
5/7 — New York, NYLower East Side Tenement Museum
5/8 — New York, NYKGB Bar, Behind the Book Reading Series
5/9 — Brooklyn, NYBookCourt

On the cover of this weekend’s New York Times Book Review Sonali Deraniyagala, the author of Wave, weighs in on Akhil Sharma’s new novel:

Family Life is devastating as it reveals how love becomes warped and jagged and even seemingly vanishes in the midst of huge grief. But it also gives us beautiful, heart-stopping scenes where love in the Mishra family finds air and ease…I found Family Life riveting in its portrayal of an immigrant community’s response to loss…But where Family Life really blazes is in its handling of Mrs. Mishra’s grief. Sharma is compassionate but unflinching as he tells of this mother’s persistent and desperate efforts to cope over the years.

Read the full review…

nprfreshair:

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. “It's rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It's rigged to … maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors.”
Lewis is the author of several books about the stock market, including Liar’s Poker and The Big Short. His new book Flash Boys is about the form of computerized transactions known as High Frequency Trading, in which the fastest computers with the most high speed connections get the information first, and make the trade before anyone else can. A nanosecond can make all the difference between how much money is made or lost on any transaction.
Brad Katsuyama (above) figured out how the system is rigged and set out to change it. Lewis explains:

"There is this perception that Wall Street insiders understand how Wall Street works — and it’s false. It’s especially false right now. Here you have this young man, this kid [Katsuyama] at the Royal Bank of Canada who’s engaged in this kind of science experiment in the market. He figures out at least one angle the predators are taking and he goes and talks to not just ordinary investors … the biggest investors, the smartest investors in the world and their jaws are on the floor. … Even these people have no idea what’s going on in the market and are being educated by this Canadian who has basically just arrived on the scene and has decided to make understanding [this] his business."

Photo of President and CEO of IEX Group Brad Katsuyama by Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal
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nprfreshair:

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. “It's rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It's rigged to … maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors.”

Lewis is the author of several books about the stock market, including Liar’s Poker and The Big Short. His new book Flash Boys is about the form of computerized transactions known as High Frequency Trading, in which the fastest computers with the most high speed connections get the information first, and make the trade before anyone else can. A nanosecond can make all the difference between how much money is made or lost on any transaction.

Brad Katsuyama (above) figured out how the system is rigged and set out to change it. Lewis explains:

"There is this perception that Wall Street insiders understand how Wall Street works — and it’s false. It’s especially false right now. Here you have this young man, this kid [Katsuyama] at the Royal Bank of Canada who’s engaged in this kind of science experiment in the market. He figures out at least one angle the predators are taking and he goes and talks to not just ordinary investors … the biggest investors, the smartest investors in the world and their jaws are on the floor. … Even these people have no idea what’s going on in the market and are being educated by this Canadian who has basically just arrived on the scene and has decided to make understanding [this] his business."

Photo of President and CEO of IEX Group Brad Katsuyama by Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal

MARY ROACH — ON TOUR FOR GULP, IN PAPERBACK 4/1

“Far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach’s love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times

4/2 — Santa Cruz, CABookshop Santa Cruz
4/4 — Berkeley, CAPegasus Books Downtown
4/8 — Corte Madera, CABook Passage
4/9 — Sebastopol, CACopperfield’s Books
4/13 — Durham, NCDurham Technical Community College
4/16 — New York, NYStrand Bookstore
4/21 — Salt Lake City, UTWeller Book Works
4/22 — Boulder, COBoulder Bookstore
4/23 — Denver, COTattered Cover (Colfax Ave.) 
4/24 — Kansas City, MOKansas City Public Library
4/26 — Little Rock, AKArkansas Literary Festival
4/28 — Austin, TXBook People
4/29 — Houston, TXBrazos Bookstore
4/30 — Santa Clara, CA — Santa Clara University