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*It’s the 40th anniversary of James Dickey’s Deliverance. Get thee to a bookstore. I’m almost finished with my copy and it’s thoroughly engrossing.

*A new book is out about Mad Men and its cultural and historical significance. The Paris Review talks to the author.

*Check out this Millions essay about where writers write.

*Random House and the Wylie Agency have reached a compromise in their e-book battle.

*If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t read or heard about the release of Mockingjay, here is PW’s starred review.

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In addition to The Space Between Trees, I’m also reading James Dickey’s Deliverance, a book I’ve wanted to read for years. I love survival stories, and this may be the best one out there. It’s a harrowing tale about a Georgia canoe trip gone wrong, and is a thrill to read. Dickey was an established poet long before he wrote this book (he was elected Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 1966), and you can tell–the prose is taut, lyrical and engaging.

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Anis Shivani’s 15 Most Overrated American Writers list on The Huffington Post has generated a lot of debate online. I, for one, want to generate a positive list. If you’re looking for a new book, check out the underrated work of Benjamin Percy. A native of Tumalo, a rural town in central Oregon, Percy packs his stories with fierce, lyrical language, angry yet empathetic characters and a stunning setting: the harshness and raw beauty of the Oregon landscape. His short story collection Refresh, Refresh is brave, unrestrained and exuberantly terrifying. An Oregon native myself, I appreciate his homage to an underrated state.

Percy’s first novel, The Wilding, is due out this fall from Graywolf Press, and it’s being heralded as a modern-day Deliverance. I can’t wait to read it.

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