A Novel way to end the year

December 30th, 2013
Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading, scientists have said. The new research, carried out at Emory University found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.

Over this past year we've spoken with a wide array of novelists.  Some of the conversations we've posted during the year include  Jeannette Walls, Marisa Silver, Adam Mansbach, Manil Suri, Edwidge Danticat, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, Kris Jansma and many many more. 

However, we weren't able to put every conversation with every novelist, up on the site.  So as a year end effort, here are a few more of my conversations about books that might trigger those "measurable changes in the brain."

My conversation with Paul Harding about Enon:

My conversation with Jonathan Lethem about Dissident Gardens

My conversation with Jo Baker about Longbourn

My conversation with Meg Clayton about The Wednesday Daughters

My conversation with Joyce Maynard about After Her

My conversation with Susan Choi about My Education

My conversation with Fred Waitzken about The Dream Merchant

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