"After many years in the wilds of non-fiction, I've returned to my first love, short stories," reads the notice atop author Steve Almond’s website. His new book, God Bless America, is, according to the New York Times Book Review, "a meditation on the American Dream and its discontents. In his most ambitious collection yet, Steve Almond offers a comic and forlorn portrait of these United States: our lust for fame, our racial tensions, the toll of perpetual war and the pursuit of romantic happiness." Almond reads at Malaprop's on Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Free. http://www.malaprops.com.
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