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Gail O'Neill

Preview: A conversation with Emily Giffin about retrospection, maternal instincts and imagination

First Comes Love (Ballantine Books, 400 pp.), Emily’s Giffin’s latest novel, is a drama that centers on the Garland family as they struggle to reconcile a tragedy nearly 15 years after it shattered their almost-idyllic lives in Buckhead. As the anniversary of the event approaches, 30-something sisters Josie and Meredith find themselves at a crossroads… and in one another’s crosshairs, owing to their long-simmering sibling rivalry....

Preview: Tunes From the Tombs amps it up a notch with performances from Arrested Development and more this weekend

Singer-songwriter Speech Thomas wrote the lyrics to Tennessee over 20 years ago as a member of the alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development. The song, from the album titled 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…, was inspired by the passing of Thomas’ grandmother and brother in the course of one week. The song went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1993....

Preview: Sebastian Junger’s unerring focus on loyalty and the human need for community and purpose

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (Twelve, 168 pp.) opens in the fall of 1986 as Sebastian Junger is hitchhiking cross-country solo. Raised in an affluent suburb of Boston and a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, Junger was bored with the sheer predictability of his American life and looked for a way to test his mettle as a young man. Instead, he got schooled on the fundamentals of brotherhood, nobility and grace when crossing paths with a homeless man in Gillette, Wyoming....