Dec 23, 2009 — Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick.
Mar 17, 2009 — Isabel Gillies grapples with the sudden dissolution of her marriage in the memoir Happens Every Day. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls this "all too-true story" a "compulsive" and "chilling" late-night read.
Mar 17, 2009 — For those readers who've endured seismic shifts of the heart, Isabel Gillies's memoir Happens Every Day will hit the spot. For all its sorrow, Gillies gives this tale of a broken marriage a contagious charm and the comfort of lovesick solidarity.