Maggie Shipstead http://nwpr.org en 'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good? http://nwpr.org/post/astonish-me-asks-it-enough-only-be-good We're continuing our weekend reads recommendations with author Alexander Chee, whose novel <em>Edinburgh</em> won multiple literary awards. Chee's pick for you this weekend is <em>Astonish Me</em>, by Maggie Shipstead — the tale of a ballerina who leaves the dance world to have a baby. Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin that he appreciates Shipstead's prose, which he calls excellent but not flashy. "I think of it as having a transparent quality which is to say that you're drawn into the story more than you are made to consistently pay attention to the style of it. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 editor 47865 at http://nwpr.org 'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good? 'Astonish Me' Is An Artful, Elegant Dance http://nwpr.org/post/astonish-me-artful-elegant-dance "Etonnez-moi," Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes, used to say to his dancers. Astonish me. Maggie Shipstead's book of the same name does not astonish; rather, it charms. It is full of the kind of prose you want to curl up and nest in like a cat: seamless and full of small elegances.<p>Joan is a ballerina straining for perfection and falling short when she meets the famous Soviet dancer Arslan Rusakov. Seeing his fearless dancing "harrows her." She helps him defect, driving the getaway car and then hiding out from the paparazzi with him in a Manhattan apartment. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:46:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 44181 at http://nwpr.org 'Astonish Me' Is An Artful, Elegant Dance This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish' http://nwpr.org/post/tightly-choreographed-tale-ambition-and-ballet-will-astonish The title of Maggie Shipstead's second novel is: <em>Astonish Me.</em> She did just that --astonish <em>me </em>-- with her debut novel of 2012, called <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/30/200738956/with-arrangements-and-the-rest-two-debut-novelists-arrive" target="_blank">Seating Arrangements</a>. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 43707 at http://nwpr.org This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish' With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive http://nwpr.org/post/arrangements-and-rest-two-debut-novelists-arrive The novel I've been recommending this summer to anyone, female or male, who's looking for the trifecta — a good story that's beautifully written and both hilarious and humane — is <em>Seating Arrangements</em>, Maggie Shipstead's debut novel from last summer. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:06:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 31765 at http://nwpr.org With 'Arrangements' And 'The Rest,' Two Debut Novelists Arrive