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  Landscapes, depictions of a view, usually bring visual artists to mind. Writers also portray landscapes, often offering deeper, more nuanced representations. More than simply rendering the natural world, the gaze of an author delves beyond image and imparts the landscape of the soul.

In this issue of Bold Type, we've assembled a fantastic array of authors for your readinging pleasure.

Girl in Landscape, Jonathan Lethem's highly innovative bildungsroman is yet another mind-blowing entry into an already impressive body of work.

A Walk in the Woods is Bill Bryson's hilarious travelogue of his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail as a means of reacquainting himself with America after two decades abroad. You won't read a funnier or more insightful book this summer.

Lisa Carey's debut novel, The Mermaids Singing, has already been chosen for both the Barnes & Noble "Discover" and Borders' "Original Voices" programs. Her tale of three generations of women struggling to love and forgive marks the debut of a powerful young writer.

Mercy Road by Dalia Pagani is another wonderful debut novel. Centering on the Summer family, trappers on a harsh ridge in northern New England, it is a wrenching story of the pain families can cause each other.

In Shut Up and Deal, Jesse May charts the landscape of the world of the international poker circuit. Like the energy present late at night when the pot is full, it is a charged and manic trip through luck, obsession, and morality.

Don't miss the Back of the Book for exciting excerpts and interviews with Jon Krakauer, eerie naturalist Gordon Grice, and intrepid homebuilder Michael Pollan.

Next month our theme is "Summer," and some of the exciting authors we'll be featuring include Elizabeth Wurtzel, Richard Price, Heather Lewis, Mark Cirino, and possibly even Judy Blume!

In the meantime, instead of sitting at your computer, print out some of these features and enjoy them in the springtime landscape of your environs.

Larry Weissman

Bold Type Editor

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