Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Friday, August 22 2014
Guitar music gave John Fahey a bridge to the subconscious, and his subconscious evidently was a scary realm.
Thursday, August 21 2014
If this doesn’t get shortlisted for the Giller Prize, well, that would be just proof that the world is an unjust place.
The unlikely, improbable, unbelievable – and totally true – story of Iceland’s anarchist comedian turned politician.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
Woven like a colorful tapestry of many characters, all of whom share the misfortune of having lost a child, this is structured like an epic poem which, despite its short length, feels fully realized.
From MOOCs to Second Life to chairs that move, Elizabeth Losh discusses all things technological in The War on Learning.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
Monday, August 18 2014
The Paying Guests is a skillful work of genuinely entertaining literary fiction.
A book on the origins of Sega, a gaming industry giant of great historical importance, could have been great.
Friday, August 15 2014
You'll want to investigate some of Jean-Patrick Manchette's zany work before the Colin Firth and Sean Penn "Manchette adaptations" hit the big screen.
Thursday, August 14 2014
Megan Abbott's The Fever gives a lot to chew on, with its subject of female sexuality. You might just wind up crossing your legs, when reading this book.
In Down in the Chapel, Joshua Dubler reports on the tensions of the body and the spirit, the restless minds and the stifled desires.
Wednesday, August 13 2014
A serious examination of what female artists continue to endure, this is unquestionably one of the year’s finest novels.
Tuesday, August 12 2014
A bit unusual for Joyce, this book mutes the fantastical elements and reads more like a straight-up coming of age story.
Ian Doescher's translation of Return of the Jedi into the style and syntax of William Shakespeare steps between the ridiculous and the sublime.
Monday, August 11 2014
The careful yet laconic nature of Edan Lepucki’s writing mirrors that of her post-catastrophic setting; life is finely captured but little seems to matter, anymore.
At times, Mark Songini stretches ideas beyond their breaking point, making the reader reassemble them with Krazy Glue and chicken wire.
Friday, August 8 2014
This is a poignant and moving portrait of the author’s famous journalist rebel father, and the family and country that shaped his life.
Thursday, August 7 2014
Big Little Man offers a deeply personal and engaging point of entry into the broader and very complicated social and cultural politics of race, masculinity and immigrant identity.
Wednesday, August 6 2014
This work offers an indelible and engaging combination of storyline, riveting life-and-death plot twists, historical education and passionately conveyed moral messaging on the horrors of war.