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, July 11 2014
Should you indulge, I encourage you to pour your favorite tipple, settle into a comfortable chair, open the pages of Proof, and enjoy the "bar moment".
Thursday, July 10 2014
Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
And Man Created God is an impressively detailed and panoramic survey of how power and piety interacted with one another in the increasingly globalized classical world.
Monday, July 7 2014
Famous Baby is fun and funny and a bit flawed, just like its two main characters.
Wednesday, July 2 2014
There is nothing hidden about the world of these stories, and Yu Hua’s writing is defined by its plainspoken voice and depiction of quotidian lives.
Tuesday, July 1 2014
The success of the 32 restless, spectral stories in Last Stories and Other Stories depends upon whether Vollmann can sustain in-depth soul-searching.
Monday, June 30 2014
Nothing is quite what it seems to be in Lucky Us, a story of survival in '40s-era America.
Friday, June 27 2014
In this re-imagining of Laura Bridgman's life, we enter a vivid world, albeit one deprived of sight, sound, smell, and taste.
Thursday, June 26 2014
Economists routinely fail to predict GDP or oil prices, and they do even worse at boom and bust cycles. In 100 Years, they attempt to predict the future.
Wednesday, June 25 2014
Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.
Monday, June 23 2014
Gangnam Style is only the tip of the iceberg, as this handy, lavishly illustrated introduction to Korean pop reveals.
Friday, June 20 2014
Tribal Modern neither wallows in nostalgia for a lost past, nor is fundamentally critical of processes of globalization and modernization.
Thursday, June 19 2014
Known for his evocative use of place, Robert Frost's work, once out of fashion, is enjoying a renaissance, as seen in this impressive volume.
Wednesday, June 18 2014
Lisa See draws the difficulties of friendship among three women, complicated by impending world war and a racist society.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
Like it or not, cops are agents of social change.The Streets of San Francisco explores their lasting and far-reaching role in shaping liberal politics and attitudes.
Monday, June 16 2014
Todd Snider's rollicking stories of his years in the music business might not be the whole truth, as he admits, but they're close enough.
Friday, June 13 2014
Told efficiently the veteran chronicler of punk, Alex Ogg, this story reveals that the American underground in the late '70s could match the best of the British punks.
Thursday, June 12 2014
From the legacy of The Troubles and Irish-Catholic assimilation, McLaughlin follows the way his early life has transpired, and plots his own direction.