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, March 14 2014
Gertrude Van Tijn was a social worker who became a Jewish leader in Amsterdam and spent her life securing the emigration of Jewish refugees. Unlike Anne Frank, Van Tijn survived.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Hangouts at a drive-in theater, bowling alley, or mall have moved to online spaces as changes in commuting, school districts, and chronic overscheduling of teens means they need a new way to network.
Kids These Days is an entertaining exploration of impending fatherhood and criminal madness.
Wednesday, March 12 2014
It’s impossible not to realize that the author, too, has come to the conclusion that Fritz Lang was a beast not even he could tame.
Who loves Big Brother? You do. The Office of Mercy is only technically about the future. In spirit, it's about the here and now.
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Outside the likes of Zadie Smith, we may never see such a young novelist perform such a great highwire act, and largely succeed, as Eleanor Catton has done here.
Each story touches on different issues, ponders different concerns, and asks different questions. Each story has a distinct message and voice.
Monday, March 10 2014
In her debut collection of stories, I Want to Show You More, Jamie Quatro's reveals her talent for examining the desire and vulnerability inside us all.
The closer we think we’re looking at Joyce Maynard, the further she distances herself from us.
Friday, March 7 2014
Observed as ambiguous figures as impossible to pin down as the effect of the colors they discuss, John Harvey's The Story of Black and Carol Mavor Blue Mythologies are impossible to resist.
Thursday, March 6 2014
Being a reader—that is, a reader of actual books, increasingly feels like a marginal, slightly suspect habit. Wendy Lesser reminds you why you love it, and why you should keep reading.
The Rube Goldberg Variations are finally given a museum-quality recollection by none other than the artist's Granddaughter. It's hardly what you'd call "very simple".
Wednesday, March 5 2014
One comes away from Don Drummond with a clearer sense of who the man was and why he is considered by many to be the best musician so few people have ever heard of.
This classic dark, enchanting, eyebrow raising tale from Finland, wherein talking animals are swiftly slaughtered, can be a bit of a challenge, but it's never boring.
Tuesday, March 4 2014
The addled combinations of sap and syrup, air and gravity, evaporation and consolidation also serve as a humble harbinger of global warming.
Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.
Monday, March 3 2014
Timothy Schaffert draws upon L. Frank Baum's Oz mythology for his gorgeous fifth novel, The Swan Gondola.
Part Shakespearean analysis, part cultural anthropology, part literary criticism and part psychoanalysis, Missing Out is a compendium of insights and musings about our desire to be more than we are.
Friday, February 28 2014
Gardiner approaches Bach with a great deal of consideration beforehand, leavened with the knowledge that music is about the transmission of emotion rather than logic.